Marijuana occupies a strange place in our society, as both an illegal recreational drug, and a unique herbal medication that holds great potential benefit for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. We all know the cultural stereotypes of marijuana users: “potheads”, druggies, stoners sitting on the couch for hours on end. Munching on food and doing who knows what. Drug use has rightly gained an extremely negative reputation in modern culture, due to the many harmful effects it has on peoples’ lives, and the fact that recreational use of drugs is almost uniformly illegal in our society. Marijuana, however, is unlike most other recreational drugs in that it’s a natural plant-derived herbal substance, and isn’t heavily refined, altered, or manufactured. For thousands of years, the cannabis plant has been used as an herbal remedy for pain relief, prevention of nausea and headaches, and the alleviation of skin conditions and digestive problems, among other ailments. Proponents of marijuana as medicine point out that it does naturally what modern lab-created medicines do synthetically, with very few side effects. People who are drawn to organic, natural remedies see marijuana as an excellent treatment for many health problems, and scientists are finally beginning to give marijuana the legitimate research and scientific studies that it deserves. Many countries have recognized marijuana’s medical potential and legalized its use as medicine. So join our instructor, Donn Kropp, “weed” through the evidence, leaving no “stone” unturned, to discover the facts of medical marijuana.
Our Objectives for this Course:
In this lecture we demystify the marijuana plant and take a look at its various chemical compounds.
In this lecture we take a look back into history and see the role that marijuana has played throughout the millennia.
In order to evaluate marijuana’s usefulness or effectiveness as a medication, we need to understand exactly how marijuana interacts with bodily systems. In this lecture we delve into how the various chemical compounds of marijuana effect our brain, body and emotions.
When people think of using marijuana, almost everyone thinks of smoking it. There are actually many options for administering medical marijuana, and the different methods actually impact how the drug effects a person’s body. In this lecture we will take a look at the various ways and forms marijuana is ingested and how those forms effect the body and its systems.
In this lecture we will explore the reasons why marijuana is an effective medication for certain health conditions.
As with any drug, side effects can be a major concern for patients’ health, in both the short-term and the long-term. In this lecture we will take a look at the short and long-term effects of marijuana.
Marijuana legislation is constantly changing and varies widely between states. In this lecture we take a look at the state and federal government's stance on marijuana legislation.
In this lecture we ask the question, "Should Marijuana Be Legalized?" We look at the various perspectives, for and against, legalization.
Most medical decisions already involve uncertainty and risk; however, medical marijuana is one of the most controversial medications available and patients must carefully weigh the pros and cons before making the decision that’s right for them. In this lecture we uncover the Pros and Cons of marijuana use.
In this lecture we we recap the six main ideas we've learned today and conclude our course.
Six Main Ideas:
I have a passion and desire to bring others to greater levels of health and wellness. With over ten years of emergency and trauma room experience as an RN I bring a seasoned, yet fresh approach to health and wellness education. I have worked with top education companies as an instructional designer. I had an acting career that lasted a microsecond. I love to develop educational materials utilizing sound principles of pedagogy and multimedia theory.
Academic Stuff: Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2001 from University of North Carolina- Charlotte. Masters in Healthcare Leadership from University of California, Davis
Work Experience Stuff: ER/Trauma Nurse, Medical Consultant, Correctional Medicine, Instructional Designer, Entrepreneur, Web developer, Videographer
Stuff I Like to Do: Travel, read, anything death defying, golf, exercise, eat
Places I've Lived: Japan, North Carolina, Georgia, California
Places I've Visited: Japan, Saipan, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Korea, India, Haiti, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Mexico
Places I Want To Visit: New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Kansas
Embarrassing Moment? “About thirty seconds before giving a speech, I spilled water in my lap from a water bottle. There was no podium to hide behind, so I just started the speech out by saying I was just diagnosed with early-onset urinary incontinence. It took about ten minutes to dry and it was quite embarrassing. Note to self-no water before giving a speech."
If I had a robot what would you train it to do? "Give me daily deep tissue shiatsu massages."
Proud Moment? “I had the great honor of being chosen as an honoree for The REAL Awards. These awards highlight the work of health workers around the globe. I was honored and humbled to be a recipient of this award. It was a great pleasure to be able to meet Bill Clinton and represent millions of health workers around the globe who help save lives every day."