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!