Cannabis Fundamentals

Ignite your career in cannabis

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Content length: 16h 27m
  1. 01. History of Cannabis
    2 Lessons

    In this course, we will examine the various uses of cannabis long before it became prohibited. We will also cover key points, events and people that led up to the federal prohibition of cannabis in the United States. We will then explore the 80 plus years of prohibition, highlighting key influencers turning the tide in favor of cannabis. This is THE course to start with when gaining a fundamental understanding of where we've been and where we're going with cannabis. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Identify key decisions in history that helped create the prohibition of cannabis
    • Identify Previous uses of cannabis in history
    • Name key figures and forces in history that influenced the cannabis movement
    Lessons included in this course:
    • History of Cannabis
      In this video, Dr. Bearman discusses the various uses of cannabis for the past thousands of years before it became prohibited. He then talks about some key points and people that led up to the federal prohibition of cannabis in the United States in 1937. He then moves through the 80 plus years that cannabis has been illegal and points out some key influencers in favor of cannabis.
    • History of Cannabis
      1h 50m
      In this article, we’ll take you from the early years of cannabis and hemp use in the Americas, through the rapid social changes leading to prohibition, to the 80 years of prohibition itself. We’ll look at the social and cultural changes that ultimately led to cannabis laws relaxing in most U.S. states, and what the future might hold for the cannabis movement at home and internationally.
  2. 02. Cannabis Plant Botany 101
    2 Lessons

    In this course, we'll explore the function of each part of the cannabis plant as well as discuss proper cannabis plant terminology, including important terms like landrace, chemovars, resin glands, and colas. If you plan on being a part of the cannabis industry, knowing the botany and nomenclature of the female cannabis plant is a must, and so is this course. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define Key terms related to the cannabis plant
    • Identify the functionality of various parts of the cannabis plant
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Botany of Cannabis
      In this video, Mel Frank discusses the functionality of the various parts of the cannabis plant. He also talks about the terminology of the female cannabis plant.
    • Cannabis Botany
      1h 10m
      Identifying the Main Parts of a Cannabis Plant What Are Trichomes and Why Are They Important? Determining Sex of Cannabis Plants Sexual vs. Asexual Propagation
  3. 03. Cannabinoids 101
    5 Lessons

    In this course, we will reveal what cannabinoid compounds are, identify the major and minor cannabinoids, and define key terms like decarboxylation. Lastly, we will examine the wide spectrum of therapeutic benefits these cannabinoids offer. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define Key terms related to the cannabinoids
    • Identify the major and minor cannabinoids
    • Explain the specific therapeutic uses of various cannabinoids
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Understanding Cannabinoids - THCa and THC
      This video covers major and minor cannabinoids and how they work in your body.
    • Understanding Cannabinoids - CBDa and CBD
      This video discusses the differences between CBD and THC, the use of CBD as a form of therapy, and cultural and legal acceptance of its medical effects.
    • Understanding Cannabinoids - CBN
      This video discusses CBN and how it is created. The video also explains why CBN has been used to indicate the quality of cannabis grown indoors.
    • Understanding Cannabinoids - CBC CBG THCV CBDV
      This videos discusses the characteristics of minor cannabinoids.
    • Cannabinoids 101
      1h 30m
      Welcome to Cannabinoids 101. In this article, we introduce you to the famous cannabinoids THC and CBD, and discuss how they are produced by the cannabis plant along with over 100 unique, related compounds. We introduce key terms such as decarboxylation, glandular trichome, and cannabinoid acid, and we describe the properties of some major and minor cannabinoids and how they exert their wide-ranging medicinal effects.
  4. 04. Terpenes 101
    2 Lessons

    In this course, we will identify the key terpenes found in cannabis. We will also explore the various medicinal uses of terpenes and how they can add additional benefit when combined with certain cannabinoids. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Identify the essential terpenes found in cannabis
    • Explain the therapeutic uses of various terpenes
    • Identify how terpenes interact with cannabinoids
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Understanding Terpenes
      This video discusses the terpenes commonly found in cannabis, their medicinal benefits, what they smell like, and how they interact with cannabinoids to produce synergistic effects.
    • Terpenes 101
      1h 10m
      Welcome to Terpenes 101. In this article, we talk about what terpenes and terpenoids are, and why they are so important in nature. We introduce key terms such as monoterpene, sesquiterpene, and the isoprene rule. We describe the most common, important terpenes and terpenoids found in cannabis, and their potential medicinal properties. In addition, we discuss how terpenes, terpenoids, and cannabinoids may interact together to produce heightened medicinal benefit.
  5. 05. Endocannabinoid System 101
    3 Lessons

