Cannabis Budtender


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CTU Budtender 2021

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Land your dream job as a budtender, with this certificate that is included in the Master of Cannabis Program! Cannabis Budtender’s easy-to-understand lessons and videos will boost your knowledge of marijuana and teach you how to get a work permit, write a resume, and land that job you have always wanted as a budtender. Your certificate will show employers that you’re trained and certified to work as a budtender or in CBD/hemp sales!

Land your dream job as a budtender, with this certificate that is included in the Master of Cannabis Program!


Is this cannabis college accredited?

Yes! We are the only cannabis education school in the world that has an internationally recognized accreditation provided by ANSI/IACET.

Is this program included in the Master of Cannabis?

Yes! This program, and 9 other certificate programs are included in the Master of Cannabis.

Is this course online or in person?

It is 100% online. You can make your own schedule, and work from any device!

How long does it take to complete the Master of Cannabis Program?

Complete the required work in as little as 7 days (42 hrs of required content), or take your time (12 weeks of access) and enjoy hundreds of hours of how-to tutorials, resources, and 8 Ed Rosenthal e-books. There are no set class times and no homework, and anyone 18+ can enroll. If you need more time in the program it is easy to extend your access!

I would potentially pay someone [with a Cannabis Budtender certificate] a dollar an hour or more than somebody who wouldn't have that [certificate].

– Michelle Laforce

Recreational Cannabis Dispensary Owner

Michelle Laforce CTU User Testimonial

Budtender Certification: Topics

Intro Cannabis Basics

What Is Cannabis?

Cannabis has been described as a weed, as a recreational drug, and as the latest craze in medical treatment. But what actually is it? This lesson will cover the origins of the cannabis plant and tell you what you need to know about cannabis strains and cultivars. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Plant Overview, including Origins of Cannabis, Cannabis Cultivars, Cannabis Strains,1 3 Descriptions of Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, Hybrids, and Cannabis Ruderalis, Parts of the Cannabis Plant, Cannabis Seeds, Hemp Fiber, Cannabis Flowers, Cannabis Buds, Cannabis Nugs, and Cannabis Trichomes
  • The Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp
  • Structure, Life Cycle, and Reproduction System of Cannabis Plants
  • Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System

Components of Cannabis

A look at compounds in cannabis like THC, CBD, and terpenes that can have an impact on patients. The lesson covers these topics:

  • The Primary Chemical Compounds in Cannabis, including Terpenes and Cannabinoids
  • Entourage Effects of Cannabis Components
  • Monoterpenes and Sesquiterpenes
  • The Presence of Terpenes in Cannabis Strains
  • Terpenes and Infections (including MRSA)
  • Raphael Mechoulam and S. Ben-Shabbat’s Entourage Effect Research with Full Spectrum Medical Cannabis and Whole Plant Cannabis Medicine
  • CBD and THC Interaction and Ratios
  • Cannabis Entourage Effects on Anxiety, Blood Pressure, Appetite, Memory, Attention, Insomnia, Sleep, and Addiction2 3
  • Cannabis Strains that Reduce Cravings, Increase Alertness, Improve Circulation, and Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cannabis Entourage Effects for Acne, Alzheimer’s Disease, Reducing Anxiety, Autoimmune Disorders, Lowering Blood Pressure, Mending Broken Bones, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, Depression, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Inflammation, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Neurological Damage, Pain Relief, Sleep, and Insomnia

