Studying cannabis implies promoting the right to healthcare. It means to fight against the stigma that has kept cannabis byproducts out of the pharmaceutical market for years. In our globalized world, more and more people turn to this crop seeking its multiple therapeutic properties. Thanks to the distance learning boom, it is now possible to access international degrees that were previously unavailable without relocating.
Doctors, chemists, and agronomists gather at meetings organised by the University of Buenos Aires and study cannabis in depth to improve the quality of life of those suffering from different diseases–ranging from epilepsy to sleep disorders, which was not practicable years ago under Argentine law. Mexican Universities offer diploma courses for health professionals, in order to provide helpful resources for the responsible use of cannabis.
Along the same lines, a wide array of Latin American universities now offer open courses, and diploma courses are finding their place in public universities.
Where to Take a Diploma Course on Cannabis in Argentina and Mexico
The National University of Quilmes offers a Postgraduate Diploma Course on Cannabis, Regulation and Drug Policy. This course consists of five seminars and a workshop, which focus on different areas, such as legal issues, medical issues, public policy making, and research in several scientific disciplines regarding this topic.
Admission requirements include having been awarded a degree of at least 4 years duration by any accredited national, provincial or private Argentine university, or a degree awarded by foreign university, accredited by the appropriate foreign authority, prior to an accreditation of such programme and its contents by the Academic Commission for this diploma.
The National University of Rosario and the Foundation for International Studies (known by its Spanish acronym, Funpei), offer a diploma course on medical cannabis, organized by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. Enrolment for this Diploma of Advanced Studies in Endocannabinology, Cannabis and Cannabinoids is now going on and the course will be 100% online. In this way, the course will be available for students from all over the country and overseas.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico, offers an International Diploma Course on Medical Cannabis in Latin America. It is aimed at health professionals who wish to learn about and master the practical uses of this plant. This course started on February 20, 2021 and is brought by TecSalud–the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of this institution–and Khiron Life Sciences Corp., a leading and pioneer company in the industry.
PhDs Ethan Russo, Michael Boivin, and Alfredo Covarrubias, from Mexico, are some of the experts who will deliver this 120-hour online course.
Research for Education
Research in Latin America is as important as diploma and postgraduate courses, as it helps courts get a better understanding of the cases they hear and also contributes to the development of the healthcare industry. This is how, on April 29 this year, in Argentina, researchers at the National University of La Plata were issued a licence by the Argentine Health Ministry to grow cannabis for scientific purposes. Consequently, these professionals will be able to perform a comprehensive study on the production process, to obtain better strains of this plant, and to establish a characterisation of medical oils for therapeutic use.
After a long debate driven by social organisations and researchers working on this area, new implementing regulations were introduced last November for Law No. 27350, which governs the medical use of cannabis and its derivatives. These regulations are intended to remove some limitations imposed by the 2017 law and its first implementing regulations, which hampered users’ and researchers’ access to this crop.
Universidad Austral, in Argentina, also offers a course on Medical Cannabinoids for Pain Treatment, which explores issues concerning science, medicine, ethics and production. It is aimed at healthcare professionals and last-year students.
Because of its features and prohibitionist propaganda against this plant, a great amount of our current understanding on cannabis still has its origins in popular rather than academic knowledge.