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Class 1: Cannabis Basics

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis Basics class, you will be able to:11 1

  • Describe the cannabis plant, its origins, and its primary classifications (indica, sativa, hybrid, ruderalis).
  • Select the best cannabinoids and terpenes to use for a medical symptom, including entourage effects.
  • List the most popular cannabis products.
  • Explain how to use popular cannabis products.
  • Describe how to read cannabis product labels.

LESSON 1 – 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,1 Cannabis Strains, 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

LESSON 2 – Components of Cannabis

A deep dive into compounds like THC, CBD, terpenes, and other components in cannabis 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
  • Reasons to Use Cannabis Strains with THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCV, Beta Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Humulene, Alpha Pinene, Limonene, and Linalool
  • Reasons to Avoid Cannabis Strains with THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCV, Beta Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Humulene, Alpha Pinene, Limonene, and Linalool
  • THC Use with a Suppressed Endocannabinoid System (ECS), High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Memory Issues
  • Psychoactive Effects of THC, CBN, and THCV
  • Dosing with THC, including Biphasic Effects
  • THC Benefits for Mental State, the Nervous System, Inflammation, Cancer, Digestion, the Circulatory System, and Intraocular Pressure
  • CBD Effects on Endocannabinoid Production and as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
  • CBD Interaction with Chemotherapy, 5-HT1A Receptors, TRPV1-2 Vanilloid Receptors, AEA, Cytochrome P450 (CYP) Enzymes, and Drug Metabolization
  • CBD Health Benefits for Blood Pressure, Healing the Gut, Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Appetite, Anxiety (Including THC-Induced Anxiety), Eating Disorders, Mental States, the Nervous System, Inflammation, Cancer, Digestion, Circulation, Skin Treatments, and Bone Growth
  • CBN Medical Benefits for Sleep, Glaucoma, the Nervous System, Inflammation, Cancer, Appetite, Bone Growth, and the Eyes
  • Health benefits of the Primary Cannabinoid CBG for Blood Pressure, Memory, Glaucoma, Inflammation, Mental Effects, the Nervous System, Cancer, IBS, Appetite, the Circulatory System, Psoriasis, and Bone Growth
  • Health Benefits of CBC for Depression, Anxiety, Pain, Alzheimer’s Disease, Inflammation, Cancer, Acne
  • Health Benefits of THCV for the Immune System, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Control, Diabetes, Anxiety, Energy, Appetite Suppression, Epilepsy, Inflammation, and Bone Growth
  • Monoterpenes and Sesquiterpenes
  • The Presence of Terpenes in Cannabis Strains
  • Terpenes and Infections (including MRSA)
  • Beta Caryophyllene in Haze, Girl Scout Cookies, Skywalker OG, and Chem Dawg Strains
  • Health Benefits of Beta Caryophyllene for Alcohol Addiction, Autoimmune Disorder, the Kidneys, Sleep Disorders, Reducing Cravings, Depression, as a Local Anesthetic, Depression, Inflammation, Cancer, the Digestive System, and IBS2 5
  • Myrcene in Indica Strains Like White Widow, Himalayan Gold, and Jack Herer
  • Medicinal Benefits of Myrcene for Diabetes, Insomnia, Transdermal Absorption, Inflammation, Depression, Pain, and Cancer
  • Alpha Pinene in Jack Herer Strain
  • Alpha Pinene in Blue Dream, Trainwreck, Island Sweet Skunk, Romulan, Strawberry Cough, and Bubba Kush Strains
  • Health Benefits of Alpha Pinene for Asthma, Alertness, Short-Term Memory, Pain, Inflammation, Cancer, and as a Bronchodilator
  • Humulene in White Widow, Headband, and Sour Diesel Strains
  • Medical Benefits of Humulene for Appetite, Transdermal Absorption, Inflammation, Cancer, and Pain
  • Limonene in Super Lemon Haze, Pineapple Express, and Sweet Tangerine Strains
  • Limonene Effects on A(2A) Receptors and Dopamine
  • Health Benefits of Limonene for Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Absorption, Inflammation, Cancer, Gallstones, GER, and Acid Reflux
  • Linalool in Lavender, Diamond Girl, and LA Confidential Strains
  • Medicinal Benefits of Linalool for Nausea, Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, Pain, Seizures, Breast Cancer, Inflammation, and Acne
  • 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 Addiction
  • 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
  • Synthetic Cannabis and THC Analogs (like Spice and K2) Used as Pharmaceuticals, as Recreational Drugs, and for Research on Tumors, Inflammation, and Blood Flow

LESSON 3 – 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 4
  • 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 Content
  • 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)
  • 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

Class 2: Cannabis As Medicine

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis As Medicine class, you will be able to:

  • Explain the effect of historical events on cannabis laws, research, and public opinion.
  • Describe the steps to register as a medical cannabis patient or caregiver in one US or Canadian state, province, or territory.12
  • List the US states where one medical condition qualifies for the use of medical cannabis.
  • List the possession and cultivation limits for medical cannabis patients in one US or Canadian state, province, or territory.
  • Explain the endocannabinoid system, how it affects the body, and how to maintain endocannabinoid system health.
  • Explain in detail how different types of cannabis medicine can relieve specific medical symptoms and conditions.
  • Select the optimal cannabis administration method for a patient's condition, using a deep understanding of administration methods, dose titration, side effects, drug interactions, and special patient populations.

LESSON 1 – 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 Medicine6
  • 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, Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, FDA Approval of Marinol
  • 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 Cannabis
  • 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
  • Synthetic Cannabis Medicines like Dronabinol (Marinol) and Nabilone (Cesamet)
  • Legal Medical Cannabis in California, Arizona, and Other States
  • United States Political Policy on Pot, including legislation by former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Presidents Ronald Reagan and 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)
  • United States Patient Discrimination and Hypocrisy about Medical Cannabis
  • The Research of Famous Cannabis Researchers like Thomas Wood, B. Rael Cahn, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Allyn Howlett
  • Cannabis Activist Groups and Groups for Cannabis Reform, including the National Organization for the Reform of Cannabis Laws (NORML), Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and Cannabis Policy Project (MPP)
  • 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

LESSON 2 – 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 States8 4
  • 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

LESSON 3 – 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 Schools
  • How CB1 and CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors Work Throughout the Cells of the Body8 2
  • How the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Regulates Stress, Appetite, Pain, Memory, Mood, Energy, Metabolism, Immune Function, Female Reproduction, the Autonomic Nervous System, Temperature Balance, and Sleep
  • Plant Cannabinoids (Phytocannabinoids) and Endocannabinoids
  • Cannabis and the Central Nervous System (CNS), including the effects of Cannabis on Brain Trauma, Spinal Cord Injury, Strokes, Neurotransmitter Uptake, and the Brain
  • Naturally Occurring Cannabinoids such as Anandamide, 2-AG in the Human Body, Cacao, Black Pepper, Echinacea, and Kava
  • CB1 Receptors interaction with Topicals, Anxiety, Happiness, Convulsions, Pain, Mood Regulation, Inflammation, Movement, Traumatic Memory, Nerve Protection, Bone Growth, Tumor Regulation, Breast Feeding, Eye Pressure, the Digestive System, and Seizures
  • CB2 Receptors Interactions in the Liver and Skin and with Inflammation, the Immune System, Injury, Appetite, Pain, Mood, and Memory
  • GPR55 G-Protein Receptor Interactions with CNS Inflammation and Pain, Embryos, Inflammation, Blood Vessels, Blood Movement, Bone Resorption, Kidneys, and Cancer
  • Other Cannabinoid Receptors such as GPR18 G-Protein Receptors, Glycerin receptors (GlyRs), TRPV1 Receptors, and PPARs
  • Endocannabinoids as Retrograde Messengers and How They Work in the Immune System, the Circulatory System, the Skeletal System, the Digestive System, the Reproductive System, and Connective Tissue (Fascia)
  • Endocannabinoids in Pregnant Women
  • 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

LESSON 4 – Conditions Treated by Cannabis

Breaking down all of the most common ailments addressed by medical cannabis, and why it can be a useful treatment.

