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HCA Signature Program

Step Up to a New Career: Become a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner!


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

If you’re looking to enhance your practice & healing skills when working with patients with inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and many other health conditions, our signature practitioner program is for you.
As clinicians, we know that many of our clients are stuck. They get better, but are not completely back to their former selves. When people get to this plateau point, they go online & consult Dr. Google. Unless they’ve been living under a rock, it’s only a matter of time before they learn something about the healing powers of cannabis. This is where things can go awry.

We know that you care about your clients. We’ll show you another way – a way that helps your patients AND you – by building your reputation!

What You Get with this Package

  • Audio lectures with slides (webinars)
  • PDFs of the webinar accompanying slides
  • Downloadable education materials
  • Links to research articles & additional resources

“I am delighted to be a student of the Holistic Cannabis Academy working towards my practitioner certification. Just after I finally decided to enroll (as my wonderful state of Tennessee now permits the sale of CBD), I was able to attend a women’s cannabis retreat where Laura was one of a knowledgeable panel of woman who have been pioneers in the holistic cannabis movement. Laura is an enthusiastic speaker engaging all the participants with her knowledge and expertise with the most delightful humor that puts everyone at ease, but also on the edge of their seat trying to soak up her vast understanding of this powerful botanical. Gracious with her time, I was able to spend time talking and learning with her. I am so thankful to be part of this program and to have Laura as a mentor to guide me and countless others into this exciting opportunity.

Luci Crow, MS, RD

Here’s What to Expect

Cannabis through the Ages: A Historical Basis of a Plant with Robert Hoban, JD

Medicinal cannabis hemp have been an integral part of American history, politics policy. Follow the evolution of cannabis hemp from our founding fathers to 1930s prohibition, culminating with the current state-by-state patchwork of legislation. Learning about the history of this plant sets the stage for why cannabis belongs in the health practitioner’s toolbox..

Where It All Began: The Ancient History of Cannabis with Prashanti de Jager

The medicinal use of cannabis began over 5000 years ago with Himalayan vedic traditions as an integral facet of yoga. Knowing this true genesis of medicinal cannabis from the spirit-based vedic medicine to the energy-based ayurvedic medicine provides a deeper sense of its value, credibility & authenticity as one of the most highly-revered medicinal herbs.

The Endocannabinoid System: A Primer with Lex Pelger

Understanding the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is fundamental to grasping how cannabis & cannabinoids influence health & the healing process. Get ready for an introduction to the CB1 and CB2 receptors & the two best known endogenous ligands (anandamide + 2-AG). It all comes together with an overview of how these compounds & receptors affect the major organ systems, hormonal function, pain, sleep & the development & treatment of cancer.

Quality Control of Cannabis-Based Medicines with Roy Upton

A walk through the historic Standards of Identity, Analysis and Quality Control Cannabis Monograph of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Referenced by numerous states with medical marijuana laws, the monograph provides cannabis stakeholders including growers, analytical labs & practitioners with the information needed to guide clients about what constitutes a quality cannabis-based medicine.

The Ayurvedic + Vedic Constituents of Cannabis with Prashanti de Jager

Historically, medicinal treatments found in India have often included cannabis for physical and spiritual healing but also to maintain wellness. This module looks at cannabis through the energetic lens of Ayurveda and vedic healing practices vs the Western, allopathic model. Presented by an experienced Indian herbal healer and founder of Organic India products, this module provides a perspective often overlooked by Western medicine.

Physician Viewpoint: Managing Inflammatory Lifestyle Diseases with Phillip Blair, MD

Diabetes, obesity, and other chronic inflammatory conditions are plaguing the nation. Learn how the use of industrial hemp cannabidiol (CBD) alters the journey toward wellness. With globalization and an internet connection, patient care is a click away. Adding telemedicine implemented by a multidisciplinary team to your clinical practice can provide your community with best-in-practice care.

The Many Ways to Consume: Cannabis Formats & Tools with Martha Montemayor, CNC

Experience an analysis of cannabis delivery systems and tools available in today’s marketplace – smoking, vaporizing, tinctures, oils, dabs, waxes, edibles, sprays, transdermal patches and topicals. An overview of absorption mechanisms, label requirements and consumption guidelines for individualized best outcomes for clients’ specific health and wellness needs.