Cannabis Products

The cannabis industry is growing exponentially. With growth comes a variety of new products—so many, in fact, that choosing the right one can be confusing to both new and experienced users. This lesson breaks down the most common products available at dispensaries. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Differences between Cannabis Products, including Cannabinoid Content, Potency, Activation (Raw vs. Decarboxylated), Classification based on Strain Names or Cultivars, Classification Based on Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid, Terpene Content
  • CBD:THC Ratio, THC-Dominant Products, CBD-Dominant Products, Hemp Products, 1:1 CBD:THC Ratios, CBD Products
  • How Potency is Shown on Labels for Cannabis Flower, Cannabis Concentrates, and Edibles, including Percentages and Number of Milligrams
  • Raw Cannabinoids, including THCA, CBDA, and Non-Activated Products
  • How to Read Cannabis Product Labels, including Tracking and Regulatory Information, Effects, Cannabinoid Content, Activation Status, Potency, Contaminants, Nutrition Information, and Terpene Content3 2
  • Products Sold at Dispensaries, including Flowers, Concentrates, Edibles, Topicals, Transdermals, and Other Infused Products
  • How to Find High Quality Top Shelf Bulk Cannabis Flowers, Buds, Joints, Blunts, Pre-Rolls, and Shake including Bud Size and Potential Cannabis Contaminants, Pesticides, Mold, and Seeds
  • Characteristics of Low Quality Cannabis, including Scent, Color, Finger Feel, Throat Feel
  • Cannabis Flower Consumption Methods, including Smoking and Vaporizing
  • Input Materials for Cannabis Extracts, including Flash-Frozen Fresh Plants, Dried Cannabis Flowers, Dried Cannabis Trim, and Hemp
  • Cannabis Extraction Methods, including Solventless Concentrates (Kief, Bubble Hash, Pressed Hashish, Rosin) and Solvent-Based Extracts (RSO, BHO, PHO, Ethanol Extracts, CO2 Oil, Distillate, Isolate, Water-Soluble Isolate, Nano-Isolate)
  • Cannabis Concentrate Product Consistencies, including Budder, Shatter, Crumble, Wax, Live Resin, Sugar, Rocks and Sauce, and Vape Cartridges
  • How Cannabis Edibles Work, including LDL Delivery, Liver Metabolites, Dosing, Digestive System Issues, and Sublingual Delivery
  • Ingredients in Cannabis Edibles, including Flower Infusions in Oil, Distillates, Isolates, Full-Spectrum Extracts, Broad-Spectrum Extracts, Non-Cannabis Ingredients, and Allergens
  • Differences between Full-Spectrum cannabis oil, Broad-Spectrum hemp oil, Cannabis Distillates, Isolates, and Nano-Isolates
  • Cannabis Edibles, including Cannabis-Infused Oils, Cannabis Tinctures, Raw Cannabis Tinctures, Cannabis-Infused Capsules, Cannabis-Infused Foods, Gummies, Hard Candies, Savory Edibles Cookies, Brownies, Cannabis-Infused Beverages (Soda, Coffee, Tea, Beer, Energy Drinks)4 2
  • Cannabis Concentrates and Their Consumption, including Vaporizing with Vaporizers, Earth Stones, and Pens, How to Dab, and Dab Equipment (Dab Rigs, Nails, E-Nails, Torches, Dab Tools, Domes, Carb Caps, Terp Pearls, Quartz Inserts, Reverse Tweezers, Bangers)
  • Cannabis-Infused Topical and Transdermal Products, including Creams, Lotions, Balms, Patches, and Roll-Ons
  • Cannabis Topicals and Skin Sensitivity, Antioxidant Properties, Antimicrobial Properties, Acne Treatment, Onset and Duration, Pain Reduction, Inflammation Treatment, Itch Medicine
  • Other Dispensary Products including Cannabis-Infused Inhalers, Bath Bombs, Sexual Lubricants, Suppositories, Sublingual Strips, Moon Rocks, Infused Joints, Shampoo, Topicals

