Course Catalog

Horticulture

Our comprehensive horticulture program covers everything  from seed to harvest. Work hands-on with cannabis plants in all stages.

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Business

Our extensive business program will teach you how to start your own cannabis business and how to maintain and operate legally & successfully.

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Learn about our Enrollment Process or go to our Course Schedule to enroll.

Seminar courses are offered every other week. Both programs are offered once a month.
Semester courses are triannually.

Horticulture Course Curriculum

We offer our Horticulture Program in 3 formats: 14-week Semesters,  5-day Seminars & Online.

Horticulture Semester

The Horticulture Semester is 14 weeks long consisting of 9 weeks of indoor and 5 weeks of outdoor horticulture. Classes meet once a week on Thursdays.

Semesters are held 3 times a year, click here for available course dates.

Our Horticulture Semester provides the most comprehensive indoor and outdoor horticultural education & training available for the Cannabis Industry. Classes consist of slide presentations, lectures, demos, and hands-on workshops led by industry leaders and professional growers. Classes also include DIY projects opportunities that will help you develop your personal goals in both small and large-scale settings.

Semester students will be provided ample time for Q&A interaction with our with our expert instructors comprised of industry leaders, attorneys, business owners, professional growers and extractors.  

Along with the purchase of the Horticulture semester, you will have the option to attend Friday Labs* for the duration of your semester. Labs are run by our knowledgeable horticulture techs and will be an extension of the hands-on labs in your structured Horticulture semester classes. Each Friday lab will vary in content, usually following along with the curriculum from the previous day. Attending labs gives you the opportunity to ask any follow-up questions you may have and let the freshly acquired knowledge soak in.

The Friday labs will give you a better understanding of what you can expect in the day to day operations of running a grow operation, including the use of a Dosatron®! Although not mandatory, they are very beneficial extracurricular activity included with your tuition; both fun and remedial tasks associated with maintaining any cultivation activities!

* Sometimes substituted with field trips. Friday labs dates are not finalized.

