Oaksterdam University opened its doors to students in 2007, making it the first cannabis college in America. Thousands of students have learned how to grow medicinal quality cannabis and have gained necessary skills to be successful in the marijuana industry.
Students generally begin their education at OU by taking the Classic Semester, which covers all facets of the cannabis industry. Topics covered include an overview of legal concerns, horticulture, ingestion methods, extractions, science, the cannabis industry, potential careers, business opportunities, best practices and more. This semester of classes also includes a grow lab with week-by-week growing of a cannabis garden.
Cannabis Industry Today caught up with Conrad Smith, a current OU student. From Atlanta, Georgia, Smith stumbled upon the Oaksterdam University website. Though he’d never heard of a cannabis college before, what OU had to offer appealed to him.
“I was looking to turn a new page in my life,” said Smith, who is 28 years old. “And, I’ll admit that it was a ‘leap of faith’ as far as getting the right education for the cannabis industry, but the Oaksterdam University program looked like a good one.”
Smith enrolled in the Classic Semester about two months ago. So far, he’s impressed with the quality of the OU faculty and the information he’s learning.
“We’re learning about the cannabis industry in general from California laws and licensing to day-to-day needs of running a dispensary,” said Smith. “I’m really enjoying the classes. They are designed to help us pinpoint where in the cannabis industry we’d like to work.”
Where might Smith like to work?
“I like the one-on-one time with the plant,” said Smith. “The cannabis plant has been here for thousands of years relatively unaltered and one seed can positively impact a patient’s life. I think I’d like to help patients by growing medicinal cannabis. I’d keep it a small business, similar to the small tobacco farm my grandfather ran. That way I can focus on quality.”
This is important to Smith, who is a patient himself. Struggling with lower back pain due to an accident at work a couple of years ago, he learned through a process of elimination that medicinal cannabis helps him manage the pain.
So, was his leap of faith at enrolling at OU worth it?
“I’m very happy with the education I’m getting. It is affordable and I believe I’m getting what I’m paying for,” said Smith. “The fact that marijuana is illegal makes it harder to get an education, but OU is making it work. I just wish the campus was bigger.”
Do you want to be part of the growing medical cannabis industry? Consider attending Oaksterdam University.
Oaksterdam University offers semester classes and 2-4 day seminars to get you started. Topics cover regulations, history and politics, legal rights, horticulture, ingestion methods, science of cannabis, economics of cannabis, patient relations and advocacy, dispensary operations and business management, procurement and allocation, legal business structures, delivery business and topical applications. Learn More.