    In this course, we will begin to understand how cannabis works in the human body and identify the main receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that help it do so. The ECS is complex, and this module will give you a fundamental understanding of its relevant terms, mechanics and physiology. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define key terms related to the Endocannabinoid System
    • Recognize how cannabis works in our bodies
    • Identify the different receptors in our bodies in relation to the ECS
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
      This video provides a detailed overview of how cannabis interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). In addition, this video discusses cannabinoid receptor interactions, how cannabinoids produce specific effects, and how cannabis effects human physiology on a biochemical level.
    • The Biochemical Pathways of the Endocannabinoid System
      This video offers a comprehensive overview of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including its biochemical pathways and nerve receptors. It also discusses how the Endocannabinoid System maintains homeostasis within the human body.
    • Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
      1h 15m
      This article explores the complex ways cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). In addition, it discusses cannabinoid receptors, phytocannabinoids, allosteric modulators, and much more.
  6. 06. Cannabis Delivery Methods & Products 101
    2 Lessons

    In this course, we will explore various delivery methods and their respective benefits and drawbacks. This course will be beneficial in helping you to identify and pair delivery methods with specific conditions. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define key terms related to the delivery methods of cannabis
    • Identify various delivery methods to consuming cannabis
    • Explain the efficacy and duration of various delivery methods
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Delivery Methods of Cannabis
      This video details the different delivery methods of cannabis and the many ways it can be consumed. In addition, it discusses how consumers can control their levels of psychoactivity. A few of the delivery methods discussed in this video include: inhaled, oral absorption, edibles, skin absorption, suppositories, and non-psychoactive alternatives.
    • Delivery Methods and Products
      1h 10m
      This article discusses the various ways cannabinoids can be delivered to the human body including smoking, vaping, oral, topical, and more. In addition, the article offers an explanation as to why different delivery methods produce different results in the user.
  7. 07. Cannabis Dosing 101
    7 Lessons

    In this course, we will cover different terms used when talking about cannabis dosing and identify key dosing strategies to achieve maximum benefits. This course is a MUST, as it will help you to understand how to find your optimal cannabis dose (a common issue among patients and consumers) and provide insight into helping others find theirs. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define key terms related to dosing
    • Identify recommended dosing strategies for cannabis to achieve maximum benefits
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Welcome - General Tips on Finding and Maintaining Your Optimal Cannabis Dose
      In this video segment, Max Simon shares how dosing is the key to getting the best possible results with cannabis. Several nuances are discussed to help patients and consumers find and maintain the optimal cannabis dose.
    • Finding Your Ideal Dose
      In this video segment, Michele Ross shares there is no one size fits all when it comes to cannabis. She explains how everyone needs to start slow and small to discover what it is they need, in what quantities, and how often they need it.
    • Titrating and Micro-dosing for Minimal Side Effects
      In this video segment, Michelle Ross and Jessica Knox talk about titration and how to reach your exact therapeutic effect. Microdosing and choosing the optimal dose that works for you are also discussed.
    • Tolerance Breaks and Resetting Your Cannabinoid Receptors
      In this video segment, Jessica Knox and Rachel Knox talk about tolerance and increased cannabis consumption to feel the therapeutic benefits of the plant. Resetting your cannabinoid receptors is also discussed.
    • The Importance of Tracking Your Own Experiences
      In this video segment, Michelle Ross talks about tracking your experiences with cannabis consumption. The importance of recording your experiences with pain to help determine proper dosing and comfort level is also discussed.
    • What to Do If You Become Uncomfortable
      In this video segment, Jessica Knox, Rachel Knox, and Michelle Ross talk about what to do if you become uncomfortable with the "high." Effective ways to bring down the psychoactivity level for different people is also discussed.
    • Cannabis Dosing
      1h 0m
      This article discusses cannabis dosing, including microdosing, titration of THC and other cannabinoids, and the biphasic effect of cannabinoids.
  8. 08. Quality Control & Assurance
    3 Lessons

    In this course, we will explore the components of compliant packaged and labeled cannabis products and provide the fundamental understanding of what processes and procedures are necessary to achieve this. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Identify the importance of quality control and assurance
    • Explain key components of proper packaging, handling and labeling
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Choosing a Quality Product
      In this video segment, Dr. Jessica Peters and Mara Gordon talk about the quality assurance of cannabis products. Product manufacturing, packaging, and labeling requirements are also discussed.
    • Quality Control
      In this video segment, Joel Stanley talks about the quality control of packaged and labeled cannabis products. He also explains the importance of following compliance testing processes and procedures to ensure consumer safety and product reliability.
    • Quality Control
      1h 25m
      This article explains the role that quality control and quality assurance plays in helping to ensure cannabis reaches consumers in a safe and reliable manner. You will learn about standard operating procedures, compliance, and cannabinoid analysis.
  9. 09. Myths About Cannabis
    7 Lessons

