Learn more about medicinal cannabis and the endocannabinoid system

For those who want more information, we’ve collected and collated resources from all over the internet from formal accredited courses to light informative videos.

Medical Cannabis Education Slides

Part 1 – History & Current Law

Module 1 focuses on the historical use of medicinal cannabis, internationally and in the UK. This includes a chronological look at the prohibition of cannabis, the rise of anti-cannabis propaganda (otherwise known as ‘reefer madness’) and the intervention of US drug policies into UK politics. Module 1 will also examine the current legal status of medicinal cannabis in the UK, including case studies from British cannabis activists. These contemporary case studies illustrate patients’ barriers to accessing medicinal cannabis. This module provides up-to-date guidance on the current legal status of medicinal cannabis and available licensed cannabis products. Our goal in this module is to educate medical students on who can prescribe these products and how they can do so.

Part 2 – The Endocannabinoid System

Module 2 takes a deep dive into the neurology that underpins medicinal cannabis prescriptions. Humankind’s understanding of neurological processes and the impact that medicinal cannabis has on the Endocannabinoid system is expanding. As attitudes towards scientific prohibition lessen, pioneering research on cannabis is taking place at an accelerated rate. However, more research is needed and the medical students of today could be the cannabis researchers of the future. This module will help students to comprehend the current understanding of how cannabis affects people and what research is still required.

Drug Science, the leading independent scientific body on drugs in the UK, have created educational slides designed for medical students that cover the ‘must-have’ information surrounding medicinal cannabis and can be downloaded below.

Free webinars by the RACGP on the use and prescribing of medicinal cannabis in general practice

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have created a series of webinars on understanding and prescribing medicinal cannabis targeted at general practitioners and their colleagues

HealthEd Podcast, “The Clinical Takeaway: Medicinal Cannabis – A Practical Update”

Concise guide to prescribing medicinal cannabis

Fig. 1 – How to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Australia, from Arnold, Nation and McGregor (2020)

An article titled, “Prescribing medicinal cannabis” was published in Australian prescriber September 2020 and can be downloaded below.


Australian Prescriber podcast, “Prescribing medicinal cannabis”

Accredited Medicinal Cannabis Readiness Course for Pharmacists

Understand how your pharmacy can support patients in this emerging area

Developed specifically for community pharmacy, this three part online course provides a complete overview of medicinal cannabis according to Commonwealth, state and territory legislation and guidelines.

Educational videos

Lectures on Understanding the endocannabinoid system

A series of lectures presented by leading cannabinoid scientists at the 2016 Marijuana and cannabinoids: a neuroscience research summit, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) (1:29:10).

The Endocannabinoid System – An Introduction
Benjamin Cravatt, Ph.D. – The Scripps Research Institute
Cannabinoid Receptors: Where They Are and What They Do
Ken Mackie, M.D. – Indiana University
Therapeutic Potential of the Cannabinoid System
Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D. – University of California, Irvine

Endocannabinoid System: A Fifty Year Trip

Professor Raphael Mechoulam, the ‘godfather’ or cannabinoid science, presents “Endocannabinoid System: A Fifty Year Trip” – overview and history of the cannabinoid system at CannMed 2017 (25:50).

Journal articles on the endocannabinoid system

TEDX talks related to medicinal cannabis

Dr Ruth Ross – Demystifying the endocannabinoid system

Dr Ruth Ross describes what happens in the brain when introduced to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary ingredients in cannabis (17:35).

Dr Zach Walsh – Making peace with Cannabis

Dr Zach Walsh explores human beings’ dynamic relationship with the cannabis plant and what recent developments might mean for our health and well-being (15:51).

Prof David (Dedi) Meiri – Behind the smokescreen of medical cannabis

Prof Dedi Meiri talks about how different strains of cannabis can have different physiological effects, with a focus on cancer (17:22).

Hugh Hempel – Why I changed my mind about medicinal cannabis

Hugh Hempel discusses how medicinal cannabis has enriched the lives of his ailing 11 year-old daughters (14:25).

Dr Alan Shackelford – The Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana isn’t devil weed or the cure for everything. Dr. Alan Shackelford talks about what it really is, and what it can really do (10:21).