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Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) Learning and Interactive Session

Published On: February 20, 2020
Education is key to the continuing development of the cannabis industry. On March 13, 2020, we are holding an event to help to increase education on Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS).  CTLS is a public-facing web application that enables the submission of new license applications, requests for amendments and license renewals in addition to submission of monthly tracking reports. Private retailers and distributors are required to submit reports to the appropriate public body in their province or territory at the beginning of each month. Our information session will go over the following topics… What Are the Different Health Canada

Education is key to the continuing development of the cannabis industry. On March 13, 2020, we are holding an event to help to increase education on Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS). 

CTLS is a public-facing web application that enables the submission of new license applications, requests for amendments and license renewals in addition to submission of monthly tracking reports. Private retailers and distributors are required to submit reports to the appropriate public body in their province or territory at the beginning of each month.

Our information session will go over the following topics…

What Are the Different Health Canada Cannabis Classes and Sub-Classes of Licences?

What is the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System?

Are Changes Permitted to Your Application?

Creating a GCKey?

Tracking movements?

Security Clearance?

Diversion from and inversion into the regulated supply chain?

Everything you need to know about the Licencing Process.

If you’re currently working in the cannabis industry, own a cannabis company or organization, are a cannabis entrepreneur, research and development body or someone looking to obtain your cannabis license in the future, we invite you to join us for this awesome info session! 

To register click the link below:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cannabis-tracking-and-licensing-system-ctlslearning-session-tickets-94986949523

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Cannabis Fundamentals and Retail Training

Published On: January 31, 2020

Cannabis Edibles Cooking and Dosing

Published On: January 3, 2020
Edibles have been on trend since phase 2 legalization came into play last October. Many consumers and medical patients are excited to have another option to consume cannabis without having to smoke it-- especially since they’ll come in all sorts of delicious treats and beverages. For those of us living in Ontario, you can expect to see edibles at your local dispensaries sometime after January 2020. With the legalization of edibles, we need to ensure that those who wish to make edibles (personal or commercial) have the correct education in doing so. Proper knowledge in baking with cannabis will help

Edibles have been on trend since phase 2 legalization came into play last October. Many consumers and medical patients are excited to have another option to consume cannabis without having to smoke it-- especially since they’ll come in all sorts of delicious treats and beverages. For those of us living in Ontario, you can expect to see edibles at your local dispensaries sometime after January 2020.

With the legalization of edibles, we need to ensure that those who wish to make edibles (personal or commercial) have the correct education in doing so. Proper knowledge in baking with cannabis will help to keep the industry and it’s consumers safe. 

When making edibles, one must consider the importance of proper dosing. As many of us have experienced, incorrect dosing can lead to some unpleasant feelings known as “greening out.” Greening out is a feeling of nausea or distress from consuming too much cannabis. Along with proper dosage, you may also want to consider what type of strain you’re looking to use. Each strain will come with its unique flavour profile, so you’ll need t to consider how this may affect the taste of the final product.

The cooking of edibles can be done with cannabis flower or extracts. Cannabis flower needs to be heated before it can be used in order to change the original THCA molecule into the psychoactive THC molecule. Premade oils can be added into any recipe that calls for oil. If you’re new to cannabis, it’s best to start with low amounts of THC AND CBD and gradually increase as needed. 

When cooking at home, you must be aware that whatever delicious goodies you create-- they are just for you. You are not able to legally share any homemade edibles. 

You must also never allow access to those under 19. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Cannabis Edibles Cooking and Dosing, follow this link: https://nacptpharmacollege.com/cannabis-edibles-cooking-and-dosing/

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Responsible Selling in Cannabis

Published On: December 27, 2019
Being a bud-tender can be a fun and exciting job. A job where you can meet like-minded people, be consistently learning and introduce new consumers to the magic of cannabis. For those who wish to become a bud-tender, cannabis retail training is a must. Budtenders should expect new consumers to come in equipped with questions. Bud-tenders are these individuals' introduction into the world of cannabis. Being a heavily regulated industry, bud-tenders must pay close attention to what they can and cannot say in regards to Health Canada standards. It is important to know as a bud-tender, you cannot give medical

Being a bud-tender can be a fun and exciting job. A job where you can meet like-minded people, be consistently learning and introduce new consumers to the magic of cannabis. For those who wish to become a bud-tender, cannabis retail training is a must.

