ASTM Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries

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This ASTM MM411 Certification provides certification bodies, training providers, employers, and certificate issuers, with best-practice guidance for administering their respective programs for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries.

The Medical Professional Cannabis and Hemp Certification covers core requirements and the body of knowledge (BoK) necessary for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries deemed necessary, as outlined by the ASTM Standard D8452 – 22.

MM411 is proud to have written the ASTM D8452: Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries and approved education partner of ASTM.

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This ASTM MM411 Certification provides certification bodies, training providers, employers, and certificate issuers, with best-practice guidance for administering their respective programs for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries.

The Medical Professional Cannabis and Hemp Certification covers core requirements and the body of knowledge (BoK) necessary for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries deemed necessary, as outlined by the ASTM Standard D8452 – 22.

This Certificate does not supersede requirements for training or earning a certificate defined by jurisdictional entities such as government or other regional regulatory bodies and does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

“The new course compliments our growing library of cannabis education products.” says Tye Beard, Director, Live Training and OnDemand Solutions at ASTM International. “Combining ASTM’s experience with Standards based eLearning programs with MM411’s deep knowledge of industry practices and research, allows for a comprehensive  learning experience for cannabis professionals.”

This international standard and ASTM MM411 Certification was developed in accordancewith internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

MM411 is proud to have written the ASTM D8452: Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries and approved education partner of ASTM.

If you are a dispensary, medical group, or company and interested in multi-seat pricing or a customized, white label course, please call 844.411.0500.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 – US Legal

  • U.S. Controlled Substances Act
  • Drug Schedule – Cannabis Schedule I
  • Drug Schedule (Graphic)
  • COVID Cannabis Guidelines
  • Economic Impact
  • Cannabis genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae
  • Legal differentiation between hemp and marijuana distinguished by their respective concentrations of the cannabinoid delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • 2018 Farm Bill
    • Impact on hemp classification
  • SAFE Banking Act
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,630,507
  • Trademarks
  • Ogden Memo
  • Cole Memo
  • Wilkenson Memo
  • 2018 Sessions Memorandum
  • Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment
  • Joyce Amendment
  • Conant v. Walters
  •  What Medical Professionals Can Legally Provide To Their Patients (Graphic)
  • Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research
  • Guidance for Industry – Downloadable PDf
  • Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research
  • Guidance for Industry – Video Explainer
  • Taxes
  • Affirmative Defense
  • Bankruptcy Protection
  • Employment Law
  • Access to Banking  – Financial Crimes Enforcement Network FinCEN Guidance
  • Copyright and Registration

Module 2 – History

  • Early History of Cannabis Use
  • Cannabis in the West
  • U.S. Prohibition History
  • The Medical Implications of U.S. Prohibition
  • Medical Cannabis Today
  • Hemp vs Cannabis
  • Brief Chronology of History in Spain and throughout Europe

Module 3 – The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

  • Introduction of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • Largest Receptor System
  • ECS – Video Explainer
  • Newly Discovered
  • Chemical Bridge to All Bodily Functions
  • Homeostasis
  • Healthy Body = Healthy ECS
  • ECS – Downloadable Graphic
  • Dr Jake Felice – What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? Video Interview
  • Largest Neurotransmitter System of all “the body’s supercomputer”
  • 1964 discovery of THC and CBD – Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D and Yehiel Gaoni, Ph.D
  • The Scientist – video regarding Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D discoveries
  • Allyn Howlett, Ph.D  – Isolating THC in the brain – 1998
    • No cannabinoid receptors in the cardiac and respiratory centers of the brainstem therefore no overdose from cannabis
  • Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D found in 1992, brain chemical that mirrors the effects of THC
    • Two brain chemicals – anandamide, Sanskrit word “ananda” brain chemical that mimics THC and CBD, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol, which they named 2-AG.
  • Endogenous Molecules “endocannabinoids”.
  • CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors
  • Cannabinoids and how they attach to receptors
  • CB1 receptors
    • Located in the central nervous system and affect many brain functions including movement, anxiety, stress, fear, pain, appetite, reward, and motor control
  • CB2 receptors
    • CB2 receptors control the release of cytokines, immuno-regulatory proteins, that are linked to inflammation during illness or after injury.
  • Retrograde Inhibition
  • Lack of education on the Endocannabinoid System
  • Clinical Studies
  • At a Glance – Downloadable Infographic
  • Homeostatsis
  • Humand Thriving Behavior and the ECS

Module 4 – One Plant, One Complex Chemical Factory

  • Minor Cannabinoids: CBG CBC CBN THCV
  • Terpenes
  • The Entourage Effect & Tolerance / ECS Down Regulation
  • Botanical vs. Single Molecule Compounds & Cannabinoids and Opioids

Module 5 – Getting Cannabinoids into the Bloodstream

  • Inhalation: Smoking vs. Vaporization
  • In the News Discussions
  • Cannabis Flower vs. Concentrate
  • Different Concentrate Consistencies
  • Extraction Methods
  • Winterization
  • Concentrates Using Solvents
  • Solventless Concentrates
  • Edibles, Oral Mucosal, Topicals and Suppositories
  • The Role of the Medical Provider
  • The Role of the Dispensary: Experts within the Dispensary

Module 6 – Patient Centered Dosing

  • Considerations Before Medicating with Cannabis
  • Set and Setting
  • Drug-Drug Interactions
  • Relative Contraindications
  • Youth Under 25
  • Patients and Cardiac Conditions
  • Patients with Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Immunocompromised Patents
  • Biphasic Effect
  • Finding the Appropriate Dose
  • Recommended Ratios for Specific Illnesses

Module 7 – Laboratory Testing

  • How Testing Works
  • Contaminants: Pesticides, Fungi and Mold
  • How to Interpret a Test

Module 8 – Clinical Practice

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Endometriosis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Menopause

Module 9 – Cannabis and Opioids

  • Pain Management Today
  • Cannabis and Opioids: The Good News
  • Cannabis and NSAIDS: More Good News

Module 10 – Medical Myths and Facts

  • Gateway Theory, Addiction and Brain Function
  • Impaired Motivation, Memory and Mental State
  • Lung Damage, Usage Patterns and Overall Danger

Module 11 – Side Effects Abuse and Misuse

  • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
  • Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD)
  • Short and Long Term Side Effects
  • Physical and Mental Effects
  • Cannabis and driving
  • Cannabis Overconsumption and Tolerance

Cited Experts

With over 800+ current, peer reviewed citations, Medical Marijuana 411 is proud to be the global leader in online medical marijuana education for patients, medical professionals and cannabis dispensary consultants.

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Additional videos from leading cited cannabis experts, scientists and physicians, and downloadable graphics are part of this certification. Here is a partial list of the scientists, researchers, educators and lawyers whose work is cited within the Medical Marijuana 411 certifications.

Our goal of creating the most current content for this cannabis certification course was obtained by using peer-reviewed research from industry experts. All citations utilized in this course meet standard guidelines and are part of the public domain. Experts listed below are not affiliated with Medical Marijuana 411 and no endorsement or authorization should be inferred by their inclusion on our website. Medical Marijuana 411 has included links to each expert to ensure credit is given for their research, legal and scientific studies under the guidelines of “Fair Use.”

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