    This course will help you set the record straight and counter misleading statements that portray cannabis in a negative light. In this course, we will provide solid science, facts and reputable research that debunks various myths about cannabis. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Provide solid facts and research that debunk the myths about cannabis, including the risks associated with cannabis, addiction, schizophrenia, weight gain, memory impairment, and more.
    Lessons included in this course:
    • Addressing Cannabis Fears
      In this video, Paul Armentano from NORML addresses the various fears of cannabis.
    • Will I Become Addicted
      In this video, Paul Armentano from NORML explains if marijuana leads to addiction. Dependence liability and addiction often get confused when being compared to cannabis use. About one out of 11 individuals will have dependence liability, which means the individual will use marijuana again.
    • Could a Person Overdose on Cannabis
      In this video, Paul Armentano from NORML breaks down if a person can overdose on cannabis, which they cannot. Cannabis has a better safety profile than other substances.
    • Could Cannabis Cause Schizophrenia
      In this video, Paul Armentano from NORML describes if cannabis can cause schizophrenia. People are born with schizophrenia, and marijuana will not cause someone with it to get it. People will schizophrenia will use many drugs, not just marijuana.
    • Will Cannabis Make Me Gain Weight
      In this video, Paul Armentano answers a popular question surrounding cannabis, will a person gain wait! THC does trigger more of an appetite. There are many studies that have shown people with cannabis usage have lower metabolic indicators than people that don't partake in cannabis.
    • Will Cannabis Impair My Memory
      In this video, Paul Armentano answers the question, will cannabis impair my memory. Compounds in the marijuana plant are ingested in the body, where they interact with receptors. The receptors in the brain can affect short-term memory. Remember, the drug being ingested is working on that part of the brain.
    • Myths about Cannabis
      1h 0m
      This article discusses some of the most enduring and pervasive myths about cannabis, including the fallacies that cannabis can kill you, cause psychosis, or act as a gateway drug.
  10. 10. Careers In Cannabis
    6 Lessons

    In this course cannabis icon, author and entrepreneur Steve DeAngelo introduces you to a variety of careers in the industry. Now is the time for you to start considering where your skills, knowledge and talent will be put to best use in this billion-dollar industry. After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Define key terms in the cannabis industry
    • Identify professional opportunities and career paths in the cannabis industry
    Lessons included in this course:
    • How to Enter the Cannabis Industry
      In this video, Steve DeAngelo gives people guidance on how to enter the cannabis industry. The cannabis industry is using entrepreneurial approaches but keeping the true values built over the years. This course will allow people to learn all of the exciting parts of cannabis.
    • Sectors in the Cannabis Industry - Grow
      In this video, Steve DeAngelo and Max Simon narrate about grow in the cannabis industry, which starts with genetics. Cultivation has many different sectors to grow the plant, which include a nursery, sun grow, light grow and organic. There is also a demand for lamp grow in the market place.
    • Sectors in the Cannabis Industry - Extraction Manufacturing and Product
      In this video, Steve DeAngelo and Max Simon talk about sectors of the cannabis industry, including extraction, manufacturing and product. A popular sector in the cannabis industry is extraction, which includes variations such as CO2, H20, and Alcohol. The manufacturing of extraction produces wax, shatter, and butter.
    • Sectors in the Cannabis Industry - Retail Distribution and Real Estate
      In this video, Steve DeAngelo and Max Simon break down three sectors of the cannabis industry: Retail, Distribution, and Real Estate. Retail is a booming sector in cannabis and includes dispensaries, delivery, and consumption lounges. Sales and distribution help move the cannabis products through the supply chain. Real estate is a vital sector for companies to be developed and/or leased in various areas.
    • Sectors in the Cannabis Industry - Tourism, Media, and Events
      In this video segment, Steve DeAngelo and Max Simon touch on sectors of the industry including tourism, media, and events. Tourism in cannabis has similar attributes to the wine industry, which brings in revenue for the city and state. Media help create content and give valuable information to businesses and consumers. Events surrounding cannabis also draw a crowd, from concerts to conferences to parties.
    • Sectors in the Cannabis Industry - Services
      In this video, Steve DeAngelo and Max Simon dive into the services within the cannabis industry. Software and IT offer a lot of potential to help grow a cannabis business. Understanding finances such as debt, equity, and real estate are crucial for a successful enterprise. A line of credit can be a lifeline for any cannabis business, with federal loans not available. Insurance is a necessity for someone building a large-scale operation and everyone involved in the business needs cannabis industry education.

