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Learn about cannabis

While cannabis is used for both medicinal and recreational purposes, policy related to cannabis can vary depending on state, region, and country. Learn about cannabis with online courses delivered through edX.

What is cannabis?

Cannabis is a plant that is commonly referred to as marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant, can produce therapeutic effects for users. Recent research points to the medical benefits of ingesting THC and its counterpart, CBD. However, the politicized nature of psychoactive drugs has added complexity to the conversation around the benefits of cannabis.

Cannabis is largely illegal across the globe, with some countries choosing to decriminalize its possession and use. As more research is conducted on cannabis, laws that regulate its use may change.

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Why learn about cannabis?

Cannabis use has evolved over centuries. Today, it is used to treat forms of epilepsy and discomfort associated with chemotherapy. Due to inconsistent regulations and the stigma around cannabis, research on its potential uses isn’t as robust as research on other treatments. However, as regulations evolve and research continues, scientists may find new uses in the medical space.

The cannabis industry has grown in areas where it has been legalized, offering professionals a number of interesting career paths. Individuals can focus on the science and research or work in agriculture, operating cannabis farms. And those interested in entrepreneurship can aim to open and run their own dispensaries. 

Cannabis courses and certifications

Courses on this topic may examine the different forms of cannabis, such as marijuana and hemp, as well as the methods for harvesting and processing the plant for consumption. Some coursework may take an in-depth look at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its approval process for the public use of a substance. Other courses may focus more on public policy and compliance. Learners have the opportunity to explore many different specialized topics like the medical applications of cannabis, the various forms of consumption, and the illnesses that are treated with the plant. Take a course and get started working toward a certificate today.

Careers in cannabis

As our understanding of cannabis and its applications continues to grow, so too will professional opportunities within the industry. From research and development to sales and distribution, there are many ways to make a mark in this relatively new field. Start your journey by learning about cannabis with edX.