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Top 3 Tools for Making Concentrates at Home

Making herbal extracts at home is very rewarding. You get the benefit of knowing what’s in the extracts you made and how to make it yourself. When people make concentrates at home, they usually opt for the safe, chemical-free version called rosin. Rosin is made by placing a bud in a piece of parchment paper and pressing it between an even heat source. Too much heat and you will cook of valuable terpenes. Not enough heat and you will lose yield tremendously.
Rosin is a solventless extraction method that uses pressure and heat to extract cannabinoids from cannabis. Rosin has grown exponentially in popularity because it doesn’t require extensive knowledge or understanding of botanical extractions or chemistry. What this means is that just about anyone can make quality rosin with the right press and a little bit of tinkering.
If you’re tired of struggling with a flat iron for hair styling and some clamps to make the concentrates you want, here are some great options.  We’re going to start at the top of the list with the most expensive and work our way down. Remember just because something costs more doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily better. To get to the pressing issue at hand let’s take a look at rosin press number one.

The Eglow 8000 PSI Professional Rosin Press

The eGLOW 8000 PSI Professional  Rosin Press- coming in priced around $1,000, this rosin press is top of the line if you have the money to spend. The eGLOW is a pneumatic rosin press with dual 8 x 6 heating plates. This press is capable of producing 8000 PSI. A full digital display allows for easy setting of pressure level, temperature, and time. Experimenting by fluctuating and altering times and temperatures along with pressure can yield you with the perfect rosin.

The LilSmasher by NugSmasher

The LilSmasher by NugSmasher offers up 6500 PSI and is constructed from solid steel. Dual plates at 3 and 1/2 by 4 inches make for easy pressing with the attached 300w dual heating elements. Get ready for a little bit of a workout to make this rosin. If you have arthritis or weak muscles, this may not be the machine for you as the pressure is applied manually by a lever on the front of the LilSmasher by NugSmasher. This lil’ unit will set you back a lil’ coming in at around $800.

The JU1CE Box Rosin Press

The JU1CE Box Rosin Press is the ideal little device for a single individual looking to make a few dabs here and there for their personal enjoyment. This small rosin press has a 1 inch by 1 and 1/2 inch plates with dual heating elements. This makes this small device perfect for 1-3  gram presses. If you’re looking for the flat iron taken to the next level, this is it. Coming in at $124.99 the JU1CE Box rosin press has everything you need to start making rosin right away, except for the nug.
 
Do you have a preferred rosin press for making rosin at home? If so, let us know in the comments below! We love to learn about new and exciting products for cannabis consumers!

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Great Ways to Use Up Cannabis Shake Or Trim

Coming up with original ways to use up your shake and trim shouldn’t be too difficult of a task. If it is, then you have way too much shake or trim on your hands. In case you’re not sure what you have lets clarify the difference. Shake is what you get when tiny pieces of bud break off in a container or bag and end up on the bottom of it.
It kind of resembles weed that’s already been broken up. Trim is the excess from harvesting buds and clipping them to manicured perfection. Leaves from trim will have trichomes on them but frequently will not provide the same euphoric buzz that shake will. Either way, if you have some of either on hand, there are many different things you can do with it.

Give it Away

If you’re really feeling generous one of the most sharing and caring things you can do is gift that shake or trim to a friend in need. Maybe all your friends suck, or they just don’t smoke. Whatever the case is if you’re looking for ways to utilize your shake or trim here are a few ways to accomplish that task.

Make CannaButter

Use your shake or trim to make yummy for your tummy delectable cannabutter. Shake or trim works beautifully to make sensational cannabis-infused butter. In return, you’ll have an endless array of culinary treats that you can prepare with an elevated kick from cannabutter.

Make Cannabis Extracts

You can use your trim or shake to make concentrates too! That’s right you can make wax. Depending on your method of extraction you can get anywhere from 50 to 80 g out of a pound of trim or shake depending on its quality. The more trichomes, the better.

