In this 10-module course you'll learn about the safety and risks of using cannabis or CBD as a mom during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenting.
- Module 1: Welcome
- Module 2: Intro to Cannabis & Motherhood
- Module 3: Fertility
- Module 4: Pregnancy
- Module 5: Labor
- Module 6: Post-Partum Depression
- Module 7: Breastfeeding
- Module 8: Parenting
- Module 9: Legal Risks
- Module 10: Advocacy
- Bonus Materials
- Final Exam & Certification
The Cannabis & Motherhood Certification course also includes:
- Lesson MP3 files you can download & listen to in your car or on-the-go.
- PDF files of the lesson slide decks you can download and print out or read on your computer for further study.
- Quizzes at the end of each module to help you retain information.
- A printable certificate of completion from the Institute of Plant-Assisted Therapy once you pass the final exam.
Why Take This Course?
Cannabis does not cause birth defects, unlike alcohol and other prescription drugs. In fact, there are many published research studies, and mothers have been safely using the substance for decades in the United States and many other countries. Cannabis can be a safer alternative than prescription opioids, antidepressants, anti-nausea, and epilepsy drugs for mothers.
My name is Dr. Michele Ross, and I'm a neuroscientist who has studied the effects of cannabis on the developing brain.
I ran a nonprofit research institute on cannabis and women's health for 5 years and have educated and coached thousands of mothers, doctors, nurses, and doulas. I'm here to help you make an informed decision on whether cannabis is right for you, how to properly use to to minimize any negative impact to your child, and how to avoid any legal issues or social stigma surround your use. If you still have questions after this course, I will be available via email.
IT'S TIME FOR SCIENCE, NOT STIGMA
We hear a lot of sensational headlines in the news about cannabis being so dangerous for pregnant moms, but much of this is based on poor designed studies funded by anti-cannabis groups or taken out of context.
You can use cannabis or CBD safely during any stage of motherhood, it is all about balance risks and benefits and choosing the right products at the right dosages.
Most doctors and scientists are not educated on the endocannabinoid system, which is the largest neurotransmitter system regulating all of your other neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, and much more. They don't know that people can have an endocannabinoid deficiency, similar to how our body can have a deficiency in Vitamin D or other nutrients.
These healthcare professionals definitely don't understand why a woman would choose cannabis or CBD to treat their symptoms of pain, nausea, anxiety, or health issues instead of using a traditional prescription drug. And they don't know the current research showing how cannabis and CBD show little harm to mother or baby during pregnancy, especially compared to alcohol, cigarettes, and other prescription drugs.
So when a woman asks their doctor about using cannabis or CBD especially if they are pregnant or breastfeeding, she is usually told to stop immediately. Even worse, the patient might be referred Child Protective Services or substance abuse programs, instead of having a real conversations about the potential risk and benefits of using cannabis of CBD.
As a neuroscientist, chronic pain relief coach, and founder of the first 501c3 nonprofit research institute on cannabis and women's health, I realized I was uniquely positioned to shift the conversation from stigma to science. I decided to created an online certification program on Cannabis & Motherhood to increase the number of healthcare and cannabis industry professionals that understood the risks and benefits of using cannabis during all stages of motherhood.