Cannabis is now used as an alternative to medications for chronic pain and other conditions, and is also the fastest growing industry in the country, with annual sales expected to reach over $100 billion by 2030. Nearly 50 percent of Americans report they’ve tried cannabis – the highest measure to date.
Sources: Forbes, US News

With such a dramatic rise in interest, there is an even greater demand for clinicians, dispensary managers, and other industry professionals to understand the indications, counter-indications, benefits, and risks of cannabis.

UVM is the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and regulators.

Offered by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology, the non-credit program covers cannabis history, business, law and policy, plant biology, biological effects on humans, production and safety, pharmacology, and clinical research.

Students in Cannabis Science and Medicine will also learn about the compounds from mushrooms, the acute and chronic effects of psilocybin, factors that influence psilocybin pharmacology, and more. The psilocybin biology module will be taught by Monique McHenry, Ph.D. and Linda Klumpers, Ph.D. will teach the psilocybin pharmacology module.

Students will Learn:

  • Facts and hypotheses on the production of fungal secondary metabolites
  • The acute and chronic effects of psilocybin/psilocin
  • How psilocybin/psilocin move through and get transformed by the body
  • Psilocybin/psilocin mechanisms of action
  • How to identify factors that influence psilocybin/psilocin pharmacology
  • Therapeutic effects (beneficial and adverse) of psilocybin/psilocin

As a new industry-leading credential UVM’s Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine gives professionals assurance they can accurately inform patients and customers, as well as gain a competitive advantage as a knowledgeable, trustworthy provider who can effectively minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of cannabis for therapeutic use.

Course Prerequisites: Students must be 18 years of age or older, have a bachelor’s degree, and have completed college-level foundational science courses in Biology and Chemistry. Note that you are not required to submit transcripts and relevant career experience can replace academic requirements. For example, experience as a Registered Nurse will void the science course requirement.

Student Testimonials

“With this course, I felt like I really got a good base or foundation of everything that’s current. There’s a lot of anecdotal stuff out there but as a physician, what’s the evidence-based medicine behind it. What’s the science behind it. What’s the pharmacology behind it. And that’s what this course provided was a review of some of the things that I knew and a lot of other information that really helped fill in the gaps.” –Dr. Lisa Profera, Spring 2020

“I took this course so that I could be well informed about a variety of topics in this field. My expectations were not only met, but exceeded. It was fantastic. In fact it will take me the next several months to reflect, digest and utilize all of the information I was presented with. It was all valuable information!” –Spring 2019 Graduate