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Some people praise cannabis (Cannabis sativa) for its ability to help soothe their nausea, anxiety, or pain, increase their appetite and fall asleep more soundly. Others share stories of cannabis making them feel out of control, dizzy, or scared. To some, it’s a gateway drug, and to others, it’s the only herb that offers serious support. So who’s “right” – and is it even legal?
In the online, self-paced Canna+Herbs Course, we explore the many ways you can safely and responsibly invite this storied botanical into your herbal practice with intention and respect. Learn the multi-layered history of cannabis and its legalization status before diving into botany and key terms, like the difference between cannabis and hemp. With that information under your belt, you’re well-prepared to explore the phytochemistry and therapeutic properties of cannabis, including both THC and CBD, and how they interact with our body’s fascinating endocannabinoid system. You’ll learn how to choose the best cannabis products, how to grow and process your own cannabis, how to blend formulas that combine cannabis with other herbs, and how to make cannabis preparations, including oils and tinctures, that you can then use in the herbal recipes we share.
Whether you’re completely new to cannabis and hope to cut through the clutter and discover the truth about this special plant — or are an experienced canna-connoisseur who wants to more confidently interweave this time-tested plant into your herbal practice — this much-anticipated course has something for everyone!
Once you click sign up, you’ll also see your optional access to the course’s exclusive Bonus Portal for $15 displayed in your cart. This robust Bonus Portal includes more than $350 worth of additional cannabis resources, including videos, recipes from bestselling cannabis books, downloadable materials, and our original Culinary Canna-Recipes ebook that will help you make delicious cannabis treats at home to address pain, nausea, mood, and sleep.
What’s the difference between cannabis and hemp? What about THC and CBD? Is cannabis even legal where I live? Can I enjoy the health benefits of cannabis without getting “high”? How can I figure out my personal best dosage for my health goals? I tried cannabis once and felt really uncomfortable – is that going to happen to me again?
If these are some of the questions running through your mind, you are not alone. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabis is quickly emerging from the shadows, and new stores selling hemp- and cannabis-infused products seem to be popping up everywhere you look. And with this rapidly changing herbal landscape, we’ve received a lot of questions about how to safely and legally incorporate this powerful plant ally into the herbal toolkit.
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to cannabis best practices, and we’ve presented the most up-to-date research, techniques, and recipes so that you have the best experience possible.
Learn how to work confidently with cannabis
This course is designed to introduce cannabis to your home apothecary through the same lens that you would approach other herbs, like peppermint, lavender, or motherwort. However, because some cannabis preparations have psychoactive constituents, we pay especially close attention to two important details: safety and dosage.
You may have heard stories of someone eating an edible and then feeling overwhelmed, sick, or simply stuck on the couch. Maybe this has even happened to you. These effects most often occur with high-THC cannabis use, too high of a dose, or too short of a period between dosing. Carefully choosing cannabis strains, dosage, and frequency of dose can help us use cannabis as a supportive herbal ally.
In the Canna+Herbs Course, we made sure to hone in on safety and dosage, explaining in simple, everyday terms how to find the best dosage for your personal tolerance and goals, and how often to consume cannabis products for your intended effects. As you work through the course, you’ll identify your personal goals for working with this time-tested herb (nausea? sleep? appetite?) and then calculate the dosage and preparation you can start with to help you feel supported and nourished, which is always our intention when working with herbs.
After you’ve identified your goals, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to make safe, effective, and balanced cannabis preparations at home!
THE CANNA+HERBS COURSE OUTLINE
UNIT 1: WORKING WITH CANNABIS
Ready to get started? Unit one will build your foundation with a broad look at cannabis and an introduction to the plant’s history, a lesson on basic botany, and clear insight on how cannabis is regulated in the United States. We’ll also equip you with glossaries that include cannabis-related terms as well as herbal action terms—these will come in handy as you read through the course!
In Unit 1, we’ll answer the following questions:
- What is the history of cannabis, and why was it stigmatized in the early 20th Century United States?
- What are the social equity issues associated with cannabis?
- Is there a difference between cannabis, marijuana, and hemp?
- So many acronyms! THC, CBD, CBDa, what do they all mean?
- “Indica” vs “Sativa” – what’s the difference and does it matter?
- Is cannabis legal where I live, or will I get in trouble for having it?
- What part of the cannabis plant will I be working with – flower, bud, leaf?
- And more!
