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Science of Cannabis

The cannabis industry is expanding rapidly and a certificate through Lehman College can help prepare you for your dream job in the medical and recreational marijuana economy. This Certificate of Professional Learning is offered fully online in collaboration with McMaster University in Canada.

Program Information Session on Saturday July 16 & Aug 13 at 11 AM to register email

Cannabis in New York

This course begins with an overview of the current status of legalization in the US and New York in particular. Introduction to the 3-course academic Certificate of Professional Learning offered entirely online by McMaster University.

SCC 01 / 2 sessions / 4 hours / Zoom / $85

Science of Cannabis Certificate of Professional Learning

This 3-course Certificate of Professional Learning will prepare you to think critically about medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis use. The program is offered entirely online in collaboration with McMaster University Continuing Education (Canada). The three courses cover fundamentals of cannabis science, therapeutic applications of the substance, and the possible risks and harms related to consumption.


HS diploma or High School Equivalency

In order to receive a Certificate of Professional Learning, you must complete the 3 required courses listed with a grade of C or better.

Program Certificate

You must complete all required courses listed with a grade of C or better to earn a Lehman Certificate. To request your Lehman Certificate, please email with “Certificate Request” as the subject line.


You will receive a separate link from McMaster University to complete your registration and submit payment for the certificate courses.

Program Courses

  • Cannabis in New York (Recommended)
  • Fundamentals of Cannabis Science
  • Risks and Harms of Cannabis
  • Therapeutic Applications of Cannabis

Fundamentals of Cannabis Science

This course will provide you with an essential grounding in the science of cannabis. The course will start with a historical context for the use (and misuse) of cannabis in Canada and around the world. The second focus will be on the nature of the genus Cannabis, its species, and its numerous constituents. A particular emphasis will be placed on delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the two most commonly studied cannabinoids. As cannabis is a psychoactive drug, the third focus will be on its effects in the brain.

ONLINE / $110 Lehman administration fees plus $913.92 Canadian dollars (Approx. $737 USD - includes tuition and fees).

Risks and Harms of Cannabis

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that is established to have a variety of risks and harms. This course will review the strength of evidence behind the different risks associated. Priority topics are impairment leading to accidents; cannabis misuse/cannabis use disorder; associations with anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia; effects of cannabis on cognition and brain development; and adverse consequences for lung health. Finally, the course will review guidelines for reducing risk when consuming cannabis and evidence-based practices in the treatment of cannabis use disorder. (Prerequisite: SCC 10 Fundamentals)

ONLINE / $874.92 in Canadian dollars (Approx. $706 USD)

Therapeutic Applications of Cannabis

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia, but the evidence supporting (and contradicting) its many applications has only emerged in the last few decades. Fundamentally, this course will provide a grounding in the principles of evidence-based medicine and apply those principles to medical cannabis. This will include an extended introduction into the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations) approach. In addition, the course will systematically examine the evidence for using cannabis for treating pain, spasticity, nausea, sleep, and psychiatric disorders, such as autism, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Finally, the course will review promising future directions in medicinal cannabis, including both novel cannabinoid medicines and novel treatment applications. (Prerequisite: SCC 10 Fundamentals)

ONLINE / $874.92 in Canadian dollars (Approx. $706 USD)

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