Make Cannabis-Infused Oil

Another great idea to help use up that trim or shake is to make it into an oil. Making your own cannabis oil is not only healthy but a great way to utilize that excess herb that’s just going to waste.

Vape it Up

An herbal vaporizer is another excellent way to use up that stash. These devices will allow you to vape the essential oils from the plant without combusting the material which is known to be a little bit harsh at times.

Make an Alcohol Concoction

Using up your cannabis shake or trim is a great idea. You don’t want just to leave the stuff lying around and let it go bad. It does dry up and can and will lose its potency. If you are making wax making oil, making butter and still have trim left over perhaps try throwing some in rubbing alcohol to make a tremendous topical medication or adding some to drinking alcohol to make a great cannabis-infused cocktail for a later date.
What type of creative ways can you come up with to use up your trim or shake?

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Canada Legalized – What U.S. Visitors Should Know Before They Head North to Higher Country

Cannabis legalization happened across all of Canada on October 17th, 2018. For adults 18 and older, you can now for take in a wake and bake without the fear of prosecution. The same can’t be said for Canada’s sister to the South.
The United States of America is behind many places in the world including Canada when it comes to ending draconian cannabis prohibition. Politicians and federal authorities tinker and toy with the lives of millions of citizens while just one imaginary line to the north freedom exists. The United States of America is supposed to be united, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
It’s more like the land of who has the most money. If you want to enjoy cannabis legally, there are only a handful of states in which you can do this on a retail or recreational level. However, if you go to Canada, you can partake in a wake and bake anywhere in the country. Before you go though there are some things you need to know.

Oh Canada, Here I Come

In order to get across the border, you’ll need a valid passport. If you’re going to bring your pet, make sure you have the proper paperwork. Don’t try to bring fruit across the border as that is a big no-no. Cigarettes and booze are available in limited quantities from duty-free stores. Don’t try to take back more than your supposed to though.
Should you be considering taking a gift to Canada, you’ll want to know if that gift is valued at more than $60. This is because if it is, you may be required to pay an additional tax. Driving in Canada is much the same as it ends in America except for some fundamental traffic laws and the speed limit. Speeds are measured in kilometers, not miles so remember its kilometers per hour not miles per hour.
Don’t smoke in a car if you have a minor child or you can find yourself in trouble. Whatever you do don’t ever text or talk on your phone going down the road unless it’s hands-free. You’ll also want to be sure that you have the right cheddar to spend while visiting Canada. US currency is accepted in many places but not everywhere.

There’s Still A Lot to Know Before You Go

If you’re used to roaming all over with your cell phone attached to your face, you better be ready for a wake-up visiting Canada. You could find yourself with excessive phone charges that some refer to as astronomical if you don’t have a pre-existing plan worked out for when you visit Canada.
If you have a criminal record, there is always the chance that you might not be permitted entry into Canada. Canadian border patrol agents can deny anyone entry into Canada. Even a DUI can get you denied.
Travel Insurance for healthcare when visiting Canada is another great idea to invest in. While Canada’s health care system covers a lot of things, it doesn’t include American visitors. If you get sick or hurt while you’re there, you could end up in despair at the costs.

Cheers to Cannabis, Beer, and Taxes Canada

Smoking cannabis is allowed for all adults. This means between the ages of 18-19 and up. Some provinces have laws allowing for the consumption of cannabis starting at 18 while others kick that age a year to 19. Make sure you know the rules in the province or provinces you plan to visit.
If you like to throw back a few beers, then be prepared for a slightly younger crowd than you’re used to in the US. The legal drinking age in Canada varies between 18 and 19 years old depending on what province you’re visiting. So, toss back them beers and say cheers, just be prepared to do so with a slightly younger crowd at some places.
If you’re familiar or used to shopping at dispensaries in the United States, then visiting Canada won’t be that much of a shock when it comes to taxes. There is an additional federal sales tax, and some provinces also add their own tax to things such as hotel and restaurant bills. This means that you can see as much as an extra 15% added to the total of what you were intending on spending.

