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How to Become a Budtender

How to Become a Budtender

In the fast-growing cannabis industry, budtending is a great entry point for a variety of career paths. A budtender job may be up your alley if you enjoy constantly learning about trends and research in cannabis, working in a fast-paced environment, and helping others.

Oaksterdam University coined the term “budtender,” and offers the most respected Budtending Certification program in the nation.

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Hot Seeds to Grow in 2022

Hot Seeds to Grow in 2022

Oaksterdam’s own Horticulture Expert Jeff Jones was featured in the High Times article “Hot Cannabis Seeds to Grow in 2022.” High Times Editor in Chief Ellen Holland checked in with “three ganja growing all-stars” for the piece. Here’s what Jeff had to say …

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Weed Work: OU in East Bay Express

Weed Work: OU in East Bay Express

Oaksterdam is featured in the East Bay Express article “Weed Work: Oaksterdam University is Still Driving Force for Equity in
Cannabis”
. The story, which appeared on April 20, 2022, talks about OU’s roots in Oakland, Calif., its move to a virtual campus, and efforts in the equity space. Here’s an excerpt …

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Dale Talks Education on Cannabis Voice

Dale Talks Education on Cannabis Voice

Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones appears on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. Jones joins fellow podcast guest Mila Marshall to talk about challenges surrounding education in cannabis for those new to the industry, as well as long-term veterans in the space.

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Oaksterdam Cannabis Terminology Style Guide

Oaksterdam Cannabis Terminology Style Guide

More media is reporting on cannabis than ever before, requiring common-use definitions of the terms and concepts core to writing about the complexities of cannabis. Until now there have been no common style standards for writing about this subject. 

This style guide is designed for use in academia and by any journalist, reporter, writer, or public relations professional. It was composed and edited by the experts at Oaksterdam University and will evolve with use, so we welcome your feedback, input, questions, and requests for clarification.

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Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service

Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service

Need fact-checking or experts to review your content before you publish? Oaksterdam University is proud to announce our new Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service. We invite any journalist, reporter, writer, or public relations professional to submit their cannabis-related work for expert review. Contact media@oaksterdamuniversity.com to inquire.

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Announcing: New Home Grow Course

Announcing: New Home Grow Course

Oaksterdam University is excited to launch Home Grow — a brand new self-paced virtual course designed especially for the DIY cultivator that provides aspiring cannabis growers with the tools needed to successfully achieve their home cultivation goals, whatever they may be. This course covers essential preparation, equipment, growing media, the plant’s life cycle, nutrient and water needs, pests and pathogens, lighting, harvesting, processing, home extraction, sustainability, and more. The knowledge applies to indoor and outdoor grows of all sizes.  

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The Long Game: Intro to Home Grow

The Long Game: Intro to Home Grow

I walked into Oaksterdam University for the first time in January of 2016. I was nervous while I looked around the classroom. A gentleman closer to my age stepped toward me and asked, “What brings you here?” My answer was vague while being completely on point, “I need help.” My wife, Karen, was sick, and we had begun an unexpected journey in our life together, with an uncertain future. We had decided that I was going to learn how to grow the medical cannabis she needed, and she was going to learn how to process that cannabis into pills and tinctures …

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Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey Hickey, Home Grow Expert

Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey Hickey, Home Grow Expert

Meet Oaksterdam University Instructor Jeffrey Hickey. He has had a colorful career as an author, storyteller, and educator before “living the life of the retired dope farmer.” As we prepare to launch our newest course, Home Grow, we caught up with him to talk about his cannabis journey, and why he was compelled to help write the Home Grow curriculum. 

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Cannabis Salaries: Cultivation

Cannabis Salaries: Cultivation

Jobs in Cultivation are great for those looking for hands-on interaction with the plant. Cultivators work in grow facilities keeping plants healthy from seed to harvest. Positions range from entry-level trimmers to highly-skilled agronomists and plant breeders. Whether you have extensive horticulture experience you’d like to transfer to America’s fastest-growing industry, or simply want to get your foot in the door and start learning, there is a position for you in cannabis cultivation. The 2022 Cannabis Salary Guide, just released by CannabizTeam Worldwide, offers insights into jobs in this sector.

