Advanced Dispensary Certification

This course is designed for future and current budtenders.  After taking this course, students will have a deep understanding of the budtender profession.  Budtenders are an essential part of a dispensary team and are crucial to the success of any dispensary.  By knowing the science behind Cannabis and the best practices, our students will be able to effectively communicate with clients and help them find the best products for each individual client. This course will cover everything from the long history of the Cannabis plant, to landing a job in the Cannabis industry and recommending Cannabis.



Table of Contents


  • What is a Budtender
  • Introduction to Cannabis
  • Legality of Cannabis

Cannabis Supply Chain

  • Cultivation
  • Processing
  • Testing
  • Packaging / Labeling
  • Deliveries
  • Dispensaries

Pharmacology of Cannabis

  • Cannabis Botany
  • General Classification
  • Species and Subspecies of Cannabis
  • Phenotypes 
  • Chemovars
  • Cannabinoids 
  • Entourage Effect
  • Case Studies

Dosing and Administration

  • Forms
  • Dosages
  • Dosing Considerations

Safety and Effects

  • General Risks 
  • Common Side Effects 
  • Adverse Side Effects 
  • Potential Interactions with Cannabis 
  • Stability and Storage

Eligibility Requirements

  • State Cannabis Programs
  • Qualifying Medical Conditions
  • Considerations for Qualifying Conditions
  • Patient Eligibility
  • Patient Certification Process
  • Certification Limits
  • Certifying Providers

Customer Relationship Management

  • Dispensing of Cannabis
  • Ethical Considerations

Budtender Positions

  • Preparation
  • Application
  • Getting Hired

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