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Pharmacology 200: Cannabis Past, Present, and Future

Overview

  • 3-Credit Course (Course Catalogue)
  • Offered Annually by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology
  • Open to both Continuing Education and Graduate Students

Program Description

The University of Vermont College of Medicine is one of the first medical schools in the US to offer Cannabis education. UVM’s Department of Pharmacology offers this 3-credit course to introduce fundamental concepts in pharmacology and key concepts in human physiology underlying medicinal and other Cannabis use. Students gain an up-to-date scientific foundation in a complex and evolving area of medicine.
Lectures focus on Cannabis taxonomy, medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Historical, political, and socio-economic influences on marijuana legislation will also be discussed, along with Vermont’s experience with medical marijuana.

Course content areas include:

  • History
  • Law and policy
  • Plant biology
  • Biological effects on humans
  • Cannabis analytic chemistry
  • Clinical research

This course is open to and was designed for both Continuing Education and graduate students.

Curriculum

This 3-credit course, offered by the University of Vermont, Department of Pharmacology provides an introduction to the physiology and pharmacology underlying recreational and medicinal uses of Cannabis. Lectures focus on Cannabis taxonomy, medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Historical, political and socio-economic influences on marijuana legislation will also be discussed.
This course is open to Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Education students but requires a background in Biology and Chemistry or Instructor Permission.
The course is divided into six areas of content: 1) history 2) law and policy, 3) plant biology, 4) biological effects on humans, 5) Cannabis analytic chemistry, and 6) clinical research. Current information about the Vermont experience with medical marijuana is discussed. This course provides students with a foundation of up-to-date scientific knowledge in a complex and evolving area of medicine, while introducing key concepts in human physiology and pharmacology.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to be a unique experience for students to develop a broad understanding of Cannabis and its medicinal use, with more advanced concepts relevant to pharmacology and medicine within the context of the following specific objectives:

  1. Discover the importance of Cannabis in the historic development of medicine
  2. Explore the different methods used to extract medicinal benefits from Cannabis
  3. Examine the spectrum between medicines and toxins
  4. Develop basic knowledge of the human body and it’s common diseases

Faculty

Karen Lounsbury, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology
Monique McHenry, PhD, Co-Founder of the Phytoscience Institute, Executive Director of Vermont Patients Alliance Inc., and Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology
Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology

on the Blog

A Retired Science Teacher Explores a New Path with Cannabis

Central Vermont resident Ann Ndione is a retired science teacher who enrolled in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine Program this fall. Ann, who studied Horticulture and Horticultural Therapy at the New York Botanical Gardens, talked to us about her experience in the new UVM online program.

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