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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Learn how cannabis may influence inflammation and other disorders through its effects on inflammation.

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    Learn how cannabis may influence exercise performance and recovery.

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    Learn how cannabis may influence the aging process.

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    Learn about the future of cannabis research.

Skills you will gain

PsychologyResearchPublic HealthPersonal Development

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

No background required.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Inflammation and the Microbiome

In this module, we will discuss how our gut microbiome and endocannabinoid system influences inflammatory disease states. We will also discuss how the gut and brain communicate and regulate inflammatory states through what is known as the "gut-brain axis."

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5 videos (Total 31 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture - Overview of Inflammation and the Microbiota Gut Brain Axis6m
Lecture - Chronic Inflammation and Disease States6m
Lecture - Cannabinoids and Inflammation7m
Lecture - Cannabis and Inflammatory Disease States8m
6 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Of Microbes and Minds (Calvani, 2018)10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Chronic Inflammation & Age-Associated Diseases (Franceshchi, 2014)10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #1210m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Sports, Exercise, Recovery, and Cannabis

In this module, we will discuss the role of endocannabinoids in exercise, and how cannabis may impact exercise. We will also discuss the importance of exercise recovery, and how cannabis may impact recovery.

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5 videos (Total 39 min), 5 readings
5 videos
Lecture - Endocannabinoids and Exercise9m
Lecture - Effects of Cannabis on Performance7m
Lecture - Effect of Cannabinoids on Recovery8m
Lecture - Cannabis and Professional Sports9m
5 readings
Lecture PDF12m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Watch this video “I Smoked Two Blunts Before Every Game”: NFL Vets on Cannabis in Football10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Healthy Aging and Cannabis

In this module, we will discuss the common challenges older adults face while aging such as pain and depression, as well as common treatments used for these conditions tailored to this population. We will also discuss the research on cannabis for these conditions, and discuss the specific risks that this population faces with regards to cannabis use.

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5 videos (Total 60 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture - Healthy Aging14m
Interview with Peter17m
Lecture - Older Adults and Cannabis10m
Lecture - The Bigger Picture14m
4 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Watch these videos10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

The Future of Cannabis Research

In this module, we will do a quick overview of the main takeaways from this series of courses regarding the risks and benefits of cannabis use. We will discuss the controversies around using cannabis as a therapeutic and consider how cannabis could be used as an alternative medicine. We will discuss lingering questions and gaps in the literature and research that need to be filled. Lastly, we will discuss the Citizen's Science Initiative - a crowdsourcing data science project with the purpose of collecting much needed and relevant data on the health effects of cannabis for specific clinical populations.

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4 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings
4 videos
Lecture - What have we learned?13m
Lecture - Should cannabis be viewed as "medicine"?13m
Lecture - Where do we go from here?12m
3 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m

Instructor

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Kent Hutchison

Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Medical Cannabis: The Health Effects of THC and CBD Specialization

The legalization of cannabis (i.e., marijuana) and the recent federal legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) has led to unprecedented access to cannabinoids (e.g. THC and CBD), a projected 60 billion dollar industry (cannabis and hemp) by 2025, and the fastest growing jobs sector in the economy according to recent reports in the media. Despite all of this, there is very little evidence-based information about the health effects of cannabis or about how to maximize the potential benefits while minimizing harm. Parents of children with seizure disorders, veterans with PTSD and chronic pain, cancer patients, and our aging parents deserve better. People WANT evidence-based information about the potential risks and benefits of cannabis products so that they can weigh the pros and cons of cannabis versus other options. They also want to know how to maximize the positive effects of cannabis while minimizing the side effects. This specialization is designed to provide that information. The specialization is useful to a range of learners. It is intended for patients and their loved ones who have questions about cannabis and CBD products as well as for health care providers and others who work in public health who want to provide helpful information to patients. Most importantly, it is intended for people who want to work in the cannabis industry. For all of these groups, understanding the evidence base is critical in terms of communicating the risks and potential benefits....
Medical Cannabis: The Health Effects of THC and CBD

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