Drink, Smoke, Eat, Play, and Be Merry in Canada

Canada offers all kinds of freedoms that you won’t find in the U.S. For America being the land of the free they sure seem to have a lot of rules restricting those freedoms. Maybe with luck, the U.S. will take a play from their neighbor to the north and listen to the people when it comes to cannabis.
The United States of America’s Federal Government started this draconian war on drugs and the attempted irradiation of cannabis. It’s time that they end it. Until then we’ll continue to fight for cannabis rights in America. At least now though we can venture north to enjoy true freedom in Canada from time to time.
Remember before you go, there are some things you’ll want to know. To find out where all the most lit events in cannabis are happening be sure to check out Expert Joints. Craig has all the latest and greatest info about cannabis in Canada. Above all though remember to consume responsibly and have fun.

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The Boiling Point of Cannabis’ Complexity

THC or Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid that many are familiar with since this has been the primary focus of conversations and research pertaining to cannabis for years. In recent times, however, we have started to discover that what makes cannabis so incredible isn’t just this one cannabinoid. In fact, it isn’t even the many combinations of different cannabinoids that are possible but in reality, something much more complex.
The reason that cannabis is as effective as it is for a plethora of different ailments and offers such a wide range of benefits, flavors, and aromas, is due to a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant. Simply lighting a joint of a random strain of cannabis, however, will not provide the full effects possible.

What You Need to Know About Getting the Most Out of Your Herb

Terpenes matter as much as cannabinoids. This cannot be expressed enough. Terpenes which are also found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants are essential to the overall effects of cannabis. Terpenes also provide a plethora of different health benefits as well. Therefore, many cannabis consumers and patients alike have started to pay more attention to the terpene profiles present in the products they purchase.
Here are some of the common terpenes found in cannabis strains along with their potential medical benefits. While this is nowhere near a comprehensive list as there are over 125 terpenes found in cannabis, these are the most common and abundant.

  • ß-myrcene: Analgesic. Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Antimutagenic
  • ß-caryophyllene: Anti-inflammatory, Cytoprotective (gastric mucosa), Antimalarial
  • d-limonene: Cannabinoid agonist, Immune potentiator, Antidepressant, Antimutagenic
  • linalool: Sedative, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Immune potentiator
  • pulegone: Memory booster, AChE inhibitor, Sedative, Antipyretic
  • 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol): AChE inhibitor, Increases cerebral, blood flow, Stimulant, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Anti-inflammatory, Antinociceptive
  • a-pinene: Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Stimulant, Antibiotic, Antineoplastic, AChE inhibitor
  • a-terpineol: Sedative, Antibiotic, AChE inhibitor, Antioxidant, Antimalarial
  • terpineol-4-ol: AChE inhibitor. Antibiotic
  • p-cymene: Antibiotic, Anticandidal, AChE inhibitor

Unfortunately, while many of these terpenes are present in various cannabis strains, their benefits are often abolished through a process known as pyrolytic destruction. This process is where terpenes are heated to a higher temperature than their boiling point therefore essentially eliminating them from existence. The same thing occurs when cannabinoids are heated beyond their boiling points. Here are the boiling points for the most common cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis.

Common Cannabinoid Boiling Points

  • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): 157˚C / 315˚F
  • Cannabidiol (CBD): 160-180˚C / 320-356˚F
  • Cannabinol (CBN): 185˚C / 365˚F
  • Cannabichromene (CBC): 220˚C / 428˚F
  • Cannabigerol (CBG): 220˚C/428˚F
  • Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC): 175-178˚C / 347-352.4˚F
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV): < 220˚C / <428˚F

