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What you will learn

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    Learn how cannabis may influence four different anxiety disorders (panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, PTSD).

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    Learn the research on cannabis for major depression and schizophrenia.

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    Learn the research on cannabis for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

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    Learn the research on cannabis for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease.

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PsychologyPharmacologyPublic 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, 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Anxiety Disorders and Cannabis

In this module, we will learn about the key features of anxiety disorders and PTSD. We will discuss the epidemiology and etiology of these disorders, as well as the current treatments used to treat these disorders. Lastly, we will evaluate the literature on cannabis for treating anxiety and PTSD.

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8 videos (Total 93 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture - Etiology of Anxiety and PTSD14m
Lecture - Treatments for Anxiety7m
Lecture - Cannabis, Anxiety, and PTSD14m
Lecture - Special Considerations for PTSD7m
Interview with Christine Rabinak26m
11 readings
Lecture PDF10m
NAS Report10m
PTSD10m
Panic Disorder when Fear Overwhelms10m
Social Anxiety Disorder10m
Generalized Anxiety Disorder10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #810m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Mood Disorders, Psychosis, and Cannabis

In this module, we will learn about the key features of depression and schizophrenia. We will discuss the etiology and risk factors for these disorders, as well as the common treatments used to treat them. Lastly, we will evaluate the research on the effects of cannabis on these disorders.

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8 videos (Total 76 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture - Epidemiology of Mood Disorders and Psychosis3m
Lecture - Etiology of Mood Disorders and Psychosis8m
Lecture - Treatment of Mood Disorders and Psychosis7m
Lecture - Cannabis and Mood Disorders and Psychosis - Chicken or the Egg Conundrum11m
Lecture - Deep Dive on Cannabis and Psychosis8m
11 readings
Lecture PDF10m
NAS Report10m
Depression10m
Bipolar Disorder10m
Schizophrenia10m
Depression: What You Need To Know10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #910m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Neurocognitive/Brain Disorders Part I

In this module, we will learn about the key features of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. We will discuss the epidemiology and etiology of these conditions, as well as the current treatments used to treat them. Lastly, we will evaluate the research on the effects of cannabis on these disorders.

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7 videos (Total 72 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lecture - Etiology of MS, Epilepsy, and Traumatic Brain Injury12m
Lecture - Treatments for MS, Epilepsy, and Traumatic Brain Injury12m
Lecture - Cannabis, MS, and Epilepsy12m
Lecture - Cannabis and Traumatic Brain Injury10m
12 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Watch these videos10m
Lecture PDF10m
NAS Report10m
Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page: What research is being done?10m
Multiple Sclerosis Information Page: What research is being done?10m
Epilepsy Information Page: What research is being done?10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Cannabis Therapeutics and the Future of Neurology, Russo10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #1010m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Neurocognitive/Brain Disorders Part II

In this module, we will learn about the key features of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease. We will discuss the etiology and risk factors for these diseases, as well as the common treatments used. Lastly, we will cover how cannabis may influence these diseases.

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8 videos (Total 86 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture - Etiology of Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease10m
Lecture - Current Treatments for Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease8m
Lecture - Cannabis and the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease6m
Lecture - Recent Research on Cannabinoids, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's Disease13m
Interview with Dr. Maureen Leehey21m
8 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Alzheimer's Disease10m
Parkinson's Disease10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #1110m

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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