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Cannabis Courses

Learn about cannabis with a variety of online courses and lessons from some of the world's leading universities.

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What is Cannabis?

The cannabis plant is a hot topic, with the latest research suggesting its medical benefits and the politicized nature of all psychoactive drugs making the conversation a multi-faceted one. As cannabis and its counterpart CBD gain more recognition within the health space, everyone is curious about the science behind the plant-based drug.

Cannabis has a psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It's this factor that's made furthering scientific studies difficult. However, the cannabis Sativa plant's medical use is gaining steam, helping ease the effects of medical conditions like epilepsy, and managing chronic pain.

Cannabis products and cannabidiols are regulated differently now than they were decades ago, with federal and state law ranging from full legal use to medical applications of varying degrees to still criminalized. 

Learn About Cannabis

Whether you're in the medical field, studying for public policy, or simply curious about its use, cannabis is a fascinating subject. Touted as a potential alternative to highly addictive narcotics like opioids, studying this is possible with edX and its partners. Courses are developed by leaders and innovators in the field of medicine, public policy, and a variety of other industries affected by cannabis, and courses can happen on your schedule.

Study for free with a global cohort of students interested in the same subject, or students can complete courses with satisfactory results and see official certification or credit for a fee. Use these courses to further your career or dive into a new field of expertise.

Cannabis Courses and Certifications

DoaneX offers a professional certification on Cannabis Science and Industries, a three-course option designed to introduce students to all the components of the industry. Students will learn the different forms of cannabis from marijuana to hemp and explore planting and harvest, and processing. The final part also delves into public policy for medical cannabis, drug use, and compliance.

Students can also take courses on common illnesses thought to be eased by the use of cannabis, including multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, muscle spasms, glaucoma, and schizophrenia. Some courses go over concepts such as vaping or explore the systematic review different drugs and substances go through to receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for public health use.

The Evolution of Cannabis

From substance abuse to handling medical conditions, cannabis use has evolved. Researchers are still exploring the full health effects of cannabis, but you can begin studying these cannabinoids from the comfort of your home. 

As you explore its active ingredients, you can form your own understanding of medical marijuana use. Cannabis and cannabinoids may provide easier routes to treating mental health issues or pain. As our healthcare evolves, the long-term effects of cannabis may reveal new treatments we didn't have before. Explore your full curiosity with's course catalog and find your footing for these critical conversations.