Common Terpene Boiling Points

  • ß-myrcene: 166-168˚C / 330.8-334.4˚F
  • ß-caryophyllene: 119˚C / 246.2˚F
  • d-limonene: 177˚C / 350.6˚F
  • linalool: 198˚C / 388.4˚F
  • pulegone: 224˚C / 435.2˚F
  • 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol): 176˚C / 348.8˚F
  • a-pinene: 156˚C / 312.8˚F
  • a-terpineol: 217-218˚C / 422.6-424.4˚F
  • terpineol-4-ol: 209˚C / 408.2˚F
  • p-cymene: 177˚C / 350.6˚F

Pyrolytic Destruction – Ruining Your Cannabis One Boiling Point at a Time

As you can see, the boiling points of various terpenes and cannabinoids drastically vary. To avoid pyrolytic destruction many consumers and patients have turned to vaporizing cannabis products. This is because vaporizing eliminates the combustion required for smoking dry herb. Vaporizers, however, tend to heat to specific degrees only; therefore only a portion of the terpenes and cannabinoids are absorbed by the consumer.
While vaporizing would allow a consumer to pinpoint and consume products at a certain temperature allowing them to better tailor their consumption towards the effects they are after, in the process the boiling points of many other terpenes and cannabinoids are not reached or are surpassed. So essentially vaporizing still does not allow consumers and patients to truly experience the full potential of the effects of different cannabis products.

A Complete Cannabis Consumption Experience

One company, however, is aiming to change that. NWT Holdings, the parent company of Firefly vaporizers, has introduced a new vaporizer product that utilizes dynamic convection heating. This process of heating cannabis products is different than what is utilized by other vaporizers on the market today.
Dynamic convection heating gradually heats the chamber around your cannabis across an extensive temperature range. This allows the consumer to benefit from each individual terpene and cannabinoid being heated to their exact boiling point over the course of a 7 second inhale.
This is incredible for both consumers and patients alike. In fact, this could revolutionize the way that we consume cannabis. Never has anyone been able to truly experience the full potential of cannabis but now thanks to innovative leaders and products such as the new line from Firefly featuring dynamic convection heating, we can. This will not only enhance the benefits that we receive as consumers but will also allow us to learn more about the many cannabis strains available on the market today.
 

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Infusing Yoga with Cannabis – What You Need to Know

Despite cannabis just becoming “legal” in many places, it’s existence dates back more than 10,000 years. Before prohibition began just less than a century ago and still today, cannabis is utilized for many different reasons in a plethora of cultures globally. One of those reasons is for spiritual purposes and enlightenment.
Another ancient practice that is believed to be one component of an overall enlightened lifestyle is yoga. In the publication titled “Yoga Sutras” which was penned roughly 2,000 years ago by an Indian Sage named Patanjali there are references to the utilization of herbs as one of the 5 paths to enlightenment.
Many believe these references are about cannabis. This is due to the history of cannabis in the Indian culture. For example, in India, it’s tradition to honor the deity Shiva with cannabis elixir. India has also referenced cannabis sativa in texts from the Vedic period regarding an intoxicating ritual drink known as Soma.
Today many individuals are choosing to combine the two ancient components in what the masses refer to as Ganja Yoga. Cannabis-infused yoga if you will is, in fact, becoming quite the hit in cities around the world as the movement to legalize the herb once more continues to be victorious.

The Synchronicity of Combining the Cannabis and Yoga

Many people are familiar with the benefits of Yoga and the benefits of cannabis, but are the two better together? According to individuals such as Lu Pancini, a certified yoga instructor that runs The House of Yoga where yogis and consumers can partake in cannabis-infused yoga sessions, and her husband Joey, cannabis could be the key to allowing individuals the ability to “enjoy the full benefits of yoga.”
Here are some of the benefits of combining cannabis and yoga!

  • Cannabis relaxes both the mind and body which in return will allow you to become more mindful and eliminate pain points.
  • Cannabis helps to relieve both pain and anxiety. These are two factors that could otherwise reduce the effectiveness of yoga.
  • It is believed that cannabis consumption even in small doses before a yoga session can help students to become more in-tune with the philosophy that the body, mind, and spirit are one, an essential philosophy of yoga.
  • Cannabis for many also lowers inhibitions allowing students to try poses they may not have tried previously.
  • The practice of yoga tends to help reduce stress and decrease blood pressure. It can also increase metabolism and support your overall immune system. Coincidentally, cannabis can also help with all of these aspects, so it only makes sense that the two would work even better together.