Budtenders should expect new consumers to come in equipped with questions. Bud-tenders are these individuals' introduction into the world of cannabis. Being a heavily regulated industry, bud-tenders must pay close attention to what they can and cannot say in regards to Health Canada standards. It is important to know as a bud-tender, you cannot give medical advice while working in recreational shops.

They will also need to understand the importance of prevention of chemical and physical hazards, proper cleaning, personal hygiene and how to legally store cannabis.

Working in cannabis retail means playing a role in prevention. Those working in cannabis retail positions have a mandatory obligation to be on the lookout for anyone who is under the influence and about to use a vehicle. Individuals in road-fatalities who are under the influence of drugs triple that of those who are drunk. You’ll also need to watch out for minors. 

If you’re interested in working in cannabis retail, you’ll need to come equipped with a government-approved institution’s retail training certificate as well.

That’s why we created our Retail Training Certificate. We sat down with our team of industry experts and created a top-notch program to teach you everything you’ll need to know about the responsible selling of cannabis.

Check out our training program here: www.nacptpharmacollege.com/

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Cannabis Edibles- Preventative Control Plans

Published On: December 22, 2019
Manufacturing cannabis edibles can be a fun and exciting career. One that allows the chance to get creative in the kitchen while helping others achieve the desired effect-- medicinal or recreational. It won't be long until those of us living in Ontario, Canada will be able to purchase both THC and CBD edibles from the OCS website and in legal dispensaries. Those who wish to sell edibles commercially must follow strict rules made by Health Canada. Those who wish to make commercial cannabis edibles must develop, maintain and implement a Preventative Control Plan (PCP). A PCP shows that you have

Manufacturing cannabis edibles can be a fun and exciting career. One that allows the chance to get creative in the kitchen while helping others achieve the desired effect-- medicinal or recreational.

It won't be long until those of us living in Ontario, Canada will be able to purchase both THC and CBD edibles from the OCS website and in legal dispensaries.

Those who wish to sell edibles commercially must follow strict rules made by Health Canada.

Those who wish to make commercial cannabis edibles must develop, maintain and implement a Preventative Control Plan (PCP). A PCP shows that you have done a risk assessment for each and every aspect of your business. It requires one to showcase the controls they have put in place to prevent any identified risks. A PCP will help ensure the safety of the consumer.

To create a PCP one will need a team of experts who can easily identify possible risks from every aspect of the production (pre-cooking cleanliness, baking, production, packaging, etc). It is very important for the management team to be involved in this process from step one. This will allow for the most effective execution. Furthermore, it is required that all staff know and understand what preventative measures are in place for these products.

Your PCP will need to be updated any time you make changes to the production of your edibles. Changes include using different ingredients, formulations, personnel responsibilities, regulatory requirements, etc. 

To learn more about how to create a successful PCP, join us for our Edibles Preventative Control Plans Workshop here...

https://nacptpharmacollege.com/edibles-preventive-control-plans/

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GOOD MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (GMP) FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Published On: October 20, 2019
If you’ve been following the news on the cannabis industry, you’ve most likely been able to see the issues with a lack of compliance with Health Canada’s regulations for operating a cannabis business.  Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are set in place to help ensure safety in maintaining consistency in production in a controlled way that allows for quality and reliability for the intended user. It is incredibly important for any cannabis business wishing to maintain their license to follow these guidelines in order to succeed. Let’s take a quick moment to define cannabis and its components... Cannabis: a genus of

If you’ve been following the news on the cannabis industry, you’ve most likely been able to see the issues with a lack of compliance with Health Canada’s regulations for operating a cannabis business. 

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are set in place to help ensure safety in maintaining consistency in production in a controlled way that allows for quality and reliability for the intended user. It is incredibly important for any cannabis business wishing to maintain their license to follow these guidelines in order to succeed.

