Presentation Title

Cannabis-related Content in North American Post-Secondary Curricula: A Scoping Review

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented April 1, 2017

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

1-4-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

1-4-2017 3:15 PM

Abstract

On August 11, 2016, the Canadian government announced the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) outlining reasonable cannabis use for medical purposes. Educators teaching cannabis-related content face challenges as the new legalization requires a shift away from a focus on substance abuse towards incorporating economic, social, and health promotion aspects.

This presentation shares the first of a multi-stage project to investigate how recent and proposed changes to cannabis legalization are being incorporated to post-secondary curricula in North America. A scoping review of peer-reviewed and grey literature was conducted to answer this question. This research was initially conducted with a focus on schools of nursing and is currently being expanded to include other disciplines.

Early findings suggest that peer-reviewed nursing articles emphasize teaching cannabis in terms of substance abuse treatment rather than knowledge about medical cannabis. An online search of available cannabis-related content, within English-speaking Canadian universities/colleges that have a nursing school, reveals that many cannabis-related courses are being developed. These include different disciplines such as pharmacology, agriculture, and marketing and are delivered in the format of courses, workshops/seminars, and public presentations in classroom or online. How many of these are or will be part of nursing school curricula remains unclear at this stage.

Department

Nursing

Faculty Advisor

Nicola Waters

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Cannabis-related Content in North American Post-Secondary Curricula: A Scoping Review

IB 1015

On August 11, 2016, the Canadian government announced the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) outlining reasonable cannabis use for medical purposes. Educators teaching cannabis-related content face challenges as the new legalization requires a shift away from a focus on substance abuse towards incorporating economic, social, and health promotion aspects.

This presentation shares the first of a multi-stage project to investigate how recent and proposed changes to cannabis legalization are being incorporated to post-secondary curricula in North America. A scoping review of peer-reviewed and grey literature was conducted to answer this question. This research was initially conducted with a focus on schools of nursing and is currently being expanded to include other disciplines.

Early findings suggest that peer-reviewed nursing articles emphasize teaching cannabis in terms of substance abuse treatment rather than knowledge about medical cannabis. An online search of available cannabis-related content, within English-speaking Canadian universities/colleges that have a nursing school, reveals that many cannabis-related courses are being developed. These include different disciplines such as pharmacology, agriculture, and marketing and are delivered in the format of courses, workshops/seminars, and public presentations in classroom or online. How many of these are or will be part of nursing school curricula remains unclear at this stage.