Educational Resources

Our Education Commitment

The CCIC is dedicated to providing evidence-based educational information to health care practitioners and the general public. All the information distributed by the CCIC is based on scientific research and has significant evidence to support it. Our commitment is to ensure that we provide access to balanced and unbiased information that has received wide-spread support from the scientific community.

CCIC Educational Platform

The CCIC, through financial support provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded via competitive grant competitions, has developed an open-access, online platform to provide up-to-date science and research around cannabis and cannabinoids directly from the scientific and medical community to the public. Scientific presentations from the CCIC conferences are available on our educational platform that can be directly accessed at Select presentations from each annual conference will be added to the educational platform on an annual basis to have continuous access to the evolving research and science occuring in this field.

Canadian Cannabis Syllabus

Register now for Canada’s most comprehensive online education on cannabinoid therapeutics. The CCIC has developed the Canadian Cannabis Syllabus, a 9-module online learning program for all healthcare practitioners. Learn at your own pace from content entirely developed by recognized experts in the field of cannabinoid research. The Canadian Cannabis Syllabus is an essential, unbiased and evidence-based learning program for all physicians and other healthcare practitioners.

The Canadian Cannabis Syllabus is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

To learn more or access the program directly, please visit:


Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)

The LRCUG are an evidence-based public health intervention tool developed by a group of experts in addiction and health sciences to make cannabis users aware of health risks associated with cannabis use and suggests ways in which one can modify their behaviour to reduce their risk of experiencing health-related harms.

General Brochure:—reports-and-books—research/canadas-lower-risk-guidelines-cannabis-pdf.pdf

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Health Canada Documents Related to Cannabis

Health Canada has put an extensive amount of work into developing summaries of knowledge regarding the health impacts of cannabis.

Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids:
This document is a very comprehensive review of the endocannabinoid system, how cannabinoids work and the evidence regarding health benefits and risks associated with cannabis and cannabinoids.

Canadian Cannabis Survey:
Launched in Spring 2018, close to 13,000 Canadians completed the survey, including more than 3,400 who reported cannabis use in the past year. The CCS gathers comprehensive baseline data that will help the Government monitor and measure the impact of legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis. It will also help inform the design and delivery of our public education and awareness activities.

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research from the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine

This is a very comprehensive review of the relevant research regarding the health effects of cannabis published since 1999. The report summarizes the current state of knowledge of what is known about potentisal therapeutic and harmful effects of cannabis use. Areas of need for cannabis research are highlighted as well.

Talking Pot with Youth

This is a document created by the CCSA to create a framework to promote discussion with youth about the scientific evidence of cannabis.

Cannabis Evidence Series: An Evidence Synthesis

This document was commissioned by the Alberta Government to help support policy development by the Government of Alberta. This consists of five reports: the Canadian context for cannabis use and legalization; the health effects and harms of cannabis; medical cannabis; advertisement and communication regulations; experience with legalization among jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis use.

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP)

The CCSDP has developed an educational toolkit to facilitate conversations with youth about cannabis use.



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