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Sativa Learning aims to be the gold standard in cannabis education.
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A new online CBD learning platform has launched to plug the ‘knowledge gap’ in the UK cannabis industry.

Created with the backing and input from industry experts, Sativa Learning has been specifically designed to fill the educational gaps of the nascent cannabis sector. 

Although the UK legalised medical cannabis in 2018, education surrounding the subject is still limited and a historic lack of understanding around cannabis has resulted in a societal stigma still very much at play.

This has led to many specialist doctors and GP’s feeling unsure about prescribing the potentially life-changing treatment, or from simply talking to their patients about their options. 

Launching on Tuesday 26 January, Sativa Learning has set out to provide this much-needed education and help participants dodge the many ‘myths’ and ‘misinformation’ surrounding CBD and medical cannabis. 

The platform has been developed by leading academics, physicians and regulatory experts, dedicated to delivering a ‘gold standard’ in cannabis education by providing fact-based, accredited courses encompassing all elements of the industry. 

Medical professionals, entrepreneurs, CBD retailers and individuals all stand to benefit from cannabis-based learning, which those behind it hope will give them confidence to consult with their patients on a higher level, or to provide better guidance and build trust with their customers.

“We wanted to create a series of in-depth, accredited courses to suit a variety of people,” said founder and CEO of Sativa Learning, Ryan McCreanor. 

“Learners of all backgrounds, be it medical, business or those in search of a new job, can learn in bitesize modules, at their own pace. Our bespoke courses link learning directly to UK business regulation and law.”

As the legal cannabis and CBD markets thrive worldwide, the rapidly evolving industry brings opportunities for new jobs, business prospects and a positive helping hand to create increased, fair access to medical cannabis treatment for those in need, but it can be difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. 

The first CPD accredited course available from Sativa Learning is the CBD Industry Professional course, which features nine educational modules including the history of cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, cannabis plant chemistry, bioavailability and dosing.

It also contains a dedicated law module, covering EU and UK regulations on CBD which has been approved by the cannabis law team at Mackrell Solicitors.

Working alongside Ryan to develop the platform and courses – with two new courses to be unveiled in Summer 2021 – are Professor Mike Barnes, medical cannabis expert and Hannah Deacon, campaigner and mother of Alfie Dingley, the first patient to receive an NHS medical cannabis prescription. 

Prof Barnes commented: “There is still a large knowledge gap surrounding medical cannabis and CBD which is resulting in many patients missing out on a life-changing medication. But, we’re also seeing many new CBD start-ups offering CBD wellness products – accompanied by a lack of education.

“Working with Sativa Learning to create this education platform has meant we’re able to provide effective, certified education to cover licensed practitioners, CBD wholesalers or shop owners and job-seekers looking to get ahead of the rest.

“It is important to recognise just how much everyone can benefit from improved knowledge in all things medical cannabis and CBD.”

Sativa Learning’s first course, CBD Industry Professional is available to purchase online at 

Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health.Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained.She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa.Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag