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Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine Certificate

For healthcare and retail professionals who want to provide accurate information and advice, this program offers expert, in-depth instruction on the medical properties of cannabis.

This 100% online program will help you feel confident providing product recommendations and assisting clients and patients with treating a variety of ailments and conditions with cannabis.

In this 100% online program, we delve deep into the intricacies of cannabis medicine, empowering you to feel confident in offering precise product recommendations and assisting individuals in treating various ailments and conditions with cannabis. Through our meticulously curated curriculum, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the therapeutic potential of different cannabis strains, delivery methods, and dosages.

With our program, you’ll be at the forefront of cannabis healthcare, armed with the latest research, insights, and practical strategies. You’ll learn how to assess individual needs, match the right cannabis products to specific conditions, and guide clients and patients towards optimal treatment outcomes. From pain management and anxiety relief to sleep disorders and beyond, you’ll have the expertise to address a wide range of health concerns with cannabis as a viable option.

The convenience of our online format allows you to learn at your own pace, fitting your studies seamlessly into your busy professional life. Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to enhance your practice or a retail professional aiming to provide exceptional customer service, our program caters to your specific needs, ensuring you’re well-prepared to navigate the dynamic landscape of cannabis healthcare.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive an official Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine Certificate backed by the GF Institute, the industry-standard in cannabis credentials. Plus, you’ll gain access to the GF Institute Employer Network, a platform of growing cannabis companies eager to hire graduates with this type of education and qualification.

Frequent Asked Questions

The programs are self-paced and you can register and begin the courses at any time. Once you complete your registration you’ll receive an email with course access.

Students should expect to dedicate around six hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

These programs are currently not eligible for federal aid, however we do offer a payment plan.

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3 Units 

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

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$2,950 $2,750

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Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands​


In 2022, there were 417,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States. 

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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For five years in a row the cannabis industry grew by more than 27%, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022


Learn More About the Cannabis Programs

In this comprehensive webinar, you will learn about the cannabis industry, job opportunities, and how these programs can help you join this fast-growing industry.

Discover A New Career Path in The Cannabis Industry

100% Online | No Prerequisites 

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Expert Cannabis Educators

Learn From Industry Pioneers

Discover the secrets of the booming cannabis industry with engaging video content led by industry pioneers and leading experts. These experts possess extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of the industry and have played a vital role in shaping this emerging field. With their unique insights and research, you will have an unparalleled educational opportunity to master the latest trends and best practices in the cannabis industry. Learn from the best, hone your skills, and achieve your cannabis career goals.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

We are committed to providing you with expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting. Our cutting-edge curriculum is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in cannabis healthcare. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of our course is optimized for effective learning and retention. With our carefully crafted curriculum, you can be confident that you are receiving an exceptional educational experience that will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

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Dr. Jose Franceshini

Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Distinguished author and lecturer on psychiatry, neurology, and geriatrics. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he chairs the Psychiatry Department at Universidad Central del Caribe Escuela de Medicina in Puerto Rico.

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Jack McCue, MD

Professor, Physician and Author

Acclaimed professor, physician, and author specializing in the uses of medicinal cannabis. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine.

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Martha “Muffy” Montemayor, CNC

Founder, Healthy Choices Unlimited

Certified Nutrition Consultant Martha Montemayor founded Healthy Choices Unlimited, whose physicians and staff have helped over 15,000 patients obtain their Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry cards.

Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including laws, real estate, FDA regulations, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face. 

  • History of Cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Agriculture and Cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry

Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine I: Essentials of Cannabis Medicine

Gain a comprehensive understanding of cannabis’ medical properties, human physiology and the metabolic pathways for cannabis, including ethics and law for cannabis healthcare practitioners. Partnering with integrated medical centers, you’ll learn about strain selection, dosing and titration, routes and administration, and challenges with drug interaction. 

  • History of Cannabis as Medicine
  • The Endocannabinoid System and Fundamentals of Cannabis Botany
  • Standard Care in Cannabis Medicine
  • Strain Selection, Dosing, and Titration in Cannabis Medicine
  • Routes and Administration for Cannabis 
  • Challenges with Dosing, Routes, and Administration
  • Regulations and Legal Matters for Cannabis Healthcare Professionals 

Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine II: Integrated Clinical Practice

Explore advanced physiological and pharmacological studies. You’ll review complex aspects of the endocannabinoid system and explore the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids and terpenes in the human body. Clinical themes include autoimmune diseases, pain, mental health, neurodegenerative diseases, geriatrics, and cancer treatment. 

  • Advanced ECS and Phytocannabinoids
  • Advanced Cannabinoids and Terpenes
  • Deciphering Lab Results and Reading Labels
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Autoimmune Diseases, Pain, and Inflammation
  • Mental Health and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Geriatrics, Addiction, and Cancer

Discover A New Career Path in Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine

Gain a comprehensive understanding of cannabis’ medical properties. 

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Chosen as one of only 44 “Colleges that Change Lives” nationally, this comprehensive private university has a global impact that’s undeniable. Students looking for a career in any of Lynchburg’s 100+ areas of study will find a degree program and supportive community that prepares them to thrive in any environment. That’s one reason why students give the Lynchburg experience a 92% satisfaction rate — almost 30% above the national average!


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Classes start November 6. Register by October 8 at midnight using EARLYBIRDNOV23 to get $250 off with early bird pricing.