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Who can benefit from taking this program?

Job Seekers

Stand out from other applicants and ease your transition into a new role (or the industry).

Industry Professionals

Reinforce your cannabis knowledge and develop expertise that will allow you to better serve your customers.


Build a strong foundation of cannabis knowledge so you can enter the industry with confidence.

CEOs/Business Leaders

Foster a shared language and knowledge base throughout your organization.

Meet your instructors - industry experts

Michele Ross, PhD
Auto-Immune Disorders and Cannabis
Mel Frank
Legacy Grower & Author of The Marijuana Grower's Guide
Joel Stanley
CW Hemp
Steve DeAngelo
Cannabis activist
Jennifer "Seshata" Macfarlane
Samantha Miller
President & Chief Scientist of Pure Analytics
Paul Armentano
Deputy Director, NORML; Author
Jessica Peters
Cannabinoid specialist
Martha 'Muffy' Montemayor, CNC
Founder, Healthy Choices Unlimited

    I was hesitant to sign up for this course as it represented a commitment of both time and financial resources, both of which I must be very careful with. After completing this Program I have zero regrets, as it was a great learning experience & definitely well worth the investment. I was able to fill in important knowledge gaps while also helping me to learn that I knew more than I had been giving myself credit for. I strongly recommend this course to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge base for either personal or professional growth...or both!

    Duncan Bethel

    For anyone interested in knowing more about cannabis than 99% of folks, I'd suggest enrolling in the Fundamentals course.

    Joey Wolfe

    I enjoyed the program and felt like it was well worth my time!! The program had a diverse list of topics and combined both video and text learning. Additionally, Green Flower provided excellent reference materials. Finally, a knowledge test was given to ensure that the certification process carried some weight.

    Susan Portincaso

Cannabis Fundamentals Certificate Program

You have 365 days to complete this program

$197.00 (USD)

  • Average time of course: 10 - 14 hours
  • Time to complete course: 365 days
  • Extensions available if needed
  • 100% online. Learn anywhere!


Are there any prerequisites?
No. This program is available to anyone.
What's included with this program?
Online courses comprised of engaging videos and written materials, knowledge checks at the end of every module to assimilate your learning, private forum for students to connect and provide support, downloadable references to keep and access on your phone, and your official Green Flower Certificate (once you pass the exam).
Can I take the program online?
Yes. Green Flower Programs are 100% online and can be taken from anywhere in the world.
Who should get a Green Flower certificate? What will it do for me?
Whether you are looking to enter the cannabis industry, get hired by a cannabis company, invest in the cannabis market, win a cannabis license, become a more knowledgeable advocate, better serve the patients in your care, or contribute more deeply to your organization, getting a Green Flower Certificate will make you exponentially more confident, credible, and valuable to the cannabis industry today.
How do I pass the course?
You'll need to achieve a grade of 80% on the Final Exam to pass the course and receive your Green Flower Cannabis Fundamentals Certificate.
What can you tell me about the final exam?
The Green Flower Cannabis Fundamentals Exam is a comprehensive multiple choice exam administered online. A grade of 80% is required to pass. Enrollment allows two attempts to achieve a passing score. You will have 365 days to complete both the program and the final Exam. After 365 days, you will no longer have access to the program or testing materials. This is a closed book Exam. Upon Passing, you will receive your official Green Flower Cannabis Fundamentals Certificate to hang on your wall and use for credibility and trust in the Industry.
What happens if I don't pass the exam?
You will have two chances to pass the final exam with enrollment. Retakes are $69 after that. You must achieve an 80% passing score to receive your Green Flower Certificate.
Is your program accredited?
No, Green Flower is not an accredited school and doesn't plan to be. We produce trusted cannabis education led and validated by the world's top experts, and our programs are utilized by companies, associations, nonprofits, and governments around the world.
Will there be any mailed, hard copy books or reference materials?
No, nothing will be mailed and no hard copy text will be assigned. There are materials in each course that you can download, print, and use at your convenience.
Can any module be visited more than once, to reinforce learning?
Absolutely! You can review any and all materials as many times as you would like in the 365 days (30 for Sell-SMaRT) your program is open.
Refund Policy
We understand that sometimes plans change. If you can no longer take the course, please email us no later than 7 days after your purchase. We will be happy to issue you a refund (minus our enrollment fee of $20). No refunds will be given to cancellations made after 7 days of purchase.

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