Intro Cannabis As Medicine

History of Medical Cannabis

A look at the origins of cannabis as medicine, and how the practice has evolved to meet the needs of modern patients. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Ancient History of Hemp Cultivation
  • Health Benefits of Cannabis, including Cannabis in the US Pharmacopoeia and Cannabis Used as a Legal Medicine
  • Cannabis Legislation in the United States, including the 1914 Harrison Act, the Cannabis Tax Act, the Boggs Act, the Narcotics Control Act, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, the Shafer Commission, the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) Program (also known as the IND Compassionate Use Program), the Controlled Substance Act, the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the Cole Memo
  • Public Cannabis Research Studies by Organizations Like the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the New England Journal of Medicine, including Scientific Evidence for Treating Glaucoma and Cancer with Cannabis5 3
  • Cannabis Regulation in the United States, including Cannabis Policy in the 1900s and 2000s, Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Cannabis and the FDA, Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Cannabis
  • United States Political Policy on Cannabis, including legislation by former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former President Ronald Reagan, former President Donald Trump, and former California Governor Jerry Brown
  • Current Cannabis Policy In President Joseph Biden's Administration
  • History of Cannabis Research on Phytocannabinoids, Cannabis and Pain, Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabidiol (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabicyclol (CBL), Acid Forms of Cannabis (THCA, CBDA, CBGA, CBCA, and CBLA), Cannabinoid Receptors, CB1 Receptors, Cannabis Receptors in the Brain, Endocannabinoids, Endogenous Cannabinoids, Anandamide (AEA), N-Arachidonoyl Ethanolamine, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)
  • Physician Concerns about Cannabis, including Cannabis Abuse, Cannabis vs. Morphine, Patients and Medical Cannabis, First Amendment Rights for Doctors Prescribing Cannabis, Prescribing Cannabis as a Federal Crime, Prosecution of Doctors for Prescribing Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Programs in the United States and Canada

This lesson describes qualifying conditions, patient/caregiver registration, and limits for every US state with a medical cannabis program and Canada. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in the United States6 3
  • Registering as a Medical Cannabis Patient in every US state with a medical cannabis program
  • Registering as a Medical Cannabis Caregiver in every US state with a medical cannabis program
  • Possession and Cultivation Rules for Medical Cannabis Patients in every US state with a medical cannabis program
  • Canada’s Medical Cannabis Program, including Qualifying Conditions, Becoming a Patient with Health Canada, Purchasing Medical Cannabis, and Becoming a Caregiver

The Endocannabinoid System

Information on how the body’s endocannabinoid system reacts with cannabinoids found in cannabis, and the benefits they can provide. The lesson covers these topics:

  • History of Mammals and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • Cannabis and Homeostasis in the Human Body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • Using Cannabis for Optimum Health and to Maintain a Healthy Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • The Lack of Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Education in Medical Schools8 2
  • Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Depletion and Cannabis Deficiency Syndromes like Anorexia Nervosa, Fibromyalgia, Huntington’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD, and Schizophrenia
  • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) and Cannabis Abstinence

Conditions Treated by Cannabis

Breaks down all of the most common symptoms addressed by medical cannabis. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Peer-Reviewed Research on Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including US Federal Government Restrictions on Cannabis Research and PubMed, the United States’ National Library of Medicine
  • Cannabis Medical Information from licensed cannabis physicians Dr. Joe Cohen, Dr. Arif Khan, and Dr. David Allen
  • Palliative Cannabis Treatments and Symptoms Relieved by Cannabis, including Appetite Stimulation, Nausea and Vomiting Control, Intraocular Eye Pressure, Reducing Seizures, Reducing Pain and Inflammation, Reducing Chronic Pain, Movement Disorder Symptoms, Neurological Disorder Symptoms, Reducing Anxiety, Reducing Depression, Reducing Opioid Addiction
  • Improving Health and Emotions with Cannabis

Administering Cannabis

Learn the best ways to consume cannabis and determine your dose. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Administration Methods, including Ingestion, Inhalation, Sublingual, Buccal, Intraoral, Transdermals, Topicals, and Suppositories6 2
  • Finding the Right Cannabis Dose, including Genetic Testing, DNA Tests, Titration for New and Experienced Users
  • Cannabis Sensitization Protocol and Cannabis Abstinence to Reduce Tolerance
  • Avoiding the Negative Side Effects of Cannabis including Psychoactive Effects, Intoxication, Anxiety, Scattered Thinking, Mania, Hallucinations, Cardiovascular Side Effects (Increased Heart Rate and Decreased Blood Pressure), Fatigue, Drowsiness Sedative Effects, Insomnia, Changes in Dreams, Allergic Reactions, Cannabis Dependence, Dizziness, Cough, Decreased Appetite, Appetite Stimulation, Dry Mouth, Red Eyes, Increased Urination, Lack of Effects, and Vaginal Dryness
  • Using Cannabis with Alternative Modalities such as Yoga, Hypnosis, and Physical Therapy
  • Cannabis Interactions with Other Drugs, including Medicinal Supplements, Opioids, Chemotherapy, NSAIDs, Acetaminophen, Steroids, Anti-Anxiety Medicine, Benzodiazepines, Probiotics, Alcohol, Antidepressants, Blood Pressure Medication, Warfarin, and Herbal Supplements

