Last year, I learned of the existence of CannaReps, a training outfit devoted to "spreading true, honest, and accurate information about cannabis to those who need it most," and their Cannabis Sommelier program. Those who know me know that I tend to make hobbies of most activities I involve myself in and cannabis has been no exception. I'm ambitious in that respect, and always like to take my appreciation and involvement to the next level.
Inspired by a coworker who pursued Tea Sommelier certification on her own, I jumped in head-first before the new year, purchased some of the recommended cultivars, and started the Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 training course.
Included in the course cost was this very handy (and adorable) Cannabis Sommelier tool kit:
I completed the level 1 course at the start of this past week of vacation and I have to say, it has really upped my level of thought about the methods of cannabis consumption and appreciation of the genetics and origins of the various cultivars. Adolfo, the primary instructor, is a wealth of knowledge and has clearly put a lot into making sure the content is accurate, relevant, and free from "bro science" and other spurious information. The course is primarily geared toward cannabis retailers and growers, but as it seeks to develop their understanding and appreciation for the plant, there is plenty in there for the aficionado/a as well.
I'd really like to take the level 2 course, but its in-person requirement is just not feasible for me during the pandemic. So I'll work on developing my skills further, and push toward deeper understanding until I'm able to dive into level 2.
To that end, at risk of developing a reputation as a complete stoner, I'll likely start posting more cannabis appreciation content here alongside my grows. Cannabis has been legal in Canada for years now, and is heavily consumed by Canadians of all social standing, but there remains a stigma in the air about it that doesn't exist for alcohol or caffeine. It remains baffling to me that being an alcohol fan and talking brews is common in the workplace and public settings but people still get awkward when I share photos of my grow or discuss the finer points of cannabis consumption. Hopefully I can help to change that within my own little sphere of influence.