Holistic Cannabis Network®

The Holistic Cannabis Network® (HCN) is a cannabis education, training, and business-building platform for holistic-minded practitioners about medical marijuana and its integration with other healing modalities.

The underlying strength of the Holistic Cannabis Network® is its principals — life-long colleagues and friends — Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN and Donna Shields, MS, RDN. As registered dietitian nutritionists with a combined 50 years of experience, we serve as the bedrock for a business built on education, science, and practical application. We offer a unique combination of well-respected credentials, functional medicine and integrative clinical nutrition experience, health communications expertise, and culinary know-how.

Featured Cannabis Content

  • Real world cannabis practitioner advice and guidelines
  • Recommendations about how to communicate with your clients about cannabis
  • Suggestions about how to integrate cannabis education into your existing healing modality
  • Insights into both hemp agriculture and into cannabis grow operations
  • Approved medical conditions for medical marijuana state-by-state
  • Product and labeling requirements for cannabis edibles, tinctures, and topicals
  • Up-to-date science about cannabis research
  • How to prepare nutritious cannabis-infused foods

We’re on the cusp of a major paradigm shift about how to prevent and treat chronic illness. As holistic-leaning modalities garner respect and reach the masses, medical marijuana gains the same traction as a healing modality.

While the science is advancing along with the ground swell of interest and testimonials from consumers, there remains an educational gap among practitioners. Patients nationwide are asking questions about the appropriate use of cannabis, yet most health + wellness practitioners are at a loss to provide credible answers. The search ends! At the Holistic Cannabis Network,® we provide current, evidence-based cannabis education via an engaging series of learning options.

For everyone in a healing profession, it’s essential to stay relevant in the ever-evolving wellness landscape. Don’t get left on the sidelines as this exciting transition occurs in our society. Be a practitioner who understands and embraces this healing herb. Come join us on this unprecedented journey!

The integrity of what we provide our customers rests squarely on who we are – holistic-minded health practitioners, first and foremost. While other cannabis education programs are available, most are produced by business people who have little or no hands-on client health experience. We are our target audience – health + wellness professionals committed to holistic healing.

We’re also seasoned educators and communications experts. We know how to dissect studies and translate findings. We know how to develop curricula that’s timely and practical. And, we know how to serve it up in an enjoyable and varied format. Let us do the heavy lifting so you can sit back and enjoy the learning curve.

Business Building Tools

The Holistic Cannabis Network® offers a comprehensive system to build a solid medical marijuana reciprocal referral business. Check out what you’ll receive when you sign up for the premier program.

  • A referral system for health + wellness professionals to connect clients with medical marijuana doctors in their respective states to obtain therapeutic cannabis recommendations
  • A referral system that connects Holistic Cannabis Practitioners + Consultants with well-respected medical dispensaries in various states
  • A innovative online marketing system that connects Holistic Cannabis Practitioners + Consultants with potential clients, making them truly part of a network
  • A private Facebook group just for Academy registrants/members to connect with like-minded professionals
  • A calendar of medical cannabis meetings happening around the world, along with discounts for registration
  • Resources with updates about cannabis science and clinical applications
  • An ambassador training program for Holistic Cannabis Practitioners + Consultants enabling you to gain visibility in the media and in your community
  • Plus many more valuable bonus features you can use immediately
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Meet The Founders

Donna Shields, MS, RDN
Donna Shields, MS, RDNCannabis Culinary Nutritionist
Donna is a former faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, cookbook author, and recipe developer. She has worked as a health communications advisor for numerous food brands both as a consultant and corporately. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the epicenter of the cannabis movement, Donna has access to key researchers, clinicians, and cannabis industry experts. She is a contributor to the exquisitely photographed The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook
Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN
Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDNIntegrative Clinical Nutritionist
Laura’s expertise skews toward the clinical side with an integrative + functional nutrition private practice in Hoboken NJ, NYC, and online, allowing for first-hand access to consumers. Laura has advanced training in functional medicine, which has her positioned her to become one of the first certified RDNs with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Boasting years of experience in food, nutrition + wellness communications, as well as in health curricula and continuing medical education development, Laura possesses a unique combination of science and communications savvy.

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What Makes Us Unique?

On the personal side, we have each “walked the talk” with experiences that have proven the validity of an integrative healing approach. Rather than being satisfied with the status quo, we have both used functional nutrition plus other holistic modalities to manage life’s curveballs.

Laura’s daughter is now a seizure-free young women whose success is directly related to nutrition, homeopathy, Reiki, craniosacral therapy, CDB oil, and more.

Donna, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, successfully managed it with a combination of conventional treatment, herbal therapies, a strict dietary regimen, and medical marijuana.

We believe that adding cannabis to the health practitioner’s toolbox is the next frontier for progressive care.

It’s the logical step for changing the US healthcare paradigm, shifting from a bandage-symptom approach to holistically treating individuals. It won’t be long before the therapeutic cannabis movement gains nationwide traction. Join us in being on the forward-thinking front line of this exciting change in American healthcare!

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