About Trichome Institute

The Weed Better™ Promise

We’re here to guide you as you gain lifelong skills, learn valuable knowledge, and Weed Better™.

Affiliations & Approvals

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Trichome Institute was invited to help build the Responsible Vendor Program for the cannabis industry in the state of Colorado in 2016. Trichome Institute is certified by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) to train and certify individuals and businesses in the cannabis industry.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Trichome Institute has been reviewed and approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for a CO Responsible Vendor certification through the MED.

American Culinary Federation

Trichome Institute Courses and the Interpening Book are Recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation as an ACFEF-Approved Program.

Department of Health of Puerto Rico

In 2018, Trichome Institute acquired the approval of the course “Dispensary Technician” by the Department of Health of Puerto Rico in collaboration with Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana and iComply. That course is a requirement for anyone that wants to work dispensing cannabis in Puerto Rico.

Hocking College

Hocking College offers a Cannabis Lab Technician associate’s degree program approved by their accreditor. The Interpening book is utilized as required reading for two courses, Cann1101: ‘Humans, Cannabis, and the Forgotten History’ and Cann2206 ‘Product Optimization and Resource Efficiency.’ 


“Providing foundational knowledge of interpening for cannabis flower quality and aromatic nuance provides my students with a unique skill set that gives them an advantage as emerging cannabis industry professionals.” —Professor Thane Evans


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.

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

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


Amazon Reviews

Student Reviews

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 hope to find 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 Institue 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 Damiam 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 becauase he’s got the tolerance of a newborn