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From Raid to Redemption: 10 Years Later

From Raid to Redemption: 10 Years Later

On April 2, 2022, Oaksterdam University celebrates a very important milestone in the history of the fight for cannabis legalization and education — marking its 10-year anniversary of surviving an Obama Administration federal raid that threatened to shut down the school and quash the movement at its core. On April 2, 2012, the IRS, assisted by U.S. Marshals and agents from the ATF, and DEA, descended on OU’s thriving campus in downtown Oakland, Calif. They raided OU’s school, dispensary, museum, and OU Founder Richard Lee’s apartment. Though they left nothing but empty desks and chairs behind, the raid didn’t destroy the mission of Oaksterdam …

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OU + National Cannabis Festival

OU + National Cannabis Festival

Oaksterdam University is proud to announce that we are the official Educational Partner of the National Cannabis Festival, set for Saturday, April 23-24, at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington, D.C. The event features concerts, vendors, food, fun, and the new National Cannabis Championship, celebrating the region’s best in homegrown THC and hemp.

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Virtual Field Trip: Kin Slips

Virtual Field Trip: Kin Slips

Students who take Oaksterdam’s live courses get various networking and event opportunities, including Virtual Field Trips. The trips take students through a variety of facilities in the cannabis industry, led by experts in the field. 

This month, we’ve partnered with Kin Slips, a California company that makes sublingual strips. During the field trip on March 25, 2022, Chief Product Officer Joshua Kirby will lead OU students through the Kin Slips manufacturing facility and demonstrate how the product is made from beginning to end. 

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How to Host a Virtual Field Trip

How to Host a Virtual Field Trip

Students who take Oaksterdam’s courses get various networking and event opportunities, including Virtual Field Trips. The “trips” take students through a variety of facilities in the cannabis industry, led by experts in the field. For students, it’s a chance to see how a real-world canna-business operates, ask questions, and make connections in the industry. For businesses, it’s an opportunity to give back, educate the next generation of cannabis professionals, and build bridges with potential hires.

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Support Cannabis Farmers Markets

Support Cannabis Farmers Markets

5.2 min. read Oaksterdam recently joined a coalition of support for AB-2691, which would enable small cannabis producers to vend their products at a limited number of cannabis events annually. As allies of legacy farmers, BIPOC and social equity operators, and craft producers, we are collectively working to ensure that the pioneers who fought to establish the legendary medical cannabis movement of California have an equal opportunity to participate within a viable regulated industry, and to ensure that patients and consumers have safe, affordable access to fresh, high quality craft cannabis products and medicines.

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Plant Talk: Tissue Culture

Plant Talk: Tissue Culture

3.6 min. read: With the cloud of cannabis prohibition lifting, cannabis growers are exploring a whole new arena of techniques to preserve cultivars and maximize yields. One of these is tissue culture. Also known as micropropagation, tissue culture is the growth of tissues or cells in an artificial medium separate from the parent organism. This is typically facilitated via the use of a liquid, semi-solid, or solid growth media such as broth or agar. The technique has long been used in farming and horticulture but is just now being applied to cannabis.

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Oaksterdam on Cannabis Talk 101

Oaksterdam on Cannabis Talk 101

Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, appears on the Cannabis 101 podcast. She talks about OU’s team of talented professionals who are dedicated to upholding the college’s vision, ethics, and standards, and how they are passionate about education as a pathway to establish a safe and equitable cannabis industry.

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How to Become a Budtender

Cannabis Salaries: Budtending, Retail & Sales

If you enjoy cannabis, helping others, staying on top of trends and research, and working in a fast-paced environment, a budtending job may be for you. The 2022 Cannabis Salary Guide, just released by CannabizTeam Worldwide, offers insights related to budtending and the jobs it can lead to in the cannabis retail and sales sectors.

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Pros and Cons of Seeds vs. Clones

Pros and Cons of Seeds vs. Clones

2.6 min. read: Some growers have strong opinions about whether it is better to grow from seed or from clones. In reality, there are tradeoffs for both, and the best answer will likely depend on a number of factors. Let’s review and compare the benefits and drawbacks of seeds versus clones.

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Shout-Out to Women in the Industry

Shout-Out to Women in the Industry

1.5 min. read: Angela White gives a shout-out to OU Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones in a recent article in Forbes titled “Creating Space in the Cannabis and Psychedelic Diaspora to Honor Women.” Angela is Equity for Industry Program Manager at Success Centers where she focuses on developing sustainable career paths to communities impacted by the War on Drugs. In the story, Angela gives props to many amazing women in the industry, including Dale. Here’s what she says …

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