By Emily Ledger
A new online learning platform has launched today with the aim of providing vital education around cannabis and cannabinoids. Sativa Learning is open to medical professionals, entrepreneurs, CBD retailers, and individuals alike, giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about cannabis and its derivatives.
The e-learning scheme has been developed by industry experts, including leading academics, physicians, and regulatory experts to create a credible curriculum based around medical cannabis and cannabinoids.
The aim of Sativa Learning is to provide much-needed education in the sector to dismiss myths and misinformation around cannabis. The courses are designed to give doctors and clinicians the confidence to prescribe medical cannabis as well as to give CBD retailers and entrepreneurs the knowledge they need to provide guidance and build trust with their customers.
Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in 2018, yet access to cannabis-based medicines remains low. It is believed that the barrier to these potentially life-saving medications is largely down to limited education in the medical community.
The limited knowledge of medical cannabis within the medical sector means that many GPs and practitioners are still reluctant to consider cannabis-based medicines.
Founder and CEO of Sativa Learning, Ryan McCreanor, said of the platform:
“Learners of all backgrounds; be it medical, business or those in search of a new job, can learn in bitesize modules, at their own pace. Our bespoke courses link learning directly to UK business regulation and law.”
The first CPD-accredited Sativa Learning course is the CBD Industry Professional course. Those who sign up will learn about the history of cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, cannabis plant chemistry, bioavailability and dosing over nine interactive modules.
This course also contains a dedicated law module focusing on UK and EU regulation around CBD, which has been approved by the cannabis law team at Mackrell Solicitors.
In addition to ‘CBD Industry Professional’, further courses have been developed with the help of medical cannabis expert Professor Mike Barnes, and Hannah Deacon, a prominent medical cannabis campaigner and mother to Alfie Dingley, the first patient in the UK to receive an NHS medical cannabis prescription.
Two further courses are scheduled to be unveiled in Summer 2021.
In a press release, Professor Mike Barnes stated: “There is still a large knowledge gap surrounding medical cannabis and CBD which is resulting in many patients missing out on a life-changing medication. But, we’re also seeing many new CBD start-ups offering CBD wellness products – accompanied by a lack of education.
“It is important to recognise just how much everyone can benefit from improved knowledge in all things medical cannabis and CBD.”
He continued: “Working with Sativa Learning to create this education platform has meant we’re able to provide effective, certified education to cover licensed practitioners, CBD wholesalers or shop owners and job-seekers looking to get ahead of the rest.”
As the global cannabis and cannabinoids industries continue to grow and thrive it is expected to offer opportunities for jobs, business prospects, and better access to medical cannabis for those who need it.
It is essential that our knowledge of the plant and its derivatives evolves alongside this blooming industry, making educational platforms like Sativa Learning a step in the right direction for formal and reliable cannabis education.
For more information about Sativa Learning, visit their website.