Cannabis Dispensary & Budtender Careers

Government Requirements for Cannabis Industry Workers

Necessary information on cannabis work permits and other required prerequisites for anyone looking to start a cannabis career in the United States or Canada. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Age Requirements for Working in Cannabis Businesses for each US state with a legal cannabis program
  • Cannabis Work Permit Fees for each US state with a legal cannabis program
  • Training Requirements for Cannabis Industry Employees for each US state with a legal cannabis program9 3
  • Legal Requirements for Cannabis Workers for each US state with a legal cannabis program
  • Employee Agent Card information for each US state with a legal cannabis program
  • Canadian Cannabis Worker Regulations, Cannabis Act, and Criminal Code Bill C-45
  • Age, Residency, and Ownership Requirements for Cannabis Industry Workers in Canada
  • Analytical Cannabis Testing Lab and Cannabis Research Licenses in Canada
  • Duties on Cannabis in Canada
  • Age Requirements for Cannabis Industry Workers in each Canadian province
  • Cannabis work permit fees in each Canadian province
  • Training Requirements for Cannabis Workers in each Canadian province
  • Legal requirements for cannabis workers in each Canadian province

Cannabis Career Basics

Everything you need to start your cannabis career, including how to identify and locate industry jobs, create the perfect cannabis resume and cover letter, and succeed at the interview so you can start working in this amazing and profitable industry. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Where to Look for a Cannabis Industry Job, including Cannabis Job Boards, Recruiting Companies, Placement Businesses, Staffing Agencies17
  • Online Cannabis Job Resources in the United States and Canada, including Indeed,, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, SimplyHired, Craigslist, Cannabis Training University, Ganjapreneur, BloomTHC,
  • Cannabis Staffing Agencies
  • Locating Cannabis Jobs through Social Media, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Getting a Cannabis Job through Unsolicited Emails, Newspapers and Magazine Ads
  • Networking for Cannabis Careers at Local Cannabis Events, Cannabis Dispensaries, Cannabis Industry Parties, Cannabis Legislation Events, Dispensary Parties, National Cannabis Events, Women Grow, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Cannabis Policy Project (MPP), MJBizCon, International Cannabis World Events, and Canna-Tech Cannabis Events
  • Building Cannabis Experience by Volunteering at Cannabis Organizations and Cannabis Blogging
  • Writing a Cannabis Resume, including Tips, Organization, and Showing Black Market Cannabis Experience
  • Using Skills from Other Industries on your Cannabis Resume, including Retails Skills for a Cannabis Budtender Job and Gardening Skills for a Cannabis Grower Job
  • How to Write a Cover Letter in the Cannabis Industry, including Tips, Organization, and Including Black Market Cannabis Experience
  • Sample Cannabis Entry-Level Cultivation Job Posting, Resume, and Cover Letter
  • Sample Cannabis Management Job Listing, Resume, and Cover Letter
  • Cannabis World Interview Tips, including Describing Black Market Cannabis Experience

Cannabis Dispensary and Budtender Careers

Budtending and dispensary work may be among the most popular avenues for starting a cannabis career, and this lesson shows exactly how to get started. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Overview of Cannabis Dispensary Businesses24
  • Jobs in Cannabis Dispensaries, including Budtenders, Cannabis Educators, Cannabis Assistants, Cannabis Guides, and Managers
  • Differences Between Strains and Weight Conversions for Bulk Cannabis Flower
  • Cannabis Edible Dosing and Cannabis Ingredients for Home Cooking
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Budtender
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Store Manager
  • Cannabis Dispensary Job Skills, including Checking in Patients, Handling Money, Weighing and Packaging Buds, Purchase Limits, Inventory Management, Rolling a Cannabis Cigarette, Rolling a Cannabis Cigar, Operating a Point of Sale (POS) System, and Customer Service
  • Recommending Medical Cannabis Products for Qualifying Conditions, including Insomnia, Pain, Attention Deficit, and Non-Medical Needs