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 Medicine9
  • 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
  • Research on Cannabis Effects on Pain, Inflammation, CVD
  • Cannabis vs. Prescription Pain Medicine, Opiates, Over-the-Counter Pain Medication, and Clobazam for Seizures
  • CBD and THC Cannabis Treatment for Symptoms of Arthritis, Back Pain, Reflux Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS), Depression, Migraines, Sleep Apnea, Neuropathy, Hypertension, Insomnia, ADD, Asthma, IBS, Spinal Cord Injury, PMS, Head Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Incontinence, Severe Itching (Pruritis), Psychotic Episodes, Sciatica, Shingles, Sports Injuries, Spinal Stenosis, Surgical Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Somatosensory System Pain, Herpes Pain, Multiple Sclerosis Pain and Muscle Spasms, and Vascular Disease Pain
  • CBD and THC Cannabis Treatments for Geriatric Patients
  • Double-Blind, Placebo Studies and Research about Medical Conditions Treated with Cannabis, including Joint Disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease, Senile Dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s Disease, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis and Cannabis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Cancer, PTSD, Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Glutamate Excitotoxicity (GE), Neuromuscular Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia, Shy-Drager Syndrome, Paraplegia, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD), Tics, Tremors, Fear Extinction, Autoimmune Disease, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), and Atherosclerosis
  • The Role of CB2 Receptors in Heart Attacks, Strokes, Hardening of the Arteries, Heart Failure, and Cardiomyopathy
  • Research on Cannabis as an Anti-Cancer Agent for Breast Carcinoma, Prostate Carcinoma, Colorectal Carcinoma, Gastric Adenocarcinoma, Skin Carcinoma, Leukemia, Glioblastomas, CNS Tumors, Lung Carcinoma, Uterine carcinoma, Thyroid Epithelioma, Pancreatic Carcinoma, Adenocarcinoma, Cervical Carcinoma, Oral Cancer, Biliary Tract Cancer, and Lymphoma
  • Obesity and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including CBD and Blood Glucose Levels
  • Cannabis Treatment for Complex Conditions
  • Cannabis as a Cytostatic and Apoptotic Cancer Treatment
  • Cannabis Interactions with Chemotherapy Drugs
  • Improving Health and Emotions with Cannabis

LESSON 5 – Administering Cannabis

Learn the best ways to consume cannabis and determine your dose, including side effects, drug interactions, and special patient populations.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Pharmacokinetics and Bioavailability, Including Discussion of LDL Delivery, Nanoemulsions, Metabolites, and How Cannabis Gets You High12
  • First-Pass Metabolism Effects on THC, including the Difference Between THC and Hydroxy-THC and How THC Permeates the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Cannabis Administration Methods, including Ingestion, Inhalation, Sublingual, Buccal, Intraoral, Transdermals, Topicals, and Suppositories
  • How Cannabis is Processed Depending on Administration Method
  • Strength, Onset, and Duration of Cannabis Effects when Taken in Different Ways
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Cannabis Edibles
  • How Cannabis Edibles are Processed by the Body
  • The Effects of Different Inhalation Methods, Including Smoking Buds, Vaporizing Flowers and Concentrates, Dabbing Cannabis, and Cannabis Inhalers
  • Lung Cancer Risks of Smoking Cannabis
  • How to Use Sublingual Cannabis, Cannabis Inhalers, Cannabis Patches, and Other Administration Methods
  • Combining the Effects of Edibles and Sublingual Cannabis
  • Transdermal Absorption, The Effect of Alcohol and Terpenes plus Transdermal Differences Between Cannabinoids
  • Topical Cannabis Preparations including Phoenix Tears, Creams, Salves, Massage Oil, and Rectal and Vaginal Suppositories
  • Raw Cannabis Juice as Medicine
  • Finding the Right Cannabis Dose, including Genetic Testing, DNA Tests, Titration for New and Experienced Users6 2
  • 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: Cannabis and Yoga, Cannabis and Hypnosis, and Cannabis and Physical Therapy
  • Cannabis Interactions with Other Drugs, including Medicinal Supplements, Cannabis and Opioids, Cannabis and Chemotherapy, Cannabis and NSAIDs, Cannabis and Acetaminophen, Cannabis and Steroids, Cannabis and Anti-Anxiety Medicine, Cannabis and Benzodiazepines, Cannabis and Probiotics, Cannabis and Alcohol, Cannabis and Antidepressants, Cannabis and Blood Pressure Medication, Cannabis and Warfarin, and Cannabis and Herbal Supplements
  • Considerations for Geriatric, Pediatric, and Pregnant Medical Cannabis Patients
  • Gender Differences in Cannabis Effects

Class 3: Fundamentals of Cannabis Cultivation

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Fundamentals of Cannabis Cultivation class, you will be able to:

  • List the steps to plan a cannabis indoor or outdoor garden, including strain selection,16 clones vs. seeds, security, media, equipment, and lights.
  • Describe how to build an indoor space for a small to large cannabis garden, including cleaning, air flow, water, wiring, setting up lights, veg/flower separation, and environment.
  • Describe how to prepare to grow multiple cannabis plants, including selection of equipment, media, water, nutrients, pest and disease management, and practicing before you start.

LESSON 1 – Before You Start Growing Cannabis

Before you plant your first cannabis seed or clone, you need to make important decisions about where to grow your marijuana, what kind of marijuana to grow, and how to grow it. This lesson breaks down your options.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Cannabis Plant Overview, including Parts of the Cannabis Plant, Cannabis Seeds, Hemp Fiber, Cannabis Flowers, Buds, and Nugs, and How Cannabis Buds Form13 2
  • Cannabis Plant Life Cycle, including Germination, Cannabis Seedlings, Cannabis Clones, the Vegetative State of Cannabis, and the Cannabis Flowering Stage
  • How Cannabis Plants Breathe, Eat, and Reproduce, including Sexual and Asexual Propagation of Cannabis
  • Light, Air, Nutrient, Water, and Temperature Needs of Pot Plants
  • Choosing a Cannabis Strain, including Availability of Seeds and Clones, the Importance of Good Genetics when growing Cannabis, Cannabis Seed Companies, Cannabis Varieties, and Making Choices Based on Effect, Time from Seed to Smoke, Cannabis Plant Yield, Responses to Changing Environmental Conditions, and Space Constraints
  • Deciding the Number of Cannabis Plants to Grow
  • Advantages of Growing Cannabis from Clones vs. Seeds
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor Cannabis Gardens
  • Designing an Outdoor or Indoor Cannabis Garden Space
  • Growing Cannabis in Soil, including Organic Methods of Cannabis Cultivation
  • Hydroponic Cannabis Cultivation, including Deep Water Culture Hydro Systems, Recirculating Deep Water Culture Hydro Systems, Ebb and Flow Hydroponics, Nutrient Film Technique, and Aeroponics for Growing Cannabis
  • Cannabis Pots, Cannabis Containers, and other Equipment for Your Cannabis Grow, including Smart Pots, Earth Boxes, Hydroponic Equipment, Super Roots AirPots, Deep Water Culture Equipment, Ebb and Flow System Equipment, and BluSoak Tape
  • Lighting Choices for Indoor Cannabis Grow Rooms, including How Cannabis Plants Use Light, Lighting Basics for Growing Cannabis, Choosing the Best Lights For Growing Cannabis, and Budget, Room Size, and Stage of Cannabis Growth Considerations
  • Understanding Wattage, Lumens, Kelvin, CRI, PPFD, and PAR Watts Effects on Cannabis Garden Lighting
  • Types of Grow Lights for Cannabis Gardens, including High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lights
  • Compact Fluorescent Lighting for Cannabis (CFL), T5 and T8 Bulbs for growing Cannabis, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for growing Cannabis, and Light-Emitting Ceramic (LEC) Metal Halide (CMH) Lights for growing cannabis
  • Increasing Light in Your Cannabis Garden with Hoods and Reflectors, Reflective Materials, and Light Movers
  • Lighting Accessories for Indoor Cannabis Gardens, including Automatic Light Timers, Green LED Headlamps, and Ballasts
  • Home and Commercial Security for Indoor and Outdoor Cannabis Gardens
  • Security in Cannabis Grow Rooms

