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5 Topics For Our Upcoming Budtender Course

As we move closer to January 26th, I wanted to share some topics we will be discussing. Some of you may already have an understanding of these topics, which is great, but we plan on delving deep into each one of these. Our educators and staff are working hard to offer the best possible course to our students, so until then here are some topics to get you excited for the course!

1. The Endocannabinoid System

For those who do not know, the endocannabinoid system is the “how” and “why” cannabis affects us the way that it does. Our body is full of primarily CB1 & CB2 receptors that act as the loading dock for the intake of cannabinoids and terpenes. There are theories that suggest a healthy endocannabinoid system will result in an overall better sense of wellbeing.  This can be achieved by regulating a healthy diet and routine exercise, as the endocannabinoid system is highly synergistic with the central nervous and immune system.

       2. Proper Dispensary Tech Procedure

This topic can be seen as a responsibility that falls on the employer, however having an understanding of proper patient care prior to employment is always preferred when hiring new employees. As regulations are slowly being put in place, it is imperative that every dispensary operates in a clean fashion. The best way to do so, is to make sure your dispensary technicians are following a clear set of guidelines. Some mistakes could cost the dispensary serious consequences.

       3. Cannabinoids

Cannabis contains many compounds that make it the medical miracle it is seen as today. These compounds are referred to as, “cannabinoids”. Cannabinoids are responsible for powering the medicinal value of the plant. Upon consumption, they are the catalyst for the relief offered by cannabis. There are roughly 113 known cannabinoids. The most well known of these are: CBD, CBN, CBG, and THC. Each cannabinoid offers a different type of relief. THC is best known as a mood elevator, while CBD is known for helping with pain relief and sleep. The interactions between cannabinoids ultimately define the plant’s medicinal effects. So, as a budtender it is important to understand cannabinoid ratios when suggesting a product.

      4. Terpenes

Terpenes are easily one of the most fascinating parts of the cannabis plant. Terpenes are a secondary compound from the plant that acts as a self defense system. They can help deter pests and pathogens, as well as, act as an antifungal agent. However, terpenes are not just found in cannabis, they are found all over the organic world. One of the most prevalent terpenes remains, myrcene. It can be found in hops, which is a key ingredient in crafting beers. So, if you were to drink a heavier or darker beer, your first sip may result in a quick rush to the head followed by a sleepy, relaxing edge. A lot of indica strains show high contents of myrcene, because of their ability to aid sleep. Of course, there are plenty more terpenes we will be discussing within the course, along with their interactions and benefits.

     5. Extraction Knowledge

This portion of the course will be solely devoted to educating students on the processing of cannabis extractions, differences of cannabis extraction, and extract consumption. When educating customers about your product, you want to be able to offer as much information as possible. Knowing the differences between CO2 and butane extractions, is a great place to start when helping select the best product for a patient. There is a wide range of extractions that will be discussed, such as: butter, crystalline (otherwise known as sugar), shatter, and rosins and resins.

Oklahoma currently operates solely as a medically legalized state. When a budtender assists a customer, that exchange sets the tone for the whole industry. Patients interact with budtenders more than any other position, therefore making budtenders the face of our industry. Every budtender should be equipped with a core set of knowledge about their products and cannabis in general. It is their job to act as a beacon of information for all the patients seeking relief.

Thank you so much for reading and checking out this brief preview for our upcoming course. We are very excited to be a part of this community and have a hand in education. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and live videos with interaction. Tickets for this event can be found through our Facebook or visit our website at: www.pharmacologyuniversityok.com/enroll.

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