Legal 101: 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. Grasp the difference between state & federal law and what each means for you. Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.
Civics 101
Understand how to become a qualified patient, or recognize one. Review your rights under the law, including how to exercise your rights when navigating police encounters successfully. Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.
Politics and History of Cannabis
Cannabis is the world’s first cash crop with proven use that dates back over 10,000 years. The use of cannabis, and the industry that has developed, comes from long and complicated struggle of social, political, and medical activism and awareness. Learn about the political history of cannabis, and the key players and policies that have shaped the policy as we know it today. Learn the history and politics of the Cannabis movement, and figure out what part you play in the future of regulation and reform.
Horticulture 101 – Growing Safely & Responsibly
Learn the basics of how to grow cannabis. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce or improve your personal cannabis harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, life 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 and pathogen control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.
Equipment Overview
Cultivating cannabis requires many different types of equipment. The types of equipment used for the different stages of plant growth and what equipment is appropriate will be reviewed. The pros and cons of different equipment technologies, as well as their costs and other consideration will be examined.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Cannabis Plant
The cannabis plant’s structures, parts, how to identify them, and the functions that each one will be examined. The differences between male and female A&P and their reproductive processes will be emphasized.
Seeds and Cuttings
The beautiful plants we grow began as seeds, but some begin as cuttings. Determine when and why to use seeds instead of cuttings, and the pros/cons of their different applications. This is the beginning of the process. See up close seeds and learn to sprout them. Understand what helps ensure successful cuttings and learn to properly propagate and root a cutting properly. Receive a hands-on demonstration for the OU method of germinating a seed and taking a cutting.
Lab – Seedlings, Transplanting and Topping
Seedlings need to be transplanted before they have outgrown their containers and topped before they grow too tall. This lab will explain how to do these things and explore the reasons for doing so.It will also cover strategies and techniques for coaching vulnerable young seedlings into larger plants. Ways to prevent and deal with common seedling issues such as damping off and stretching will be reviewed.
Lab – Mothers and Cuttings
Keeping a mother plan to make clones from is very different from growing cannabis in the flowering stage. We will explore what it takes to keep and maintain a healthy mother plant and successfully propagate (root) clones that are taken from it. Proper medium preparation, a crucial part of propagation, will be covered in detail, as well as the required environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity.
Vegetative Growth
The vegetative growth cycle is when your plant charges forward towards building the structure needed for your optimal yield. The plant has unique needs during this phase as well as potential challenges, so taking a thoughtful approach to the handling of this process is critical for your success. Strategies and best practices will be discussed and evaluated.
Mediums
How you choose and combine the appropriate mediums will support your cultivation strategy. Learn the different mediums used in cannabis growing and the details of their preparation when necessary. Learn about the pros/cons of each. Rockwool is currently the most diverse medium but is also slightly hazardous. See the OU method for conditioning rockwool, and experience the process yourself.
Ventilation
Proper ventilation is needed when growing cannabis. There are standards and practices for removing excess heat humidity and providing proper levels of CO2 to the plant. Students will be presented with different ways to achieve and maintain proper garden temperatures by using equipment such as ducting, fans and filters.
Lighting
There are several different methods for measuring the quantity and quality of light for growing cannabis. Review the proper choices of lighting for each stage of growth and the costs associated with each. Measurements of light will be explained and strategies for maximizing lighting potential will be presented.
Electrical Safety and Load Calculations
Electrical circuits have maximum loads depending on several factors. Different voltages are needed for different equipment. Learn about safe and responsible electrical use in regards to indoor horticulture equipment. Discuss electrical loads and how to calculate available electricity. The difference between 120v and 240v and the necessity of each will be covered and discussed. Observe how to connect and disconnect a ballast and lamp to a power source.
Nutrients and pH
Learn the importance of nutrients and ph for the growth of cannabis with help you best support your plant. What is the optimal time? Why are the full spectrum of essential nutrients only available to the plant within two ranges of ph specific to either soil or hydroponics? This class will review the problems that occur when ph goes out of range and how to correct them. The OU method for adjusting a nutrient mixture to the desired pH will be demonstrated and practiced.
Lab – Nutrients & pH: Measuring, Mixing &Adjusting
Mixing hydroponic nutrients to the proper strength and pH can be confusing, as can the meters necessary for accurately measuring each value. This lab explains how to do this and why it is so important. There are procedures that are important to follow and strict requirements that pH and PPM meters require to operate correctly, all of which will be covered in detail.
Nutrient Disorders
Nutrient disorders are common in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Plants can have either not enough or too much of a nutrient. Learn how to recognize nutrient deficiencies and excesses, the causes of nutrient disorders, and how to correct them in each type of medium. Observe the OU method correcting a nutrient disorder.
Lab – Sprays, Drenches and Compost Teas
Students will learn how to use organic sprays and drenches with cannabis for the prevention of pests and diseases. We will discuss the appropriate methods for the appropriate stage of growth.
Pests and Pathogens – Prevention and Treatment
Pests and pathogens infect both indoor and outdoor cannabis with great frequency and regularity. This can quickly destroy crops and/or make them unfit for human consumption in as quickly as 24 hours. Learn about the multitude of plant pests and pathogens that infect and devastate cannabis crops. Discuss ways to identify various pests and pathogens and learn about their unique life cycles, as well as the damage that they inflict. Strategies and substances for both preventative measures and treatment of active populations will be highlighted, with emphasis on prevention.
CO2 Supplementation
CO2 supplementation unlocks incredible hidden potentials in the growth of the cannabis plant. Learn why cannabis can use two to three times the atmospheric level of CO2, and the design features, equipment and instruments necessary to measure and maintain those levels. Discuss design strategies for controlling temperature, humidity and odor in the closed loop system which is critical to conserving injected CO2. Observe how to program the appropriate equipment and instruments to so proper ppm levels are maintained.
Organic Gardening
Organic gardening only uses fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides that are derived from natural sources. With an array of benefits, organic gardening also brings unique challenges. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of organic gardening and understand why cannabis is more important to grow organically than almost any other crop.
Plant Propagation
Cuttings and their propagation are crucial to commercial and private cannabis cultivation. Mothers and cuttings are usually the most efficient way to produce cannabis with known qualities and characteristics. Learn the pros and cons of using cuttings versus seeds, and the concept of “clone only” varieties. The OU method for taking and rooting a cutting will be demonstrated, and students will learn how to produce their own healthy cuttings.
Basics of Soil Science and Organics
The course presents a basic overview of the complex world that lives underneath the soil. This is coupled with a review of microbials, soil types, the soil food web and how these concepts correlate with plant physiology. This is followed by an examination of the key differences between synthetic/conventional and organic horticultural inputs, especially as they relate to the above soil science concepts. Additionally this course presents a brief history of organic methodologies and the advent of commercial/synthetic crop production through the lens of global history and industrialization. The class concludes with a thorough discussion of cannabis regulations and allowed inputs in commercial markets across the United States.
Life Cycle Fundamentals
The cannabis plant’s structures, parts, how to identify them, and the functions that each one will be examined. The differences between male and female A&P and their reproductive processes will be emphasized.
Strain Selection
This class is primarily looks at the genealogical history of the cannabis plant. The role of the ancient origin of a particular cannabis cultivar in the expression and growing qualities of the plant is reviewed. The various outlets for obtaining cannabis seed genetics are presented, as well as the benefits of growing from seed over clones in outdoor cannabis horticulture. Terpene expression over indica/sativa/ domination is thoroughly examined in tandem with the role of terroir and climate on cannabis strain’s unique growing capabilities outdoors.
Site Selection
Methods for searching and purchasing the most viable plots for outdoor cannabis production. Differences in lease and land purchase structures, as well as general costs and the impacts of cannabis cultivation on real estate bubbles. Permits and fees associated with outdoor and greenhouse cultivation in California. The role of county agencies in researching parcels of interest for purchase. Scale, size and the future of cultivation in a regulated marketplace, and how these elements impact a site’s cultivation viability.
Methods of Irrigation
There are many different ways of delivering water and nutrients to plants along with their advantages and disadvantages. There are different scenarios that are appropriate for each system, and the risks inherent in them. Review the different scenarios that are appropriate for each system and the risks inherent in each. Learn how evaluate and choose the correct system or systems for their particular grow scenario.
Sustainability
General overview of what the term sustainability means and the role of the cannabis community in the “green movement.” General concepts of alternative power methods as well as ancient and sustainable farming methods such as biodynamics and polyculture design are reviewed. Common aspects of cannabis cultivation that detract from sustainability are examined, and the history of synthetic fertilizer and pesticide use in human history is presented. The differences between outdoor and indoor cultivation through the lens of the creation of a cultivation space (indoor) and cultivating within an existing ecosystem (outdoor) are analyzed.
Land Preparation
A thorough examination of the basic setup, land clearing and preparation needed to start an outdoor cultivation site. This lecture also looks at the different types of cannabis cultivation modalities from pots to raised beds and the benefits/issues of each method. Garden designs for various climates as well as water sourcing, site protection, and amendment and soil sourcing for sustainability. Road maintenance, off-grid solutions and proper tree pruning are also presented.
Irrigation Systems
This course is an overview of the sourcing, pumping and storage of water for cultivation. An overview of current regulatory issues and concerns revolving around the use of water on cannabis crops is also presented. Environmental responsibility and water contamination issues are discussed, especially as they relate to outdoor cannabis production. Different storage methods for water are depicted along with the basic components of an irrigation system. Various filtration and water discharge methods are examined, through the lens of the unique needs of any given cultivation site.
Conditions for Optimal Growth
Conditions for optimal growth in cannabis means that all required factors are fully available at all times and in the appropriate ratios. Learn about the specific factors for optimal growth, including CO2 enrichment, PAR conservation via reflection, temperature and humidity parameters, and optimal nutrient levels. Review strategies for achieving these conditions and the major hurdles that are usually encountered in the path to that goal.
Veganics
Organics without the animal byproducts, ideal for small apartment living and use with automatic systems.
Harvesting Strategies
Cannabis flowers achieve peak ripeness for a short period of time in which it needs to be harvested. A narrow range of temperature and humidity is required for them to dry within the proper period of time and to prevent molds from destroying them. Understand the difference between wet trimming vs dry trimming. Review the different approaches to harvesting a crop of cannabis and the environmental conditions needed to properly dry, process and store cannabis flowers. Learn the importance of collecting all resin glands during this process, and the options for making them into secondary products such as bubble hash or BHO.
Early Flowering
The first several weeks of flowering requires specific observation. Learn how you ensure that growth is progressing at the rate that it should be. Understand the environmental conditions and nutrient requirements at this stage. A review of timeframes for canopy management and trellising will also be discussed.
Lab – Manicuring, Drying and Curing
Learn how to dry, manicure and cure cannabis after harvest. Determine when flowers are dry and how to manicure them and collect any material with glandular trichomes. Understand the vital curing process, why it's necessary, and the benefits.
Late Flowering
Late flowering is when the flowers increase the most in size and become most vulnerable to botrytis/rot. Plants have special needs during this period. Understand the nutrient and environmental needs of a late flowering plant and the diseases that are associated with it at this stage. Learn to identify, diagnose and take corrective action to keep flowering plants healthy until harvest.

