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Virtual Delivery: Jan 10 - May 13, 2022

Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma Program

(Virtual/Online Delivery) - Elevated Learning Academy

The ELA Advantage

Elevated Learning Academy is Canada's only designated post-secondary educational institution offering a cannabis and health focused diploma program. 

BLENDED LEARNING: This program is delivered through a Blended Learning (also called 'Flipped Classroom' method. This delivery involves students enjoying consuming the lecture content at the convenience of their own schedule, allowing for live class time to be spent on more applied and engaged participation, like projects, discussions, group activities, presentations, and others. 

GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED & FUNDED: The curriculum, our instructors' qualifications, the admission requirements, as well as the program delivery have all been approved and are frequently audited by the Ministry of Alberta Education. This provides reassurance to our students that the quality and accuracy of the program is always at the highest calibre. 

The Cannabis Story

Despite almost a centure of prohibition, Canadians' use of cannabis for, both, medical and recreational proposes never stopped, it just went underground. Through persistent lobbying, both, on the streets and in the courts, Canadians have fought for their right to freely use this most valuable plant. Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, however, it was difficult to find a doctor willing to authorize its use and the only legal source was of poor quality and hard to obtain. Regulated retail sale of cannabis became legal across Canada in 2018. 

As the first G7 country to legalize cannabis, Canada has become a leader in the global cannabis industry for both, medical and retail sales. Other countries look to Canada as a model for implementing legalization in their respective countries. 

More on the Cannabis Story is covered in the Diploma's robust curriculum. 

Career Paths

Jobs in the cannabis industry are highly sought-after, and for good reason: the industry is new, innovative, and makes for a stimulating work environment. People always want to know more about cannabis, whether they are curious onlookers, or fully-immersed pros. Cannabis is a community, and a culture, and brings together people from all demographics. 

Opportunities are available in the medical sector, in retail, in production, in marketing, in the regulatory sectory, in advocacy, and in private consulting. The sky is truly the limit, especially for those with a robust educational background as graduates of Elevated Learning Academy's Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma.

Curriculum Details


Origins and Ancient Uses, Regulations, Academic Lineage

The Cannabis Plant: 

Botany, Strains and Speciation, Cannabis vs Hemp, THC vs CBD, Minor Cannabinoids, Terpenes

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS):
Epistemology, Different types of Endocannabinoids, Key components of the ECS

The Cannabis Act & Regulation:
Compliance, Medical vs Retail, Safety Precautions, Social Awareness

Cannabis Industry:
Career Prep, Legalities, Eco-system, 
Business Strategies, Business planning & pitching

Industry Guest Speakers: 
Guest speakers from various segments of the cannabis and hemp industry

Clinical Medical Benefits: 
Pain, Neurological, Psychiatric, Gastrointestinal,
Cancer symptom relief & anti-tumoural effects

Patient and Consumer Care:
Patient verification, Side effects and safe use precautions, Product care, Methods of Medicating, Dosing & titration, Drug Drug Interactions


Frequently Asked Questions 


What is a virtual-classroom experience like?

A virtual classroom is not all that different from attending class in a physical classroom. It involves being part of an online, video, scheduled group session/class with your peers and the instructor. The environment will allow you to interact with the rest of the class, ask questions, and break out into small or large groups for activities. The instructor will utilize similar tools to what they use in a typical classroom as well, like a virtual whiteboard, Powerpoint presentations, calling on students for inputs, leading of class discussions and more. Most of our students really enjoy it, especially since they can join from the comfort of their own home.

How much government student funding will I qualify for?

How much funding a student receives depends on the province that they’re applying from. However, all provinces typically fund, at the very least, the full tuition amount, and typically also provide students with some additional funding to help pay for living expenses.

How is a virtual classroom different from a typical online course experience?

A typical online course is dependent on student-directed learning, with no live instruction and minimal interaction among the students and with the instructor. ELA’s virtual classroom much more closely reflects a physical classroom, where all learning and teaching is done through a live video classroom environment, and a great deal of interaction occurs between teacher and students.

Do I need to be a cannabis consumer to take the program?

There is no expectation of students to consume cannabis during or after the program.

Join us!

Elevated Learning Academy is most excited to pioneer within the Canadian cannabis education space by offering the Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma. It is the first health-focused, designated, post-secondary diploma of its kind in Canada. 

With such immense medicinal benefits, such as treatment of conditions of insomnia, inflammation, pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and others it is of the greatest importance that as many people as possible are of the understanding of its proper usage.

The Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma is research-based, and is taught by the highest of professionals in this field.  We are excited to welcome students from all across Canada and beyond, and look forward to having you in our virtual cannabis classroom.
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Cannabis & Alberta

The overall message from the last two years, since cannabis’ Canadian legalization, is that cannabis is a booming industry in Canada. 
With more dispensaries opening every day – as of April 2020, Alberta has 438 dispensaries (AGLC), and is by far the Canadian leader in per-capita sales (Calgary Herald). It has also been predicted that Canada will hit $3.16 billion in cannabis sales in 2020, twice of 2019 revenues (Bloomberg). All the statistics and data show that opportunities in the Canadian cannabis sector are only going to continue to flourish, and the receipt of an in-depth education can only lead to great payoffs.
Albertans spend an average of $45 per person on legal cannabis, 
compared to $23 in Quebec, $15 in Ontario, and $10 in BC. (Dec, 2019)

Albertans live in closer proximity to pot shops than anywhere else in the country (average distance is 13 km) (Dec, 2019)

Online cannabis sales account for only 6% of total (Dec, 2019)

Two of the world’s biggest cannabis companies are headquartered in Alberta: Aurora and Sundial.
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