The Holistic Cannabis Academy Paves the Way in Medical Cannabis Education

Academy Aims to Educate Health Professionals and Consumers Worldwide with its Leading Online Certificate Training Program

BOULDER, Colo., April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Holistic Cannabis Academy (HCA), a division of the Holistic Cannabis Network (HCN), is an established leader in the education of medical cannabis among holistic health professionals. The HCA offers an extensive online training program led by experts that aims to educate and arm the health professional community with the training and knowledge needed to understand the therapeutic aspects of cannabis, cannabinoids (including CBD), and the endocannabinoid system with an integrative approach including nutrition, acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and more.

With growing interest and acceptance of medical cannabis and CBD to help patients improve health conditions and promote wellness, HCN co-founders Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN and Donna Shields, MS, RDN launched the Academy in 2016. The Academy offers its Signature Program of 31 modules for health professionals who are ready for the deep dive into medical cannabis. To address the needs of those who prefer to consume cannabis education in smaller doses, 23 of the 31 modules are bundled into six Curated Cannabis Education Packages. HCA provides much needed medical cannabis education for those seeking accurate information from trusted experts.

“We launched the Academy after we saw there was a lack of knowledge and understanding within the professional community,” said Laura Lagano, co-founder of HCA. “What sets us apart from other cannabis education is that our program focuses on integrating cannabis into healthcare. Plus, the Academy is designed for health professionals by health professionals.”

At the completion of the Signature Program, led by researchers, medical doctors, nurses, dietitians, herbalists, acupuncturists, yogis & more, graduates receive a certificate of training as a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner.

“By becoming proficient in cannabis counseling, practitioners can offer enhanced client experiences, differentiate themselves among the competition, and build their businesses,” said Donna Shields. “Our goal is to educate professionals and consumers about the health and wellness benefits of cannabis and CBD products, as the plant becomes more widely accepted and incorporated into the healthcare community.”

For more information on the Holistic Cannabis Academy, its courses, and its programs, please visit

About the Holistic Cannabis Academy

The Holistic Cannabis Academy was co-founded by registered dietitian nutritionists Laura Lagano and Donna Shields to educate professionals and consumers about the medicinal value of cannabis as a healing tool and for maintaining wellness. The Academy offers a certificate training as a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner through education modules led by industry experts across various healing modalities. Their team of educators and faculty are dedicated to offering valuable insights about cannabis to make a positive impact in the lives of their patients and those suffering from debilitating conditions. Join the conversation and connect with the Holistic Cannabis Academy on Twitter @holisticannabis, on Facebook @HCNetwork, or visit    

Jennifer Podkasik

Arrowhead Communications