From Ancient Text to Modern Times

One of the earliest texts of spiritual guidance known to man as The Vedas references the use of yoga and cannabis together dating back as far as 2000-1400 BC. The first U.S. pairing of the two in the modern day, however, was in 2009, and the two were brought together by Dee Dussault.
Dee has more than 20 years of experience as a hatha yoga instructor. She is also the author of Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery. This publication provides guidance on how to best incorporate cannabis into your yoga routine.
Speaking of how to incorporate the herb into your yoga practices best, here are a few tips for combining the two for the most elevated and enlightened experience possible.

Tips for Incorporating Cannabis into Your Yoga Routine

When it comes to incorporating cannabis into your yoga routine, there are a few things you will want to remember. One is you know your body better than anyone, and you know what works and what doesn’t. Never deny your self-knowledge. Consume and proceed only as you feel comfortable. It is only then that you will truly be at one and benefit the most from this experience. With this in mind, here are a few other tips for combining cannabis and yoga.

  • Start your routine with a Sativa strain or a Sativa dominant hybrid. These types of strains tend to provide an energetic and uplifting effect. If Sativas are known for making your mind race or increasing your anxiety, it may be best to start with a hybrid. You know your body best. Find what works for you and go with the flow.
  • Indica strains are recommended towards the end and even after your routine as they relax the body and mind. This allows you to remain in a state where you can best reflect on your practices.
  • Ganja yoga isn’t just about smoking cannabis either. In fact, many people who combine the two actually prefer to utilize different consumption methods. Methods such as consuming edibles, infused drinks, and vaping as opposed to or even in combination with smoking.

Do you incorporate cannabis into your yoga routine or have you ever attended a Ganja Yoga type class? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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Top 10 Universities for an Elevated Education

Merely talking about cannabis on a college campus used to be something you only did on the down low. Today, however, not only are there campuses where you can legally consume, but there are also colleges and classes specifically focused on cannabis education.
In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the top universities where you can receive an elevated education surrounding this miraculous plant that is becoming widely accepted across the nation and around the world.

THC University

THC University is located in Colorado but offers all classes online for convenience and easy access by students globally. Their current course offerings include Marijuana 101 (an intro to cannabis), Budtender Basics, Terpenes Basics, Grow Basics, Horticulture Specialist, Cannabis Business and Safety Regulations for the state of Colorado and Washington.
Unlimited access to all of their professional courses can be obtained for $50 monthly or as low as $420 for annual access. Most students can complete their certifications within 3-6 months working at their own pace. While students can’t visit a physical campus, their subscription to THC University includes chat support Monday-Friday, resume assistance, access to monthly expert webinars and much more. Learn more or enroll today here!

Northern Michigan University

At the Northern Michigan University, students can partake in the one and only 4-year undergraduate degree that is focused explicitly on medicinal plants such as cannabis. The undergraduate program is known as Medicinal Plant Chemistry, and it offers students the opportunity to receive the training and skills they need for success in the emerging cannabis industry worldwide.
Medicinal Plant Chemistry is a program that gives students the option of choosing between an entrepreneurial track focused on business and accounting or a bio-analytical path that focuses on advanced topics in biology and chemistry. To learn more about this program and it’s requirement check out the NMU website here.

Cannabis Training University

The Cannabis Training University also known as CTU offers various certifications covering all aspects of the emerging cannabis industry. CTU was founded in San Francisco California in 2009. Their headquarters, however, is now located in Denver Colorado, and all courses are offered online.
Their course tracks include certifications in growing, cooking, and trimming cannabis, as well as budtending, business and career certifications, medical cannabis certifications and certification in cannabis laws. They also offer a Master of Marijuana Certification which you can receive online for only $249. The master of marijuana certification includes all 9 of CTU’s certification courses in one! Learn more or enroll today here.

