Institute of Emerging Health Professions
The graduate certificate in Cannabinoid Pharmacology is designed to teach learners the mechanisms of drug action and aspects of pharmacokinetics as it relates to cannabis.
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The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University is the nation's only comprehensive academic resource for education, research, and practice pertaining to the potential use of cannabinoids as medical therapy.
The legal cannabis industry is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy over the next decade. There are, however, few educational programs that prepare scientists, researchers, and clinicians to join this burgeoning field. This first-of-its-kind graduate certificate in Cannabinoid Pharmacology is now available for interested students with a suitable background in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, or physiology.
Program Director: Judith Spahr, MPH, MLS, MEd
This certificate is offered in partnership with the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. For over twenty years the Center has been at the forefront of the forensic community, providing novel developments in research, training and education in the forensic sciences. Their internationally recognized staff have partnered with the Lambert Center and Thomas Jefferson University to provide an unparalleled learning experience in this emerging field.
All of our cannabis-related educational offerings are developed by the Lambert Center's internationally renowned Steering Committee, many of whom will participate as faculty in these certificate programs. The Committee includes both Jefferson faculty and academicians from around the world recognized for their expertise in cannabinoid science and medicine. In addition to our Steering Committee experts, we have partnered with NMS Labs to add their unparalleled expertise in phytocannabinoid and synthetic cannabinoid chemistry and toxicologic analysis.
Upon completion of the Certificate in Cannabinoid Pharmacology program, students should be able to:
- Discuss the mechanisms of drug action (pharmacodynamics)
- Explain central nervous system neurotransmission
- Describe aspects of pharmacokinetics (administration, distribution, metabolism, excretion)
- Discuss the pharmacology of stimulants, depressants, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, antipsychotics
- Summarize current knowledge of drug abuse disorders and addiction
- Describe the historical use of cannabis
- Analyze the status of and changes in public opinion regarding cannabis use
- Discuss past and current US government cannabis-related regulations and regulatory topics
|Fall 2018||Credit Hours||Course Number
|Applied CNS Pharmacology and Toxicology (prerequisite)
|Cultural History, Regulation, and Policy of Cannabis OR
Cannabinoid Research Design
|Spring 2019||Credit Hours||Course Number
|Cannabinoid Pharmacology & Toxicology
|Summer 2019||Credit Hours||Course Number
Are you interested in taking the Cultural History, Regulation, and Policy of Cannabis or Cannabinoid Research Design course? Courses will begin on January 3, 2019. Learn how to apply here as a non-matriculated student.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Fall 2019 start date: September 3, 2019
To view the academic calendar, please visit our Academic Calendar page.
Tuition and fees vary by program and term. For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar and select the academic year, the college/school: "Jefferson Institute of Emerging Health Professions" and the academic program.