Who Are We?

The Holistic Cannabis Academy is an education, training, and mentoring program founded by two registered dietitian nutritionists who have always been ahead of the curve. First, in food and nutrition communications before the field became saturated with media dietitians. Second, in culinary nutrition before the field was even invented. Third, in functional medicine, which remains an emerging area of practice. And now, in cannabis as medical marijuana leads the way in natural medicine.

What Is the Holistic Cannabis Academy?

  • Online training + education options for healthcare practitioners, caregivers + cannabis curious individuals
  • Begin as soon as you’d like and complete in accordance with a schedule convenient to you.
  • Upon completion of training, opportunity to earn a certificate of competency as a Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™ or Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™
  • Created by two registered dietitian nutritionists with experience in functional medicine, medical marijuana, culinary cannabis recipe development, + continuing medical education
  • Content vetted by both medical marijuana + functional medicine clinicians + researchers
  • HCA toolkit with reference resources, client handouts, presentation materials
  • Onsite culinary workshops about producing edibles + tinctures

Introducing: The Holistic Cannabis Academy

An Online Bootcamp Leading To Cannabis Competency

How Do I Decide Which Path Is Best For Me?

Skilled healthcare practitioner, caregiver, or cannabis curious individual? The Holistic Cannabis Academy has something for you!

    • Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner takes Tracks I through IV
    • Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor takes Tracks I & II

Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™

Tracks I, II, III + IV (32 modules) + membership

Join the curriculum at any time to suit your schedule and work at your own pace to complete.
Tuition + Options

Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™

Tracks I + II (15 modules) + membership

  • Who can register for the Counselor program? Anyone who is a medical marijuana caregiver or cannabis curious individual interested in expanding their personal competency or pursuing a career in the medical marijuana field. (2-year college degree is required)  Once this program is complete, you may opt to continue on to obtain your Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner designation once your professional credentials have been confirmed.
Join the curriculum at any time to suit your schedule and work at your own pace to complete.
Tuition + Options

What’s Included in the Membership?

The membership is loaded with value-added services never before available to those interested in medical marijuana.

For practitioners, upon successful completion of the comprehensive HCA education + training program Tracks I through IV plus a passing exam score, you’ll become a Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™. The business-building perks do not end there! You’ll also receive tools to enhance your competitive edge with a professional point of difference, leading to an increased scope of practice, more business, + increased revenue.

For caregivers + canna-curious individuals, you’ll immediately become a Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™ after completing Tracks I + II, reaping the benefits noted right.

Your listing, as a Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™ or Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™ is FREE for one year as part of your membership benefits.

All Students will also receive:

  • Online access to the complete 2016 Holistic Cannabis Summit – a 4-day online event with 28 experts from the medical cannabis + integrative medicine fields (narrated PowerPoint interviews)
  • Downloadable collateral resources + tools to keep you up-to-date in the rapidly-evolving world of medical cannabis
  • Printable client/patient education materials + handouts to provide immediately in your practice
  • Interactive video chats with co-founders, Laura + Donna, to meet fellow students, share best practices and get your questions answered
  • Private Facebook page to connect with you with a like-minded community
  • Discount to CannaWellness – a retreat in beautiful Colorado to relax, rejuvenate, + restore while learning from pioneering cannabis experts
  • Calendar of speaking engagements featuring HCN Co-Founders Laura Lagano + Donna Shields

Bonus Items for Practitioner Students:

  • Standards of Identity, Analysis, and Quality Control of Cannabis Monograph by the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (hard copy, $45 value)
  • Cannabis Therapeutic Compendium Monograph by the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (hard copy, $45 value)
  • NOVA Precision Decarboxylation Unit ($250 value) A breakthrough product for at-home decarboxylation, allowing maximum cannabinoid availability for those preferring to smoke or vaporize. Activating cannabinoids for edibles, extracts + tinctures, the NOVA also allows you to prepare fully-activated (or decarboxylated) sublingual cannabis in precise dosages, providing full-spectrum uptake in minutes + avoiding any irritation to the lungs or GI tract.
  • Autographed copy of the exquisitely photographed cookbook –The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook with recipes contributed by HCN Co-Founder Donna Shields ($25 retail value

The Academy Curriculum

The Holistic Cannabis Academy is delivered in an easy-to-access online platform + includes video and downloadable materials you can immediately use in your practice or for everyday healthcare needs.

Paths To Cannabis Competency

What Makes this Education + Training Program Unique?

  • Designed for holistic-minded counselors + practitioners who consider all aspects of clients’ health, wellness + lifestyles
  • Offers a turn-key solution for YOU as the counselor or practitioner to provide materials + handouts to your clients/patients – no more writing your own materials or searching the internet for credible information
  • Features leading medical cannabis clinicians + researchers who are also dynamic educators
  • Includes audio recordings you can listen to anytime + anywhere on any device
  • Continuing education credits for various credentials in progress
View the Academy Curriculum

What’s Possible After You Become a Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™ or Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™?

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Be Cannabis Competent

Because medical marijuana is approved in more than half the country, consumers want to know if this healing modality is right for them. You’ll be equipped to answer questions and integrate holistic cannabis recommendations into your clients’ health + wellness plans + in your own life.

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Be Empowered + Empowering

Continuing education is a crucial part of everyone’s life, especially when it comes to emerging topics in healthcare. Once trained in therapeutic cannabis, you’ll have an authentic point of difference in your local community positioning you as an up-to-the-minute, forward-thinking practitioner or caregiver. As a patient, you’ll have a sense of empowerment over your health decisions. Or if you’re simply looking for practical information in an easy-to-understand format, this is the program for you.

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Be Supported + Supportive

Having access to a network of like-minded professionals, caregivers + patients that you can tap into for advice and guidance is invaluable. The Academy membership will make you a part of a close-knit group lending support, referrals + recommendations to help answer your therapeutic cannabis questions.

Register or Apply Now

Special Introductory Price Until October 31st, 2016

Click here for educational options + tuition.

Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor™

Tracks I & II (15 modules) + membership

Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™

Tracks I, II, III + IV (32 modules) + membership
Register now + submit your professional credentials


After your registration is complete, you will receive an email receipt. Your login information for the Holistic Medical Cannabis Counselor ™ education + training program will be sent within 24 hours.


This registration process includes uploading your professional credentials. Credentials uploaded without registration information or payment will not be considered.  Upon registration and upload of your professional credentials, you’ll receive information on accessing the academy. Should we question your uploaded credentials, we will contact you directly and discuss program options. Your login information for the  Holistic Medical Cannabis Practitioner™ education + training program will be sent within 24 hours of receipt of your registration, payment and credential verification.


Join Our Vibrant Holistic Cannabis Community!

This online program works with your schedule. Join the curriculum at any time and work at your own pace.

The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

The Holistic Cannabis Academy® is a cannabis education + training platform for holistic-minded practitioners about the therapeutic use of marijuana + its integration with other healing modalities.