Horticulture Seminar

The Horticulture Seminar is 5 days long consisting of 24 individual classes. The Horticulture Seminar is offered once a month, click here for available course dates.

Our Horticulture Seminar is a condensed version of our Horticulture Semester. Classes consist of slide presentations, lectures, demos, and hands-on workshops led by industry leaders and professional growers. Classes also include  DIY  projects opportunities that will help you develop your personal goals in both small and large scale settings.

Legal 101: 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. Grasp the difference between state & federal law and what each means for you. Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.
Civics 101
Understand how to become a qualified patient, or recognize one. Review your rights under the law, including how to exercise your rights when navigating police encounters successfully. Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.
Politics and History of Cannabis
Cannabis is the world’s first cash crop with proven use that dates back over 10,000 years. The use of cannabis, and the industry that has developed, comes from long and complicated struggle of social, political, and medical activism and awareness. Learn about the political history of cannabis, and the key players and policies that have shaped the policy as we know it today. Learn the history and politics of the Cannabis movement, and figure out what part you play in the future of regulation and reform.
Horticulture 101 – Growing Safely & Responsibly
Learn the basics of how to grow cannabis. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce or improve your personal cannabis harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, life 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 and pathogen control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.
Equipment Overview
Cultivating cannabis requires many different types of equipment. The types of equipment used for the different stages of plant growth and what equipment is appropriate will be reviewed. The pros and cons of different equipment technologies, as well as their costs and other consideration will be examined.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Cannabis Plant
The cannabis plant’s structures, parts, how to identify them, and the functions that each one will be examined. The differences between male and female A&P and their reproductive processes will be emphasized.
Seeds and Cuttings
The beautiful plants we grow began as seeds, but some begin as cuttings. Determine when and why to use seeds instead of cuttings, and the pros/cons of their different applications. This is the beginning of the process. See up close seeds and learn to sprout them. Understand what helps ensure successful cuttings and learn to properly propagate and root a cutting properly. Receive a hands-on demonstration for the OU method of germinating a seed and taking a cutting.
Lab – Seedlings, Transplanting and Topping
Seedlings need to be transplanted before they have outgrown their containers and topped before they grow too tall. This lab will explain how to do these things and explore the reasons for doing so.It will also cover strategies and techniques for coaching vulnerable young seedlings into larger plants. Ways to prevent and deal with common seedling issues such as damping off and stretching will be reviewed.
Lab – Mothers and Cuttings
Keeping a mother plan to make clones from is very different from growing cannabis in the flowering stage. We will explore what it takes to keep and maintain a healthy mother plant and successfully propagate (root) clones that are taken from it. Proper medium preparation, a crucial part of propagation, will be covered in detail, as well as the required environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity.
Vegetative Growth
The vegetative growth cycle is when your plant charges forward towards building the structure needed for your optimal yield. The plant has unique needs during this phase as well as potential challenges, so taking a thoughtful approach to the handling of this process is critical for your success. Strategies and best practices will be discussed and evaluated.
Mediums
How you choose and combine the appropriate mediums will support your cultivation strategy. Learn the different mediums used in cannabis growing and the details of their preparation when necessary. Learn about the pros/cons of each. Rockwool is currently the most diverse medium but is also slightly hazardous. See the OU method for conditioning rockwool, and experience the process yourself.
Ventilation
Proper ventilation is needed when growing cannabis. There are standards and practices for removing excess heat humidity and providing proper levels of CO2 to the plant. Students will be presented with different ways to achieve and maintain proper garden temperatures by using equipment such as ducting, fans and filters.
Lighting
There are several different methods for measuring the quantity and quality of light for growing cannabis. Review the proper choices of lighting for each stage of growth and the costs associated with each. Measurements of light will be explained and strategies for maximizing lighting potential will be presented.
Electrical Safety and Load Calculations
Electrical circuits have maximum loads depending on several factors. Different voltages are needed for different equipment. Learn about safe and responsible electrical use in regards to indoor horticulture equipment. Discuss electrical loads and how to calculate available electricity. The difference between 120v and 240v and the necessity of each will be covered and discussed. Observe how to connect and disconnect a ballast and lamp to a power source.
Nutrients and pH
Learn the importance of nutrients and ph for the growth of cannabis with help you best support your plant. What is the optimal time? Why are the full spectrum of essential nutrients only available to the plant within two ranges of ph specific to either soil or hydroponics? This class will review the problems that occur when ph goes out of range and how to correct them. The OU method for adjusting a nutrient mixture to the desired pH will be demonstrated and practiced.
Lab – Nutrients & pH: Measuring, Mixing &Adjusting
Mixing hydroponic nutrients to the proper strength and pH can be confusing, as can the meters necessary for accurately measuring each value. This lab explains how to do this and why it is so important. There are procedures that are important to follow and strict requirements that pH and PPM meters require to operate correctly, all of which will be covered in detail.
Nutrient Disorders
Nutrient disorders are common in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Plants can have either not enough or too much of a nutrient. Learn how to recognize nutrient deficiencies and excesses, the causes of nutrient disorders, and how to correct them in each type of medium. Observe the OU method correcting a nutrient disorder.
Lab – Sprays, Drenches and Compost Teas
Students will learn how to use organic sprays and drenches with cannabis for the prevention of pests and diseases. We will discuss the appropriate methods for the appropriate stage of growth.
Pests and Pathogens – Prevention and Treatment
Pests and pathogens infect both indoor and outdoor cannabis with great frequency and regularity. This can quickly destroy crops and/or make them unfit for human consumption in as quickly as 24 hours. Learn about the multitude of plant pests and pathogens that infect and devastate cannabis crops. Discuss ways to identify various pests and pathogens and learn about their unique life cycles, as well as the damage that they inflict. Strategies and substances for both preventative measures and treatment of active populations will be highlighted, with emphasis on prevention.
