The Cannabis Consultant (Budtender) Certification presents a series of 12 course modules designed to teach an individual about the legal framework of working with medical marijuana patients, the basics of the plant, the history, discovery, and science of the Endocannabinoid System, and how to work with patients when they come into a dispensary.

This is the most comprehensive Cannabis Consultant Certification, Budtender, or Dispensary Technician Certification, offered anywhere online or in person. With more than 800+ peer reviewed, current citations from industry experts, scientists, doctors and industry leaders, the Consultant Certification will give you the foundation to be successful within the cannabis industry.

This course is certified in the USA in Washington, Ohio, Utah, Alaska and has pending approval in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.

Course duration is approximately 20 - 25 hours depending on your pre-existing knowledge. 

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Section 1: Legal Landscape 
South African Cannabis Laws and Regulation 
Your role in the Dispensary
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
What You Can & Can’t Do 

Section 2: History
Early History of Cannabis Use
Cannabis in the West
South African Cannabis Prohibition and History
Medical Cannabis Today
Hemp vs Cannabis

Section 3: The Endocannabinoid System
The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
The Body’s Supercomputer
Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behaviour
Why The Endocannabinoid System Isn’t Taught In Medical School

Section 4: Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Opioids
Minor Cannabinoids
Terpenes and The Entourage Effect
Adverse Reactions to Cannabis
Cannabis Tolerance
Cannabinoids and Opioids

Section 5: Delivery Systems
Inhalation, Smoking and Vaporizing
Inhalation: Joints, Pipes, Water Pipes, Bongs
Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals 

Section 6: Dosing
Dosing Protocol

Section 7: Reading Lab Testing Labels

Section 8: Clinical Practice – Broad Therapeutic Uses
Anxiety Disorders, Cancer & Epilepsy
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Sleep Disorders & Migraine Headaches
Neurodegenerative Disorders
Pain & Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

Section 9: Storage and Handling

Section 10: Communicating with Customers

Section 11: Myths and Facts
Gateway Theory, Addiction & Brain Function
Impaired Motivation, Memory & Mental State
Lung Damage, Use Patterns & Overall Danger

Section 12: Additional Resources


(CANNABIS CONSULTANT (budtender) certification + CANNABIS INDUSTRY 101)

If you are interested in being a part of one of the most meaningful and fastest growing industries on the planet and envisage yourself being involved in a Cannabis Club you not only need to know the ropes of a Budtender, but also how the industry works.

Our Cannabis Consultant (Budtender) Certification Bundle Course is a hybrid of online e-learning and online class contact time through Zoom. Students get to sign up to our online Cannabis Consultant (Budtender) Certification Course as well as attend our Cannabis Industry 101 online evening classes, once a week for 4 weeks. This blended learning experience offers students the opportunity to ask questions, interact and network. Class sizes are limited to 20 students to ensure personalised attention.

The Cannabis Consultant (Budtender) Certification presents a series of 12 course modules designed to teach an individual about the legal framework of working with medical marijuana patients, the basics of the plant, the history, discovery, and science of the Endocannabinoid System, and how to work with patients when they come into a dispensary. 

Course duration of the self learning course is approximately 20 - 25 hours depending on your pre-existing knowledge plus 8 hours of Zoom classes.

Zoom class subjects:

Week 1: Industry Overview 
About the cannabis industry, its structure, strengths / weaknesses / threats and opportunities.

Week 2: Cannabis as a Lifestyle & Cannabis Clubs
Why people use cannabis. Responsible cannabis use. Cannabis products and usage. Different delivery methods -inhalation, ingestion, topicals and extracts. Cannabis Clubs & Dispensaries. Budtender role & responsibilities.

Week 3: Compliance & Regulation, Extraction
Overview of South Africa's Cannabis licensing landscape. Introduction to extraction methods and techniques.

Week 4: Growing
Understanding the Cannabis plant. Growing - from seed to bud, genetics, extraction, indoor vs outdoor.

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Cannabis Consultant (Budtender) Certification

Next course start dates:

3rd February
10th March
21st April
2nd June
7th July
18th August
29th September
3rd November

Meet Your Instructors

Amy, Cheeba Africa's Marketing & Academic Coordinator, is the one who holds it all together during classes and is your point of contact for any administrative questions. 

Instructor: Amy Ludidi (Pharmacy Assistant)

Amy has been a Pharmacy Assistant for over 10 year and has previously worked at a CBD edibles company. She has a huge passion for all things Cannabis and truly believes in the power of the plant.


This class will teach you the ins and outs of the cannabis industry, its structure, the different industry segments and the  strengths / weaknesses / threats and opportunities of the African cannabis industry.

Trenton Birch

Instructor: Trenton Birch - Cheeba Cannabis Academy

Trenton is the CEO & Co-Founder of Cheeba Cannabis Academy with over 10 years experience in higher education and a deep passion for all things Cannabis. He is deeply connected within the South African Cannabis Industry and hosts the weekly round up on all things Cannabis in Africa called CannaSphere. 


This class explores the reasons why people use cannabis, responsible cannabis use and cannabis products. We unpack different delivery methods -inhalation, ingestion, topicals & suppositories and explore edibles, beverages and the type of extracts used in each product.  The second half of the class explores the Cannabis Club landscape in South Africa in more detail. 

Marleen Theunissen

Instructor: Marleen Theunissen (Cradlestone Quality Solutions)

Marleen is a Cannabis Entrepreneur focussing on Private Cannabis Club compliance and Quality Management Systems. She is the founder of Cradlestoned Quality Solutions, a Quality Consulting Firm specializing in PCC Management, various ISO standards and Global G.A.P. compliance for Cannabis-producing and non-Cannabis producing farms. She has a passion and extensive knowledge around the current Club landscape in South Africa. 


In this class you will gain an understanding of the botany of the cannabis plant and we take you through the growing process from seed to bud. We talk genetics, indoor versus outdoor, pest management and unpack the tools needed to grow.  

Cuban Zulu

Instructor: Cuban Zulu

Cuban Zulu - aka Kwanda Mtetwa, is a connoisseur grower based in Johannesburg who is building a reputation as one of South Africa’s finest quality boutique growers. He has traveled extensively learning from some of the world's finest growers and brings this expansive knowledge to the course where he shares his methods and techniques for harvesting, curing and storing Cannabis.


This class unpacks the compliance & regulatory frame work around Cannabis licenses in South Africa and looks at the current legal status around Cannabis cultivation.   

Lee-Anne Jacobs

Instructor: Lee-Anne Jacobs (Lee Cubed Consulting)

Lee-Anne is well-connected in the cannabis industry having overseen the start-to-finish completion of a SAHPRA-licensed facility completion in the lowveld and, as part of the Canna Consult team is steering new cultivation sites to be SAHPRA-compliant. 


The cannabis extraction industry has exploded over the last few years and this class will take you through all the different extraction methods, techniques and the results gained from each method.  

Instructor: Storm Kenmuir - House of Extractions

Storm is the founder of House of Extractions which is a boutique extraction company.  He is a cannabis enthusiast with deep knowledge on extraction techniques and methods.   

When not extracting he can be found playing guitar on sandy beaches. 

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