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University Of Vermont Offering A Course On Medical Marijuana Science

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I attended college from the age of 24-28. I was a ‘non-traditional student’ as the faculty always reminded me, which always seemed like a passive aggressive form of age discrimination. It was bad enough that I couldn’t relate to most of my classmates because they had barely moved out of their parents house and didn’t have the life experience that I had accumulated up to that point. But college was still a very fun time.

In every class I was in, I would always try to steer the class conversations towards marijuana in anyway that I could. I graduated in 2009, which of course was a different time from a marijuana world perspective. Zoom forward to today, and there are now multiple states that have legalized recreational marijuana, with hopefully many more on the way. There are more medical marijuana states compared to back then too.

These changes in marijuana policy have had a sort of butterfly effect on American college campuses. More and more universities are offering courses on marijuana. The latest that I’ve heard about is the University of Vermont, which is offering a course on medical marijuana science. Per the Associated Press:

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.

Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university’s medical school is likely the country’s first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other medical schools have touched on the topic.

“What we’re trying to do with this course is to sort of demystify this whole subject matter, to try to treat this like any other drug, like alcohol or amphetamines or opioids,” said Vermont pharmacology professor Wolfgang Dostmann. “Just demystify the whole thing and say what it is, what is going on with it, how does it work.”

I wish I could be enrolled in that class. I’m very, very curious to see what the course syllabus looks like, what course materials will be used, and what is involved in the course lectures. If you attend the University of Vermont, and you are taking this course, I’d love to hear from you!


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  1. Closet Warrior on

    So true about big Pharma , Alcohol and Tobacco but anything that changes the physiological make up of our bodies is technically a drug but clean water, good foods and mold and insecticide-free marijuana only feed the body and soul not addict it and wring the life out of us like synthetics. Stay NATURAL.

  2. Yea I agree I hate it when uneducated tards try to lump in nasty addictive liver kidney killer alcohol or even worse the most addicting drug man cursed himself with oxycodone and other opiates like it. Marijuana shouldn’t not be called a drug it’s an herb that’s natural and straight from the earth, the drugs and alcohol is legal for you to kill yourself with but they don’t want that many people to truly get better with marijuana since big pharma will suffer and big pharma is in the pockets of our senate

  3. I’m all for education on every matter marijuana but not from an uneducated educator. The public needs to be better informed as not to spread more reefer madness and we need newer, younger minds learning the truth but Vermont University was comparing mmj to alcohol, amphetamines and opiates. Misinformation, Propaganda, Ignorance!!! This is truly an example of the blind leading the blind! Unless their spokesman “Wolfgang” is a poor showman then students would fare well to steer clear.

  4. I have researched other schools offering copious courses on mmj even pot colleges altogether but I’m skeptical of this one. If you notice the language of professor Wolfgang Dostmann, he compares mmj to other drugs like alcohol, amphetamines and opiates! They are nothing alike and maybe just maybe they are not the right university to teach something they do not understand themselves. Just sayin…….

  5. Vermont? Why not here in Oregon? Public or private colleges could offer a range of classes from propagation to curing with medical research as a primary task.

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