CO2 Supplementation
CO2 supplementation unlocks incredible hidden potentials in the growth of the cannabis plant. Learn why cannabis can use two to three times the atmospheric level of CO2, and the design features, equipment and instruments necessary to measure and maintain those levels. Discuss design strategies for controlling temperature, humidity and odor in the closed loop system which is critical to conserving injected CO2. Observe how to program the appropriate equipment and instruments to so proper ppm levels are maintained.
Organic Gardening
Organic gardening only uses fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides that are derived from natural sources. With an array of benefits, organic gardening also brings unique challenges. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of organic gardening and understand why cannabis is more important to grow organically than almost any other crop.
Plant Propagation
Cuttings and their propagation are crucial to commercial and private cannabis cultivation. Mothers and cuttings are usually the most efficient way to produce cannabis with known qualities and characteristics. Learn the pros and cons of using cuttings versus seeds, and the concept of “clone only” varieties. The OU method for taking and rooting a cutting will be demonstrated, and students will learn how to produce their own healthy cuttings.
Basics of Soil Science and Organics
The course presents a basic overview of the complex world that lives underneath the soil. This is coupled with a review of microbials, soil types, the soil food web and how these concepts correlate with plant physiology. This is followed by an examination of the key differences between synthetic/conventional and organic horticultural inputs, especially as they relate to the above soil science concepts. Additionally this course presents a brief history of organic methodologies and the advent of commercial/synthetic crop production through the lens of global history and industrialization. The class concludes with a thorough discussion of cannabis regulations and allowed inputs in commercial markets across the United States.
Life Cycle Fundamentals
The cannabis plant’s structures, parts, how to identify them, and the functions that each one will be examined. The differences between male and female A&P and their reproductive processes will be emphasized.
Strain Selection
This class is primarily looks at the genealogical history of the cannabis plant. The role of the ancient origin of a particular cannabis cultivar in the expression and growing qualities of the plant is reviewed. The various outlets for obtaining cannabis seed genetics are presented, as well as the benefits of growing from seed over clones in outdoor cannabis horticulture. Terpene expression over indica/sativa/ domination is thoroughly examined in tandem with the role of terroir and climate on cannabis strain’s unique growing capabilities outdoors.
Site Selection
Methods for searching and purchasing the most viable plots for outdoor cannabis production. Differences in lease and land purchase structures, as well as general costs and the impacts of cannabis cultivation on real estate bubbles. Permits and fees associated with outdoor and greenhouse cultivation in California. The role of county agencies in researching parcels of interest for purchase. Scale, size and the future of cultivation in a regulated marketplace, and how these elements impact a site’s cultivation viability.
Methods of Irrigation
There are many different ways of delivering water and nutrients to plants along with their advantages and disadvantages. There are different scenarios that are appropriate for each system, and the risks inherent in them. Review the different scenarios that are appropriate for each system and the risks inherent in each. Learn how evaluate and choose the correct system or systems for their particular grow scenario.
Sustainability
General overview of what the term sustainability means and the role of the cannabis community in the “green movement.” General concepts of alternative power methods as well as ancient and sustainable farming methods such as biodynamics and polyculture design are reviewed. Common aspects of cannabis cultivation that detract from sustainability are examined, and the history of synthetic fertilizer and pesticide use in human history is presented. The differences between outdoor and indoor cultivation through the lens of the creation of a cultivation space (indoor) and cultivating within an existing ecosystem (outdoor) are analyzed.
Land Preparation
A thorough examination of the basic setup, land clearing and preparation needed to start an outdoor cultivation site. This lecture also looks at the different types of cannabis cultivation modalities from pots to raised beds and the benefits/issues of each method. Garden designs for various climates as well as water sourcing, site protection, and amendment and soil sourcing for sustainability. Road maintenance, off-grid solutions and proper tree pruning are also presented.
Irrigation Systems
This course is an overview of the sourcing, pumping and storage of water for cultivation. An overview of current regulatory issues and concerns revolving around the use of water on cannabis crops is also presented. Environmental responsibility and water contamination issues are discussed, especially as they relate to outdoor cannabis production. Different storage methods for water are depicted along with the basic components of an irrigation system. Various filtration and water discharge methods are examined, through the lens of the unique needs of any given cultivation site.
Conditions for Optimal Growth
Conditions for optimal growth in cannabis means that all required factors are fully available at all times and in the appropriate ratios. Learn about the specific factors for optimal growth, including CO2 enrichment, PAR conservation via reflection, temperature and humidity parameters, and optimal nutrient levels. Review strategies for achieving these conditions and the major hurdles that are usually encountered in the path to that goal.
Veganics
Organics without the animal byproducts, ideal for small apartment living and use with automatic systems.
Harvesting Strategies
Cannabis flowers achieve peak ripeness for a short period of time in which it needs to be harvested. A narrow range of temperature and humidity is required for them to dry within the proper period of time and to prevent molds from destroying them. Understand the difference between wet trimming vs dry trimming. Review the different approaches to harvesting a crop of cannabis and the environmental conditions needed to properly dry, process and store cannabis flowers. Learn the importance of collecting all resin glands during this process, and the options for making them into secondary products such as bubble hash or BHO.
Early Flowering
The first several weeks of flowering requires specific observation. Learn how you ensure that growth is progressing at the rate that it should be. Understand the environmental conditions and nutrient requirements at this stage. A review of timeframes for canopy management and trellising will also be discussed.
Lab – Manicuring, Drying and Curing
Learn how to dry, manicure and cure cannabis after harvest. Determine when flowers are dry and how to manicure them and collect any material with glandular trichomes. Understand the vital curing process, why it's necessary, and the benefits.
Late Flowering
Late flowering is when the flowers increase the most in size and become most vulnerable to botrytis/rot. Plants have special needs during this period. Understand the nutrient and environmental needs of a late flowering plant and the diseases that are associated with it at this stage. Learn to identify, diagnose and take corrective action to keep flowering plants healthy until harvest.

