CHEEBA Cannabis Academy

Africa's first dedicated cannabis academy

Get educated, get involved, and get ahead in the Cannabis industry.  As our industry grows, so will the need for skilled people to help keep pace with consumer demands. While many companies in the industry are small start up operations, they are quickly growing and with this will come new career opportunities.   

We offer courses for those starting out in the Cannabis industry and those who are looking to add Cannabis skills to an existing role. We have over 10 years experience in the education industry, building three state-of-the-art Higher Education campus that serviced over 450 full time students a year.   

We work closely with lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, growers, industry professionals and government organisations to ensure we are up to date and current. Our first courses are brought to you in partnership with the US based Cannabis online education platform Medical Marijuana 411. With over 800+ current, peer reviewed citations, Medical Marijuana 411 is the leader in online medical marijuana education for patients, medical professionals and dispensary consultants.

Our online courses have been updated to localise content where relevant and students are given lifetime access to their student dashboard to review materials at any time in the future. We provide free access to Cannabis education thought our online media channel Craft Cannabis TV and our webinars.

We also offer bespoke corporate training across the African continent to up-skill your team so please get in touch if this is of interest.  

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According to market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm Prohibition Partner, the legal cannabis industry in Africa is predicted to be worth more than $US 7.1 billion annually by 2023 and South Africa’s domestic market for cannabis and related products, excluding non-psychoactive CBD products that are available legally, to be worth R27 billion ($US 2 Billion) by 2023.       

Cannabis has the potential to have a significant positive impact on our economy, facilitating large scale job creation and assisting disadvantaged communities with making a living as well as contributing to an overall improvement of our continents health. 

Our Mission 

The Cheeba Cannabis Academy is a dynamic, diverse, and sustainable academic institute committed to providing accurate, relevant, current and trustworthy cannabis information and training.  We provide students with the knowledge, skills and network needed to lead and succeed in our rapidly evolving cannabis industry and to help decriminalise Cannabis in the minds of Africans.

Our advisory board 

Tony Budden 

Tony Budden is a founding partner of Hemporium, South Africa’s premier hemp company. Hemporium has been pioneering the use of industrial cannabis products since 1996 and built Africa’s first Hemp House, which is a recognised WDC 2014 project.

Dr Carmen James

Dr. Carmen James is an integrative medical doctor and health coach.  She is passionate about educating and empowering people to transform their mental, physical and emotional health to truly live their best lives and believes Cannabis can play an important role in this. 

Jacqui Ramage

Jacqui Ramage (B.Pharm) is a pharmacist and is a subject matter expert on the medicinal and regulatory cannabis industry in SA. Her particular areas of speciality are in cultivation, regulation, education and the medicinal cannabis space.

Dr Jake Felice

Dr Jake Felice runs a Naturopath Pain Clinic in Washington State in the USA. He is a medical cannabis expert who provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets

Prof Learnmore Kambizi

Prof Learnmore Kambizi holds a PhD in Plant Sciences and is a professor at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has worked with Chemists, Medical doctors, Pharmacists, Horticulturists, Toxicologists and dieticians in drug discovery endeavours.

MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL COURSE $120* 

*(APPROX. R2,200) 

Our Medical Professional online course is a series of 12 modules designed to teach medical professionals about cannabis. Learn about the legal framework of working with medical Cannabis, the basics of the Cannabis plant, the endocannabinoid system, and how cannabinoid receptors work with our bodies.

Additional modules cover important topics like: how to medicate, inhalation versus ingestion, contraindications, drug-on-drug interactions, and recommended rations of specific illnesses.

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.

With over 800+ peer-reviewed research citations, our Medical Professional Cannabis Certification is the most current, complete and comprehensive Medical Cannabis Certification program available. Course duration is approximately 20 hours depending on your pre-existing knowledge. 