Let’s take a quick moment to define cannabis and its components...

Cannabis: a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the cannabaceae family. It is a tall plant with a stiff, upright stem. There are three species that are recognized, cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. 

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) : the main active ingredient in cannabis, known for its psychoactive components.

CBD (Cannabidiol) : a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower that is non-psychoactive.

Hemp: cannabis plants containing low levels of THC. In Canada, this refers to plants with THC contents equal to or lesser than 0.3%.

While the production of cannabis can have many different end results (edibles, flowers, vapours, tinctures) it all begins in the same place-- cultivation. 

GMP will be evident from the start. If you’re planning on operating a cannabis business, you’ll need to know the proper setup for successful cultivation. Growing indoors and/or outdoors can depend on the place in which you live. You’ll also want to consider methods for harvesting, drying and curation of the plant. The overall processing of the plant will be specific to whether or not you are selling dried flowers, extracting oil or creating edible products.

Having a solid plan for your cannabis business to follow under the GMP will help to ensure your own success, as well as the safety of all those consuming your products. It is an important aspect of maintaining trust in the industry and allowing for cannabis to remain legal. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the GMP of cannabis, please feel free to call +1 416 412 7374 and set up an appointment with the college director.

Alternatively, follow this link to see about Canada’s FIRST government-approved GMP Cannabis training! 

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Master Grower (MG)

Published On: October 20, 2019
The legalization of cannabis has exponentially increased the number of cannabis users and growers. Whether you’re interested in growing for yourself or working for a Licensed Producer (LP), with the right information flourishing your cannabis buds can be a simple and rewarding experience. What does an MG do? There are many aspects of the cannabis plant that someone needs to be aware of in order to grow a bountiful crop. For those who lack experience and knowledge, the end result can be wasted time and plants. Some things you’ll want to take into consideration include seeds and seedlings, strains, plant

The legalization of cannabis has exponentially increased the number of cannabis users and growers. Whether you’re interested in growing for yourself or working for a Licensed Producer (LP), with the right information flourishing your cannabis buds can be a simple and rewarding experience.

What does an MG do?

There are many aspects of the cannabis plant that someone needs to be aware of in order to grow a bountiful crop. For those who lack experience and knowledge, the end result can be wasted time and plants. Some things you’ll want to take into consideration include seeds and seedlings, strains, plant nutrition, pest and disease control, containers and soil, lighting, vegetative and flowering periods, harvest, equipment, breeding and more. 

A person who wants to be a Master Grower is dedicated to their craft and will likely have an interest in botany. A Master Grower will understand the ins and outs of cannabis cultivation. They’ll feel comfortable in each phase of growth and be able to spot any issues of nutrition or disease in the plant appearance. Master Growers must also know and follow all Government, Health Canada and EU regulations during their practice.

Looking to Get Into the Cannabis Space?

For those looking to work in the cannabis space, MG is an incredibly sought after position. Right now, in Canada, there are more open positions in growing then there are people to fill them. At NACPT, we saw this need years ago and have worked hard to develop a program that will highly benefit each student. We even won this year’s Cultivation Education award at the #GrowUp conference. 

To read more details about our Cannabis Master Grower Certificate click here: https://nacptpharmacollege.com/cannabis-master-grower/

WANT TO TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER? If you’re looking for hands-on experience and more in-depth training, check out our Industrial Cannabis Production Technology Diploma program! In 8 months, you’ll learn from industry experts, gain industry co-op hours and gain job assistance once you graduate. Check out our diploma program details here: https://nacptpharmacollege.com/programs/cannabis-diploma-programs/industrial-cannabis-production-technology-program/

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Responsible Selling in Cannabis

Published On: October 20, 2019
Cannabis retail training is important. It is the gate-way between many consumers and their use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. Not unlike LCBO employees, cannabis retail workers must be on their A-game at work. They must always keep an eye out for anyone who may be intoxicated or underage.  Since many individuals are new to cannabis, those entering dispensaries may come equipped with many questions. Bud-tenders are these consumers’ introduction into the world of cannabis-- a necessity in the industry. It is important, however, that those working this position understand what they can and cannot say in regards to health

Cannabis retail training is important. It is the gate-way between many consumers and their use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. Not unlike LCBO employees, cannabis retail workers must be on their A-game at work. They must always keep an eye out for anyone who may be intoxicated or underage. 