Online Indoor Horticulture

Oaksterdam University’s Indoor Horticulture Online Course provides the most comprehensive indoor horticultural education available for entering the Cannabis Industry and expanding your personal growth. This course consists of resources, presentations, grow labs, and mastery exercises developed by industry leaders. It is designed for anyone looking to learn everything from seed to harvest. The course will begin with federal V state law, giving you the vital information you didn’t know you needed.  You will learn how to have successful law enforcement encounters, your constitutional rights, and best practices for operating safely and responsibly. Click on the Curriculum tab above for the full list of lessons in this course.

Business Course Curriculum

We offer our Cannabis Business Program in 2 formats:
14-week Semesters and 4-day Seminars.

The Cannabis Business Program is a diverse curriculum including fundamentals such as history, the law, your rights, and the science of cannabis, cultivation, extractions/concentrates, cooking/edibles, topicals, advocacy, compliant cannabis business, procurement & allocation, grading & managing inventory, security, taxes, banking & intellectual property concerns. 

Cannabis Business Semester

Business & Industry Education

The Cannabis Business Semester is 14 weeks long, comprised of 18 individual classes and 12 horticulture demos. Classes meet once a week on Wednesdays.
Semesters are held 3 times a year, click here for available course dates.

Classes will cover topics from General Education, Politics & History, Science, and Law to Business Management, Operations, Extraction Processes and Horticulture taught by expert instructors comprised of industry leaders, attorneys, business owners, professional growers, and extractors. Each class includes a  grow demonstration with accomplished horticulturists.

Semester students will be provided ample time for Q&A interaction with our with our expert instructors.

