About Trichome Institute

With lack of standardized education being a shared problem across every aspect of the cannabis industry; credible, accurate, and thoroughly researched information is critical to uniting communities and overcoming prohibition. Filling this gap by providing reliable education is the core of Trichome’s mission. Trichome develops high-quality courses and industry recognized certifications to educate consumers, dispensary staff, consultants, entrepreneurs, government entities, and more.

Affiliations & Accreditations

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Department of Health of Puerto Rico

American Culinary Federation

Science & Medical Expert Review

  • Franjo Grotenhermen, Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany
  • Nolan Kane, Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative, Boulder, CO
  • Noel Palmer, Mary’s Medicinals, Seattle, Washington
  • Julius Gavin and Martha Montemayor, Healthy Choices Unlimited, Denver, CO
  • Joe Cohen, Holos Health, Boulder, CO
  • Stephen Goldman, PhytaTech Labs, Denver CO

Legal Review

Legal review was provided by the Law Offices of Vicente Sederberg LLC, Denver, CO. Members of Vicente Sederberg, LLC were instrumental in writing and shaping cannabis legalization in the state of Colorado. They continue to help develop the regulatory and legal landscape of cannabis in Colorado and around the country.

Industry Professional & Customer Reviews

Interpening Book Reviews

This art and science of characterizing marijuana varieties through olfactory training adds the crucial next dimension in deciding on your next purchase in this ncreasingly complex contemporary marketplace”
Rick Strassman, MD

Author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule



Montrose’s pioneering books teaches readers how to use their senses to evaluate cannabis quality as well as predict potency and physical effects, thus imparting invaluable practical knowledge to connoisseurs and patients alike.”

Nishi Whiteley

Author of Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill


As an RN, I was skeptical to buy training on the plant or the extraction process. However, I gain so much knowledge and understanding as a person and have been able to pass that education on to my patients as I help them navigate medical marijuana in their health journey!  Trichome Institute breaks all the complexities down to value pieces like no one else has ever been able to do. THANKS!


DEDEE CULLEY, RN & Certified Interpener

Your courses are honestly so so good and 100% worth the investment. My whole understanding about cannabis has immensely improved thanks to you.  Sooner or later I bet that you will be widely renown for all the work you’re doing.


TOM ROTHMEIER, Cannabis Advocate

Meet the Team

Max Montrose

Max Montrose


Before Trichome Institute was a company and interpening was a thing, Max was teaching mmj patients in Colorado how to figure out which bud was best for them.  The foundation of Trichome stems from a guy who loves cannabis, wants to help people, and most likely is from another universe.  Max’s favorite things to do when he’s not on conference calls or doing podcasts include:

  • Traveling the world in search of the most exotic reptiles and other creatures that most people are terrified of
  • Going to stoned yoga in hopes of finding the love of his life (Update – he found her!)
  • Talking to his plants… like full conversations… they talk back…
Jim Nathanson

Jim Nathanson


Jim met Max at a conference back in the day and was blown away by the Weed Wheel™. After several months of talking about Max’s vision for the world of weed, accompanied by countless menorah bong hits, Max somehow talked Jim into writing him a fat check, and Trichome Institue was officially created!  Jim’s favorite things to do when he’s not writing checks or telling the team to focus include:

  • Being out on his boat where there is no cell service, catching dinner with his daughters and wife
  • Polishing his enormous collection of Grateful Dead records
  • Telling really painful dad jokes that would even make one of the guys from Jackass uncomfortable
Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen

Director of Research and Development

Brandon found Trichome Institute on YouTube because he was a total noob to cannabis. Due to his super irritating OCD, he wanted to know about cannabis quality before he continued cooking with it.  When he saw the video of Max and Damian Marley, he booked a flight to Denver and took the interpening course.  Since then, he became the first High Times Top Cannabis Chef and is now the guy who cooks for all of us when we get together.  Brandon’s favorite things to do when he isn’t responding to customer service tickets or reading medical studies about cannabis include;

  • Cooking bacon, ribeye steaks, strip steaks, flank steaks, chicken wings, and bacon
  • Eating the previously mentioned meaty things
  • Smoking hemp flower because he has the tolerance of a newborn
Adam Norman

Adam Norman

Director of Digital Media

Adam was sucked into the whimsical world of Trichome when, once upon a time, the young company was in need of some website work. It was originally just supposed to be a summer internship. However, Adam enjoyed learning about weed and bantering with the team so much that he decided to stick around.  Adam’s birthday is 4/20. When he’s not banging his head against his desk with an IV drip of coffee while troubleshooting endless website glitches, you can usually find him:

  • Running long distances aspiring to be like Forrest Gump
  • Training the next generation of AI to take over the world
  • Stopping to pet every dog he encounters
Dara Cameron

Dara Cameron

Digital Media

Dara was a novice budtender during the start of the legal market in Alaska in 2018, when a co-worker told her about Trichome Institute. From then on, she was hooked. Studying cannabis was all she wanted to do, all she talked about, and approximately 71.93% of what all her waking thoughts revolved around. Since then, she has tried to unionize Alaskan cannabis workers for better pay and conditions, started a cannabis consulting business with her husband, and spends what remains of her free time eating edibles and watching cartoons. Her favorite non-cannabis hobbies are:

  • Crocheting one blanket every 10 years
  • Spooning with her dog
  • Strategizing for her future Presidential run