If you are getting ready to head off to college, but really just want to grow weed for a living, you’re in luck. Competition to grab a spot in today’s modern cultivation facilities is stiff. Master growers are looking for the best and brightest in the field. They want people with a scientific mind and a degree that will give them the fundamental understanding of the basics. Here are five of the top college degrees that cannabis business owners are looking for.
With advancement in both hydroponics and organic cultivation abound, cannabis business owners need people who are on the cutting edge of new soil technologies. Understanding the intricate relationship between the plant’s root system and the ways and means that it extracts proper nutrients from it is one of the most important roles of a cultivator. Soil science is a blend of geology, biology and chemistry. It is the study of the true fundamentals of horticulture and cultivation.
Horticulture degrees are an overview of all things related to cultivation and general plant maintenance. A degree in horticulture looks great on any cannabis cultivation application, as business owners know that you will have the necessary skill in place to manage a greenhouse or indoor warehouse. The education covers everything from photosynthesis to fertilizers to pest control and more. All the skill necessary to begin your cannabis cultivation can be found in a degree in horticulture.
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Sometimes cannabis business owners need someone who not only understands trends in cultivation, but how to manage a large scale operation. Agricultural business management dives into global trends in agriculture, whether it be new technology or the latest in agricultural software. Agricultural business management is more of a study of economics and predicting future markets as opposed to being on the horticultural side. If you are more of a numbers type of person, this may be the degree you.
While there isn’t necessarily a degree as of yet for cannabis law, schools in cannabis-centric areas like Denver are starting to add more and more classes for law students looking to go into this field. Denver University added a cannabis related class to their roster last year, which is sure to be one of many more to come. As cannabis spreads across the US and Canada legally, more and more businesses are finding themselves without adequate legal representation, as the laws governing cannabis are so new. In the years to come, we are sure to see more and more schools add cannabis related degrees to their list.
BACHELORS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Believe it or not, you can now receive the first bachelor’s degree in the US with a cannabis focus. A Bachelor’s of Health Administration with a specialization in cannabinoid therapies is now available from Dunlap-Stone University. This is just the first of many cannabis related degrees to surface, however, with the great number of studies now ongoing relate to cannabinoids, there will be a drastic need for health administrators who understand how these compounds interact with the body and can guide cannabis businesses on the best practices related to health care.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.