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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.

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?

Survivor Should Not Be Victimized for Medicating with Cannabis

Survivor Should Not Be Victimized for 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.

OU Prof and Legend Ed Rosenthal Talks Home Cultivation & Social Equity

OU Prof and Legend Ed Rosenthal Talks Home Cultivation & Social Equity

Oaksterdam Professor and Horticulture Legend Ed Rosenthal was profiled by Benzinga on Aug. 16, 2021. In the article, Ed talks about growing plants as way to reclaim pleasure, enjoyment, and a healthier product. He also talks about why it’s a matter of social justice.

Spring 2021 OU Student Capstone Project Winners

Spring 2021 OU Student Capstone Project Winners

One thing that makes Oaksterdam University’s Live Semester programs so valuable is the chance to develop a real-world business plan under the guidance of OU’s expert faculty. Both our Business of Cannabis and Horticulture Live Semester Programs emphasize a Capstone Project, in which students team up to plan a canna-business or grow facility based on real-world parameters.

Digital Art Contest Winners Announced

Digital Art Contest Winners Announced

The results are in and five artists have been declared winners of Oaksterdam University’s first-ever digital art contest for an NFT drop. The contest commemorates the 50-year anniversary of Nixon’s declaration of the War on Drugs by asking artists to create a virtual art piece that shows their passion to deschedule cannabis.

Horticulture Semester: New & Improved!

Horticulture Semester: New & Improved!

We’ve completely revamped our Horticulture curriculum with a focus on optimal growing conditions, nutrient delivery, integrated pest management, and the latest in lighting options. You won’t find a commercial cannabis class like this anywhere but Oaksterdam University!

Searching for the Fountain of Blue Dream

Searching for the Fountain of Blue Dream

In the News: Oaksterdam University horticulture instructor Jeff Jones is featured prominently in the Leafly article “Searching for the fountain of Blue Dream in Santa Cruz, CA” by Ellen Holland. Read an excerpt here.

Budtending Certification Program: New & Improved!

Budtending Certification Program: New & Improved!

1.5 min. read. Budtending is a fast growing field within American legalized cannabis markets. Rise above the competition and get your foot in the door with a Budtending Certificate from Oaksterdam University. New course updates rolled out this summer make the class even more relevant to budding dispensary employees.

Commercial Extraction and Manufacturing: New!

Commercial Extraction and Manufacturing: New!

1.5 minute read: Legalized cannabis markets are maturing and demand is on the rise for a wide array of cannabis products. Customers are hungry for edibles, tinctures, topicals, dabs, sauce, and more. Our Commercial Manufacturing and Extractions course will show you how to make these products, and a profit.

Enroll Now, Pay Later at Oaksterdam U

Enroll Now, Pay Later at Oaksterdam U

If you’ve dreamed of jump-starting your career in cannabis at Oaksterdam University, now is the time. We’ve got new payment plans that make tuition easy and affordable.