LESSON 2 – Setting Up Your Indoor Marijuana Grow Area

Getting your marijuana grow space set up for optimal output takes time and planning. This lesson helps you decide where your grow space will be, what type of system to use, and how to make it effective.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Building a Cannabis Grow Room in a Commercial or Home Setting, including Space Requirements, Separating Vegetative and Flowering Plants Indoors using a Two-Room Setup vs.14 Grow Tents, Blocking External Heat and Light, Cleanliness, Standard Equipment, Air Flow, Water Availability, Electrical Wiring and Requirements, Fire Safety, and Lighting for Growing Cannabis
  • Air Flow in Cannabis Grow Rooms, including Calculating Air Exchange Equipment Needs, Continuous Horizontal Air Flow Fans, Inlet and Exhaust Fans for Growing Cannabis, Oscillating Fans, Odor Control, Carbon Filters, and Installing Fans in a Cannabis Grow Tent
  • Setting Up Lights in a Cannabis Grow including Handling Light Bulbs
  • Monitoring Temperature and Humidity in Indoor Cannabis Grows, including How Lights Affect Temperature, Heating and Air Conditioning for Growing Cannabis, Relative Humidity, Correcting Humidity Problems, Humidifiers, and Dehumidifiers for Cannabis Growing
  • Keeping Cannabis Strains Together in Your Grow Room

LESSON 3 – Getting Ready For Your Cannabis Plants

Once your grow space is ready, it's time to set up everything you need for your cannabis plants including media for growing weed, nutrients for growing weed, and pest prevention for growing cannabis. This lesson explains all your options so you can make the best choice for your marijuana grow.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Basic Equipment for your Cannabis Garden, including Loupes, Magnifying Scopes, and Cannabis Plant Structural Support14
  • Media for Your Cannabis Garden, including Living Soil for Cannabis Growing, Hydro and Aeroponic Media for Cannabis Cultivation, Rockwool for Growing Cannabis, Hydroton for Cannabis growing, Coco Coir for Growing Cannabis, CocoNot for Cannabis Cultivation, Biochar, Bokashi, Organic Soil, Compost Tea, and Outdoor Soil Remediation
  • Improving Media Drainage in Your Cannabis Grow System using Perlite and Vermiculite
  • Water Needs for Your Cannabis Grow Room, including Understanding pH for Cannabis, Water Treatment and Filtration, Reverse Osmosis Water for Growing Cannabis, Dechlorinators, Sediment Filters, Water Delivery Systems, and Indoor and Outdoor Large-Scale Irrigation
  • Nutrients for Your Cannabis Garden, including Macronutrient and Micronutrient Needs in the Seedling, Vegetative, and Flowering Stages, Understanding N-P-K, Nutrients in Soil Systems with Outdoor Garden Tips, Hydroponic Nutrients, Aeroponic Nutrients, Nutrient Testing Meters, How Often to Feed Your Cannabis Plants, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), organic nutrients, and Chelated Minerals
  • Practicing Cannabis Cultivation on Other Plants
  • Pest and Disease Management for Cannabis Grows, including Pest and Disease Prevention Guidelines, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Banker Plants, and Natural Pest Management for Organic Cannabis Gardens

Class 4: How to Grow Cannabis

Learning Objectives

When you finish the How to Grow Cannabis class, you will be able to:

  • List the steps needed to start cannabis plants from clones or seeds, breed new strains, and transplant young plants.
  • Describe how to conduct multiple methods of pruning, training, transplanting, and caring for cannabis plants in the vegetative, flowering, and pre-flowering stages of growth, including the rhizosphere, water, nutrients, environment, and identifying/removing male plants.17
  • Choose the best method to prune, train, transplant, and care for cannabis plants in the vegetative, flowering, and pre-flowering stages of growth to meet a specific cultivation goal.
  • Describe multiple methods of harvesting, drying, trimming, curing, and storing the flowers from multiple cannabis plants.
  • Choose the best method to harvest, dry, trim, cure, and store cannabis flowers to meet a specific production goal.
  • Identify common cannabis pests, diseases, nutrient disorders, and other issues.
  • Describe how to prevent, eradicate, and control common cannabis pests, diseases, nutrient disorders, and other issues.

LESSON 1 – Cannabis Clones And Seeds

There is more than one way to start a cannabis plant. Clones and seeds each bring their own challenges and advantages. We break down the advantages and challenges of each in this helpful lesson.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • The Cannabis Plant Germination Stage
  • Starting Cannabis Plants from Clones, including Best Cloning Practices, Choosing Mother Plants, Where to Take Clones From, Plug Cloning, Aeroponic Cloning,16 Tissue Culture, Micropropagation, and Hardening Off
  • Starting Cannabis Plants from Seeds, including Wet Paper Towel, Plug, Potting Soil, and Peroxide Germination Methods
  • Breeding Cannabis, including Cannabis Genetics, Plant Generations (F1 and F2), Cubing, Hybrid Strains, Selecting Males, Harvesting Pollen, Pollinating Females, Harvesting Seeds, and Safety Precautions
  • Caring for Young Pot Plants, including Moving Seedlings into a Grow Medium, Introducing Light and Nutrients, and Tips for Young Cannabis Plants
  • Transplanting Young Cannabis Plants into Soil, Coco Coir, and Earth Boxes

LESSON 2 – Vegetative and Flowering Stages of Cannabis

Caring for your cannabis plant properly during the vegetative and flowering stages of growth can be highly beneficial to the quality and quantity of your harvest.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Overview of the Cannabis Plant Vegetative Stage
  • Cannabis Pruning Techniques, including Cannabis Defoliation, Topping Cannabis Plants, FIM Technique for Growing Cannabis, and Optimal Pot Plant Structure17
  • Training Cannabis Plants in the Vegetative Stage, including Low Stress Training (LST), Main-Lining (Manifold Technique), Super Cropping, Texas Kid Technique, Vertical Trellising, Staking, and Outdoor Plant Support
  • Screen of Green (SCROG) Technique and Sea of Green (SOG) Method of Growing Cannabis
  • Transplanting Vegetative Cannabis Plants to Larger Pots and into Outdoor Gardens
  • Cannabis Roots in the Vegetative Stage, including the Rhizosphere, Root Zone Additives, Hydroponic Roots, and Aeroponic Roots
  • Water Needs in the Cannabis Vegetative Stage, including Drainage and pH
  • Nutrients in the Cannabis Plant Vegetative Stage, including Foliar Feeding, Total Dissolved Solids, Organic Nutrients
  • Indoor and Outdoor Vegetative Stage of Cannabis Plants
  • Temperature, Humidity, Air Flow, and Lighting Needs of Indoor Vegetative Cannabis Plants
  • CO2 Enrichment in the Vegetative and Flowering Cannabis Stages
  • Identifying Male Cannabis Plants, including When to Check and How to Remove, Male vs Female Cannabis Plant Differences
  • The Cannabis Plant Pre-Flowering Stage, including How Cannabis Starts to Flower, When to Induce Flowering in Indoor Cannabis Plants, Defoliation of Cannabis Plants, and Pruning Methods of Cannabis Plants
  • Cannabis Flowers in Outdoor Gardens, including How to Tell When Cannabis Plants Are Finished
  • The Cannabis Flowering Stage, including Defoliating of Cannabis, Pruning Cannabis, Best Nutrients for Cannabis Flowering, Temperature, Humidity, Air Flow, and Cannabis Flowering Lighting Needs
  • Finishing and Flushing Cannabis Plants

