University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cannabinoids as Medicines

This online continuing education course provides learners with the knowledge to support patients in the safe and effective use of cannabinoid containing treatments.  Learners will be introduced to the complicated history and complex botany of the cannabis plant followed by foundational lectures on the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid pharmacology.  The remaining lectures will focus on the use of cannabinoids for various medical conditions.  These lectures will highlight evidence that supports the use of cannabinoids for disease but will also discuss the current limitations of this evidence.  Lastly, synthetic cannabinoids and their abuse will be discussed.

Through a series of thirteen modules, taken at your own pace you will receive training in the following areas (see outline below for a brief description of each lecture):

  • Contested Cannabis – Multiple Perspectives on Medical Marijuana from the Past and Present
  • Botany of Cannabis
  • Cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis; their evolution, roles and controls
  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • Cannabinoid Pharmacology
  • Cannabis in Epilepsy
  • Cannabinoids for Spasticity
  • Cannabinoids – Effects on Sleep and Neurodegeneration
  • Cannabis and Psychiatric Indications
  • Cannabis Risks
  • Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Pain
  • Cannabinoids for the Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids, Vape Injury and Abuse

Developed & Conducted by the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

There are no current offerings of this course

Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Coordinator

Leslie Dickmann, PhD, MPH

Division of Pharmacy Professional Development
777 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-2431 FAX
(608) 265-8249