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Medical Cannabis for Pain Control

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology via Coursera


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Cannabis is a group of flowering plants that has been long used for industrial, recreational and medical purposes. When relating to its medical use, the terms "Medical Cannabis" or "Medical marijuana" has become prevalent. In this course we will use the term "Medical Cannabis". Nowadays, Medical Cannabis involves multiple medical disciplines such as neuroscience, pain, pharmacology, oncology, psychiatry and more. Moreover, it has cultural, agricultural and social, legal and political implications. This course will give you a solid ground to understand the whole picture. By completing this course, you will gain a broad understanding and knowledge base related to medical use of cannabis for pain control. You will be exposed to a wide range of topics such as historical use of cannabis in ancient times, botanic aspects of the plants, and potential benefits and risks associated with its medical use to both individuals and society.


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • What is pain?
  • History of medical cannabis and early human contact with cannabis
  • Botanic
  • Interactions between cannabis and our body
  • Effectiveness for pain
  • Effectiveness of cannabis on other conditions
  • Safety
  • Safety: Lesson Choices

Taught by

Elon Eisenberg


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  • Very informative on types of pain and reasons for the pain as a defender and protective aid or as an unnecessary burden

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