Since many individuals are new to cannabis, those entering dispensaries may come equipped with many questions. Bud-tenders are these consumers’ introduction into the world of cannabis-- a necessity in the industry. It is important, however, that those working this position understand what they can and cannot say in regards to health claims as per government regulations.

Bud-tenders have a mandatory obligation to be on the lookout for anyone who is under the influence and about to use a vehicle. Individuals in road-fatalities who are under the influence of drugs triple that of those who are drunk. Working in cannabis retail means playing a role in prevention. You’ll also need to be on the lookout for minors. 

If you’re interested in working in the cannabis retail, you’ll need to come equipped with a government-approved institution’s retail training certificate.

That’s why we created our Retail Training Certificate. We sat down with our team of industry experts and created a top-notch program to teach you everything you’ll need to know about the responsible selling of cannabis.

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Cannabis Cultivation Education

Published On: October 11, 2019
We were honoured to win the Best Cultivation Education award this past month at #GrowUp2019!  As the cannabis industry continues to grow, it is most important to educate ourselves and all members of the industry how to properly cultivate cannabis.  Pharma College has been providing cannabis education since September of 2018. We recognized the need for helping those in the industry gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the cannabis space. Our diploma programs are unlike others as we work hard to provide training in every aspect of the cannabis field backed by industry experts with decades of

We were honoured to win the Best Cultivation Education award this past month at #GrowUp2019! 

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, it is most important to educate ourselves and all members of the industry how to properly cultivate cannabis. 

Pharma College has been providing cannabis education since September of 2018. We recognized the need for helping those in the industry gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the cannabis space. Our diploma programs are unlike others as we work hard to provide training in every aspect of the cannabis field backed by industry experts with decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries. 

In regards to Cultivation, we offer our Industrial Cannabis Production Technology diploma program along with many one to five day certificate trainings including Cannabis Master Grower, Plant Science, Cannabis Plant Biotechnology, Quality Assurance and Current Sanitation Requirements for the Cannabis sector. 

Having skilled workers in the cannabis space is the forefront of keeping the industry alive. We need companies operating up to Health Canada and EU standards so that they are able to both keep their licenses and continue to make their products accessible to consumers. We also need to gain the trust of consumers by putting out quality products time and time again— and Cultivation is where it all begins. 

Along with Cultivation, our college excels in QA and QC training (diploma and certification), facility management, security, extraction, edibles and cosmetics, GPP and more! 

Head to the following link to learn more about cultivation diploma program...

https://nacptpharmacollege.com/programs/cannabis-diploma-programs/industrial-cannabis-production-technology-program/
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Grow Up 2019 Nomination!

Published On: August 29, 2019
Woohoo! We are excited to share some news with you… we’ve been nominated for the Cultivation Education Award presented by the Grow Up Conference 2019!  The Grow Up Conference is a world class event where cannabis industry experts come to celebrate the best in cultivation, science and manufacturing.  The event will be hosted by comedian Adam Growe (host of Cash Cab) and will include a performance by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin followed by an induction ceremony into the Grower Hall of Fame for the ‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal.  Nominations have been up for awards such

Woohoo! We are excited to share some news with you… we’ve been nominated for the Cultivation Education Award presented by the Grow Up Conference 2019! 

The Grow Up Conference is a world class event where cannabis industry experts come to celebrate the best in cultivation, science and manufacturing. 

The event will be hosted by comedian Adam Growe (host of Cash Cab) and will include a performance by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin followed by an induction ceremony into the Grower Hall of Fame for the ‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal. 

Nominations have been up for awards such as Master Grower of the Year, Outstanding Research, International Cultivator, Cultivation Education and more! 

The Grow Up Conference will be taking place in Niagara Falls on Sept 12th. Tickets are $185 and include cocktail reception, dinner, magic performance and the awards ceremonies. You may also purchase tables and booths. 

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