Medical Cannabis: Ancestral Knowledge Made Relevant

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Cannabis Medicine: Ancestral Knowledge Made Relevant


November 12-16, 2022 

University of Oklahoma, Norman


3 credits


Scholar: Maria Pettinato, Seattle University (Retired)


A conceptual approach to understanding the history, structure, and function of cannabis including its effect on the human body.  This course will introduce subject matter such as retrograde inhibition and the specific effect of cannabis on mitochondria. The course will examine mechanisms of the human brain, the concept of homeostasis, and the specific constituents and chemical characteristics of cannabis and its effect on the function of body systems.



Dr. Maria Pettinato, RN, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned tenure and Associate Professorship at Seattle University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at seven different universities on the east and west coast of the United States for the past 30+ years. Her teaching expertise in the fields of Neurobiology and Pathophysiology are at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching expertise at the undergraduate level also includes courses in Nutrition and Medicinal Cannabis. She is the author of multiple peer reviewed articles in the fields of sexual minority health, addictive behavior disorders, cannabis medicine, and is an expert in Grounded Theory methodology. She has worked on a research team at the University of Washington that developed continuing education modules for health care providers regarding the use of cannabis medicine for chronic pain.


  • Enrollment through your home campus; contact your local OSLEP campus coordinator for information 
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost-NO books to buy! 
  • Housing and meals provided 
  • In-person residential seminar 


Dr. Pettinato