Cannabis Education Series


Welcome to our Education Series

The 420 Organics family of cannabis companies is the industry leader in organic aquaponic cultivation. We are elated to offer much-needed, quality cannabis education developed by scientists and educators to others in the industry. Our team has worked with multiple companies in various branches of the cannabis industry throughout the United States, and their knowledge is based on hands-on experience.

The inaugural Cannabis Education Series launch covers many of the basic topics necessary for anyone entering the industry and provides a broad spectrum of topics related to Cannabis sativa and the cannabis industry. Our educators are PhD-level experts who are well known and respected throughout the industry and their specific areas span multiple disciplines including botany, genetics, horticulture, anatomy & physiology, and education.

The cannabis industry is in need of high-quality, accessible, affordable education for learners of all levels in mind, from novice to expert level. We have structured the courses so they can be taken as comprehensive programs,  themed packages, or in short, topic-specific lectures. We will continue to grow and develop more courses, as this budding industry also continues to grow and change.

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Learn from Cannabis experts  with an in-depth understanding of the subject.


Choose from comprehensive programs, subject themed packages, or topic focused lectures .


Quizzes are offered for each course to ensure you are proficient in the content of each of the topics.


Learn through high-quality and easy-to-understand video lectures.


Complete our courses remotely and on your schedule, accessible from mobile and PC.


Our educators have decades of experience among them and have put together evidence based content rooted in science.


Learn from the best in the industry with an affordable payment plan.


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ABout Us

The 420 Organics family of Cannabis companies is the industry leader in organic aquaponic cultivation. We are elated to now offer quality Cannabis education to others in the industry.

We have worked with multiple companies in various branches of the cannabis industry throughout the United States, and our team’s knowledge is based on hands on experience. Our educators are PhD level Cannabis experts who are well known throughout the industry. They are highly respected educators in the Cannabis space. Our team has designed these courses with learners of all levels in mind, from novice to expert level. These courses can be taken as comprehensive programs, or in shorter lectures focused on a specific topic. Our inaugural education series launch covers many of the basic topics necessary for anyone entering the industry, and provides a board spectrum of topics related to the cannabis industry. We will continue to develop more courses as this budding industry continues to grow and change.

Keep up to date on Cannabis education by signing up to receive updates as we continue to expand our education platform

Our Educators

Dr. Anna Schwabe and her Cannabis colleagues have joined forces through 420 Organics to developed a series of expertly concocted online education courses. These courses are presented as either short lessons of focused topics or as a package of related courses. We hope that you will find something among the Cannabis subjects that you would like to learn about!

Dr. Anna Schwabe

Cannabis Scientist, Population Geneticist, & Educator

Dr. Schwabe is passionate about Cannabis Science and Education and specializes in Cannabis genetics. Her dissertation “A multifaceted approach to investigate genetic aspects in Cannabis sativa” recieved the Dean’s Citation of Excellence, and Dean’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation, and her research is  published in peer reviewed journals. Anna has also been interviewed by several podcasts and sits on several social media panels discussing cannabis related topics and scientific research. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado where she has co-teaches “Modern Cannabis Science”, and she is also an educator through the Curious About Cannabis Educator Program.

Colorado State University            Cellular & Molecular Biology (1992-1997)

University of Northern Colorado, B.Sc Cellular & Molecular Biology (2007-2009)

University of Northern Colorado, M.Sc Plant Population Genetics (2010-2012)

University of Northern Colorado, Ph.D Biological Education & Cannabis Genetics (2015-2019)

Dr. Grant Orvis

Geneticist, Developmental Biologist & Cannabis Industry Expert

Dr. Orvis has more than a decade of experience in the industry and specializes in genetics, breeding, legislation, policy,  and compliance. He has experience with both hemp and marijuna in both indoor & outdoor production. Grant has developed an array of programs for cultivators which include nutrient application, integrated pest management , research & development, and compiled accompanying SOPs. He has performed services for farmers, breeders, processors, manufacturers and retailers, and worked on numerous bills with stakeholders and legislators for several rule making and stakeholder workgroups.

Arizona State University, B.Sc Zoology & Developmental Biology, and Embryology (1997-200) 

University of Texas (Houston), Ph.D Molecular Genetics & Reproductive Biology (2002-2007)

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PostDoc Molecular Genetics (2009-2011)

Dr. Andrew Defries

Botanical Chemist & Chemical Genomicist specializing in Cannabis 

Dr. Defries is a botanical chemist with an interdisciplinary skill set in plant genomic sciences, chemistry, and cheminformatics. He has experience setting up scientific laboratories for cannabis quality control and large cultivation operations. Andrew has published his research surrounding  drought tolerance, gene expression, and chemical genetics in several prestegious scientific journals, and he holds a patent related to control stress tolerance, water use efficiency, and gene regulation using novel protiens and agonists. Andrew describes himself as a lifelong learner with equal parts tenacity, creativity, and gusto. 

BSc: University of Toronto, Zoology, Endocrinology, Genetics      

PhD: University of California (Riverside), Chemical Genetics, Botany, Organic Chemistry, Proteomics, Genetics

Our Popular Courses

The Cannabis Plant Part 1:

Instructor : Dr. Anna Schwabe

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Price  $37.5

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The Cannabis Plant Part 2: Anatomy & Physiology

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The Cannabis Plant Part 3: Lifecycle: Seed to Fruit

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Student Reviews

As a long-time cannabis activist, and a passionate plant person my life has led me in a lot of interesting directions, I was fortunate to come across this course from 420 Organics. Many online courses in cannabis either contain a lot of false information or are taught by people not truly in love with the plant. These courses are different. First, they’re written by some amazing doctors with actual teaching degrees, and second, they’re actually passionate about cannabis science. This class is ahead of its time, and I think anyone wanting to make any sort of impact on the space whether it's a budtender or a master grower this is a must!!! Thanks 420 Organics for the amazing cannabis education.

By London

I recently graduated from university with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and am hoping to get a position in the cannabis industry- preferably cultivation. I looked into many of the online courses that are offered, and this series of courses through 420 Organics offers content that will be useful for the type of position I am looking for. I especially like the self-paced nature of the online format, and the experience and passion the professors have for this incredible plant. I learrned so much, and even found out that some stuff I thought I knew was wrong! Thank you to Dr. Anna and the educators at 420 Organics for putting together such an informative series.

By Colin

I am a medical worker and have been interested for a while now about the benefits of cannabis and how patients might consume to help with various conditions. It seems like there is conflicting information about benefits and drawbacks of Cannabis in the media and even in the medical journals. Dr. Anna explained the endocannabinoid system (which was completely absent from all my nursing courses), cannabis medicine, and routes of administration, which gave me a really good overview of how  and why cannabis works in the body. I now feel confident in speaking about cannabis to patients who are interested and curious.

By Kristen

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