The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy prepares future generations of pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to be essential contributors to a dynamic health care arena.

The use of cannabis for approved medical and recreational purposes has become more predominant with the passage of new legislation across many states.

Close-up image of cannabis plant.However, cannabis can still affect medications that are taken by patients, and its important for pharmacists to understand how cannabis may impact prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

In an effort to support education about these issues, the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy now offers two elective courses for student pharmacists to provide them with a basis for understanding cannabis, its history, possible therapeutic use, and impact on current disease states and medications.

Available Medical Cannabis Elective Courses:

The following elective courses that focus on medical cannabis are available to third- and fourth-year student pharmacists enrolled in the School's PharmD program:

  • PHMY 5022: Introduction to Medical Cannabis
    In this introductory course, students will learn about the cultural history of medical cannabis use, explore how federal law and policy relating to medical and non-medical use of cannabis has evolved in the United States, and discuss ethical issues related to medical cannabis. Additionally, students will learn how to identify credible sources of information related to medical cannabis, and educate patients and other professionals.
  • PHMY 5023: Cannabis Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    Students will learn about receptor theory, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug tolerance and dependence as related to cannabis, along with a critical assessment of the clinical utility of cannabis for a range of indications. This course will develop participants’ skills to evaluate cannabis (and its components) from a mechanistic and pharmacologic perspective with the ultimate goal of providing the most appropriate cannabis regimen for individual patients for their particular indication.
Tailor Your PharmD to Match Your Professional Interests

In addition to elective courses in medical cannabis, our PharmD program features a wide selection of innovative didactic courses, specialized pathways, and even dual degrees that offer limitless opportunities for students to customize their learning to meet their individual interests.

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For More Information:

For more information about these and other available elective courses, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (410) 706-7653 or