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Science of Cannabis

This 3-course Certificate of Professional Learning will prepare you to think critically about medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis use in healthcare, educational, and public service settings, as well as non-profit agencies. 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.


November 20, December 11, January 5

10-11 a.m.


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.


First register at Lehman College for Fundamentals of Cannabis Science. You will receive a separate link from McMaster University to complete your registration and submit payment.

Program Courses

  • 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.

SCC 10 / ONLINE / $110 Lehman administration fees plus $913.92 Canadian dollars (Approx. $737 USD - includes tuition and fees).

January 31-April 10

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)

SCC 30 / ONLINE / $874.92 in Canadian dollars (Approx. $706 USD)

May 9 – July 17

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)

SCC 20 / ONLINE / $874.92 in Canadian dollars (Approx. $706 USD)

Sep 19-Nov 27

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