The Endocannabinoid System

Tuition: $69
Hours: 3


Course Description

The endogenous cannabinoid system has been present in all vertebrates for over 500 million years, however, it has only been recently (1992) discovered. We are still learning and understanding its role in the human body. Many States are "legalizing" cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol) is being touted to help with a myriad of conditions, some based upon research, some not. This three-hour distance based course is intended to provide Doctors of Chiropractic with relevant information to have at least a basic understanding of the biochemistry of this system, its components and the effect of exogenous factors on this system so that we may offer advice based upon sound research or direct our patients where they can obtain answers.


The content of this course is provided through online reading material in which the learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. A minimum of three hours is required. There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class. The learner must receive a score of 75% of the total possible points and log at least three hours to receive credit for the course. Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.

No textbooks required. Computer and Internet service required for completion of this course. Funding sources and potential conflicts of interest statement: No funds were received, underwritten or subsidized by any vendors of any goods including supplies or services for this course.


Hour 1 - The Endocannabinoid System

Hour 2 - Cannabinoids and Terpenes, The Dopamine System

Hour 3 - Endocannabinoid Research, Cannabis


The clinician should be able to identify the components of the endogenous cannabinoid system, its function, effects of exogenous factors as well as review research pertinent to influencing this system. They should understand dopamine metabolism and the interaction of the endocannabinoid system with that system. Constituents of cannabis and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system will also be discussed.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.