Welcome to Interpening

The first ever multilevel cannabis sommelier certification program.


[in-terp-en-ing], verb.
The Art and Science of the Cannabis Sommelier: evaluating flower for total quality control, psychotropic effects, and variety type designation.

Professional Interpening Online

The Professional Interpening course consists of an in-depth five-hour lecture discussing the topics below and more.


    • Interpening Origins
    • Interpeners and Sommeliers: Similarities and Differences
    • Cannabis Appellations, Terroir, and Typicity
    • Cannabis Origins, Evolution, Speciation, and Taxonomy
    • The Strain Name Dilemma:  Do strain names matter?
    • The Indica/Sativa Controversy
    • Cannabis Anatomy, Chemotype, Genotype, and Phenotype
    • Cannabis Chemistry:  Cannabinoids, Terpenes, the Entourage Effect
    • The Broad to Narrow Leaf Spectrum of Effects
    • Quality: Evaluating the physical and aromatic characteristics of cannabis for unacceptable, acceptable, and perfect quality
    • Identifying Cannabis Flaws:  insects, mold, mildew, color, structure, ripeness, and many other factors to ensure safe consumption
    • Interpening Methodology:  Predicting the psychotropic effects of cannabis with three cranial nerves
Interpening is important for all industry professionals and consumers because speciation, strain names, and lab testing do not provide the consumer with information about the quality or the effects of cannabis. Most labs test for a fraction of the plant’s phytochemical profile, some pesticides, and some microbes (except those common to cannabis). Lab testing truly skips a dozen other elements that equate to quality and the type of psychotropic effects that humans can detect themselves. The two most critical things to know before purchasing and consuming cannabis is the quality of the product and how it will make you feel when you use it. Interpening will guide you to the perfect flower, dissect its quality, and know more about the plant on an extreme expert level just like a wine sommelier.

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Interpening Book

The new interpening book mirrors the live interpening courses that have been developed and taught around the world over the past decade by author and activist Max Montrose.  The book teaches you how to determine cannabis quality to ensure it’s safe to consume and breaks down every aspect of interpening methodology, providing you with the tools and knowledge to predict the psychotropic effects of your flower.

The Interpening book is loaded with high-quality photography to help you as you learn about evaluating cannabis quality, along with the following topics and more.

Unique, timely, and indispensable, Montrose’s book shines light on interpening. This art and science of characterizing marijuana varietals through olfactory training adds the crucial next dimension in deciding on your next purchase in this increasingly complex contemporary marketplace.

Rick Strassman

MD, author, DMT: The Spirit Molecule.





Interpening Tools

Interpening is a combination of the words “interpreting” and “terpenes.”

Interpening was developed by Max Montrose in 2008. Since it’s inception, Trichome Institute has hosted dozens of workshops teaching individuals from all around the world, including celebrities, industry veterans, and novices who are simply interested in learning more about cannabis.

Sommeliers, cicerones, cheesemongers, and coffee cuppers have perfected their palates to evaluate, grade, certify, and relay their expertise to the world. Trichome Institute is the first to bring the level of perfection and expertise to the world of cannabis.

Benefits of Interpening

Interpening has helped many students throughout the cannabis industry jump-start their careers and businesses. An Interpening certification will separate you from others with an enhanced understanding of cannabis history, quality, and effects. Whether you are a new budtender, special events host, cannabis chef, or medical professional – quality knowledge should be the foundation of your expertise. These highlighted professionals are prime examples of sharpened skillsets impacting the cannabis industry through Interpening. 
Simon Espinosa Advanced Interpener, CEO of En Volá, a cannabis creative agency in Chile
Ron Gibson scored two new jobs with his Professional Interpening certification  in OR
Chef Brandon Allen Advanced Interpener and cannabis chef, has been featured on TV,  consults for multiple cannabis brands, has lectured on cannabis globally, and eventually found himself partnered with Trichome Institute due to his enthusiasm for Interpening
Andrew Mieure  Advanced Interpener, is the founder and CEO of Top Shelf Budtending, hosts special cannabis tasting, pairing, and educational events in Colorado, California, and Nevada

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