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CANNABIS 101 R1,100

Our Cannabis 101 course contains general information about Cannabis, the basic science of “why” Cannabis works with our own Endocannabinoid system, differences between CBD and THC (you don’t have to get high to use the healing properties of the plant), the law and types of products that are available. For example, did you know you can find pain relief from a topical which is applied to the skin? You don’t even have to smoke Cannabis to get relief and there are many other ways to medicate. This course will help you understand the basics. Everything from the history of the plant, terpenes, dosing and the science behind why cannabis works for so many ailments.

The course includes video testimonials from scientists and medical experts, infographics, and additional visuals to support the written content. Any individual wanting to learn more about the science of cannabis will find the course valuable.

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

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Section 1: An Ancient Plant for Modern Illnesses
Early History of Cannabis
Cannabis in the West
South African Prohibition and History 
Medical Cannabis Today

Section 2: Legal Landscape
Overview of Cannabis laws and regulations

Section 3: The Endocannabinoid System
Discovering the ECS
Video: The Scientist
The Endocannabinoid System
Video: Dr Jake Felice Discusses the ECS
Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behavior

Section 4: Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Minor Cannabinoids
Terpenes and the Entourage Effect
Video: Dr. Jake Felice Discusses Terpenes
Cannabis Tolerance
Cannabinoids and Opioids

Section 5: Clinical Practice
Anxiety | Cancer | Epilepsy
GI | Sleep | Migraine
Neuro | Pain | PTSD 

Section 6: Delivery Systems for Cannabis
Smoking and Vaporizing
Joints, Water Pipes and Bongs
Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals
Dosing for Inexperienced Patients
Getting Started
Set and Setting
Drug Interactions
Biphasic Effect
Basic Dosing Protocol
Find Your CBD/THC Ratio
Reading Product Labels
A Final Note About Potency

Section 7: Dosing
Dosing Protocol

Section 8: Medical Myth and Facts
Gateway Theory
Impaired Motivation
Lung Damage

Section 9: Additional Resources



(Cannabis 101 + Cannabis Industry 101)

Our Cannabis Fundamentals 101 Bundle Course is a more immersive, hybrid version of the Cannabis 101 Course with online class contact time through Zoom added to the online e-learning part.

You get to sign up to our online Cannabis 101 course as well as attend our Cannabis Industry 101 online evening classes, once a week for 4 weeks on a Thursday from 6pm - 8pm.  This blended learning experience offers you the opportunity to ask questions,  interact and network.  Class sizes are limited to 20 students to ensure personalised attention.      

The Cannabis 101 online course covers general information about Cannabis, the basic science of “why” cannabis works with our own endocannabinoid system, differences between CBD and THC, the law and types of products that are available.

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


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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Next course start dates in 2024:
1st August 2024
31st October 2024

Meet Your Instructors


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: Chris Jay - Cannabis Promoter

Chris Jay is a cannabis promoter who has been involved in the South African Cannabis Industry for over two decades. He runs his own digital marketing agency for cannabis companies and has written hundreds of articles covering all aspects of the industry. He also moderates growers for and over 25 cannabis websites, including the Dagga Party's internet presence.


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. 

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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.  

Daz Jacobsen

Instructor: Daz Jacobsen

Daz has been a Cannabis farmer since 2010 specialising in organic Cannabis cultivation and solventless Cannabis extraction methods. He is a long time advocate for the benefits of Cannabis as a medicine after recovering from a diabetic coma. His extensive Cannabis cultivation experience led him to a love of sharing his knowledge to ensure others can gain insight into Cannabis and Hemp cultivation and the benefits of consuming Cannabis safely with minimal environmental impact. He is just green through and through. 


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

Jeff Verlinden

Instructor: Jeff Verlinden (Pharmaceutical and Cannabis Specialist at Separations)

Jeff is a Biochemist working in Separations pharmaceutical support division. He has a passion for cannabis extraction and formulation workflows along with all necessary testing analytics; to ensure the highest quality product ends up in the hands of consumers at all levels of use.


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.  

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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. 

What others say about this course

I really enjoyed this course and I learnt so much! I would highly recommend this course to anybody wanting to broaden their knowledge in the cannabis industry. The course was presented very professionally. Thank you to everybody involved! Hoping to cross paths again in the near future.
- Matthew Smith, Aug 2020 -

At first I was sceptical about enrolling for the course, but after the first lesson I was hooked. Enjoyed the course it clarified a lot of things that we were falsely taught about Cannabis. Cheeba Africa is really doing a phenomenal work by making such knowledge available. I would highly recommend it, thank you.
- Bongani Mogari, Sep 2020 -

The Cheeba team has put together a straight to the point, fact-based and insight rich course - no waffling just straight up facts! I would recommend this course as a starting point for anyone interested in the world of cannabis.
- Nyiko Maluleke, Sep 2020 -

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