Ariel University in Israel will be presenting an accredited course on medical marijuana accepted by the Council of Higher Education. The course is aimed at medical administration students.
Israel takes the lead, offering a recognized medical marijuana qualification from Ariel University
The Jerusalem Post announced that the first medical marijuana qualification offered by Ariel University in Israel will be presented in 2017. It is not surprising that the country which also produced the first scientist to do groundbreaking work on the plant – Prof. Raphael Mechoulam from Hebrew University is drawing widespread attention.
A very popular course
The course was very well- received, and the University was inundated with applications from prospective students. Stringent selection criteria were applied, and 117 students have been registered for the course. Preference was given to students with experience in the medical field. Students also had to have completed at least one year of study in medical administration.
The course was established by senior lecturer in health systems, Dr. Michael Dor, from the Health Sciences faculty. Dor has experience as former senior ministry official, has been an advisor to the Health Ministry, and is a specialist in family medicine.
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A very comprehensive course
The course is comprehensive. It will cover the history of medical cannabis, its current legal status, a background on legal issues and regulations, active ingredients, clinical uses, uses in psychiatry, farming the crop, technologies applied to the crop, start-up possibilities, changes in public perceptions, and ethics.
The students will have a broad understanding on the subject of medical cannabis by the time they complete the study program, and it is to be hoped that universities around the world will soon offer similar training.
Lately, marijuana has become hugely popular
Of late, interest in medical marijuana has grown, and the Internet is being flooded with anecdotal evidence of the healing properties of certain compounds found in the plant. People around the world are wondering whether cannabis may be the cure for a wide range of illnesses, but scientific trials take a long time, and only certain cannabis uses have been proven in clinical trials.
In Israel, cannabis is prescribed to suppress seizures, for pain, lack of appetite and to reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy. This had led to the wider social acceptance of cannabis and calls for full legalization.
Recreational use of marijuana and its use by unregistered patients is still illegal in Israel today, and the course taught by Dr. Dor will also include a lecture by an anti-drug authority to explain the objections to recreational use of cannabis. This portion of the course has been introduced so that students will understand both sides of the legalization argument: currently a hot topic in Israel.
Medical marijuana qualifications in the US
In the US, certain states’ health departments offer medical marijuana training to doctors, but CNN reports that there is still a knowledge gap, with few physicians attending training or being willing to prescribe medical cannabis.