Cannabis is now legal across the U.S. Used as an alternative to medications for chronic pain and other conditions, cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the country and is expected to reach more than $10 billion in 2019. The industry employs over 250,000 people and that number is expected to grow.

UVM was the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis science and medicine. While some content is shared between the certificates, this new certificate is designed for workers in the hemp industry who want to learn more about cannabis production from seed to sale.

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

Created in UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this 8-week, fully online evidence-based program will cover cannabis chemicals, genetics, agricultural best practices, post-harvest handling, processing, as well as how cannabis affects the human body through learning basic pharmacology and examining the different modes of administration.

As a new industry-leading credential, UVM’s Cannabis Plant Biology Professional Certificate prepares professionals to understand the systems, processes, facilities, and equipment needed to produce Cannabis-based products, including hemp oils enriched in cannabidiol (CBD).

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. Note that you are not required to submit transcripts.

Cannabis Plant Bio