Interpening is the art of the Cannabis Sommelier: the science of dissecting cannabis flower for total quality control and psychotropic variety type designation. Level 1 & 2 Interpeners receive the 3-piece tool kit as part of the in-person course package. There are 3 levels to Interpening.

What’s the deal with the class schedule, level 3 and other Interpening updates?

Interpening, our TAG program, and our other courses have soared in popularity over the past year around the world. Since then we have learned that we need to re-design some class structure to host more people, build online classes, update the guidebooks with new science and research while maintaining multiple product lines and our company globally. We have been busy to say the least but working on servicing you with better and more accessible content. We appreciate the patience!

What’s currently growing? We plan to have Level 1 online and the new level 2 courses in-person offered by end of 1st quarter 2018. We hope to have the new guidebook out by 2nd quarter. We plan on printing the concentrate guidebook and offer level 3 by the end of 2018 to all certified level 2’s. We are also working on pairing fancy dinners in California with cannabis variety’s grown locally. As we develop these programs we are refining our TAG process and using it in cannabis cups across the country.

For four solid hours, everyone from managers of dispensaries to growers, budtenders and owners learns how to pick up a plant and detect everything they need to know about the cannabis from its smell, bud structure and leaves. If you pay attention and pass a test at the end of the class, you’ll win official certification as a weed sommelier.

Lindsey Bartlett

Social Media Editor, Westword

Interpening is a combination of the words “interpreting” and “terpenes.”

Interpening is the art of the Cannabis Sommelier: the science of dissecting cannabis flower for total quality control and psychotropic variety type designation. Level 1 & 2 Interpeners receive the 3-piece tool kit as part of the in-person course package. There are 3 levels to Interpening:

Level 1 costs $199 when taught in-person in Denver. Level 1 consists of a 3-hour lecture that teaches:

  •  What is Interpening? – Cannabis Today – The Strain Name Dilemma
  • Cannabis Basics – The Sativa/Indica/Ruderalis Controversy – Flower variety types
  • Trichomes and their Components – Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids
  • Strain Structures – Full plant, Leaf and Branch – Flower/Bud Structure
  • Quality Inspection and Dissection – 12 Unacceptable Visual/Odor Characteristics- Observing Quality, Aroma Potency and Trichome Density – Proper Storage
  • Interpening Methodology- Process of Seeing and Smelling the Psychotropic Spectrum of Cannabis Hybridization
  • The course is concluded with a Level 1 Certification test.

Level 2 costs $249 when taught in-person in Denver. Level 2 includes everything taught in Level 1 (they are typically taught back to back in Denver). Level 2 also includes, a visual & olfactory workshop that teaches individuals to use their senses to distinguish between variety types, terpene profiles, and acceptable and unacceptable characteristics. The evening is concluded with a Level 2 Certification test.

Level 3 Interpening is by invitation only and is reserved for the most advanced cannabis experts.

For four solid hours, everyone from managers of dispensaries to growers, budtenders and owners learns how to pick up a plant and detect everything they need to know about the cannabis from its smell, bud structure and leaves. If you pay attention and pass a test at the end of the class, you’ll win official certification as a weed sommelier.

Lindsey Bartlett

Social Media Editor, Westword

Interpening was developed by Max Montrose in 2008. Since it’s inception, Trichome Institute has hosted dozens of workshops teaching individuals from all around the world, including celebrities, industry veterans, and novices who are simply interested in learning more about cannabis.

Interpening covers the spectrum of cannabis types and quality unlike any other program. We bring 50 samples of flower to analyze all both acceptable and unacceptable characteristics and discuss how to communicate the qualities with others.

Wine sommelier, cicerones, mongers, and coffee cuppers have perfected their palates to dissect, grade, certify, and relay their expertise to the world.

Trichome Institute is the first to bring the level of perfection and expertise to the world of cannabis.

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[In-terp-en-ing], verb. The art of the Cannabis Sommelier: the science of dissecting cannabis flower for total quality control and variety type designation.