LESSON 3 – Harvesting, Curing, and Trimming Cannabis

Often overlooked but undeniably important, the way you harvest can make or break an otherwise great marijuana grow. These steps are among the most important in the marijuana growing process.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Deciding When to Harvest Cannabis Plants by Looking at Trichomes and Pistils
  • When to Harvest Outdoor Cannabis Plants22
  • How to Harvest Cannabis, including Drying Environment, Cannabis Drying Procedure, and How to Know When Your Cannabis is Dry Enough
  • Wet and Dry Trimming Cannabis by Hand and Machine
  • Curing Cannabis, including Preparing Plants, Optimal Environment, Pro Cannabis Curing Tips, and Procedure
  • Storing Cannabis Flowers
  • Restarting a Cannabis Garden

LESSON 4 – Cannabis Garden Troubleshooting

Sometimes, things don’t go perfectly. We provide you with the knowledge and skills to get your cannabis grow back on track if something starts to go wrong.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Using Biological Controls, Forceful Water, Natural Oils, Insecticidal Soaps, and Pyrethrin to Kill Common Cannabis Pests
  • Prevention, Detection, Eradication, and Control of Cannabis Pests, including How to Get Rid of Spider Mites, Aphids, Root Aphids, Whiteflies, Fungus Gnats, Mealybugs, Scales, Thrips, Caterpillars, Deer, Gophers, and Grasshoppers When Growing Cannabis1 5
  • Prevention, Detection, Eradication, and Control of Common Cannabis Diseases, including Powdery Mildew and Cannabis (PM), Botrytis, Algae, Fusarium Root Rot, Pythium Root Rot, Verticillium Wilt, and Stem Rot (Damping Off)
  • Nutrient Disorders in Cannabis Plants, including a Discussion of Macronutrients and Micronutrients, Nutrient Deficiencies, and the Prevention and Correction of Iron (Fe), Magnesium (Mg), and Nitrogen (N) Deficiency
  • Controlling pH in Cannabis Plants, including Preventing and Detecting pH Issues
  • Repairing Broken Cannabis Plant Stems and Branches, Uses of Cannabis Stems
  • Nutrient and Heat Burn in Cannabis Plants
  • Weather Damage in Outdoor Cannabis Plants
  • Not Enough Light for Cannabis Plants
  • Troubleshooting Cannabis Salinity Problems, LARF Buds, Inability to Flower, Hermaphrodites, Irrigation Issues, and Foxtailing

Class 5: Cannabis Cooking & Extraction Methods

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis Cooking and Extraction Methods class, you will be able to:

  • Explain the scientific principles behind trichomes.
  • Describe the difference between fresh, frozen, and dried cannabis.
  • Explain the difference between infusion and extraction.5 4
  • Explain the different outcomes of multiple solventless and solvent-based extraction methods.
  • Describe the principles behind decarboxylation, winterization, and new infusion and extraction technologies.
  • Name the steps for preparing a large amount of dried or fresh cannabis for basic and advanced methods of infusion, extraction, and juicing.
  • Describe multiple ways of creating oil infusions, tinctures, solventless extractions, and solvent-based extractions in a home or commercial environment.
  • Choose the best method to use for creating oil infusions, tinctures, solventless extractions, and solvent-based extractions to meet a specific production goal.
  • Demonstrate how to estimate the potency of an infusion or extraction.
  • Describe how to strain, filter, and purge solvents from infusions and extractions in home and commercial environments using multiple methods.
  • Describe how to create extracts of different consistencies.
  • Calculate doses for cannabis-infused products at home and in commercial settings.
  • List the steps involved in making cannabis-infused products, capsules, and flour at home and in commercial settings.
  • Describe how to create cannabis-infused edibles, beverages, and topical products.

LESSON 1 – Introduction to Cannabis Extraction

Cannabis extraction can be highly rewarding. However, understanding the science behind the process is vital to success. This lesson provides a detailed description of the scientific principles behind marijuana extraction and infusion processes to get you started in the right direction.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Trichomes
  • Differences between Fresh Cannabis, Fresh-Frozen Cannabis, and Dried Cannabis
  • Cannabis Cryopreservation
  • Effects of Drying Cannabis, including Air Drying vs. Freeze Drying
  • Cannabis Infusion vs. Cannabis Extraction
  • Solventless Cannabis Extraction, including Cannabis Bubble Hash, Kief and Dry Sift Pot Products, Cannabis Rosin, and Cannabis Rosin from Bubble Hash
  • Solvent-Based Extractions, including Polar and Nonpolar Solvents, Ethanol, Dewaxing, Tinctures, Hydrocarbon Extraction, Butane, Propane, Blends, Open Blasting, CO2 Extraction, and Supercritical CO2
  • Cannabis Decarboxylation, including Cannabinoid Activation, Activation Energy, Effects of Temperature and Time, Decarboxylation During Cannabis Concentrate Extraction, and Special Considerations on how to Decarb Kief and How To Decarb Cannabis
  • Winterizing and De-Waxing Crude Cannabis Concentrates
  • New Cannabis Infusion and Extraction Technologies, including Ultrasonic Assisted Extraction, Sonication, and Isolates

LESSON 2 – Preparing the Cannabis

By properly preparing cannabis for extraction or infusion, professionals can drastically increase the quality and potency of the finished product.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Selecting Cannabis Plant Material for Infusion and Extraction, including Choosing Dried21 Cannabis, Choosing Fresh Cannabis Plants, and Selecting Cannabis for Hydrocarbon Extraction and Live Rosin
  • Preparing Dried Cannabis for Infusion and Extraction, including Ensuring Cannabis Plants Are Clean, Removing Unneeded Plant Matter, Chopping Cannabis Plants, Commercial Fresh and Dried Cannabis Preparation for Extraction, and Cryomilling
  • Cannabis Decarboxylation Procedures, including When to Decarboxylate your Cannabis Plants, Cannabis Decarboxylation in an Oven, Decarbing Cannabis with a Sous Vide, and Commercial Cannabis Decarboxylation
  • Preparing Fresh Cannabis for Infusion and Extraction, including Cannabis Freezing Instructions
  • Preparing Cannabis for Juicing

LESSON 3 – Cannabis Infusion and Extraction

Once properly prepared, cannabis can be processed for multiple uses, including extraction of key compounds and infusion into oils, butters, alcohol, and more.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Estimating Potency for Cannabis Infusions and Extractions, including Making a Cannabis Infusion or Tincture for a Single Recipe, Making a Cannabis Infusion for Multiple Recipes, Estimating the Available THC in Cannabis Flowers, Deciding How Much Solvent to Use, Estimating the Milligrams per Gram of THC, and Potency Testing in Commercial Settings20
  • Making Cannabis Oil, including Using Butter, Clarified Butter, and Ghee, Using a Crockpot, Using a Stovetop, How to make Cannabis Oil, How to Make Canna-oil, How to Make CBD oil, How to Make Cannabutter, and Cannabis Infusions in Commercial Settings
  • Homemade Ethanol Cannabis Tinctures, including Description of Cannabis Tinctures, Fresh vs. Dried Cannabis, Room Temperature Methods, and Freezer Methods
  • Commercial Cannabis Tinctures
  • Making Concentrated Cannabis Tinctures with Lab Glass
  • Homemade Vegetable Glycerin Cannabis Tinctures
  • Making Solventless Cannabis Extracts, including Bubble Hash, Hand-Rubbed Hashish, and Solventless Cannabis Rosin in Home and Commercial Settings
  • Homemade and Commercial Bubble Hash with Micron Filters, Bubbleators, and Washing Machines4 2
  • Collecting and Pressing Kief or Dry Sift by Hand, with a Bottle, in a Shoe, Using a Pollinator, and Using a Mechanical Hash Press
  • Making Solventless Cannabis Rosin with a Straight Iron, including Safety Concerns, Importance of Pressure and Temperature, Tips for Home and Commercial Production, Expected Yields, and Altering Consistency
  • Using Commercial Extraction Equipment
  • Using Fresh Frozen and Dried Cannabis for Extractions
  • Juicing Fresh Cannabis
  • Cannabis Extraction with Hydrocarbons, including Butane Cannabis Extraction, Propane Cannabis Extracts, Safety, Commercial Solvents, and Commercial Equipment
  • Commercial Cannabis Concentrate Lab Testing
  • CO2 Cannabis Extraction

