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Cannabis—History, Culture, and Business Issues


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Cannabis has been used for religious, spiritual, industrial, therapeutic, and other purposes for thousands of years. It has a complex, colorful, and culturally significant history throughout the world. During the past several decades, social perspectives on the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis have evolved. The business of cannabis has also evolved, and with it, there are important considerations for those involved in every aspect of it to ensure that individuals who use cannabis can be assured a safe and effective product.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the physical components of cannabis, as well as important aspects of the history of its use, and elements of the business of cannabis, including aspects that address environmental and human health.


Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the physical characteristics of the cannabis plant.
  2. State key events in the history of the use and regulation of cannabis.
  3. Describe how cannabis has been used by various cultural groups.
  4. Identify how cultural neuroscience may impact the study of culture and the effects of drugs on the body.
  5. Identify types of cannabis businesses.
  6. Define key terms used in the cannabis business.
  7. Explain key factors in the cultivation, testing, distribution, and sale of cannabis.
  8. State environmental and sustainability factors related to cannabis production that impact environmental and human health.

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