Legal 101: 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. Grasp the difference between state & federal law and what each means for you. Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.
Politics and History of Cannabis
Cannabis is the world’s first cash crop with proven use that dates back over 10,000 years. The use of cannabis, and the industry that has developed, comes from long and complicated struggle of social, political, and medical activism and awareness. Learn about the political history of cannabis, and the key players and policies that have shaped the policy as we know it today. Learn the history and politics of the Cannabis movement, and figure out what part you play in the future of regulation and reform.
Civics
Understand how to become a qualified patient, or recognize one. Review your rights under the law, including how to exercise your rights when navigating police encounters successfully. Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.
Horticulture 101 – Growing Safely & Responsibly
Learn the basics of how to grow cannabis. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce or improve your personal cannabis harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, life 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 and pathogen control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.
Methods of Ingestion – Extracts and Vaporization
Learn the benefits and history of extracted medicine, the science behind it, and the different extraction methods and equipment used. 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.
Methods of Ingestion: Home Cooking with 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 at home with whole plant medicine and extracts, regulate and titrate dosages, and how to make cannabutter step-by-step. Learn from long-time cannabis cooks and professional chefs.
Science of Cannabis
This class will present an overview of the peer-reviewed scientific literature relevant to the therapeutic efficacy and relative safety of cannabis. 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 surrounding research. Discover new therapeutic uses and explore the clinical benefits, research summaries, and scientific applications of cannabis.
Economics 101
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. Learn how to facilitate the discussion about the economics of regulating cannabusiness. Review the macroeconomic aspects of past, current, and future cannabis laws, regulations and markets.
Advocacy
No movement can change the course of history without advocacy. In the collective quest for social, legal and political acceptance of Cannabis use, advocacy has played a crucial role in shifting the perception of cannabis. What does advocacy look like under this administration? Which organizations are leading the way to end prohibition? How can YOU get involved advocating for your rights as a patient or a business?
Horticulture 102
Instructors continue the subjects begun in the first horticulture class for more comprehension and going commercial. 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 and CO2 systems. This class takes your grow to a larger scale, or commercial cultivation, and offers tips and tricks to maximize your productivity.
Budtender and Patient Relations
Sometimes a patient's first experience in the cannabis industry is with a budtender. This interaction can set the tone for the patient's feelings on cannabis as medicine and the entire industy. Learn the importance of building a lasting relationship of trust and respect with the patient and the customer in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Understand the role and responsibilities of the Budtender and the importance of having well trained staff that can stay informed and relevant about the new procedures and trends in the Medical Cannabis industry.
Dispensary & Business Operations
So what does it really take to run a successful business in the cannabis industry? Learn about Job #1: Security! Hear from long time dispensary operators on how to manage and train personnel for excellent customer service and patient privacy. In addition to best practices for internal business operations, now is the time to also engage with the larger community. Learn how to build strong community relations and discuss ways to reinvest in your surrounding community.
Business Management
Starting and operating a successful cannabusiness requires an understanding of management and the documents needed to establish your business. Different kinds of companies exist in this new Cannabis industry, we discuss successful business management models, and overview how to write a business plan. Learn the steps needed to take a great business idea and make into a successful cannabusiness reality.
Procurement and Allocation
Discuss how to get product from providers to patients. The process begins with safe transportation and includes grading, weighing, and storage. In some places it is more regulated than others. The instructor will discuss how to grade your product and determine value. With legalization comes regulation and new systems are being put in place to track and trace this process. This class is particularly important for inventory managers and those interested in learning about how the product is delivered and dispensed in California.
Cannabis business 102 – Legal Business Structures
As the Cannabis industry continues to grow, there are many different businesses being developed. Commercial grow, dispensary, cannabis edibles company, clone provider, delivery service, ancillary and service companies, or any of the numerous cannabusinesses yet to develop in this industry, understanding the process to obtain city, county, state permits and licenses is valuable. 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. Lawyers share firsthand experience and knowledge. Current political issues and local politics are explained, including reference to the current laws and future regulations.
Intellectual Property
As the cannabis industry develops intellectual property becomes increasingly important to cannabis businesses. This development poses new questions for business owners like how do you develop and protect your brand — your trademark — in an industry that is federally unlawful? What about the other forms of intellectual property (IP)? How do copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and geographical indicators function in the cannabis industry, and can cannabis business owners take advantage of IP protection? Learn about the IP challenges cannabis entrepreneurs face in light federal prohibition and rules that vary from state to state. Hear from leading industry attorneys who focus their practice on IP and find out how to set yourself up for strong IP protection from the start.
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 to use when confronted by police. Most people give up their constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement. These mistakes are avoidable and costly! 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.
Methods of Ingestion – Topical Applications
Using cannabis-infused topicals can bring immediate relief to pain. Students will learn as evident through history and science, there is a connection between cannabis and pain management through the use of topical treatments. This class will also discuss Endocannabinoid system and the ways topicals work within the body. As the industry continues to grow, so do the requirements for labelling and the importance of quality products and ingredients. Learn the process of creating cannabis-infused topicals for yourself and hear about the business behind the product.
Grow Demonstrations
Grow Demonstration – Transplanting Clones
Clones need to be transplanted as soon as possible in an ideal situation. However, because they are young, this must be done gently, taking several factors into consideration. This demonstration will outline the Oaksterdam method for successfully transplanting clones into different types of mediums. Container size, amendments and lighting requirements will be included.
Grow Demonstration – Seeds
Seeds are a vital part of cannabis growing and there are many strategies for choosing and successfully germinating them. This lab will identify what healthy seeds look like and explain the anatomy and physiology of a cannabis seed. We will demonstrate the different ways to plant seeds directly into the proper medium as well ways to germinate them before transplanting into a medium.
Grow Demonstration – Vegetative Growth
The vegetative growth stage is misunderstood and confused with flowering stage but the two are like night and day. There are methods to keep plants in this stage of growth for the appropriate amount of time that will be explained and demonstrating. Quarantining new plants, practices for encouraging healthy root development and the different techniques for training growth are all also covered in this demonstration.
Grow Demonstration – Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important components of cannabis growing and it is an increasingly diverse field. Traditional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting is now being rivaled by doubled ended lamps and LEDs. The operating requirements and pros and cons of each will be explored in depth. Particular attention will be given the the types of lighting most useful for each stage of growth.
Grow Demonstration – Mediums
The many different kinds of mediums that are used for growing cannabis can be confusing and difficult to sort through. This demonstration goes over which mediums are available for which stages of growth as well as which combinations they can be used in. The pros and cons of each medium are emphasized and other concerns such as sustainable practices are also included.
Grow Demonstration – Ways to Water
There are a variety of ways to water cannabis and there are many factors involved in determining how much water to give a plant and when to do so. This demonstration covers different systems such as ebb and flow, drain to waste and hand watering, as well as the pros and cons of each such as higher or lower water usage and more or less interaction with plants.
Grow Demonstration – Flowering
Flowering is arguably the most important stage of cannabis growth. Achieving success at this stage requires that many different processes happen at certain times. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium (N:P:K) ratios and concentration changes are defined by the stages of flowering along with other factors. These topics are involved and demonstrated here in detail.
Grow Demonstration – Nutrient Disorders
Nutrient disorders are extremely common indoors, especially in hydroponic systems. Because there are many ways for a plant to experience a nutrient disorder, a specific diagnosis is often difficult. Besides learning how to identify these issues we will demonstrate how to diagnose and correct imbalances, and how to prevent them from happening again.
Grow Demonstration – Pests and Pathogens
Pests and Pathogens such as fungi, mold, bacteria, insects and mites are major problems encountered when growing cannabis. We will demonstrate the most common pests and pathogens encountered, how to identify them and the damage they cause to the plant. Different stages of growth are more vulnerable to different pathogens and these will be identified and discussed.
Grow Demonstration - Late Flowering
Late flowering is when plants come to maturity. There are specific visual signs that indicate when plants are mature and ready for harvest. When harvesting mature plants there are specific protocols that must be followed for proper drying and storage. This demonstration will cover all of these areas in specifics.