LESSON 4 – Straining, Filtering, and Purging Cannabis

Proper technique is critical when it comes to cannabis infusion and extraction, and knowing how to properly strain, filter, and purge a product to remove contaminants while retaining every last drop is crucial to efficient cannabis concentrate production.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Straining and Filtering Cannabis Tinctures and Infusions, including Strategies for Different Solvents, and Strategies for Different Products
  • Straining Equipment Choices, including Cheesecloth, China Caps, Hand Straining, French Presses, and Fruit Presses
  • Filtering Cannabis Tinctures and Infusions, Including Straining Processes for Different Amounts, Basic Filtering, Winterizing, De-Waxing, and Winterization
  • Methods to Separate Water from Cannabis Oil, including Refrigerator, Freezer, and Separatory Funnel Methods24
  • Purging Ethanol from Cannabis Tinctures with and without Heat, Using a Distiller, and Using a Rotovap
  • Making Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
  • Purging Butane and Propane from Cannabis Concentrates in Home and Commercial Settings, including Degassing and Auto-Buttering
  • Creating Budder, Shatter, Distillate, and THC Crystals in a Commercial Setting
  • Home Storage for Cannabis Infusions, Tinctures, and Bubble Hash
  • Collecting and Storing RSO
  • Collecting and Storing Solventless Cannabis Rosin

LESSON 5 – Cooking with Cannabis

Once you’ve extracted or infused your cannabis, it’s time to get cooking. Our experienced cannabis chefs show you their favorite techniques for foolproof marijuana cooking.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Estimating Cannabis Potency and Doses at Home, including How Much Cannabis Oil, Tincture, Extract, THC Distillate, or CBD Isolate to Use in a Cannabis Recipe8 1
  • Determining Cannabis Edible Product Potency in Commercial Settings
  • Dividing a Cannabis Recipe into Single-Serving Doses, including Strategies for Cannabis Cookies, Pot Brownies, Cannabis Liquids, Cannabis Soups, and Cannabis Casseroles
  • Making Cannabis-Infused Products at Home, including Cooking with Cannabis Infused Oils and Butter and Preparing Cannabis Alcohol Tinctures for Sublingual Use
  • Cooking with Cannabis Extracts, THC Distillates, and CBD Isolates
  • Mixing Cannabis Concentrates and Bubble Hash in Oil and Ethanol
  • Making Cannabis Capsules, Cannabis Pills, and Cannabis Flour
  • Cannabis Cooking Challenges in Commercial Settings

LESSON 6 – Cannabis Recipes

A close look at some of our favorite cannabis edibles, cannabis topicals, and marijuana beverage recipes you can make using your newly extracted or infused cannabis products, all taught by our experienced team of CTU cannabis chefs.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • How to Use Cannabis Recipes, including Recipe Strength, Effects of Cannabis Ingredient Strength, and Managing Cannabis Product Potency with Serving Size Adjustments
  • Making Cannabis Beverages, including Fresh Cannabis Juice Recipes, Cannabis Juice Smoothies, Cannabis Coffee and Tea, Cannabis-Infused Bulletproof Coffee,26 Authentic Cannabis-Infused Chai, and Cannabis-Infused Green Dragon Liqueur, Bhang-up Cannabis-Infused Mango Lassi, Cannabis-Infused Golden Milk, Cannabis-Infused Lavender Hot Chocolate, Cannabis-Infused Milk Recipes, and Water-Based Cannabis Tea
  • Adding Cannabis Oil to Beverages
  • Sweet Cannabis Edible Recipes, including Cannabis Candies, RSO Caramels, Cannabis Gummies, Cannabis Cookies, Cannabis-Infused Rice Krispy Treats, CannaButter Brownies, Cannabis Sugar Cookies, Cannabis Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cannabis Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cannabis Vanilla Wafers, Cannabis-Infused Cheesecake, Cannabis-Infused Carrot Cake, Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Cakes, Cannabis Rum Cake, Cannabis-Infused Coconut Cake, Cannabis Strawberry Shortcake, Cannabis-Infused Fruit Pies, Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Cream Pie, and Cannabis Peanut Butter Pie
  • Savory Pot-Infused Edibles, including Cannabis Salad Dressings, Cannabis Marinades, Cannabis White Sauce, Cannabis Béarnaise Sauce, Ed Rosenthal Recipes, Ganja Guacamole, Cannabis-Infused Vegetables, Cannabis Mashed Potatoes, Pot Potato Salad, Cannabis-Infused Entrees, Cannabis Filet Mignon, Cannabis Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cannabis-Infused Soups, Cannabis-Infused Fish Entrees, Sativa Shrimp Burritos, Cannabis Seafood Pasta, Breakfast “Baked” Burritos, Cannabis Scrambled Eggs, Cannabis-Infused Breakfast Foods, Black Bean Bud Dip, Cannabis-Infused Veggie Burger, Cannabis-Infused Chili, Homemade High Hummus, Mary Jane’s Mac n Cheese, Cannabis Lasagna, Cannabis Pizza.
  • Cannabis-Infused Topicals, including Transdermal Cannabis Patches, Transdermal Cannabis-Infused Roll-Ons, Cannabis Poultices, Cannabis Balms, Cannabis Ointments, Cannabis Creams, Cannabis Lotions, and Cannabis Suppositories

Class 6: Cannabis Careers

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis Careers class, you will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements to work in the cannabis industry in one US or Canadian state, province, or territory.11 3
  • Describe how to build cannabis-industry experience and locate job opportunities.
  • List the steps needed to write a cannabis-industry resume and cover letter.
  • Explain how to successfully navigate a cannabis-industry job interview.
  • Explain the roles, responsibilities, required education and experience, advancement opportunities, compensation, and skills requirements for primary cannabis cultivation careers, including grower, trimmer, and packager.
  • Explain the roles, responsibilities, required education and experience, advancement opportunities, compensation, & skills requirements for cannabis careers in extraction facilities, commercial kitchens, and infused-product factories.
  • Explain the roles, responsibilities, required education and experience, advancement opportunities, compensation, and skills requirements for primary cannabis dispensary and budtender careers.
  • Explain the roles, responsibilities, required education and experience, and compensation for the primary ancillary careers in the cannabis industry.

