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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

cannabis and healthChronic Pain Managementmood and anxiety disorderspsychology researchCBD and THC

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Chronic Pain and Cannabis

In this module, we will review the different types of chronic pain. We will also discuss the costs and epidemiology of pain, as well as the current treatments used to treat pain. Lastly, it will cover the research on the effects of cannabis on chronic pain.

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7 videos (Total 82 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture - What is Chronic Pain?12m
Interview with Beth Darnall18m
Lecture - The Epidemiology of Chromic Pain10m
Lecture - The Etiology of Chronic Pain13m
Lecture - Current Treatments for Chronic Pain9m
Lecture - Cannabis and Chronic Pain13m
7 readings
Lecture PDF10m
NAS Report10m
Chronic Pain: In Depth10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #410m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Opioid Epidemic and Cannabis

In this module, we will review the symptoms and risk factors for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). We will also discuss the costs and epidemiology of OUD, as well as the current treatments used to treat OUD. Lastly, it will cover the research on the effects of cannabis on OUD.

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7 videos (Total 87 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture - What is Opioid Use Disorder?12m
Lecture - Epidemiology of Opioid Use Disorder10m
Lecture - The Etiology of Opioid Use Disorder12m
Lecture - Traditional Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder17m
Lecture - Cannabis and Opioid Use Disorder16m
Interview with Ziva Cooper15m
10 readings
Lecture PDF10m
NAS Report10m
What is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic?10m
Lecture PDF10m
Understanding the Epidemic10m
Lecture PDF10m
Opioid Abuse10m
Lecture PDF10m
Can CBD Treat Opioid Addiction?10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #510m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Obesity/Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep, and Cannabis

In this module, we will review the symptoms and risk factors for obesity, type II diabetes, and sleep dysfunction. We will also discuss the costs and epidemiology of these conditions, as well as cover the research on the effects of cannabis on these conditions.

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8 videos (Total 92 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Lecture - Definition and Epidemiology of Obesity and Type II Diabetes12m
Lecture - Current Treatments for Obesity and Type II Diabetes12m
Lecture - Cannabis, Obesity, and Type II Diabetes16m
Lecture - Sleep and Sleep Disorders13m
Lecture - Etiology and Current Treatments for Sleep Disorders7m
Lecture - Cannabis and Sleep10m
Interview with Russell Bowler17m
9 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
What is Sleep? Why is it needed?10m
Lecture PDF10m
Insomnia10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #610m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Cancer and Cannabis

In this module, we will review the different types of cancer. We will also discuss the etiology and risk factors for cancer, as well as the common symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Lastly, it will cover the research on how cannabis may impact the symptoms of cancer.

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7 videos (Total 81 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture - Cancer Overview11m
Interview with David Camidge12m
Lecture - Can Cannabis Cause Cancer?11m
Lecture - Studies on Cannabis Use in Patients9m
Lecture - Is Cannabis Effective in Treatment of Cancer Symptoms?9m
Interview with Donald Abrams24m
5 readings
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Lecture PDF10m
Prospective analysis of safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in large unselected population of patients with cancer10m
Lecture PDF10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz #710m

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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