Cannabis Business Seminar

The Cannabis Business Seminar is 4 days long, comprised of 18 individual classes. Classes meet Saturday – Sunday (Basic) and Monday – Tuesday (Advanced).

The Cannabis Business Seminar is offered once a month, click here for available course dates.

*The Basic Cannabis Business Seminar is a prerequisite for the Advanced Cannabis Business Seminar. The complete seminar takes four days to complete, with a final exam for each part.

Our Cannabis Business Seminar is a condensed version of our Cannabis Business Semester. Classes will cover topics from General Education, Politics & History, Science, and Law to Business Management, Operations, Extraction Processes and Horticulture taught by expert instructors comprised of industry leaders, attorneys, business owners, professional growers, and extractors. Each class includes a  grow demonstration with accomplished horticulturists.

The four-day Cannabis Business seminar is split between covering the fundamentals of cannabis (Basic) and the business and commercial aspects (Advanced).

Basic Seminar
Legal 101: 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. Grasp the difference between state & federal law and what each means for you. Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.
Politics and History of Cannabis
Cannabis is the world’s first cash crop with proven use that dates back over 10,000 years. The use of cannabis, and the industry that has developed, comes from long and complicated struggle of social, political, and medical activism and awareness. Learn about the political history of cannabis, and the key players and policies that have shaped the policy as we know it today. Learn the history and politics of the Cannabis movement, and figure out what part you play in the future of regulation and reform.
Civics
Understand how to become a qualified patient, or recognize one. Review your rights under the law, including how to exercise your rights when navigating police encounters successfully. Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.
Horticulture 101 – Growing Safely & Responsibly
Learn the basics of how to grow cannabis. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce or improve your personal cannabis harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, life 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 and pathogen control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.
Methods of Ingestion – Extracts and Vaporization
Learn the benefits and history of extracted medicine, the science behind it, and the different extraction methods and equipment used. 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.
Methods of Ingestion: Home Cooking with 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 at home with whole plant medicine and extracts, regulate and titrate dosages, and how to make cannabutter step-by-step. Learn from long-time cannabis cooks and professional chefs.
Science of Cannabis
This class will present an overview of the peer-reviewed scientific literature relevant to the therapeutic efficacy and relative safety of cannabis. 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 surrounding research. Discover new therapeutic uses and explore the clinical benefits, research summaries, and scientific applications of cannabis.
Economics 101
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. Learn how to facilitate the discussion about the economics of regulating cannabusiness. Review the macroeconomic aspects of past, current, and future cannabis laws, regulations and markets.
Advocacy
No movement can change the course of history without advocacy. In the collective quest for social, legal and political acceptance of Cannabis use, advocacy has played a crucial role in shifting the perception of cannabis. What does advocacy look like under this administration? Which organizations are leading the way to end prohibition? How can YOU get involved advocating for your rights as a patient or a business?
Advanced Seminar
Horticulture 102

Instructors continue the subjects begun in the first horticulture class for more comprehension and going commercial. 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 and CO2 systems. This class takes your grow to a larger scale, or commercial cultivation, and offers tips and tricks to maximize your productivity.

Budtender and Patient Relations

Sometimes a patient's first experience in the cannabis industry is with a budtender. This interaction can set the tone for the patient's feelings on cannabis as medicine and the entire industy. Learn the importance of building a lasting relationship of trust and respect with the patient and the customer in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Understand the role and responsibilities of the Budtender and the importance of having well trained staff that can stay informed and relevant about the new procedures and trends in the Medical Cannabis industry.