LESSON 1 – 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 in US states with legal cannabis programs.
  • Cannabis Work Permit Fees for Cannabis Businesses in US states with legal cannabis programs.17 1
  • Training Requirements for Cannabis Industry Employees in US states with legal cannabis programs.
  • Legal Requirements for Cannabis Workers in US states with legal cannabis programs.
  • 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 and territory
  • Cannabis Work Permit Fees in each Canadian province and territory
  • Training Requirements for Cannabis Workers in each Canadian province and territory
  • Legal Requirements for Cannabis Workers in each Canadian province and territory

LESSON 2 – Cannabis Career Basics

Everything you need to start your cannabis career, including how to identify and locate industry jobs, create the perfect marijuana 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 Agencies
  • Online Cannabis Job Resources in the United States and Canada, including Indeed, Monster.com, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, SimplyHired, Craigslist, Cannabis Training University, Ganjapreneur, BloomTHC, HempEvents.org
  • 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 Events12 3
  • Building Cannabis Experience by Volunteering at Cannabis Organizations and Cannabis Blogging
  • Writing a Cannabis Resume, including Tips, Organization, and Showing Black Market Pot 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

LESSON 3 – Cannabis Cultivation Careers

Want to get your hands dirty working with actual cannabis plants? This lesson dives into the requirements for marijuana growers, cannabis trimmers, cannabis packagers, and other cultivators in the cannabis industry.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Overview of Cannabis Cultivation Businesses, including Ancillary Positions like Cannabis Receptionist, Cannabis Security Guard, Cannabis Janitor, Cannabis Inventory Management, Cannabis Website Development, Cannabis Sales, Cannabis Marketing, Cannabis Human Resources, Cannabis Accounting, and Legal Cannabis Jobs22
  • Cannabis Garden Career Tracks, including Cannabis Field Hand, Cannabis Trimmer, Cannabis Packager, Cannabis Cultivation Associate, Cannabis Cultivation Manager, Cannabis Production Manager, and Master Grower
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Grower Positions
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Trimming Jobs
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Production Managers
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Packagers
  • Career Path for Cannabis Growers, Cannabis Trimmers, and Cannabis Packagers
  • Cannabis Packaging Skills, including How to Use a Futurola Knockbox or Cones Coolbox and How to Roll a Cannabis Joint or Blunt

LESSON 4 – Cannabis Processing Careers

The cannabis industry needs qualified professionals to work in commercial kitchens, extraction facilities, marijuana-infused-product factories, and more.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Overview of Cannabis Manufacturing, Cannabis Kitchen, and Cannabis Extraction Businesses and Jobs29 e1656414086305
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Lab Technician
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Laboratory Manager
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Extraction Jobs with Cannabis Infused Product (MIP) Processors
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Extraction Specialists
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Kitchen Employees
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Executive and Formulation Chefs
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Kitchen Managers
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Infused Product (MIP) Manufacturing Careers
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Packagers
  • Cannabis Factory Career Tracks
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Factory Jobs
  • Regulations, Responsibilities, Education Requirements, Experience Requirements, Advancement Opportunities, Wages, and Required Skills for Cannabis Quality Control Employees

LESSON 5 – 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 Businesses
  • Jobs in Cannabis Dispensaries, including Budtenders, Cannabis Educators, Cannabis Assistants, Cannabis Guides, and Managers30
  • 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 Dispensary 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

LESSON 6 – Ancillary Cannabis Careers

There’s a lot of room to grow as a member of an ancillary cannabis business, including everything from cannabis accountant and cannabis attorney to cannabis scientist, cannabis tour guide, cannabis salesperson, cannabis website developer, and so much more.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Accountants
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Lawyers and Attorneys9 4
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Compliance Consultants
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Delivery Drivers
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Doctors and Physicians
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Inventory Managers
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Public Relations (PR) and Marketing Professionals
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Packaging Designers
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Realtors and Real Estate Agents
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Sales Reps and Salesman
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Researchers and Scientists
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Security Guards
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Staffing Agents and Recruiters
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Tour Guides
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Web Developers
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Writers
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Editors
  • Responsibilities, Education/Experience Requirements, and Salaries for Cannabis Journalists

Class 7: Cannabis Business

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis Business class, you will be able to:

  • Determine whether business license applications are currently being accepted in one US or Canadian state, province, or territory.
  • List the steps required to obtain a business license in one US or Canadian state, province, or territory.
  • Explain cannabis industry challenges.14 2
  • Write a cannabis business plan and pitch deck.
  • Explain cannabis business marketing, advertising, product transportation, inventory management, insurance, legal considerations, and shutdown procedures.
  • Develop a plan for starting and running a cannabis cultivation business, including financing, setup, property, operations, and strain choice.
  • Develop a plan for starting and running a cannabis extraction facility, commercial kitchen, or manufacturing facility, including financing, setup, property, facility construction, equipment, and wholesale sales.
  • Develop a plan for starting and running a cannabis medical or recreational dispensary, including business basics, location, setup, quality, customer service, security, legal considerations, sanitation, and special considerations for medical dispensaries.
  • Explain the challenges involved in starting several types of ancillary cannabis businesses.

LESSON 1 – Government Requirements for Cannabis Businesses

Examine the process of obtaining a special license to run a cannabis business. This lesson acts as a guided tour of the requirements for cannabis business applications in each legal state, province, and territory across the United States and Canada.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Inventory Tracking System Requirements in US States and Canadian Provinces
  • Vertical Integration Requirements by State For United States Cannabis Businesses
  • Licenses Available for Medical Cannabis Businesses in each US state with a medical cannabis program
  • Fee Requirements for Cannabis Businesses in every US state with a legal cannabis program33
  • Licenses Available for Recreational Cannabis Businesses in every US state with a legal cannabis program
  • Fee and Licensing Requirements for Canadian Cannabis Businesses
  • Cannabis Delivery by Mail in Canada
  • Medical and Recreational Cannabis Businesses Licensing in Canadian Provinces and Territories
  • Regulations from the Canadian Department of Finance, including Excise Duties on Cannabis, the 2001 Canadian Excise Act, and the 2018 Canadian Budget Implementation Act
  • Canadian Retail and Recreational Cannabis Dispensary Licenses in the United States and Canada
  • Cannabis Medical and Recreational Cultivation Licenses in the United States and Canada
  • Cannabis Processing Licenses in US States and Canadian Provinces and Territories
  • Applications and Fees for Cannabis Business Licenses and L300 Cannabis Licenses
  • Contacting the Canadian Government
  • Canada’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS)
  • Canadian Cannabis Product Packaging and Labeling Requirements

