Minnesota Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification

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The Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification will allow you to learn the core fundamentals of cannabis science and explore cannabis industry knowledge, so you are prepared to be a certified in your state. Our courses and certifications will provide you with knowledge and skillset to enter the cannabis job market competitively, right out of the gate. This certification is not just for medical professionals, but for budtenders who want to enroll in the most robust cannabis certification course as your educational foundation.

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Does your state have legal cannabis?

Yes!  Medical cannabis is legal in Minnesota; however, the smoking of cannabis was prohibited until March 1st 2022 when legislation allowed smokable forms of cannabis and went into effect. Patients may use liquid, pill or vaporized delivery methods. Home cultivation is illegal in Minnesota. Patients report limited access due to high costs and an insufficient number of dispensaries. Minnesota does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards.

Beginning March 1, 2022, patients will also be permitted to access herbal forms of cannabis. At that time, patients may purchase up to two and a half ounces of medical cannabis flower per 14 day period from licensed providers.

Medical Marijuana 411 understands that industry personnel (budtenders) and healthcare professionals strive to be knowledgeable. The MM411, Inc Certifications offer the science behind “why” cannabis can be an option for different ailments.

What does the Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification Include?

The Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification will allow you to learn the core fundamentals of cannabis science and explore cannabis industry knowledge, so you are prepared to be a certified in your state. Our courses and certifications will provide you with knowledge and skillset to enter the cannabis job market competitively, right out of the gate. This certification is not just for medical professionals, but for budtenders who want to enroll in the most robust cannabis certification course as your educational foundation.

As you expand your cannabis educational pursuits, make sure to check out additional courses such as our Advanced CBD Certification. Medical Marijuana 411 will be adding new expert level certifications monthly. Subscribe to our e-news to stay informed!

The Medical Cannabis Foundational Course is an online course that covers a series of 12 modules designed to teach healthcare and industry professionals the fundamental topics of cannabis and includes a specific module on the legal framework, forms and other pertinent information regarding the Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis Regulations.

In addition to Minnesota specific regulations,  learn about the federal legal framework of working with medical marijuana patients, the basics of the cannabis plant, the Endocannabinoid System, and how cannabinoid receptors work with our bodies. Additional modules will cover important topics like: how to medicate, inhalation versus ingestion, contraindications, drug-on-drug interactions, and recommended rations of specific illnesses.

Did you know that Healthcare Professionals are covered by Federal Law to talk to patients about Medical Marijuana even in non-legal states by an existing statute? That’s the wealth of information contained in MM411, Inc. certifications.

This certification also  includes: video testimonials from scientists and medical experts, downloadable infographics, additional visuals to support the written content followed by an exam to receive your certificate. Any individual wanting to learn more about the science of cannabis will find the course valuable. And we guarantee your complete satisfaction or your money back. To date, MM411, Inc has never had a return. Enrollees love our certifications and we stand by our courses with a 100% guarantee.

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.

Minnesota – Medical Marijuana Legal Overview

In 2014, Minnesota Governor Dayton signed the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act (SF 2470) into law, which provides legal protections for patients with certain debilitating medical conditions who obtain a physician’s recommendation for the use of medical cannabis products. The law authorizes a regulatory program to oversee the distribution and manufacturing of permitted cannabis products, which may use liquid, pill or vaporized delivery methods, however the smoking of cannabis is prohibited. SF 2470 imposes no concentration limits on THC or CBD for these products, which offers maximum flexibility in designing medical cannabis treatments that can be tailored to treat a wide range of patient health conditions. Patient protections are strong in the 2014 law, though it does permit state collection of patient medical data for those patients who are recommended medical cannabis. With respect to patient access, the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act allowed for eight dispensaries to be operated by private companies.  Two companies are currently licensed to operate cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail facilities under the law.

In 2016, the state added intractable pain and PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions eligible for patient enrollment in the state system via HF 3142.  This legislation also improved transportation laws for testing and disposal, and allowed pharmacists to video-conference with patients.  In 2018, the Department of Health added sleep apnea, autism and Alzheimer’s to the list of qualifying conditions. The Minnesota Department of Corrections also moved to allow people on supervised release to use medical cannabis.

In 2019, the state expanded the number of legal medical retail facilities from 8 to 16.  The Minnesota Department of Health also added chronic pain and macular degeneration to the list of conditions eligible for medical cannabis treatment. In 2020, under the state’s COVID emergency plans, Minnesota authorized medical cannabis businesses to continue operating, extended patient access through curbside pickup and home delivery, permitted telemedicine for physician evaluations, and extended existing enrollments. Source: Americans for Safe Access

There was hopeful addition for cannabis policy advocates in the 2022 legislature: The legislature and governor approved an omnibus bill (HF4065) that includes provisions to clearly legalize and to regulate hemp-derived edible and drinkable products infused with cannabinoids. It allows edibles with up to 5 grams of THC per serving and up to 50 grams per package.

Office of Medical Cannabis

Qualifying Conditions

  • cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment produces one or more of the following: (i) severe or chronic pain; (ii) nausea or severe vomiting; oo (iii) cachexia or severe wasting;
  • glaucoma;
  • human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
  • Tourette’s syndrome;
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
  • seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
  • severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:
    • severe or chronic pain;
    • nausea or severe vomiting;
    • cachexia or severe wasting;
  • PTSD;
  • intractable pain; or
  • any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner

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 –Minnesota Cannabis Legal Module

Module 3 – 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 4 – The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System

  • 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
  • Human Thriving Behavior and the ECS

Module 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – 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 8 – Laboratory Testing

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

Module 9 – 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 10 – Cannabis and Opioids

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

Module 11 – Medical Myths and Facts

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

Module 12 – 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.”