Packaged Edibles: Making Informed Decisions with Julie Dooley

Cannabis-infused food products – known as edibles or medibles – require prerequisites before purchasing and consuming. With no national standardized labeling laws, product label information varies. Learn how to interpret package labeling for potency and safety to insure for optimal choice and experience.

The Healing Toolbox: Cannabis as a Key Player with Roy Upton

A scientific overview of the top health conditions where cannabis has therapeutic value to fully understand how the plant constituents promote healing and positive outcomes. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia’s Cannabis Therapeutic Compendium Monograph serves as the guide book and reference to understand how the endocannabinoid system and cannabis interact.

The Backbone of the Cannabis Plant: Cannabinoids with Martin Lee

Just as the human body produces endocannabinoids, so does the cannabis plant produce phytocannabinoids. Explore the medicinal value of the primary phytocannabinoids – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the primary psychoactive plant component. Separate fact from fiction concerning the remarkable healing powers of CBD. And, focus on how to best to guide clients regarding CBD:THC ratios to create personalized healing regimens.

Cannabis Terpenes + Herbal Synergy with Jonathan Treasure, MNIMH, MCPP

Terpenes have been overshadowed by the focus on cannabinoids, but make no mistake: they are critically important for creating the entourage healing effects of cannabis. Lending fragrance in many plants such as lemons and lavender, terpenes are also responsible for the distinctive aroma of cannabis cultivars. You’ll appreciate why an integrative approach..cannabis + other healing herbs… can result in better patient outcomes.

Personalizing Cannabis Doses: Less Is More with Joe Cohen, DO

Learn how patients are counseled to include cannabis as part of personalized lifestyle medicine plus how others are advised to use less cannabis for optimal outcomes. More is not always better when it comes to medicating with anything including cannabis. Explore how cannabis can be titrated for an optimal, individualized amounts based on specific clients and their particular presentations. Understand the nuances of how less can be more for more effective healing.

The Endocannabinoid System: Deep Dive with Lex Pelger

An advanced look at the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, covering the unique retrograde signaling in the brain, the known polymorphisms, the pharmokinetics, the gender differences + the modulators of the ECS. Building on the foundational ECS module in Track I, take a deep dive into the intricacies + nuances of this complex system.

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency & Endocannabinoid Tone with Ethan Russo,MD

An endocannabinoid deficiency may characterize the origin of numerous pain syndromes plus other health-related symptoms. The hypothesis: all humans have an underlying endocannabinoid tone, which produces negative effects if deficient. Learn about the scientific research and clinical data behind this theory plus how to upregulate the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabis Pharmacokinetics: Considerations for Dose, Absorption & Bioavailability with Kate Welch, PharmD, IACP

While cannabis is a plant with diverse phytochemicals that work synergistically, solvent extracts of cannabis or preparations made from these extracts high in active cannabinoids are also available. These preparations can be more similar to concentrated, single-entity pharmaceutical drugs. Explore how the two most studied cannabinoids – THC and CBD – are metabolized by and affect the body via different routes of administration..

Treating the Spectrum of Mood Disorders: Stress, Anxiety & PTSD with Michele Ross, PhD

It’s no secret that opioids are abused and SSRI are overused. Can cannabis come to the rescue? Delve into the science and practical application of cannabis in stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), potentially reducing reliance on pharmaceuticals and eliminating unwanted side effects.

Insomnia: Integrating Cannabis for Optimal Sleep by Joanne Matson

Sleep, or lack thereof, is an increasing health issue which can often be effectively treated with the integration of cannabis. A holistic review of the numerous factors and variables with regard to sleep and insomnia will be discussed, exploring integrative approaches to a more restful, rejuvenating, and healthful sleep.

Insomnia: Cannabis as an Option – Part 2 with Rob Streisfeld, ND

Sleep, or lack thereof, is an increasing health issue which can often be effectively treated with the integration of cannabis. A holistic review of the numerous factors and variables with regard to sleep and insomnia will be discussed, exploring integrative approaches to a more restful, rejuvenating, and healthful sleep.

