Professional Interpening

(3 customer reviews)


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.

Disponible en español 



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: ~4 hours
Completion Time: 12 hours
Testing: Final Exam / 3 attempts
Languages: English and Spanish
Difficulty: Advanced
Prerequisite: None
Achievement: Certification
Meet Your 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.

3 reviews for Professional Interpening


    STEVEN PHILPOTT JR (verified owner)

    The Professional Interpening certification has changed the entire course of my life in under a year!!!

    I am a USMC vet and I live in Chicago. In Jan 2020 cannabis was recreationally legalized which made me feel like the stigma was changing and I should finally get my medical card for my back pain and anxiety. The only thing that delayed me was all of the conflicting information online about cannabis. That led me to want to take a high-skill, science-based cannabis course. Although I had no prior cannabis science knowledge, my undergrad degree is in Kinesiology so I knew wanted the most fact-based, in-depth course I could find…Professional Interpening was it!!! It is not a course to just say you took a weed course, or fast forward through just to say you have a cert. I went through and took good notes because this was not some walk in the park course, but the value it has brought to my career after completing it has been enormous.

    After finishing the course, I actually messaged Max on LinkedIn just to tell him that the Professional Interpening course motivated me to go back to school and do cannabis research to help clear up some of the misinformation in the literature and his exact words were “Your dedication in finding the truth and breaking down the walls is more than great. It’s what the world needs.”

    I didn’t realize it at the time but that conversation gave me the courage to quit my corporate sports-tech job and start my research at Chicago State University on the environmental effects on the morphology and biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in cannabis. Through navigating the cannabis industry here in Chicago I’ve been able to develop a strong network of genuine cannabis advocates, secure funding to do research full-time, and volunteer on community organizations to ensure some of that corporate money goes back to the communities that were disproportionately affected by the war on drugs here in Chicago.

    My point:
    Having real unbias knowledge in an industry that is expanding faster than the amount of knowledgeable people can keep up is beneficial. People like Max and Brandon are true pioneers to the thought process that the evaluation of cannabis should be both scientific and a skillful artform and we need more people like that.

    Thanks guys, can’t wait until level 2!!!
    Steven C. Philpott Jr.
    Graduate Cannabis Research Student, CSU
    CVO & Lead Scientist, IMGA
    Co-Lead Hemp & Research:
    Cannabis Advisory Council, OHC
    Dispensary Inventory Supervisor, Pharmacann

  2. Aimee Ayers-Rivera

    Aimee Ayers-Rivera (verified owner)

    Outstanding course for those with a passion for cannabis knowledge and love of the plant. Takes evaluation for quality to another level. I am inspired and and motivated to learn more and am eager to participate in Level 2. Thank you Trichrome Institute.

  3. Andrew Sweetnich

    Andrew Sweetnich (verified owner)

    Outstanding course with a boat load of information for the cannabis lover. I will for sure use this in my everyday level at the dispensary level and also on my personal journey as well! Everyone who has a passion for cannabis should take this course.

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