UNIT 2: THERAPEUTIC USE OF CANNABIS
Under the expertise of clinical herbalists and cannabis-experienced educators, you’ll learn all about the therapeutic use of cannabis. You’ll learn about the phytochemistry and pharmacology of cannabis—that is, the chemical constituents found within the plant and how they act on the human body. You’ll also explore how to make sense of the vast menu of commercially available cannabis products out there and how to choose the best product for you.
In Unit 2, we’ll answer the following questions:
- What are cannabinoids, and how do they affect things like energy and memory?
- How do THC and CBD interact with our bodies?
- What sort of concerns is cannabis a good fit for? (pain? nausea? sleep? etc.)
- Are there any people who should not consume cannabis for health reasons?
- Is cannabis addictive?
- What are safe guidelines for dosing cannabis?
- How do I find and choose the right high-quality cannabis products?
- And more!
UNIT 3: WORKING WITH CANNABIS
In the third unit, we’ll get into the more hands-on aspects of cannabis. Get ready to learn what you need to know to create basic cannabis preparations—both lipid- and alcohol-based extracts—and formulas that combine cannabis with other herbs. We’ve got lots of recipes to inspire you! We’ve even covered information on how to grow, harvest, and dry cannabis for those interested in becoming familiar with the plant from the very beginning of its journey to its appearance in the apothecary.
In Unit 3, we’ll answer the following questions:
- Can I legally grow cannabis where I live? If so, how do I do so successfully?
- What are the steps for making cannabis-infused oil at home?
- How do I make a cannabis tincture?
- Is cannabis water soluble?
- Are there any special steps I need to take when working with cannabis that don’t apply to other herbs? (Spoiler, yes!).
- How do I calculate the right potency for my recipe and intended outcome?
- What are some great recipes for cannabis-infused salves, liniments, herbal milks, and other herbal preparations?
- How can I start blending cannabis with other herbs to maximize my results?
- And more!
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In the Canna+Herbs Course, You Will Find:
Meet Your Core Herbal Academy Teachers
Shona Richter MacDougall (RH, AHG)
Shona is a Registered Herbalist, core member of the Herbal Academy Education Department, and owner of Earth Rhythm Herbal in central Vermont. She has years of experience growing medicinal herbs and making herbal products, as well as a deep interest in cannabis. Shona graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies and has experience in many aspects of herbalism – from working at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and an organic herb farm to seeing clients, all of which have turned her into the herbalist she is today.
Tammi Sweet (MS)
Tammi has spent 33 years cultivating her teaching craft and loves to bring others into deeper relationship with the natural world and with spirit. She is Co-Director of Heartstone Center of Earth Essentials and author of The Wholistic Healing Guide to Cannabis and The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cannabis and Making Your Own Healing Remedies (2023).
Sarah is a clinical herbalist and Co-Founder and Co-Owner at Hillside Botanicals, a certified organic hemp and medicinal herb farm and apothecary located in the rolling hills of Central Vermont. Sarah received her Clinical Herbalist training at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and currently runs Humble Hummingbird L3C, a private sliding-scale herbal practice. She also consults in the natural products industry.
Dr. Henry David Mitcheson (M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.)
Dr. Mitcheson is a botanist, practicing physician, and the Herbal Academy’s primary medical advisor and educator in course development. Alongside his work with the Herbal Academy, he is the Medical Director of Bay State Clinical Trials, Physician and President of Bay State Urologists, and a surgeon at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.
By the end of this course you will:
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This information presented in this course on cannabis is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Herbal Academy and the publishers and instructors of this course hereby exclude all liability to the extent permitted by law for any errors or omissions in this course and for any loss, damage, or expense (whether direct or indirect) suffered by a third party relying on any information contained within this course. The Herbal Academy may reference third party organizations and websites in this course as a potential source of information. This does not mean that the Herbal Academy endorses these organizations or websites, or the recommendations that they may provide.
It is important to check with your country, state, and county about the legality of growing, purchasing, and using cannabis products in your location to understand what you can and cannot legally do. The legality of hemp and cannabis varies internationally, and within the United States, legality varies on the federal versus state level as well as the county level. Any cannabis with a THC content over 0.3% is strictly regulated and is not federally legal in the United States; it is also illegal to possess in some states and counties.
If cannabis is legal in your location, always use the lowest possible dose necessary to achieve desired effects. If keeping cannabis products in your home, always properly label them, including information about potency. Keep all cannabis products out of the reach of children. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery directly after using cannabis products containing THC.
Speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before making adjustments to your diet or lifestyle and prior to introducing herbal and nutritional supplements as they may affect any treatment you may be receiving. You are advised to disclose any and all nutrient and herb supplements you are using to your healthcare team.
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