Medical Marijuana Graduate Degrees Are Now a Thing

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One weed degree coming right up. The University of Maryland recently announced that their pharmacy program is now offering a medical marijuana graduate degree. The official degree will be called a Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Students of the focus will get to take part in studies in addition to being trained in holistic marijuana treatments for patients.

This isn’t the first school to offer courses and training in using marijuana medically, but most of those courses up until now have been offered at unaccredited schools. (On account of weed being federally illegal and that jazz.) But things certainly seem to be changing.

This is pretty cool news, since medical marijuana and CBD can be used to treat all kinds of physical pain and even emotional anxieties. CBD seems to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which might be able to help one chill out or get to sleep when the mind won’t stop racing. That also means that beyond general anxiety, CBD might be able to help with neuropsychiatric disorders, including epilepsy and schizophrenia.

There’s still a ton to be learned, which is exactly why it’s so great that the MS program at Maryland is offering more people the opportunity to dive into the studies.

Natalie D. Eddington, the UM School of Pharmacy dean and professor, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about the new program.

“Medical cannabis has been legalized in 33 states, including Maryland. This number is only expected to increase in the future, fueling a demand for an educated workforce that is well-trained in both the science and therapeutic effects associated with this medicinal plant. Our MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics has been critically designed to prepare students to meet this demand.”

Classes will start this fall.

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