LESSON 2 – Cannabis Business Basics

Before joining the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry, you’ll need to be prepared. This lesson covers the basics of planning your cannabis business, from writing and pitching your marijuana business plan to overcoming common challenges you might face along the way.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Challenges in Starting a Cannabis Business and Potential Cannabis Industry Pitfalls, including Cannabis Banking Challenges, Changing Cannabis Laws and Regulations, Income Tax Issues, Municipal Moratoriums, Under-Educated Consumers, Security, 280E Tax Code and Cannabis, Compliance with Cannabis Regulations, Cannabis Inventory Tracking, and Entering the Green Rush34
  • Competition in the Cannabis Industry, including Black Market Competition
  • How to Write a Cannabis Business Plan, including Audience, Cover Page, Table of Contents, Executive Summary, Trademarks and Patents, Market Analysis, Company Descriptions, Ownership, and Appendices
  • Sample Cannabis Business Plan
  • The Global, National, and Local Cannabis Market
  • Pricing in the Cannabis Industry, including Variable Market Considerations and Competition
  • Stages of Development of a Cannabis Business
  • Specialization in the Cannabis Industry
  • Cannabis Patents, Trade Secrets, Copyrights, Intellectual Property, and Right of Publicity
  • Marketing and Sales in the Cannabis Industry, including Creating a Visual Marketing Plan, Target Markets, Price Structure, and Market Penetration Strategy, Financial Projections, Cannabis Advertising, Cannabis Networking, Cannabis Industry Social Media Concerns, Cannabis Business Marketing Strategies, Budtender Product Education, Industry Brochures, Market Influencers, Cannabis Affiliate Marketing, Micro-Influencers, and Online Cannabis Reviews
  • Sales Approach Strategies in the Cannabis Space, including Solutions Selling, the Buddy Approach, and The Guru Approach
  • Research and Development (R&D) in the Cannabis Industry, including Cannabis Product Life Span
  • Creating a Cannabis Facility Operating Plan
  • Finances in the Cannabis Industry, including Funding Requests
  • Cannabis Pitch Deck Basics, including Importance of a Cannabis Pitch Deck, Pitch Decks to Request Funding, Pitch Decks at Networking Events, and Pitch Deck Competitions
  • How to Write a Cannabis Industry Pitch Deck, including Optimal Number of Slides, Slide Content, Appearance of Slides, Verbal Presentations, Delivering the Pitch Deck, Storytelling Skills, and Practicing
  • Sample Cannabis Industry Pitch Deck
  • Marketing and Advertising Challenges in the Cannabis Industry, including Changing Regulations, Truth and Accuracy Statements, Prohibited Areas, Prohibited Populations, Prohibited Methods35
  • Cannabis Holidays, including April 20 (420), July 10 (710), and Seasonal Cannabis Considerations
  • Advertising in the Cannabis Space, including Industry Restrictions, Traditional Advertising, Advertising on Packaging, Live Events, Advertising in Dispensaries, In-Store Video Ads, Product Marketing Posters, Flyers, Signs, Branded Dispensary Bags and Jars, Promotional Models, Reward Programs, Promotional Items, Print Advertising, Radio Advertising, TV Advertising, Direct Mail, Billboards, Promotional Drink Coasters, News Media Coverage, Vinyl-Wrapped Vehicles, Online Advertising, Business Websites, Email Marketing, Banner Ads, Keyword Advertising, Social Media, and Hashtags
  • Cannabis Transporting and Delivery Regulations Between Businesses, from Growers to Stores, to Dispensaries, Between Wholesale Businesses
  • Cannabis Inventory Management, including Product Recalls and Defective Products, Expiration Dates, Inventory Tracking Systems, Seed-To-Sale, Seed-to-Harvest Tracking, Tracking for Processors, Wholesale-to-Consumer Tracking, Point of Sale (POS) Systems
  • Tracking Cannabis Product Turnover Rates, Product Performance, Gross Margins, Lost Sales, Sell-Through Rates, and Stolen Products
  • Cannabis Business Insurance, including Property Insurance, Product Liability Insurance, Living Cannabis Plant Coverage
  • Federal Legal Considerations for Cannabis Businesses in the United States
  • Local Regulations for Different Cannabis Business Types, including Prohibited Locations
  • Packaging and Labeling Regulations in the Cannabis Industry
  • Cannabis Business Shutdown Procedures, Rule Violations, and Government Raids

LESSON 3 – Cannabis Cultivation Businesses

This lesson walks you through the many factors involved in starting a marijuana cultivation business. It will help you set up a successful cannabis cultivation business and avoid many common pitfalls.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Preparing to Start a Cannabis Cultivation Business, including Cannabis Education, Networking, Research, and Planning
  • Financing a Cannabis Business, including Traditional Financing, Venture Capital, Private Equity Funding, and Private Lenders
  • Setting up a Cannabis Grow Business, including Business Structure, Licensing, and Insurance for Cannabis Cultivation
  • Getting Property for your Cannabis Grow Business, including Building Permits, Square Footage Limitations, Legal Use of Property, Zoning, Commercial Leases, and Avoiding a Move36
  • Setting up an Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facility, including Space Requirements, Costs, and Choosing the best Lights and Media for Growing Cannabis
  • Setting up an Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Facility, including Soil, Water, Climate, Harvest Limitations, and Light Deprivation Greenhouses
  • Cannabis Cultivation Business Operations, including Cultivation Plans, Inventory Control, Product Testing, Employment Laws, Training Manuals, Safety Plans, Staffing Plans, Environmental Plans, Fire Safety, Waste Disposal, and Security
  • Choosing Cannabis Strains to Grow, including Grow Time, THC and CBD Strains, CBD vs THC, Indica vs. Sativa vs Hybrids, and Genetic Origin of Strains

LESSON 4 – Cannabis Processing Businesses

Cannabis manufacturing businesses make consumer products out of harvested cannabis plants. In this lesson, we cover the basic business decisions that all cannabis manufacturing businesses need to make to be successful. We also walk through the main types of cannabis manufacturing businesses, including extraction facilities, infused-product commercial kitchens, and large-scale infused-product manufacturers.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Preparing to Start a Cannabis Manufacturing Business, including Research, Planning, Pitch Decks, and Building a Team
  • Financing a Cannabis Infused Product Manufacturing Business
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  • Finding Property for a Cannabis Manufacturing Facility, including Legal Use of Property, Zoning, Leases, Fire Safety, Environmental Plans, Waste Disposal, and Security
  • Constructing a Cannabis-Infused Product Manufacturing Facility, including Negative Pressure Ventilation, Spark-Proof Exhaust, and Commercial Sprinklers
  • Ordering Equipment for a Cannabis Infused-Product Manufacturing Business
  • Setting Up a Cannabis Extraction Facility, Choosing Extraction Methods and Products, Solventless Extracts, Extracting with Solvents, Choosing Equipment, and Inventory Tracking
  • Setting Up a Cannabis-Infused Product Commercial Kitchen, including Choosing and Sourcing Cannabis Ingredients, Developing Products, Packaging and Regulations, Setting Up a Facility, Finding Employees, and Planning for Expansion
  • Setting Up a Large-Scale Cannabis-Infused Product Manufacturing Facility, including Automation, Equipment, Finding Employees, and Planning for Expansion
  • Getting Cannabis-Infused Products into Stores and Dispensaries

LESSON 5 – Cannabis Dispensary Businesses

When you open a dispensary, you will be faced with some unique business challenges, including industry compliance, store planning, and addressing local attitudes on cannabis. This lesson explains how to open a dispensary and gives you tips on how to move past common issues without a glitch.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Legal Considerations in Opening a Cannabis Dispensary, including Operation Type, Signage, Packaging, Labeling
  • Cannabis Dispensary Business Basics, including Vertical Integration, Medical vs. Recreational, and Finances
  • Cannabis Store Business Plans, including Dispensary Type, Market Niche, Store Layout, and Marketing Plan
  • Choosing a Location for your Cannabis Dispensary, including Population, Customer Interests, Competition, Zoning, and Property Leases38
  • Cannabis Store Setup, including Sales Floor Layout, Order of Services, Equipment, Supplies, and Sanitation
  • Quality in Cannabis Dispensaries, including Products, Pricing, Operating Costs, and Tracking Inventory, Patients, and Customers
  • Customer Service in Cannabis Stores, including Basic Skills, Product Recalls, and Return Policies
  • Cannabis Dispensary Security, including Loss Prevention, Dealing with Customer Problems, Physical Store Security, Door Security, Keeping Cash Safe, Consumption Policies, and Neighborhood Relationships
  • Special Considerations for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, including Legal Requirements, Medical Claims, Patient Education, Patient Agreements, Increasing Plant Limits, and Consumption Options

LESSON 6 – Ancillary Businesses to the Cannabis Industry

An ancillary cannabis business is one that provides services to a cultivation operation, manufacturer, or dispensary. This lesson describes some of the ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • Description of Common Ancillary Cannabis Businesses
  • Compliance and Consulting Cannabis Businesses
  • Cannabis Test Labs Cannabis Businesses
  • Cannabis Delivery Businesses11
  • Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Design Businesses
  • Specialized Cannabis Equipment and Supplies Businesses
  • Cannabis Real Estate Businesses
  • Cannabis Law Firms
  • Cannabis Staffing and Payroll Agencies
  • Cannabis Accounting Firms
  • Cannabis Payment Processing and Software Businesses
  • Cannabis Business Insurance Agency
  • Cannabis Industry Security Businesses
  • Cannabis Marketing Businesses
  • Cannabis Public Relations and Branding Businesses
  • Cannabis Trade Associations
  • Cannabis Medical Centers
  • Online Cannabis Directories
  • Cannabis Media and Publishing Businesses
  • Cannabis Research Businesses
  • Cannabis Tourism Businesses
  • Cannabis Paraphernalia and Supplies

Class 8: Cannabis Laws and Regulations

Learning Objectives

When you finish the Cannabis Laws and Regulations class, you will be able to:

  • Describe the legal cannabis possession and cultivation limits in one US state.40
  • Explain the history and current state of US federal cannabis policy.
  • Explain the history and current state of Canadian federal cannabis policy.
  • Describe the legal cannabis possession and cultivation limits in one Canadian province or territory.
  • Describe the legal cannabis program in one country (other than the US or Canada).