Pain Exposed! The Functional Approach to Relief, Rehabilitation & Resolution with Rachel Knox, MD

Pain management is the number #1 reason individuals medicate with cannabis. Similar to cannabis + cannabinoids, some therapies provide more than just pain relief. Take a peek behind the scenes of cracking + hacking the pain code.

Aromatherapy: Terpenes Overlaying with Cannabis with Jessica Baker, Lac, Dipl OM, RH

Aromatherapy is all about the science of terpene, or terpenoids. Responsible for the sativa and indica-like effects of cannabis, terpenes are key components of plants as diverse as pine, mandarin, and clary sage. Expand your knowledge of plant medicine and learn how to integrate aromatherapy into your holistic practice.

The Integration of Yoga & Meditation with Cannabis with Dee Dussault

As an ancient healing art, Chinese medicine has been practiced continuously for over 5000 years. The subtle energetics of yin yang and meridian flow are vaguely known to many, but not tangible for practical application. Get familiar with the 8 principles and the 5 elements of Chinese herbalism to start on your Eastern medicine journey to incorporate into clinical practice.

The Interplay of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine & Cannabis with Jessica Baker, Lac, Dipl OM, RH

As an ancient healing art, Chinese medicine has been practiced continuously for over 5000 years. The subtle energetics of yin yang and meridian flow are vaguely known to many, but not tangible for practical application. Get familiar with the 8 principles and the 5 elements of Chinese herbalism to start on your Eastern medicine journey to incorporate into clinical practice.

Modulating Women’s Health with an Ancient Plant with Michele Ross, PhD

Our endocannabinoid levels are tied closely to estrogen levels, and when they dip, women feel the effects of endocannabinoid deficiency. Learn how cannabinoid supplementation along with other botanicals can stabilize mood, reduce pelvic pain, improve cognition and even offset the symptoms of menopause.

The Cancer Frontier: Managing Symptoms & More with Jonathan Treasure, MNIMH, MCPP

An overview of cannabis for symptom management related to mainstream cancer treatments, including medication interactions plus emerging science about cancer inhibition by cannabinoids. Learn about framing cannabis in cancer management in the context of evidence, appropriate usage scenarios, and suggested protocols for incorporating cannabis as an anticancer agent will be covered, along with an overview of combination botanical strategies for cancer care.

Food as Medicine: An Integrative Approach to Diet + Cannabis with Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN

Understanding the influence of diet in disease and healing is at the cornerstone of progressive, integrative medicine. This module delivers key principles of how nutrients influence cell health and how cannabis can play a synergistic role in disease prevention and recovery. Yes, cannabis and food are medicine!

Exit Herb from Addiction with Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

Opioid addiction is at crisis level in the US and around the world. Progressive practitioners and patients alike are lobbying for cannabis is as first-line therapy for opioid, alcohol, and other substance rehabilitation. Understand the conditions and situations where cannabis is and is not appropriate as an exit tool.

Building Your Cannabis Community Network with Leah Heise, JD and Regina Nelson, PhD

Wondering how to effectively implement a new paradigm in your practice and set yourself apart? Learn how to create and implement a collaborative network in your community, involving the medical dispensary, physicians and allied professionals. Gain real world advice on how to engage key stakeholders in your community and build your network for client referrals.

The Real World of Cannabis Practitioners: Clinical Successes & Challenges with Joseph Cohen, DO and Deborah Malka, PhD, MD

Learn best practices and challenges from experienced clinicians who have successfully merged medical marijuana into functional medicine practices. How to communicate with clients, managing their expectations and fears plus getting the word out about your cannabis competency will be explored. Guidance from experienced practitioners is invaluable!

Marketing & Succeeding with Cannabis Competency with Ezra Parzybok and Marcie Cooper, RN, MSN, AHN-BC

Get down to the nitty gritty + learn from those with established holistic-oriented cannabis consulting businesses. Hear first-hand how cannabis counseling can be added to an existing business or launched on its own. With clients ranging from those seeking wellness advice to patients with chronic illness, you’ll have the blueprint for starting out in this progressive healthcare.

Turning Cannabis Advocacy into a Business-Building Tool with Tracy Ryan and Steph Sherer

Passion and conviction are must-have traits when blazing new trails. Building your presence as a cannabis advocate can greatly enhance business outcomes. Learn how two medical marijuana advocates combine their professional expertise with cannabis advocacy for high impact results.