Intro Cannabis Laws and Regulations

Cannabis Laws in the United States

A dive into cannabis laws across the US, including detailed information on current adult use, medical, and recreational programs in each state. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Laws in the United States, including United States Cannabis Regulation, Public Support for12 2 Cannabis in the US, Interaction between United States Federal and State Cannabis Laws, Cannabis Court Cases, Federal Cannabis Laws in the United States, Unwarranted Searches as They Relate to Cannabis, Firearms and Cannabis, and Cannabis and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Medical Cannabis Programs in each US state
  • Cannabis Possession, Distribution, Manufacturing, Growing, and Trafficking in Medical and Recreational Cannabis States
  • Recreational Cannabis Programs in each US state

Cannabis Laws In Canada

With adult-use cannabis now legal nationwide, there has never been a better time to get involved in cannabis in Canada—but only if you understand the status of the Canadian cannabis laws. The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Legalization for Personal Use in Canada, including the Cannabis Act, An Act Respecting13 1 Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code, and Other Acts, and Adult Recreational Use
  • Canada’s Federal Medical Cannabis Program, including Health Canada, Qualifying Conditions, and Becoming a Medical Cannabis Patient
  • Canada’s Federal Cannabis Laws regarding Possession, Public Consumption, Distribution, Growing Cannabis, and Unlawful Activity
  • Cannabis Possession, Public Consumption, Distribution, and Cultivation Laws in each Canadian province and territory

Handouts and Resources

Handouts and resources can be downloaded and/or accessed after enrollment ends.

  1. Definitions: Cannabis Basics Terminology
  2. Definitions: Cannabis Legal Terminology
  3. Information Sheet: Top Ten Symptoms Relieved By Cannabis
  4. Ebook: First Aid for Cannabis Side Effects
  5. Chart: Effects Of Common Cannabinoids
  6. Chart: Effects of Common Cannabis Terpenes
  7. Definitions: Cannabis Medical Terminology
  8. How to Become a Cannabis Budtender
  9. How to Become a Cannabis Dispensary Manager
  10. How to Become a Master of Cannabis
  11. Sample: Cover Letter For Entry Level Grower
  12. Sample: Resume For Entry Level Grower
  13. Sample: Cover Letter For Dispensary Manager
  14. Sample: Resume For Dispensary Manager
  15. Procedure: Dab Equipment And How To Dab
  16. Chart: Cannabis Consumption Methods
  17. Chart: Entourage Effects
  18. Chart: Effects Of Common Cannabinoids On Receptors
  19. How to Become a Cannabis Entrepreneur
  20. Procedure: 6-Day Cannabis Sensitization Protocol
  21. Procedure: Finding the Right Dose
  22. How To Become A Medical Cannabis Caregiver
  23. Chart: Characteristics Of Cannabis Types
  24. Chart: Storage For Cannabis Products
  25. Chart: Cannabis Interactions With Other Drugs
  26. Calculator: Cannabis Dry Weight Conversions


Textbooks can be accessed for the duration of your enrollment.

  • Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits


The Master of Cannabis Certificate Program takes you inside the cannabis industry. You will learn directly from Master's of marijuana in their field.

With your Budtender Certification apply for these jobs:

Recreational Marijuana Budtender

Medical Cannabis Budtender

Medical/Recreational Dispensary Agent

Cannabis Compassionate Care Assistant

CBD Salesperson

CBD Shop Associate

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Boulder, CO

I just finished my classes and passed my certificate exam! I landed a job as a budtender in a marijuana dispensary in Boulder! Best cannabis training college and most affordable marijuana school. Thanks!




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