Oaksterdam University Offers New Budtender’s Guide Book Free on New Year’s Day Only

The Budtenders Guide by Oaksterdam University

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oaksterdam University is celebrating the New Year with a free giveaway of its brand new book, The Budtender’s Guide: A Reference Manual for Cannabis Consumers and Dispensary Professionals. All day on January 1, 2023, the e-book will be available as a free Kindle App download on Amazon.com.

The book is designed to give budtenders and consumers alike the knowledge they need to understand the landscape of cannabis products available in licit markets across the country, along with the history, laws and policies, science, and cultural nuances of the plant. The book, released on Dec. 21, 2022, is typically priced at $9.99.


This comprehensive guide brings together the collective knowledge of the experts at Oaksterdam University, America’s premier cannabis college, along with award-winning budtenders across the country. It is perfect for those who aspire to careers in cannabis, and those who are already working as budtenders and wish to deepen their knowledge. It is also essential for cannabis consumers who want to be educated before they walk in a dispensary door.

“This book brings legitimacy to the role of budtender as it continues to grow worldwide,” says OU Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones. “Budtenders are the crucial gatekeepers of the industry, ushering consumers into safe and educated usage. It is essential that they receive proper training, and this book offers just that.”

As more states legalize cannabis, more consumers are coming into contact with the plant than ever before. Budtenders play a crucial role in guiding consumers through a wide array of products, from edibles and beverages to concentrates and cartridges. This book provides a guide to dispensary customer service and the unique challenges and opportunities cannabis retail provides. Dispensary owners and managers will find this book an invaluable reference for staff. The Budtender’s Guide includes thorough and easy-to-use references including cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid guides and other instructional media elements.

An essential addition to any dispensary or cannabis consumer’s library, it has been written and peer-reviewed by the world renowned faculty of Oaksterdam University. OU faculty comprises professionals, academics, and subject matter experts who have taught more than 80,000 alumni from 110 countries, many of whom have become successful business owners and industry leaders as the cannabis industry continues to grow.

About the Authors

The Budtender’s Guide was edited by Angela Bacca, who has been covering the cannabis industry since 2007. In addition to Bacca, contributors include Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML and author of Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids; journalist Mitchell Colbert, a long-time budtender, OU Budtending instructor and former editor of The Leaf Online; Maha Haq, cannabis influencer and founder of Cannaclub; and Natalie Darves, founder of Cougar Acres Consulting, who assists companies in developing strategies to compete in the burgeoning cannabis market; and many more.

About Oaksterdam University

Since 2007, Oaksterdam University has been the forerunner in providing the highest quality training to people interested in a career in the cannabis industry. Oaksterdam offers live virtual and self-paced certification courses including The Business of Cannabis, Horticulture, Budtending, Extraction and Manufacturing, and more.  OU certificates are recognized industry-wide, and a new educational partnership with Golden Gate University makes it possible for our certifications to transfer as up to 18 credits toward an online Bachelor’s Degree.  With roots growing 25 years deep, OU is a dynamic, diverse, and responsive academic institute dedicated to educating the global cannabis community, industry, regulators, and government. Visit OaksterdamUniversity.com.