As the momentum behind cannabis legalization continues in the U.S., it’s important that education about the cannabis plant keeps pace. After all, the only way to make the most efficient use of an amazing plant is to know everything there is to know about it.
Contributing to the cause of marijuana education is the medical school at the University of Vermont. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges and Universities, they are the first school in the country to offer a full course on medical cannabis.
"What we're trying to do with this course is to sort of demystify this whole subject matter, to try to treat this like any other drug, like alcohol or amphetamines or opioids," said Vermont pharmacology Prof. Wolfgang Dostmann. "Just demystify the whole thing and say what it is, what is going on with it, how does it work."
The course is expected to start in the spring and is proving quite popular early on, with almost 90 graduate and undergraduate students signing up. It will cover many aspects of the cannabis plant, from its chemistry to the impact of cannabis legislation.
The importance of cannabis education, especially in medical schools, can’t be stressed enough. For decades these schools haven’t even broached the subject of medical marijuana, leaving generations of doctors woefully unaware of its medical capabilities. So many states with medical marijuana laws are still way behind when it comes to bringing relief to patients because the doctors in those states are hesitant to prescribe something they know so little about.
Other schools around the country will likely follow this path of cannabis education, and some of the schools that have touched upon the subject may now expand their programs. Any and all study of the cannabis plant will be beneficial to patients worldwide.