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OU Signs Open Letter to UN

OU Signs Open Letter to UN

Oaksteram University is among 181 non-profit organizations from 56 countries around the world to sign an open letter to the United Nations calling for transparency and accountability in global “Cannabis Guidelines” efforts.

Friday Field Trips: Lifted Spirit

Friday Field Trips: Lifted Spirit

Students who take Oaksterdam’s Live Semester courses get various networking and event opportunities, including virtual field trips. The tours take students through a variety of facilities in the cannabis industry, led by experts. This month, we’ve partnered with OU Alumni and Horticulture Faculty Oscar Burrola to feature his microbusiness, Lifted Spirit Collective. Read on to learn more about our Virtual Field Trip program and how you can host your own.

Oaksterdam Alumni Spotlight

Oaksterdam Alumni Spotlight

For #12DaysOfGratitude, we will spotlight what we are grateful for — our OU Alumni! Read about one of our esteemed alumni each day. We are grateful for yOU!

Aunt Sandy’s Dizzy Bird Thanksgiving 

Aunt Sandy’s Dizzy Bird Thanksgiving 

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving meal, consider sharing some canna-friendly dishes with the adults at your table, courtesy of Aunt Sandy.  “Aunt Sandy” Moriarty is the world’s first published author and teacher of cannabis cooking, and a long-time friend and faculty of Oaksterdam University. Sandy has taught cooking classes at OU dating back to our founding, including a Dizzy Bird Cooking Class each holiday season.

Plant Talk: The Panic Chop

Plant Talk: The Panic Chop

What is a “panic chop”? In the world of cannabis cultivation, the panic chop occurs when growers harvest their crop hastily, earlier than expected, and with the potential loss of profit. Growers panic chop to save their plants from a potentially worse outcome caused by pests, pathogens, weather events, or other factors. During a recent Oaksterdam University Plant Talk on Clubhouse, OU Executive Director Dale Sky Jones asked participants what had caused them to panic chop. Find out what they said in our latest blog.

Home Grows in High Times

Home Grows in High Times

Oaksterdam University’s Luke Zimmerman, Esq., is featured in the recent High Times article “Do Cannabis Companies Face Consequences for Opposing Home Grows.” The article discusses how some large companies see home growers as a threat to business, and how home growers are pushing back to maintain their right to cultivate cannabis. Luke weighs in.

Plant Talk: Hop Latent Viroid

Plant Talk: Hop Latent Viroid

The hop latent viroid is keeping cannabis growers awake at night. They worry that HLVd will not only cut into profits but decimate entire crops and eradicate prized heirloom varietals. What is the hop latent viroid and how do we stop it?

25th Anniversary of Prop 215

25th Anniversary of Prop 215

OU’s Jeff Jones will participate in Cal NORML’s “25th Anniversary of Prop. 215” event, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in San Francisco. 

Chiara Juster on “The Roll-Up”

Chiara Juster on “The Roll-Up”

OU’s Chair of Government Affairs Chiara Juster, Esq. recently appeared on Leafly’s potcast “The Roll-Up.” In Episode 214, “Let’s get Mom out of Jail,” Chiara talks about the heartbreaking case of Maria Kinsey.

Faculty Feature: Mike Jenkins, Ph.D. 

Faculty Feature: Mike Jenkins, Ph.D. 

Mike Jenkins, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of Oaksterdam’s Horticulture Department, marries his passion for optimized cannabis cultivation production with his remarkable background in plant physiology and ecology.

Meet OU’s NEW Horticulture Program

Meet OU’s NEW Horticulture Program

Oaksterdam is excited to announce our brand new Horticulture Program. We have completely overhauled our most popular course to reflect the latest and greatest tools and techniques in cannabis cultivation in line with the growing commercial market. Our January 2022 virtual Live Semester is enrolling now.

Faculty Feature: Ed Rosenthal

Faculty Feature: Ed Rosenthal

Author, activist, and master grower Ed Rosenthal has just released his newest guide, the Cannabis Grower’s Handbook. Ed has long been an Oaksterdam ally, faculty member, and supporter. In honor of his book release, OU caught up with him for a chat about his background, his book, and his history with OU.

Q&A with Chris Walsh of MJBizCon

Q&A with Chris Walsh of MJBizCon

Oaksterdam University has a long relationship with MJBizCon, one of the largest cannabis conferences in the country. As the OU Team gears up to attend the 10th-anniversary event, Oct. 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, we caught up with Chris Walsh, President and CEO of MJBiz Daily, to talk about the return of trade shows to Las Vegas, the importance of education in the cannabis space, and why people are sometimes surprised by MJBizCon.

