Classic Semester

The Classic Semester is comprised of 18 individual classes and 12 horticulture demonstrations that meet once per week for two and a half hours of instruction per class, totaling roughly 35 credit hours of instruction. We are offering the Classic Semester on Wednesdays at our downtown Oakland campus. We have also expanded the time of day we are offering the semester classes, to better fit into your current life and work schedule.

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The Classic Semester includes all of our original Basic and Advanced seminar classes for an overview into all facets of the cannabis industry. If you are new to cannabis and are looking to learn more, the semester offers you a quality education to enable you to be a responsible patient, an educated voter, and to become a prepared advocate and/or patient.

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We  offer additional opportunities for interaction with expert instructors and the guest speakers who comprise our industry leaders. Each week also includes a comprehensive grow demonstration with accomplished horticulturists who can walk you week-by-week through growing your first garden, or help you identify opportunities to improve your current system.



Legal: Federal Vs State Law
An important introduction to the legal issues surrounding medical cannabis and the cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients. Have your questions answered by prominent cannabis lawyers, many of which helped write the law. What’s the difference between state & federal law and what does that mean for you? Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.

Politics & History
All students will get a detailed overview of the politics and history surrounding cannabis, historically referred to as hemp or marihuana. This course covers the political history of cannabis, as well as important legal decisions that affect the industry today. Did you know that the U.S. Federal Government created a program in the early ’80s to distribute cannabis for medicinal use? Learn more about this and other historical events while getting the latest information on current court cases and legislative decisions that can affect you.

Civics 101: Legal Rights
What is a qualified patient and how do you become one? What are your rights under the law? How do you exercise your rights to navigate police encounters successfully? Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.

Horticulture 101
Learn how to grow cannabis from start through harvest. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce a harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, cycles, and equipment options. Indoor and outdoor information is included, as well as hydroponics and organic options. Even experienced folks can learn from this presentation about cuttings, pest control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.

Methods of Ingestion: Extracts
Learn the benefits and history of extracted medicine, the chemistry behind it, and the different extraction methods and equipment used. For those who require a little extra concentration…

Methods of Ingestion: Cooking
Who knew there were so many forms of cannabis?! Hundreds of alternatives to smoking cannabis are now available, including: confections, cheesecakes, salad dressings, beverages, and more. Become versed in the basics of cooking with cannabis in a classroom setting. Learn how to cook with whole plant medicine and extracts, regulate and titrate dosages, proper packaging, food safety, and how to make cannabutter step-by-step. Learn from long-time cannabis cooks and professional chefs.

Methods of Ingestion Topical Applications
Learn about the therapeutic properties of balms, salves, soaps, and ointments. When applied to the skin, topical applications can help alleviate pain, soreness, inflammation and other associated ailments. Learn more about various topical applications, common conditions, and recipes.

Methods of Ingestion: Vaporizing
Learn how the vaporization process works, various types of vaporizers, and be able to explain to your doctor how this alternative method to ingest cannabis is safer than smoking and easier to titrate than edibles.

The Science of Cannabis
How does cannabis affect your body? Unlock your understanding of the human receptor system through our body’s interaction with the cannabis plant. Know the facts, learn the science! Be trained to debunk commonly cited studies against cannabis and review studies in the past that have impacted the social environment surrounding cannabis today. Discuss emerging ethical and political issues. Discover new therapeutic uses and explore the clinical benefits, research summaries, and scientific applications of cannabis.

Eighty percent of Americans agree that the current policy of prohibition has failed. Oaksterdam University Students, Alumni, Volunteers, Faculty, Staff and Instructors are working hard with local and state government to make safer communities through the regulation of cannabis. There is a future for adult possession and personal cultivation, as well as the option to regulate sales and commercial cultivation for medical and adult use, as well as legalizing hemp. This class will help you facilitate the discussion about the economics of regulating cannabusiness. This class focuses on the macroeconomic aspects of past, current, and future cannabis laws, regulations and markets. Students will learn about the United States’ most valuable cash crops, ancillary business opportunities, and recent economic studies. The class will also cover the economic pros and cons of legalization efforts.

Patient Relations 101 (Formerly Budtending 101)
Learn the ins and outs of safety, security, and great patient-customer service and set yourself apart from other applicants for employment at dispensaries. Train how to effectively and responsibly dispense cannabis to patients. Learn about the different strains and their differing effects, along with which strains are best for various medical conditions allowing you to provide helpful, knowledgeable service to patients in need.

Advocacy and Politics 102
Are you interested in knowing how to change city, county, or state law? Learn alarming statistics and other related facts that will empower you as a cannabis advocate! Advocacy and Politics further expands on legal issues that affect social, political and ultimately economic elements of the cannabis industry.

Horticulture 102: Advanced Grow
Instructors continue the subjects begun in the first horticulture class for more comprehension. This course is for the experienced grower or any student who has completed Horticulture 101. New topics include seed germination, clone/cutting production, and examples of automatic systems. This class takes your grow to a larger scale, or commercial cultivation, and offers tips and tricks to maximize your productivity.

Dispensary Operations and Business Management
Starting a dispensary (or any other cannabusiness), this class is for you! Learn about Job #1: Security! Learn from long time dispensary operators how to manage personnel, from hiring to firing; how to build strong community relations including ways to reinvest in your community; have excellent customer service and know how to maintain patient privacy.

Procurement & Allocation
So how do you get product from providers to patients? What do you look for and how do you get the best value for your collective or cooperative? This class is particularly important for inventory managers and includes such topics as: grading, weighing, storage, and safe transportation.

Cannabusiness: Legal Business Structures
For learning about many opportunities in the cannabis industry; whether it’s a commercial grow, dispensary, cannabis edibles company, clone provider, delivery service, Measure Z club, or any of the numerous cannabusinesses still to develop in this industry. The process to obtain city, county, state permits and licenses are covered in detail. Legal Business Structures, and standard business issues such as payroll, sales tax, worker’s compensation, health insurance, and other requirements for operating a business are covered. The instructors share firsthand experience and knowledge. Current political issues and local politics are explained, including reference to the Attorney General Guidelines.

Civics: Know Your Rights Workshop
Unlock justice and secure your freedom during police encounters! This class includes skits that simulate encounters with law enforcement. Students will see the knowledge learned in Legal 101 & Civics 101 applied in action. Experienced instructors teach examples of common encounters and teach you specific wording. Most people give up their constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement. These mistakes are avoidable and costly! For everyone in the cannabis industry, this class is essential to know your legal rights and explore the “gray areas” in order to do risk analysis and make informed decisions. This class is a must for anyone in the cannabis industry.

Delivery Business
Is DELIVERY really for you? Can you supplement your brick & mortar facility by adding a personalized, at-home experience for your patients? Do you even need a brick & mortar to run a successful collective or cooperative? Here we discuss the many risks and benefits of operating a mobile delivery service, both in conjunction to a storefront or as the more flexible delivery service model.

We already know why a delivery service is attractive to patients; confidentiality, personal attention and convenience! Explore what you need to know about providing mobile services, and determine if this is the more cost efficient start-up business model for you!