1. Brief Look at the History of Cannabis
Cannabis has been around forever … literally! In this module we touch on the highlights of this rich history from antiquity to today.
You will learn that:
- Cannabis has accompanied human exploration of the world for millennia, providing help in four areas of our life.
- During the 19th and early 20th centuries Canadian and American medical doctors regularly prescribed cannabis for various health conditions.
- Prior to prohibition medical textbooks included information about how to use cannabis as a medicine.
- The real reason for cannabis prohibition is not what they told you.
- A chemist’s research in the 1960s led to the discovery of an important physiological system.
2. History of Cannabis in Canada
Cannabis was criminalized in Canada more than a decade before it was outlawed in the United States. This module follows the cannabis legal journey beginning in 1908 (prior to the 1923 prohibition) to today.
This 110 year long journey encompasses:
- Two 1908 Parliamentary Acts
- A celebrated women’s rights advocate
- Section 56 exemptions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Father and son Prime Ministers
3. 10 Common Cannabis Myths
Now that you know a little about cannabis’ history, we’ll explore ten common myths about cannabis that were the center of prohibition propaganda for over 70 years.
- Is cannabis an addictive gateway drug or as dangerous as we were told?
- Does cannabis use lead to long-term health problems?
- Will cannabis use cause weight gain?
- Where is the research?
- Are cannabis users always walking around impaired?
Learn the answer to these questions and more in this fun and light-hearted lesson.
4. Getting to Know Your Endocannabinoid System
Within each of us is a biological system as important as our other vital organ systems. But you didn’t learn about the endocannabinoid system in school!
In this fascinating module you will learn:
- When the endocannabinoid system was discovered.
- The three main components of the ECS.
- How the endocannabinoid system works.
- Why this system is vital to our health and well being.
- The difference between CB1 and CB2.
5. Strain Basics
Indica, Sativa, Hybrid?
- What these terms mean
- Why they mean something different than they did 40 years ago
- Why hybrids are most common today
- Where hemp fits in
- The mantra that helps you remember the difference between indica and sativa
6. THC vs CBD
Everyone is talking about THC and CBD but do you really understand the difference?
In this module you will learn:
- about cannabinoids and what they are
- the major difference between THC and CBD
- which cannabinoid has the ability to cause impairment
- who may be susceptible to impairment
- what cannabinoid is best for daytime use
7. Introduction to Terpenes + Terpene Action Chart PDF
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in the essential oil of plants. It’s the terpenes that are responsible for the distinctive smells of plants, including the distinctive smell of cannabis.
The terpenes profile of various cannabis strains complement the actions of other components in cannabis. This module will introduce you to 9 of most common terpenes in cannabis and their basic physiological actions.
8. Intake Methods
To gain benefits from cannabis it needs to be taken into the body.
In this module we will explore:
- The three main categories of intake methods
- What intake method lasts longest in the body and which acts the quickest
- Why smoking cannabis is no longer recommended
- Vaporizing vs Vaping
- Using cannabis topically
9. How Safe is Cannabis Medicine
Cannabis is a very safe plant, however users should understand the few areas where caution is required. These include:
- The user’s age and current health
- Possible interaction with other prescription medications
- How the plant is grow
- Manufacturing methods
- Method of consumption
10. Side Effects
Following up on the safety module, this lesson on side effects goes a bit deeper into both undesirable side-effects and possible desired-effects of using THC. These include:
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Hunger, and more!
11. How to Choose Cannabis Products
Cannabis is unique in that it can be used as medicine, a supplement, and a recreational product. This can make the task of choosing the perfect cannabis product overwhelming and confusing, especially for new users.
In this module we will explore:
- How to read a cannabis product label
- Cannabis product potencies
- Six considerations that will help narrow down product choice.
- A worksheet that helps you choose products
12. Cannabis Potency Chart PDF
The Cannabis Potency Chart provides and at-a-glance guide to both dry herb and cannabis oil product potency to help when purchasing cannabis products. There is no quiz for this module.
13. Retail Workers Roles & Responsibilities
Cannabis retail workers, unlike other types of retail store workers, have additional legal responsibilities and obligations that they must be willing to learn and uphold as part of their daily store duties.
In this module we will explore:
- Asking for valid ID
- The Cannabis Sale
- Dealing with problem customers
- Helping Customers who are new to cannabis
14. Ethics & Patient Privacy (Bonus Module)
We thought you might enjoy this bonus module on Ethics and Patient Privacy from the Clinic Educator’s course. While not specific to retail workers, this module does outline important considerations when working with your customers.
In this module we will look at general guidelines on:
- Professional Ethics
- Patient Interactions
- Patient Privacy
- Dealing with Distressed Patients
15. Federal & Provincial Resources PDF
This module provides a comprehensive list of online resources for federal, provincial and municipal cannabis resources. There is no quiz for this module.
Quiz and Certification
The quiz will help to ensure that you grasped the concepts taught in the workshop. You will find answers to the quiz on the handout and from notes you took during the class. If you feel unsure about any of the material, you can go back and review those modules prior to writing the quiz.
Your electronic certificate will be available for printing and download after successfully completing the quiz with at least 85%.
We hope you enjoy Cannabis Retail Worker Training Certificate!