Certified Consultant Course

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The Cannabis Industry is one of the most dynamic and rewarding places to be at this moment in history. As a member of a dispensary team you are one of the front-line faces of this new industry, and at times, the first person patients will encounter in their medical cannabis journey.

Dispensary owners are always in need of top talent. Consultants, sometimes referred to as “budtenders”, are the team members that help patients and customers as their primary job function. Understanding your role as a communicator, the legal landscape, the basis for why cannabis is indeed medicine from a scientific perspective, and what you can and cannot say to a patient or customer is critical in your job function.

You represent the dispensary’s values and should aim to excel in providing excellent service, knowing your dispensary’s product selection, and sharing your knowledge about how to use products wisely and safely. In each interaction with a patient or patron, you turn these values into action. This course contains general information about cannabis, the law, and best practices for handling materials and products.

Course Syllabus:

Section 1 – Introduction

  • Your Role In the Dispensary
  • Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • What You Can & Can’t Do

Section 2 – Legal Landscape

  • Overview of Cannabis Laws and Regulations
  • Federal Primer/Outline

Section 3 – History

  • Early History of Cannabis Use
  • Cannabis in the West
  • U.S. Prohibition
  • The Medical Implications of U.S. Prohibition
  • Medical Cannabis Today
  • Hemp vs Cannabis

Section 4 – The Endocannabinoid System

  • The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
  • The Body’s Supercomputer
  • Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behavior
  • Why The Endocannabinoid System Isn’t Taught In Medical School

Section 5 – Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Opioids

  • Minor Cannabinoids
  • Terpenes and The Entourage Effect
  • Adverse Reactions to Cannabis
  • Cannabis Tolerance
  • Cannabinoids and Opioids

Section 6 – Delivery Systems

  • Inhalation, Smoking and Vaporizing
  • Inhalation: Joints, Pipes, Water Pipes, Bongs
  • Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals

Section 7 – Dosing

Section 8 – Reading Lab Testing Labels

Section 9 – Clinical Practice – Broad Therapeutic Uses

  • Anxiety Disorders, Cancer & Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders, Sleep Disorders & Migraine Headaches
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders, Pain & Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

Section 10 – Storage and Handling

Section 11 – Communicating with Customers

Section 12 – Myths and Facts

  • Gateway Theory, Addiction & Brain Function
  • Impaired Motivation, Memory & Mental State
  • Lung Damage, Use Patterns & Overall Danger