LESSON 1 – Cannabis Laws in the United States

A deep dive into cannabis laws across the US, including detailed information on current adult use, medical marijuana laws, recreational marijuana laws, and prohibition laws in each US state.

The lesson covers these topics:

  • History of US Cannabis Policy, including the Cannabis Tax Act of 1937, 41Cannabis during World War II, The War on Drugs, The Controlled Substance Act of 1970, Cannabis and the United States Criminal Justice System, US Federal Punishments and Penalties for Cannabis, The Cole Memorandum of 2009, Cannabis and the Obama Administration, Pot and the Trump Administration, Cannabis and the Biden Administration, and Cannabis and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Cannabis Laws in the United States, including United States Cannabis Regulation, Public Support for 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)
  • Cannabis Possession, Distribution, Manufacturing, Cultivation, Trafficking and CBD Access in every Cannabis Prohibition State
  • 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

LESSON 2 – Cannabis Laws In Canada

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

The lesson covers these topics:

  • History of Canadian Cannabis Policy, including Cannabis Prohibition, Cannabis Royal Commission of Inquiry, Legalization for Medical Use, Marihuana for Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), 13 1and Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)
  • Cannabis Legalization for Personal Use in Canada, including the Cannabis Act, An Act Respecting 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 Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon Territory

LESSON 3 – Cannabis Laws In Other Countries

Cannabis laws can vary drastically from country to country, and keeping track is hugely important for industry professionals travelling overseas or over borders. In addition to detailed United States and Canadian cannabis law information, Cannabis Training University currently offers marijuana laws for 47 countries around the world. We continue to add more as weed laws change worldwide.

The lesson covers these topics:

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  • Cannabis laws in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Holland cannabis laws (The Netherlands), North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Belize, Cambodia, Estonia, Thailand, and Ukraine.

Handouts and Resources

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

  1. Chart: Cannabis Consumption Methods
  2. Calculator: Cannabis Dry Weight Conversions
  3. Chart: Characteristics Of Cannabis Types
  4. Chart: Effects Of Common Cannabinoids
  5. Chart: Effects Of Common Cannabinoids On Receptors
  6. Chart: Effects of Common Cannabis Terpenes
  7. Chart: Entourage Effects
  8. Chart: Storage For Cannabis Products
  9. Definitions: Cannabis Basics Terminology
  10. How To Become A Medical Cannabis Caregiver
  11. Procedure: Dab Equipment And How To Dab
  12. Supplemental Reading List: Cannabis Basics
  13. Checklist: Cannabis Industry Business Plan
  14. Checklist: Cannabis Industry Pitch Deck
  15. Definitions: Cannabis Business Terms
  16. Sample: Blunt Royale Business Plan
  17. Sample: Blunt Royale Pitch Deck
  18. How to Become a Master of Cannabis
  19. How to Become a Marijuana Entrepreneur
  20. How to Become a Cannabis Budtender
  21. How to Become a Cannabis Chef
  22. How to Become a Cannabis Dispensary Manager
  23. How To Become A Cannabis Extraction Technician
  24. How to Become a Professional Marijuana Grower
  25. MS Word Template: Cannabis Cover Letter Builder
  26. MS Word Template: Cannabis Resume Builder
  27. Sample: Cover Letter For Dispensary Manager
  28. Sample: Cover Letter For Entry Level Cannabis Grower
  29. Sample: Resume For Dispensary Manager
  30. Sample: Resume For Entry Level Cannabis Grower
  31. Calculator: Batter Weight Per Serving
  32. Calculator: How Much Cannabis Concentrate To Use
  33. Calculator: How Much Infused Cannabis Oil To Use
  34. Calculator: Multiple Cannabis Recipe Infusion
  35. Calculator: Single Cannabis Recipe Infusion
  36. Information Sheet: Terpene and Cannabinoid Chemistry
  37. Procedure: How to Make Bubble Hash
  38. Procedure: How To Make Cannabis Oil
  39. Procedure: How to Make Cannabis Rosin At Home
  40. Recipe Cards: Ten Delicious Cannabis Recipes
  41. Supplemental Reading List: Cannabis Cooking And Extractions
  42. Definitions: Cannabis Cooking And Extraction Terms
  43. Calculator: Required Air Exchange (CFM)
  44. Calculator: Required Lumens for Growing Cannabis
  45. Calculator: Time From Seed To Smoke
  46. Chart: Soil Systems Vs. Soil-less Systems
  47. Checklist: Cannabis Plant Disease And Pest Prevention
  48. Flowchart: Deciding How To Grow Cannabis
  49. Flowchart: Deciding What To Grow Cannabis
  50. Flowchart: Deciding Where To Grow Cannabis
  51. Information Sheet: Top Ten Cannabis Grow Mistakes
  52. Information Sheet: Top Ten Cannabis Grow Tips
  53. Procedure: Check And Correct Water pH for Cannabis
  54. Supplemental Reading List: Fundamentals Of Cannabis Cultivation
  55. Chart: Optimal Indoor Garden Conditions At Each Growth Stage
  56. Information Sheet: Identifying Male And Female Cannabis Plants
  57. Procedure: How To Clone Cannabis Plants
  58. Procedure: How to Germinate Weed Seeds
  59. Procedure: How To Trim Cannabis By Hand
  60. Supplemental Reading List: How To Grow Cannabis
  61. Definitions: Cannabis Cultivation Terminology
  62. Information Sheet: Cannabis Plant Nutrient Disorders
  63. Information Sheet: Common Cannabis Plant Diseases
  64. Information Sheet: Common Cannabis Plant Pests
  65. Definitions: Cannabis Legal Terminology
  66. Chart: Cannabis Interactions With Other Drugs
  67. Information Sheet: First Aid for Cannabis Side Effects
  68. Information Sheet: Top Ten Symptoms Relieved By Cannabis
  69. Procedure: 6-Day Cannabis Sensitization Protocol
  70. Procedure: Finding the Right Dose of Cannabis
  71. Supplemental Reading List: Cannabis As Medicine
  72. Definitions: Cannabis Medical Terminology

E-books

E-books can be accessed for the duration of your enrollment.

  • Beyond Buds, Next Generation: Marijuana Concentrates and Cannabis Infusions
  • Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts, Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles, and Medicines
  • Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits
  • Marijuana Garden Saver
  • Marijuana Grower's Handbook
  • Marijuana Harvest: Maximizing Quality & Yield in Your Cannabis Garden
  • Branding Buds: The Commercialization of Cannabis
  • Cannabis Grower's Handbook
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Yes! There are over 23 hours of required training on cannabis cultivation and dozens of hours of optional content, the most offered anywhere online.

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Does the CTU Master of Cannabis Program cover hemp CBD?

Yes! Cannabis Training University’s courses all provide information about hemp CBD in addition to marijuana.

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Yes, anyone 18+ can sign up for cannabis training at CTU, and everyone is accepted! We have a 99% passing rate on our exams. If you want to take advantage of a sale price but aren’t ready to get started yet, you can sign up during the sale and then come back and log in later during your enrollment period. N0 GED is needed! No high-school diploma is needed! Anyone 18 years and older can enroll from anywhere in the world!

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