Medicinal Cannabis

Science for Dispensary Associates

Course Enrollment

8 Weeks, 5-6 hours a week
100% Online
$2,500 or 4 installments of $625
Start Date
Begins every two weeks. Please enroll now to select your start date.

Who is this program for?

A chief complaint of many medical cannabis patients is that the product they tried did not have the intended or expected effect. In many cases, physicians do not provide patients with adequate information on recommended cannabis products. This often puts dispensary workers in a position where they are making suggestions with little knowledge of how a particular product might benefit or harm a patient with a specific condition. The reality is, most dispensary workers have no training or experience beyond sales. Thus, it is imperative for patients to have access to knowledgeable dispensary staff who can discuss the ways in which cannabis constituents and products can be used safely and effectively for various medical conditions.

By the end of this course, dispensary workers—including budtenders and inventory and store managers—will be able to describe the anatomy and physiology of the cannabis plant. Additionally, course participants will be able to interpret Certificates of Analysis to assist patients in selecting the most appropriate products for their specific conditions.

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Why Choose a Career in Medicinal Cannabis?


The medicinal cannabis industry has grown rapidly in recent years and is projected to continue its rapid growth over the next decade. The medicinal cannabis industry has grown due to a number of factors, including an increase in public acceptance of cannabis use for medicinal purposes, the legalization of medicinal cannabis in many states, and advancements in scientific research on cannabis. Additionally, more and more patients are turning to medicinal cannabis as a safe and effective alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals. As such, understanding the scientific basis for the efficacy of various cannabis products is essential for dispensary associates. Additionally, staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and rationale behind the use of medicinal cannabis can help dispensary associates provide customers with accurate and up-to-date information on various cannabis products.

Course Overview

32 Learning Videos
32 Quizzes
23 Case Studies

This program is carefully designed to aid cannabis dispensary associates in gaining knowledge on the various aspects of Medicinal Cannabis Science through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and real-life scenarios.

Module 1 – The History and Overview of the Cannabis Plant

Module 2 - The Endocannabinoid System

Module 3 - Terpenes and Other Non-cannabinoid Constituents

Module 4 - Methods of Administration

Module 5 - Medical Cannabis Recommendation for Inflammation 

Module 6 - Medical Cannabis Recommendation for Chronic Pain

Module 7 - Medical Cannabis Recommendation for Epilepsy, MS, ALS, and Parkinson’s Disease

Module 8 - Medical Cannabis Recommendation for Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Anorexia/Cachexia, PTSD, and Anxiety

This program will prepare learners for various job titles including Dispensary associate/budtender, Dispensary marketing associate, Dispensary inventory manager/purchasing manager, Dispensary media/content/education associate, and Dispensary manager/store manager.
The salaries of cannabis dispensary associates in the US vary depending on the state, the company, and the individual's experience. On average, dispensary associates can expect to earn between $12 and $16 per hour. Experienced associates may earn up to $20 per hour. Salaries also vary depending on the location of the dispensary and the size of the dispensary. Additionally, some states may require a dispensary associate to possess certain qualifications or certifications in order to work in a cannabis dispensary.

This program will equip learners with the following skills:

  • Product content knowledge
  • Product use knowledge
  • Ability to educate consumers/customers
  • Sales skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Communication skills
  • Active Listening skills
  • Business planning/inventory forecasting skills
  • Reading graphs, charts, and numerical results

This program will equip learners with the following work competencies:

  • Identify and explain the functions of the cannabis constituents (including cannabinoids and terpenes) to a patient.
  • Analyse certificate of analysis laboratory results to compare products.
  • Explain the general dosing rule/guideline for cannabis products and the potential negative results that can occur for patients who do not follow the dosing guideline.
  • Evaluate a patient’s need/wishes related to medical cannabis use and outcomes with potential benefits and risks/adverse results of various products.
  • Communicate information about potential cannabis products and their potential benefits and risks to the patient, allowing the patient to make an informed decision.
  • Analyze patient use patterns and needs as related to dispensary inventory supplies.

Still Have Questions?

What is the duration of the program and how much time is required each week?

This is an eight-week program that will require about 5 to 6 hours of dedicated time per week.

Will this micro-credential be transferrable for credit-hours?

No. Micro-credentials are not transferrable for credit. These are skills-based training programs that differ from a traditional college course.

Is financial aid available?

We currently offer installment plans for a flexible and affordable option. For more payment options please contact an Admissions Counselor at

Are there assignments and deadlines?

No, there are no assignment deadlines. There is, however, a prescribed pace for timely completion as learners will have a set number of weeks to complete the credential.

Do I have to attend classes at the same time each week?

Micro-credentials are self-paced and do not require the learner to attend class at a certain time each week. Learners should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week engaging with the course at their own pace. Select weeks will have optional webinars featuring industry experts.

What do I receive upon completion of this micro-credential?

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

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