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Well known marijuana community icon Farmer Tom Lauerman is offering his input and knowledge to augment Clark College’s new Cannabis and Health course, scheduled for the Spring Quarter 2017
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Clark College, in Washington state, will be offering a Community Education course in the Spring 2017 Quarter, on “Cannabis and Your Health.” Led by instructor David Benedicktus, a retired Registered Nurse, the class will also feature input and information from Washington state marijuana community icon Farmer Tom Lauerman.

“I feel it’s extremely important to educate the public on cannabis in general,” Farmer Tom told Toke Signals on Tuesday morning, “not to mention the importance of the endocannabinoid system and the entourage effects.”

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Farmer Tom in a contemplative moment
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“This basic knowledge of cannabis will give the public a starting place to explore the benefits of this miraculous plant,” Lauerman told us.

According to Farmer Tom, the class is geared to anyone interested in the benefits of cannabis upon health. “We expect the class to be filled with baby boomers, seniors and inquisitive young adults,” he said.

Farmer Tom said he’d been helping line up quality speakers for the course. “I also gave ideas on topics that the public would find interesting and informative,” he told us.

Cost for the course, which will run for five weeks, from May 18 through June 22, will be $89.

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David Benedicktus, a retired Registered Nurse, will lead the course on cannabis and health at Clark College
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Farmer Tom himself will be on hand for Week One of the course, offering his knowledge on Growing Your Own. He’ll be back on Week Two to speak on the History of Medical Cannabis, and on Week Four, along with Courney Ann Braswell, to review medical cannabis products including flower, oil, topicals, tinctures, and sublingual sprays.

The spring course won’t be the only time this year Clark College, located in Vancouver, Washington, will offer marijuana knowledge, according to Lauerman. “The Science Department has asked me to do a Summer workshop on “Taking Your Plants to Harvest,” Farmer Tom told us.

Course Details

“Cannabis and Your Health” 
Community Education – Spring Quarter 2017
Location: Columbia Tech Center Campus Room 338
5/18 – 6/22/17 – 5 weeks Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00PM
Note: Due to the instructors scheduling issues class will not be held June 1st; instead a 5th class will be added 6/22/17.
Instructor: David Benedicktus, RN, BSN, (Retired)
Presentation: Lecture and videos supported by a variety of guest speakers

Course description: 
What’s the current science on the medical and health benefits of cannabis? Wondering about the difference between medical and recreational cannabis? Learn about health conditions where marijuana has been found to have therapeutic uses. What are the health risks, including respiratory conditions as well as results of pesticide residue? Learn how cannabis is dispensed. Review the laws for medical and recreational marijuana, understanding what is legal in Washington State.

Course Schedule: 

Week 1: May 18
Introduction to class syllabus and topics
Where did marijuana come from?
The history of cannabis: How the plant spread throughout the world
Medical Cannabis and the Law: Anne van Leynseele and Chris Lynch from 7 Points Law
Growing your own with Farmer Tom Lauerman

Week 2: May 25
The pharmacology of cannabis
What are the different types of cannabis?
Current and potential health uses for cannabis
Forms of consumption and effects
History of Medical Cannabis with Farmer Tom Lauerman

Week 3: June 8
Health risks of cannabis
Comparison of  cannabis addiction potential to other drugs
Q&A panel with dispensary providers

Week 4: June 15
Dispensary and grower panel
Review of medical cannabis products: bud, oils, topical, tinctures, sublingual sprays etc. with Farmer Tom Lauerman and Courtney Anne Braswell

Week 5: June 22
Patient Stories
Patient panel

Learning Outcomes 

Outcome #1: Knowledge.
Describe what is meant by medical vs. recreational cannabis.
Identify types of cannabis.
Learn how cannabis is used to treat chronic disease.
Discover the uses of the different types of cannabis.

Outcome #2: Comprehension.
Understand the risk factors of episodic vs. regular cannabis use.
Define what organic means and what pesticides are used in cannabis production.
Review the current research on using cannabis in managing symptoms for chronic pain, MS symptoms, Parkinsonism symptoms, neuropathic pain, pediatric epilepsy, stomach problems, nausea and psychiatric disorders etc.

Outcome #3: Application
Explore how to read labels and shop for the right cannabis product in dispensaries.
Examine dosing, side effects and route of administration.
Learn the law and guidelines for growing cannabis at home.

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