Dispensary & Business Operations

So what does it really take to run a successful business in the cannabis industry? Learn about Job #1: Security! Hear from long time dispensary operators on how to manage and train personnel for excellent customer service and patient privacy. In addition to best practices for internal business operations, now is the time to also engage with the larger community. Learn how to build strong community relations and discuss ways to reinvest in your surrounding community.

Business Management

Starting and operating a successful cannabusiness requires an understanding of management and the documents needed to establish your business. Different kinds of companies exist in this new Cannabis industry, we discuss successful business management models, and overview how to write a business plan. Learn the steps needed to take a great business idea and make into a successful cannabusiness reality.

Procurement and Allocation

Discuss how to get product from providers to patients. The process begins with safe transportation and includes grading, weighing, and storage. In some places it is more regulated than others. The instructor will discuss how to grade your product and determine value. With legalization comes regulation and new systems are being put in place to track and trace this process. This class is particularly important for inventory managers and those interested in learning about how the product is delivered and dispensed in California.

Cannabis business 102 – Legal Business Structures

As the Cannabis industry continues to grow, there are many different businesses being developed. Commercial grow, dispensary, cannabis edibles company, clone provider, delivery service, ancillary and service companies, or any of the numerous cannabusinesses yet to develop in this industry, understanding the process to obtain city, county, state permits and licenses is valuable. 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. Lawyers share firsthand experience and knowledge. Current political issues and local politics are explained, including reference to the current laws and future regulations.

Intellectual Property

As the cannabis industry develops intellectual property becomes increasingly important to cannabis businesses. This development poses new questions for business owners like how do you develop and protect your brand — your trademark — in an industry that is federally unlawful? What about the other forms of intellectual property (IP)? How do copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and geographical indicators function in the cannabis industry, and can cannabis business owners take advantage of IP protection? Learn about the IP challenges cannabis entrepreneurs face in light federal prohibition and rules that vary from state to state. Hear from leading industry attorneys who focus their practice on IP and find out how to set yourself up for strong IP protection from the start.

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 to use when confronted by police. Most people give up their constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement. These mistakes are avoidable and costly! 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.

Methods of Ingestion – Topical Applications

Using cannabis-infused topicals can bring immediate relief to pain. Students will learn as evident through history and science, there is a connection between cannabis and pain management through the use of topical treatments. This class will also discuss Endocannabinoid system and the ways topicals work within the body. As the industry continues to grow, so do the requirements for labelling and the importance of quality products and ingredients. Learn the process of creating cannabis-infused topicals for yourself and hear about the business behind the product.

Grow Demonstrations
Grow Demonstration – Transplanting Clones

Clones need to be transplanted as soon as possible in an ideal situation. However, because they are young, this must be done gently, taking several factors into consideration. This demonstration will outline the Oaksterdam method for successfully transplanting clones into different types of mediums. Container size, amendments and lighting requirements will be included.

Grow Demonstration – Seeds

Seeds are a vital part of cannabis growing and there are many strategies for choosing and successfully germinating them. This lab will identify what healthy seeds look like and explain the anatomy and physiology of a cannabis seed. We will demonstrate the different ways to plant seeds directly into the proper medium as well ways to germinate them before transplanting into a medium.

Grow Demonstration – Vegetative Growth

The vegetative growth stage is misunderstood and confused with flowering stage but the two are like night and day. There are methods to keep plants in this stage of growth for the appropriate amount of time that will be explained and demonstrating. Quarantining new plants, practices for encouraging healthy root development and the different techniques for training growth are all also covered in this demonstration.

Grow Demonstration – Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important components of cannabis growing and it is an increasingly diverse field. Traditional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting is now being rivaled by doubled ended lamps and LEDs. The operating requirements and pros and cons of each will be explored in depth. Particular attention will be given the the types of lighting most useful for each stage of growth.

Grow Demonstration – Mediums

The many different kinds of mediums that are used for growing cannabis can be confusing and difficult to sort through. This demonstration goes over which mediums are available for which stages of growth as well as which combinations they can be used in. The pros and cons of each medium are emphasized and other concerns such as sustainable practices are also included.

Grow Demonstration – Ways to Water

There are a variety of ways to water cannabis and there are many factors involved in determining how much water to give a plant and when to do so. This demonstration covers different systems such as ebb and flow, drain to waste and hand watering, as well as the pros and cons of each such as higher or lower water usage and more or less interaction with plants.

Grow Demonstration – Flowering

Flowering is arguably the most important stage of cannabis growth. Achieving success at this stage requires that many different processes happen at certain times. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium (N:P:K) ratios and concentration changes are defined by the stages of flowering along with other factors. These topics are involved and demonstrated here in detail.

Grow Demonstration – Nutrient Disorders

Nutrient disorders are extremely common indoors, especially in hydroponic systems. Because there are many ways for a plant to experience a nutrient disorder, a specific diagnosis is often difficult. Besides learning how to identify these issues we will demonstrate how to diagnose and correct imbalances, and how to prevent them from happening again.

Grow Demonstration – Pests and Pathogens

Pests and Pathogens such as fungi, mold, bacteria, insects and mites are major problems encountered when growing cannabis. We will demonstrate the most common pests and pathogens encountered, how to identify them and the damage they cause to the plant. Different stages of growth are more vulnerable to different pathogens and these will be identified and discussed.

Grow Demonstration - Late Flowering

Late flowering is when plants come to maturity. There are specific visual signs that indicate when plants are mature and ready for harvest. When harvesting mature plants there are specific protocols that must be followed for proper drying and storage. This demonstration will cover all of these areas in specifics.