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Section 1 – Legal Landscape
Section 2 – An Ancient Plant for Modern Illnesses
Section 3 – The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
Section 4 – The Endocannabinoid System
Section 5 – One Plant, One Complex Chemical Factory
Section 6 – Getting Cannabinoids into the Bloodstream
Section 7 – Patient Centered Dosing
Section 8 – Laboratory Testing
Section 9 – Clinical Practice
Section 10 – Cannabis and Opioids
Section 11 – Medical Myths and Facts
Section 12 – Additional Resources

COURSE SYLLABUS

Section 1 – Legal Landscape
Overview of Cannabis Laws and Regulations
Additional Considerations for Medical Professionals

Section 2 – An Ancient Plant for Modern Illnesses
Early History of Cannabis Use
Cannabis in the West
South African Prohibition and History  
Medical Cannabis Today
Hemp vs Cannabis

Section 3 – The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
Discovering the Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System: The Body’s Supercomputer
Why the Endocannabinoid System is Not Taught in Medical School

Section 4 – The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
How Cannabinoids Attach to Receptors
Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behavior

Section 5 – One Plant, One Complex Chemical Factory
Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes
The Entourage Effect & Tolerance / ECS Down Regulation
Botanical vs. Single Molecule Compounds & Cannabinoids and Opioids

Section 6 – Getting Cannabinoids into the Bloodstream
The Role of the Dispensary, Flower vs Concentrates & Extraction Methods
Inhalation: Smoking vs. Vaporization
Edibles, Oral Mucosal, Topicals and Suppositories

Section 7 – Patient Centered Dosing
Considerations Before Medicating with Cannabis
Relative Contraindications
Finding the Appropriate Dose

Section 8 – Laboratory Testing
How Testing Works
Contaminants: Pesticides, Fungi and Mold
How to Interpret a Test

Section 9 – Clinical Practice
Anxiety Disorders, Cancer and Epilepsy
Gastrointestinal Disorders, Sleep Disorders and Migraine Headaches
Neurodegenerative Disorders, Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

Section 10 – Cannabis and Opioids
Pain Management Today
Cannabis and Opioids: The Good News
Cannabis and NSAIDS: More Good News

Section 11 – Medical Myths and Facts
Gateway Theory, Addiction and Brain Function
Impaired Motivation, Memory and Mental State
Lung Damage, Usage Patterns and Overall Danger

Section 12 – Additional Resources
Research and Advocacy Organizations, Further Reading Lists
Additional Resources

CANNABIS 101 $60* 

*(APPROX. 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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OUR NINE MODULE CANNABIS 101 CERTIFICATION CONSISTS OF: 

Section 1 – An Ancient Plant for Modern Illnesses
Section 2 – Legal Landscape
Section 3 – The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
Section 4 – Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Opioids
Section 5 – Clinical Practice
Section 6 – Delivery Systems
Section 7 – Dosing
Section 8 – Medical Myths and Facts
Section 9 – Additional Resources

COURSE SYLLABUS

Section 1 History
A. Early History of Cannabis
Graphic: Cannabis through the ages
B. Cannabis in the West
C. South African Prohibition and History 
Graphic: Schedule Chart
D. Medical Cannabis Today

Section 2 Legal Landscape
A. Overview of Cannabis laws and regulations

Section 3 The Endocannabinoid System
A. Discovering the ECS
B. Quick links for the Scientist
Video: The Scientist
A. The Endocannabinoid System
Video: Dr Jake Felice Discusses the ECS
Graphic: Some of the Health benefits of Marijuana
B. Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behavior

Section 4 Cannabinoids and Terpenes
A. Minor Cannabinoids
 Graphic: Cannabinoid Guide
Graphic: Treatment Guide
B. Terpenes and the Entourage Effect
Graphic: Terpene Chart
Video: Dr. Jake Felice Discusses Terpenes
C. Cannabis Tolerance
D. Cannabinoids and Opioids
Graphic: Opioid Crisis Statistics
Graphic: Causes of Death by Drug
Sect

Section 5 Ailments
A. Anxiety, Cancer, Epilepsy
B. GI, Sleep, Migraine
C. Neuro, Pain, PTSD

Section 6 Delivery Systems for Cannabis
A. Smoking and Vaporizing
B. Joints, Water Pipes and Bongs
C. Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals
Graphic: Know your edibles
Graphic: Method of Delivery
Dosing for Inexperienced Patients
A. Getting Started
B. Set and Setting
C. Drug Interactions
D. Biphasic Effect
E. Basic Dosing Protocol
F. Find Your CBD/THC Ratio
G. Reading Product Labels
H. A Final Note About Potency

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

Section 9 Additional Resources

CANNABIS CONSULTANT (BUDTENDER) CERTIFICATION  $120* 

*(APPROX. R 2200)

The Medical Cannabis Consultant 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 Medical 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 25 hours depending on your pre-existing knowledge. 