Dale Sky Jones on Minority Report Podcast

Dale Sky Jones on Minority Report Podcast

OU Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones recently joined Khadijah Adams on the NCIS Minority Report podcast. The podcast features cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies discussing issues related to social equity and people of color in the cannabis industry.

OU x GrowGen = Education Partners

OU x GrowGen = Education Partners

The first cannabis college and largest hydroponics supplier in America join forces to develop the GroPro Team and empower successful DIY cannabis cultivators around the country.

Comment on COVID & Cannabis

Comment on COVID & Cannabis

Sensational headlines are proclaiming that cannabis use elevates the risk of COVID breakthrough cases. Is that true? Oaksterdam University Faculty Member Paul Armentano, Executive Director of NORML, says the findings need to be examined closely. 

OU Announces Ed Rosenthal Scholarship

OU Announces Ed Rosenthal Scholarship

Oaksterdam University and legendary Grow Master Ed Rosenthal have joined forces to establish the Ed Rosenthal Scholarship Fund. The fund will assist veterans with tuition scholarships at OU, preparing them for careers in the growing cannabis industry.

OU & Leafly Launch Budtender Day

OU & Leafly Launch Budtender Day

Oaksterdam University, America’s premier cannabis college, has partnered with Leafly, the world’s most trusted destination to discover and order cannabis products, to launch International Budtender Day on October 20. The annual holiday is designed to honor budtenders around the world who go over and above in this emerging profession.  

Dale Sky Jones Joins Rolling Stone Culture Council

Dale Sky Jones Joins Rolling Stone Culture Council

OU Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones has been accepted to the Rolling Stone Culture Council, a community of thought leaders and tastemakers shaping the future of cannabis and other industries.

Seed to CEO Podcast: Dale Sky Jones

Seed to CEO Podcast: Dale Sky Jones

Since its founding, Oaksterdam has faced federal raids, a fire at its main campus and a global pandemic. Dale Sky Jones, executive chancellor, president and CEO of Oaksterdam, calls such tough times “fertilizer for innovation.” Hear the Oaksterdam story straight from Dale In this episode of Seed to CEO podcast.

Cannabis at 40% THC is a Myth

Cannabis at 40% THC is a Myth

Cannabis flower is showing up with higher and higher levels of THC. As more states legalize cannabis and growers compete to maximize potency, cultivars with 30 percent THC or more are becoming more common. Topping them all, strains of cannabis have recently cropped up in the news hitting 45 percent THC. Is that even possible?

Medicating with Cannabis

Medicating with Cannabis

Far too often, the voices that should be heard the loudest are instead silenced. On Sept. 7, a brave woman set foot in a Louden County, Va. courtroom to testify against her domestic abuser. Because she admitted that she is a cannabis patient, she was the one who faced judgment. OU Chair of Government Affairs Chiara Juster (pictured) explains why that is wrong.

Support for Ryan’s Law SB-311

Support for Ryan’s Law SB-311

Ryan’s Law is an essential first step for terminally ill patients, who, by right, should be provided relief, compassion, and dignity. Cannabis medicine has been recognized as a necessity for a quarter of a century in California. We must demonstrate courage for dying patients with respect and human dignity intact, instead of forcing sleep-inducing opioids like fentanyl.

Faculty Feature: Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.

Faculty Feature: Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.

Dr. Stefanie Gangano is Co-Chair of OU’s Commercial Extraction and Manufacturing Department. Her deep knowledge of chemistry helps her bring a nuanced perspective to the program. Here, she talks about her career, how she entered the cannabis industry, and how she came to Oaksterdam. 

How to Extract 99% Pure THCA “Diamonds”

How to Extract 99% Pure THCA “Diamonds”

IN THE NEWS: OU Extracts & Manufacturing Co-Chair Anthony DeMeo published an article in Extraction Magazine on how to make THCA “diamonds.” Find it here.

Faculty Feature: Anthony DeMeo

Faculty Feature: Anthony DeMeo

As a “master alchemist” and co-chair of Extraction and Manufacturing at Oaksterdam University, Anthony DeMeo isolates prized components of cannabis in the lab and teaches others his time-tested techniques. Here, Anthony talks with OU about his background in cannabis and his vision for its future.

FECO, Distillate & Isolate: What’s the Difference?

FECO, Distillate & Isolate: What’s the Difference?

Full Spectrum Oil, Distillate, and Isolate. These three terms are used throughout the cannabis and CBD industries, but are often misunderstood. Here, OU Extracts & Manufacturing Co-Chairs Anthony DeMeo and Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D. explain.