Join or log into the HealthCert Community to gain immediate access to the online short course "Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis".

Course overview

Explore the new generation of medicine and stay ahead of the curve in managing common conditions in primary care, including pain, anxiety, insomnia, cancer, autoimmune disorders, IBS, autism, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory conditions, skin conditions and many more, with medicinal cannabis. In this short course, you will learn some of the medical applications of cannabinoids in general practice as a tool to improve patient outcomes and take a holistic approach to their care.

Topics covered:

  • Medical acceptance
  • Benefits
  • Administration 
  • Side effects 
  • Contraindications
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endocannabinoid system
  • Chronic pain
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Tourette's 
  • OCD 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Insomnia 

The short course provides GPs with fundamental knowledge on medicinal cannabis in Australian primary care. The video lectures are based on university quality-assured medicinal cannabis certificate courses. HealthCert highly recommends further medicinal cannabis training upon completion of the short course.

This course has been developed in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners (ANZCCP). To learn more and to join go to

If you are interested in formal training and certification in medicinal cannabis after the completion of the online short course, please join us for the university assured Certificate and Professional Diploma of Medicinal Cannabis, available to start anytime online.


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Treating autism, ADHD, Tourette's and OCD with medicinal cannabis presented by Dr John Teh


  • Introduction to medical cannabis 
    This module delves into prescribing in Australia, TGA approvals, evidence for use, how to administer it, side effects, and contraindications.
  • Auto-immune and inflammatory disorders - rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia
    This module features the evidence for use of medicinal cannabis in treating auto-immune and inflammatory disorders and provides a case example that includes patient history, dosing and more. 
  • Chronic pain and medical cannabis 
    This module explains the endocannabinoid system and the different types of cannabinoids, strains and receptors, touching on how medical cannabis helps treat chronic pain. 
  • Autism, ADHD, Tourette's and OCD
    This video gives a brief introduction to treating autism, ADHD, Tourette's and OCD with cannabis and discusses the complexity involved in treating paediatric patients with cannabinoid medicines. 
  • Anxiety, depression and insomnia 
    This video outlines the evidence that supports treating patients with anxiety, depression and insomnia with cannabis and the important considerations when determining the dose for these patients. 


The short course has been purpose-built for GPs with little or no previous training in medicinal cannabis who would like to start exploring this area. Upon the completion of this introductory online course, further medicinal cannabis training is highly recommended. 


The short course is delivered online within the HealthCert Community. Upon registration, participants will gain access to all five video modules and can enjoy a flexible learning experience within their own home, in their own time, and on their favourite mobile device.


GPs working in Australia (except for in Tasmania) may prescribe Medicinal Cannabis, however, as part of the guidelines of the TGA SAS-B, you will need to indicate that you have the knowledge necessary to do so. This short course does not meet this requirement. The Professional Diploma of Medicinal Cannabis program will equip you with the knowledge required to manage and prescribe Medicinal Cannabis for various conditions and can serve as part of your documentation showing that you have undertaken education in this field when you decide to become an authorised prescriber. 


Dr John Teh
President, ANZCCP 

Dr John Teh Medical Director and Educator of PlantMed Medical Cannabis Clinic has been working within the Medicinal Cannabis industry since the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in Australia in February 2016.


Dr Orit Holtzman
Co-Founder & Vice President, ANZCCP

Dr Orit holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Tel Aviv, a PhD in neuroscience from the University of NSW and an MBBS from the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. After working in the public hospital system, she began exploring wholistic health solutions and become passionate about utilising medicinal cannabis as a therapeutic agent.


Dr Gull Herzberg
Founding Board Member, ANZCCP

Dr Herzberg has been working as an Integrative medical practitioner for over 15 years. He has always been keen to explore investigative and therapeutic avenues complementary to those regularly used by his medical colleagues. Gull has treated over 300 patients with medicinal cannabis for a range of conditions.


Dr Imran Khan
Founding Board Member, ANZCCP

Dr Imran Khan completed his medical training at The Sheffield School of Medicine (UK) in 2001. He has held clinical leadership roles in the UK, Australia & Qatar and is currently the Medical Director of Warringah Medical Centre (NSW). He is a UK trained Family Medical Practitioner, an advocate for the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis.