Choosing the right training program to launch your cannabis career is a super important decision. And it’s based on various different factors, just like any other educational investment you make. Luckily, a recent Forbes article has cut through some of the clutter and did the legwork for you. But still, everyone has to answer a few important questions for themselves.
First and foremost, does the curriculum fit your career goals? Some programs are perfect for those interested in the cultivation end of the business, but that same program probably isn’t the right fit if you’re thinking about a niche in regulatory and compliance issues. Similarly, if you’re a health professional with a bent toward holistic healing, then the online Holistic Cannabis Academy (included in the Forbes round-up) may be right up your alley compared to another more traditional clinical curriculum. This doesn’t make any of them better or worse; they’re just different so decide what will work best for you.
For most people, another important consideration is flexibility. Sandwiching in a new training program between an existing job and family obligations means you probably want a program that works within your schedule. Some have set starting dates (a few times per year) while others let you join at any time. And are you a learner that does well with online curriculums or do you need a brick-and-mortar location for attending classes? All of this goes into the flexibility factor.
Last but not least: what does it cost? We all love a bargain and discounts, but this can truly be a matter of “you get what you pay for.” Does the program have qualified instructors? Are there collateral materials you can download and keep? Do you have access to students and the program planners for Q&A? Are there quizzes or exams to measure your learning? Do you get a meaningful certificate of training or other designation that will be recognized by the industry?
There’s plenty of considerations when deciding what’s the best place for getting a cannabis education, but it all starts with you. Are you looking to be a cannabis coach, cultivator, budtender, regulatory or legal expert, a human resources staffer or to fill any one of the many ancillary services needed by this exploding industry? Be clear about your career goals then get started.
Life coach. Nutrition coach. Business coach. Spiritual coach. What’s next?
Yes, cannabis coach. It’s real and it’s happening right now.
If you’re already practicing in some aspect of healthcare…as a nurse, nutritionist, herbalist, massage therapist, nutrition coach, health coach…and looking for ways to expand your scope of service then cannabis coaching may be just the ticket. There is a genuine need and demand among consumers who have medical marijuana cards as well as the larger community who just wants to know more about how to use this healing herb in their life. Whether it’s for medical marijuana or CBD products, professionals who can provide credible guidance are in demand.
Let’s face it; education has never really been in the doctor’s wheelhouse. The reality of today’s 10-minute appointment leaves no time for a physician to counsel and guide patients, especially on an emerging topic like medical cannabis. Enter the cannabis coach.
Is Cannabis Coaching Really a Career?But before entering into the brave new world of cannabis coaching, one must seek out cannabis education and training. This is critical because this new arena of healthcare must be grounded in reliable, sound science with legitimate advice dispensed to patients. If you’re thinking about getting into this as a new career path, then do your homework and get properly trained. And to broaden your appeal and provide clients with better health outcomes, select a training program that integrates cannabis with other healing modalities such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, nutrition, yoga and so forth. These modalities work synergistically with cannabis resulting in happier, healthier clients.
Planning a getaway this July 4th holiday week and taking your cannabis along for the ride?
Yes, folks do it all the time, but you should consider your tolerance for risk and the angst that goes along with it. Personally, I don’t venture into this world because it’s just not worth the worry to me. As I mention in this article Traveling with Medical Marijuana, it simply doesn’t matter whether or not you have a legit medical card in your home state or not. Once you’ve left the confines of that state, you’ve technically broken federal law.
And traveling through airports brings with it another whole set of guesswork. Some airports prohibit cannabis on the premises while others don’t have such a strict policy. TSA is a federal agency so once in the screening area, you’re now under federal jurisdiction. Some airports have areas for you to “dump” your cannabis while others may confiscate it and turn the matter over to local police. There’s just no one set of rules that applies everywhere, every time.For those who truly depend on cannabis as their medicine, this clearly presents a problem. At this point in time, it’s everyone’s personal decision to take the risk because it’s so vital to your health and well-being. This may especially be the case for families traveling with children who suffer from seizure disorders. But if you don’t fall into this essential category, it might be better to be safe than sorry.
While CBD is typically thought of as a therapeutic tool for insomnia, pain or anxiety, the value of CBD is expanding to the fitness world. A recent article, “Can CBD Improve Your Fitness Results?”, published in US News & World Report tackled this very question.
The most important aspect of CBD for exercisers is its ability to reduce inflammation, especially in post work-out situations And while many products are available online and in retail stores, it’s a challenge for consumers to know what to buy. Many CBD products are sold in isolate form which may not contain the same cannabinoids (and there are hundreds!) found in whole plant hemp derived products.
Right now, most CBD and fitness-related inflammation has been anecdotal, but not to be overlooked. Adding CBD, as a tincture or a topical, to a recovery program can be valuable when used in conjunction with other healing practices, like an anti-inflammatory diet and massage therapy.
What’s really interesting about the US News & World Report article is that a general news, mainstream publication is covering such an important topic, cannabinoid therapy within the fitness world, which hasn’t really been adequately discussed in the media. As we see more professional athletes speaking out against opioid abuse and finding relief with cannabis and CBD products, we’re likely to be getting more data and sound science to support cannabinoid use in exercise recovery.
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Athletes for Care, Patients Out of Time & Holistic Cannabis Academy Team Up
Check out this video produced by the Holistic Cannabis Academy (HCA) featuring Riley Cote of Athletes for Care (A4C) and Mary Lynn Mathre of Patients Out of Time (POT) about how cannabis is saving lives.
Patients Out of Time (POT), one of the original organizations “providing a compassionate, science-based education forum for the restoration of medical cannabis knowledge,” showcased the HCA video at its annual conference on cannabis therapeutics, Cannabis: Relieves Pain, Treats Addiction. Riley Cote and HCA co-founder Laura Lagano were both on hand for the video premier.
MaryLynn Mathre, RN, addiction specialist, POT founder, and HCA faculty member was responsible for featuring the collaboration at the conference. The conference also served as a vehicle for announcing POT’s endorsement of the Holistic Cannabis Academy as a premier cannabis education program.
Riley Cote, former NHL “enforcer” and founder of Athletes for Care left the world of professional hockey at the age 28 because of a downward health spiral that included substance abuse. Enter medical cannabis coupled with and significant lifestyle changes featuring nutrition, meditation, and yoga. Following his dramatic 180 about health and living well, Riley founded Athletes for Care, a non-profit dedicated to helping people combat addiction and substance abuse while creating healthier lives.
The Holistic Cannabis Academy, an online education curriculum about medical cannabis and CBD, is founded on the same principles promoted by Athletes for Care and Patients Out of Time. The collaboration is a match made in heaven!
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