The consequences of cannabis legalization are felt in various areas of life, including education. Thus, it will soon be possible to learn about the properties of weed within the university program.
In April, a new undergraduate-level course named “Physiology of Cannabis” will start within the general educational requirement for “Science and Engineering.” It is also planned to offer a more advanced class for medical students next year.
This course is probably going to be the first of its kind in the Californian university system. However, it will not be the first in the U.S.―there are already similar courses in the medical school at the University of Vermont, Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, and Harvard Law School. There are also online courses offered by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
It is no wonder the course was launched at the University of California Davis, since it has a great base for this course and homes the longstanding Weed Research & Information Center, which focuses on studying dandelions, clover, crabgrass, and other plants.
In California, it has been allowed to possess medical marijuana since 1996, and since last November, the possession of recreational marijuana is legal as well. However, so far, businesses are not allowed to either buy or sell weed―this aspect should be figured out by the end of this year.
The curators of the course say that it is important to educate students on all the aspects of medicinal cannabis and to provide them with information about the physiology of weed and the medical benefits this plant can offer. The students will also join some weed-focused studies that hopefully will help change the attitude of the nation toward the drug.
The course will cover the properties of the chemical compounds found in cannabis, their chemistry, the way they interact with the human endocannabinoid system, the benefits these interactions can bring to the human health as well as the risks the drug can cause.
Later, the university also plans to offer a course for the general public. The organizers hope to provide civic leaders with a strong law base in all weed-related matters and teach other people about the benefits and dangers associated with the drug. This should fill, at least partly, the lack of information about marijuana that is observed in our society these days.
This is especially essential if the government confirms the process of licensing commercial businesses. In this case, it is expected that many people will decide to try marijuana. That is why it is important to share information about it as cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I drug that has potential for addiction and abuse and, for the same reason, is connected to the risk of being arrested.
The curators of the course at UC Davis believe that the timing now is perfect for providing this kind of opportunity to the students so that they have a better and more profound understanding of all the aspects of cannabis use.