Media’s Guide to Cannabis
Media’s Guide to Cannabis is designed to aid your efforts in providing accurate and unbiased information to the public.
Media's Guide to Cannabis Cannabis - Course Description:
October 17, 2018 was a historic day! Canada became the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to fully legalize cannabis.
Unlike Uruguay where personal possession was never a crime, Canada’s road to legalized cannabis began with medical use legislation in 2001.
Cann U created Media’s Guide to Cannabis to help your efforts in providing accurate and unbiased information.
The course contains learning opportunities in four areas: history, effects in the body, safety and legalities. We’ve also included a comprehensive Resources page to help you with your research.
Brief Look at the History of Cannabis
Cannabis has been around forever … literally! In this module we touch on the highlights of this rich history from antiquity to today. In this module you will learn that:
- Cannabis has accompanied human exploration of the world for millennia, providing help in four areas of our life.
- During the 19th and early 20th centuries Canadian and American medical doctors regularly prescribed cannabis for various health conditions.
- Prior to prohibition medical textbooks included information about how to use cannabis as a medicine.
- The real reason for cannabis prohibition is not what they told you.
- A chemist’s research in the 1960s led to the discovery of an important physiological system.
History of Cannabis in Canada
Cannabis was criminalized in Canada more than a decade before it was outlawed in the United States. This module follows the cannabis legal journey beginning in 1908 (prior to the 1923 prohibition) to today.
This 110 year long journey encompasses:
- Two 1908 Parliamentary Acts
- A celebrated women’s rights advocate
- Section 56 exemptions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Father and son Prime Ministers
References are provided at the end of the module.
10 Common Cannabis Myths
Now that you know a little about cannabis’ history, we’ll explore ten common myths about cannabis that were the center of prohibition propaganda for over 70 years.
- Is cannabis an addictive gateway drug or as dangerous as we were told?
- Does cannabis use lead to long-term health problems?
- Will cannabis use cause weight gain?
- Where is the research?
- Are cannabis users always walking around impaired?
Learn the answer to these questions and more in this fun and light-hearted lesson.
Getting to Know Your Endocannabinoid System
Within each of us is a biological system as important as our other vital organ systems. But you didn’t learn about the endocannabinoid system in school!
In this fascinating module you will learn:
- When the endocannabinoid system was discovered.
- The three main components of the ECS.
- How the endocannabinoid system works.
- Why this system is vital to our health and well being.
- The difference between CB1 and CB2.
Benefits of Cannabis Medicine
Is cannabis really a viable medicine or just an excuse for people to get high? By the end of this video you will definitely understand that cannabis is absolutely a viable medicine!
By the time you are finished watching the Benefits of Cannabis Medicine you will have a good understanding how cannabis can help manage or treat 13 common medical conditions, including:
- Brain health
- ADD/ADHD … and more!
Indica, Sativa, Hybrid?
- What these terms mean
- Why they mean something different than they did 40 years ago
- Why hybrids are most common today
- Where hemp fits in
- The mantra that helps you remember the difference between indica and sativa
THC vs CBD
Everyone is talking about THC and CBD but do you really understand the difference?
In this module you will learn:
- about cannabinoids and what they are
- the major difference between THC and CBD
- which cannabinoid has the ability to cause impairment
- who may be susceptible to impairment
- what cannabinoid is best for daytime use
To gain benefits from cannabis it needs to be taken into the body.
In this module we will explore:
- The three main categories of intake methods
- Which intake method lasts longest in the body and which acts the quickest
- Why smoking cannabis is no longer recommended
- Vaporizing vs Vaping
- Using cannabis topically
How Safe is Cannabis Medicine?
Cannabis is a very safe plant, however users should understand the few areas where caution is required. These include:
- The user’s age and current health
- Possible interaction with other prescription medications
- How the plant is grown
- Manufacturing methods
- Method of consumption
Following up on the safety module, this lesson on side effects goes a bit deeper into both undesirable side-effects and possible desired-effects of using THC. These include:
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Hunger, and more!
The Future of Medical Cannabis: Medical vs Recreational
The new Cannabis Act came into effect on Oct 17, 2018, however the medical cannabis system was left largely unchanged. This modules explores the major differences between the two systems of cannabis legalization in Canada.
Accessing Medical Cannabis
When recreational cannabis became legal on Oct 17, 2018 the medical cannabis system in Canada remained largely unchanged.
Canada recognizes that cannabis use for medical purposes is a viable option for those looking for ways to manage and treat certain medical conditions.
There are certain steps a medical cannabis user must take to access cannabis for medical purposes. This module provides information on:
- Licensed Producers
- The cannabis ‘prescription’
- Growing cannabis for personal medicine
- THC restrictions
Federal, Provincial and Municipal Resources
This module provides a comprehensive list of online resources for federal, provincial and municipal cannabis resources.
Cann U is an online learning platform and go-to cannabis resource hub for those with any level of experience or knowledge seeking ways to incorporate cannabis into their personal health care plan.
Created by Dr. Richa Love, a prominent cannabis physician, industry leader and speaker, CannU Educational Services exists to fill the large gap in cannabis education for medical and novice users.