Professional Interpening

Professional Interpening


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


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Professional Interpening is the art and science of the cannabis sommelier. Misleading strain names, vague speciation categories, and online reviews may tell you what’s popular and trending, but they don’t help you find safe, quality cannabis. Not only that, but how can you be confident in knowing how your weed will make you feel?

Playing guessing games with your health and having bad experiences aren’t worth it. And the truth is if you’re going to invest in cannabis, it ought to be healthy, high quality, and provide you a positive experience. That’s why we created Interpening. Now you can be the one that determines the quality, safety, and effects of cannabis, all by simply using your eyes, nose, and knowledge.  As an Interpener, you will Weed Better™.

Course Topics

  • Cannabis Origins & History
  • Speciation Controversy
  • The Strain Name Dilemma
  • The History of the Word Marijuana
  • Cannabis Anatomy
  • Chemistry: Cannabinoids & Terpenes
  • Parallels of Cannabis & Wine
  • Unacceptable Physical Characteristics
  • Unacceptable Aroma Characteristics
  • Aroma Perception Technique
  • How to Predict Psychotropic Effects
  • The Professional Interpener

Course Specs

Video Time: 5.5 hrs
Completion Time: ~7 hrs
Testing: Final Exam
Languages: English and Spanish
Difficulty: Advanced
Prerequisite: None
Achievement: Certification
Guides: Brandon Allen,  Max Montrose


[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.

Interpening is important for industry professionals and consumers due to the fact that speciation, strain names, and lab testing do not provide useful information about the quality or the effects of marijuana.

Depending on individual state regulations, a lab’s Certificate of Analysis for cannabis flower may test for some or all of the following: cannabinoids, terpenes, pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and microbials. However, labs do not test for specific molds and insects that infest cannabis, nor do they test for the overall quality from flower to flower.

Considering the two most important things to know before purchasing and consuming marijuana are the quality of the product and how it will make you feel, you need to have the ability to determine this on your own since lab tests don’t include this information. The Professional Interpening course will provide you with the knowledge and skillset so that you are able to determine the quality and effects of cannabis flower, based on physical and aromatic evaluation, regardless of the strain name, speciation category, or brand.


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