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OUR  TWELVE MODULE CANNABIS CONSULTANT (BUDTENDER) CERTIFICATION CONSISTS OF: 

Section 1 – Legal Landscape
Section 2 – History
Section 3 – The Endocannabinoid System
Section 4 – Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Opioids
Section 5 – Delivery Systems
Section 6 – Dosing
Section 7 – Reading Lab Testing Labels
Section 8 – Clinical Practice – Broad Therapeutic Uses
Section 9 – Storage and Handling
Section 10 – Communicating with Customers
Section 11 – Myths and Facts
Section 12 - Additional Resources 

COURSE SYLLABUS

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 Behavior
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

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 FUNDAMENTALS BUNDLE COURSE- R2900

CANNABIS FUNDAMENTALS BUNDLE COURSE- R2900

(Cannabis 101 + Cannabis Industry 101)

 If you are interested in being a part of one of the most meaningful and fastest growing industries on the planet, you need to learn the fundamentals of cannabis and how the industry works.

Our Cannabis Fundamentals 101 bundle package is a hybrid of online e-learning and online class contact time through Zoom. Students 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.  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 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. 

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The Cannabis Fundamentals 101 online classes are taught by some of the industry's leading professionals and joining a class gives you a unique opportunity to meet people, build your network and share knowledge.

Class subjects:

Week 1: Industry Overview
About the cannabis industry, its structure, strengths / weaknesses / threats and opportunities.  
History of cannabis in South Africa and the current legal landscape.  

Week 2: Growing
Understanding the Cannabis plant. Growing - from seed to bud, genetics, extraction, indoor versus outdoor.  

Week 3: Medical
The science of Cannabis and our endocannabinoid system. Addressing Cannabis myths and fears with science. Cannabis and health - CBD, safe Cannabis use, proper dosing protocols.

Week 4: Cannabis as a Lifestyle
Integrating Cannabis into your lifestyle in a responsible way, health and balance, sustainability. 
Cannabis products and usage, different delivery methods of ingestion such as cooking, topicals and extracts.



The next start date is August, 6th

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Medical Professional bundle course - R3900 

Medical Professional bundle course - R3900

(Medical Professional Cannabis Course + Full day Cannabis and Health workshop)

This essential educational and knowledge-rich course has been developed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, healthcare and wellness professions. Our Cannabis Medical Professional bundle package is a hybrid of online e-learning and a half-day online workshop. Students are required to complete both the online Medical Professional Cannabis course as well as attend our half-day digital Cannabis and Health workshop.

The Medical Professional Cannabis online course is a series of 12 modules designed to empower medical professionals with comprehensive, appropriate and applicable cannabis knowledge, within their specific scope of practice. You will learn about the legal framework of working with medical marijuana patients, the basics of the cannabis plant, the Endocannabinoid System, and how cannabinoid receptors work with our bodies. Additional modules will cover important topics like: inhalation versus ingestion, contraindications, drug-on-drug interactions, and recommended rations of specific illnesses

The Cannabis and Health digital workshop is hosted by Jacqui Ramage (B.Pharm).  Jacqui heads up our education at Cheeba Academy and is a subject matter expert on the medicinal and regulatory cannabis industry in SA. Her particular areas of speciality are in cultivation, regulation, education and the medicinal cannabis space.  She is a:

- Registered Pharmacist & Assessor with South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
- Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA)
- Member of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Pharmacy
- A technician practical course examination moderator
- Member of SAAPI, - CDIWC and NCIA 

The workshop includes presentations and talks from a wide range of industry leading professionals giving you a unique opportunity to meet people, ask questions, build your network and share knowledge


What do I need to know about Cannabis?


What does my patient need to know about Cannabis?


- Cannabis: the plant
- Legal landscape of cannabis in South     Africa
- Scheduling status of cannabis and the   components
- Cannabis and the endocannabinoid   system (pharmacology)
- Cannabis as medicine (pharmaceutics)
- Laboratory testing in South Africa
- Where to next?

- Reliable sources of medicinal cannabis
- Laboratory testing in South Africa
- Facts and fiction
- Legal products
- Conditions that may benefit from     medicinal cannabis
- What is the difference between CBD,   THC and a terpene?
- How will I feel?

This course and engagement opportunity is essential to most corporate health and wellness groups in light of current and future legislative cannabis changes. Proactive knowledge, employee skills development and empowerment are the cornerstones of the healthcare profession.

This is an on demand course.  Please  enquire below for more details.