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The practitioner training program about how to get better client results with medical cannabis, while growing your business.

The green rush has arrived with 33 states and DC with medical marijuana & over 10 with personal adult (aka: rec) use. And, what about CBD—it’s everywhere! The plant is big business for sure. That’s not all this ancient plant represents. Cannabis is leading the way for Personalized Lifestyle Medicine. Rather than a gateway drug, as once inappropriately derided, cannabis can be a gateway to health and wellness. Consumers are ready to change the health paradigm to selfcare. That’s why Laura, as an integrative practitioner and educator, co-wrote the curriculum on integrating cannabis with nutrition, aromatherapy, massage, herbal medicine, and other holistic modalities and wants you to learn about the power of cannabis.

HCA Co-Founder Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN

Tell me more about Laura Lagano?

Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN

Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Laura Lagano is the author of The CBD Oil Miracle (St. Martin’s Press) and co-founder and education director of the Holistic Cannabis Academy. Laura’s journey to cannabis was led by her dissatisfaction with what conventional healthcare had to offer her daughter, Isabella Speranza, whose name literally means beautiful hope. As one of a handful of RDNs who has completed the prestigious Institute of Functional Medicine program, Laura integrates her expertise in nutrition, functional medicine, and cannabis in her private practice Laura Lagano Nutrition LLC. She speaks frequently at conferences about the ancient plant, consults with cannabis-related companies, and serves on the advisory boards of medical marijuana dispensaries. One of the first dietitians to work in the media, Laura writes for Kitchen Toke and Holistic Primary Care magazines and has written for or been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Stitcher, MerryJane, The Daily Beast, and numerous other media outlets. Laura’s core value system is about nurturing relationships though collaboration to eliminate “cannaphobia” globally.

Our Cannabis Education Programs

Signature Program

The practitioner training program about how to get better client results with medical cannabis, while growing your business.

Coach Program

Ideal for caregivers, patients, and canna-curious consumers

Curated Packages

We curated 23 modules from our Holistic Cannabis Practitioner program into 6 packages of 3-5 modules each, so you could sample our signature program in smaller chunks.

WHNA Program

A selection of 14 hand-picked modules from the Holistic Cannabis Academy Signature Program for the Women’s Health Nutrition Academy.

Our latest blog content

CBD Beverages

It’s a growing category that has become the fascination of many consumers. But are companies moving too fast to make and sell these products without established FDA regulations? Products containing cannabidiol (CBD) seem to be everywhere, from corner stores to...

The Connection Between Intermittent Fasting And Your Endocannabinoid System

This article originally appeared in The Fresh Toast. Balancing your endocannabinoid tone by implementing intermittent fasting may help you achieve an optimal weight, improve longevity, and provide additional health benefits.  Keto, Paleo, and Whole-30...

How CBD Can Potentially Combat Obesity

This article originally appeared in The Fresh Toast. If recent studies on mice are any indication, CBD will someday be in the toolbox of every healthcare practitioner and in the homes of every health and weight-conscious consumer.   One way to categorize the...

Inflammation & Obesity: Can Cannabis Help Break The Cycle?

This article originally appeared in The Fresh Toast. To kick-start quelling inflammation, adding cannabis cultivars (strains) that are high in CBD may be just what the dietitian ordered. Like most chronic lifestyle-related diseases, inflammation is at the...

Cannabis & Coffee: From Taboo To Trendy

This article originally appeared in The Fresh Toast. Is coffee just a familiar vehicle for cannabis consumption or is there something more to it?  From its reputation as a taboo herb that the hippie crowd smoked in college to a...

Where to Get Your Cannabis Education

Cannabis Education Center 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...

Is Cannabis Coaching Really a Career?

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,...

Is it Safe to Travel with Cannabis?

Planning a getaway this July 4th holiday week and taking your cannabis along for the ride? Think again. 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...

Does CBD Have a Place in Exercise Programs?

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....

Kicking Opioid Addiction to the Curb

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...

Cannabis, Mood & Depression

Linda A. Parker explains the mood enhancing and anti-depressant qualities of CBD and THC. By Linda A. Parker on April 19, 2017 An excerpt from Cannabinoids and the Brain by Linda A. Parker (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017) Cannabis...

CBD Users Manual

A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabidiol & Cannabis Therapeutics Reprinted with permission from Project CBD. In 2009, a handful of CBD-rich cannabis strains were discovered serendipitously in Northern California, America’s cannabis breadbasket, where certified...

Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm: Medical Cannabis Leads the Way

Thrilled to announce that the Holistic Cannabis Academy will be sharing the same stage as Dr. Raphael Mechoulam at the inaugural conference for the Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State in Pueblo. Cannabis researchers, educators, industry leaders and...

Integration of Cannabis into Wellness

As anyone with a chronic health condition will tell you, there are no easy answers. Successfully preventing and treating health issues requires integrating various healing modalities such as nutrition, herbalism and aromatherapy. Where can cannabis fit in? In a...

Study Finds Dispensary Workers Are Not Properly Trained

Before you head to your friendly, neighborhood budtender for medical marijuana advice, take note: According to a small but telling new study conducted by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, “only 55% of the 55 dispensary workers they surveyed received any kind of...

Marijuana, Psychosis, Children & the Double Standard

Reposted with permission from Holistic Cannabis Academy faculty, Ezra Parzbok A client recently came to me for a consult asking advice about her son with autism. He is a bright, cautious, and sometimes overly anxious 14 year old who like many, has had a negative and...

Synthetic Cannabis Extremely Dangerous Vs. Marijuana, Driving Study Reveals

© August 28th 2016 GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter...

Those in Favor of Using Cannabis to Treat and Prevent Degenerative Disease, Say EYE!

One thing’s for sure – getting old is never easy. In fact, it’s quite painful. How painful? According to a 2014 report published by Time Magazine last year, “Americans (both men and women) filled 4.3 billion prescriptions and doled out nearly $374 billion on...

Synergy, Dosage & Hemp versus Cannabis Oil

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Do you, like one of our current Academy students, have questions regarding:  Industrial hemp oil vs whole plant cannabis oil? THC + CBD synergy? CBD tolerance + dosage? Unless you’re an expert in the field, the chances...

28 States Plus DC and Growing!

Three cheers for another (not so) small step for cannabis legislation and one giant leap for progressive US healthcare. Without a doubt, Election Day 2016 was a transformational moment not only in American politics but also for the cannabis movement. Indeed, the...

Why you should take our Practitioner Program?

Because we are incredible curricula developers & have put together a premier cannabis education program with the best cannabis clinicians, researchers & advocates who know how to teach.  

There is no better time to jump in & join colleagues who are passionate about offering the latest & most ancient healing tool by becoming a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner.  

We believe in our hearts that our signature practitioner program is the best training for professionals who want to take practices to the next level & help more clients in the process. Imagine where you’ll be after becoming a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner!


The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics has awarded 30 CPE units for the signature HCA practitioner program.

The National Association of Nutrition Professionals has approved the HCA signature programs for 30 continuing education credit hours as part of its Advanced Specialty Education Program.

Holistic Cannabis Academy is a preferred provider of the Nutrition Therapy Association, which grants 24 continuing education hours for the program.

The Canadian Health Coach Alliance & the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition offer 30 continuing education credit hours for the program.