CloverLeaf University

CloverLeaf University was founded in Denver Colorado in 2009 and was the first ever accredited cannabis phytotech university to be licensed, regulated, and approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board. CloverLeaf University also known as CLU offers classes on campus as well as workshops, live training, online course certifications, and on-site business training.
CLU currently has the approval to provide 25 stand-alone course certifications in addition to five program certifications that are all specifically tailored to the cannabis industry. CLU offers a campus in Denver Colorado but also holds training in various locations around the world. From courses on opening a cannabis business all the way to vendor safety, cannabis laws, cannabis cultivation, budtending, and much more. To see their full course offering check out there 2018 school catalog here.

Oaksterdam University

Oaksterdam University is the United States’ first-ever cannabis college. OU was founded in Oakland California in 2007. The university has formally educated more than 30,000 individuals from around the globe in cannabis specific courses and currently has more than 150 faculty members including leading industry professionals and industry pioneers.
Oaksterdam University offers a wide range of courses for legal and business professionals, cultivators, entrepreneurs, activists, budtenders and many more. Whether you are new to the cannabis scene or have been consuming for decades and possess extensive knowledge of this plant, Oaksterdam University has a course for you! To learn more about their massive course offering or to enroll, check out their website today!

The Trichome Institute

The Trichome Institute which was founded in 2014 has a specialized award-winning curriculum with a focus on the highest standards for education and certifications surrounding the science of cannabis. Their curricula are certified by the Marijuana Enforcement Division as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Trichome Institute also offers two different programs that are designed to help to create a higher class of cannabis expert and a standardized quality judging system. This is with the hope that it will bring the industry in line with other consumer goods such as coffee, cheese, and wine. These programs include TAG which is the Trichome Institute’s cannabis quality certification system and the world’s only cannabis sommelier program known as Interpening which is offered exclusively through The Trichome Institute. To learn more or to enroll in one of The Trichome Institutes’ many online courses check out their website today here.

Green CulturED

Green CulturED isn’t precisely a cannabis college, but it is a cannabis e-learning solution 4 anyone and everyone working in the Cannabis sector. Green CulturED was explicitly designed to provide an e-learning solution that would fit the needs of team leads, directors, VPs, business owners, founders, CEOs and employees in the cannabis space. Green CulturED offers streamlined, and personalized online lesson plans designed to help businesses improve the knowledge of their existing teams, automate the training process for onboarding new employees and improve their employee retention.
Some of the learning plans currently offered by Green CulturED include plans for employee onboarding, supervisor training, OSHA compliance, medical training, cannabis cultivation training, training for dispensary text, point-of-sale training, franchisee training and training surrounding chemistry and Analysis of cannabis products. To learn more or enlist the services and solutions offered by Green CulturED check out their website here today.

The Cannabis Career Institute

The Cannabis Career Institute was founded in March of 2009 with a focus on business techniques. They have since created a step by step method and curriculum that incorporates the lifetime experience of experts in many different fields of the cannabis sector. The Cannabis Career Institute offers staff with extensive knowledge in dispensary management, marketing and advertising in the cannabis space, marijuana cultivation, cooking with cannabis as well as the delivery of cannabis in legal states.
CCI offers a plethora of different classes and certifications for cannabis professionals. Their courses include focuses on cannabis business, cannabis cultivation management, budtending, running marijuana dispensaries, cannabis consulting, concentrate processing, and much more. To learn more about the CCI or how to partake in their courses check out their website today!

The University of Vermont

Cannabis is medicine, and that is why it may come as no surprise to many that one of the oldest universities in the United States is offering a cannabis certification program under the umbrella of its College of Medicine. The University of Vermont which was founded in 1791 is considered to have one of the best colleges of medicine in the country. In recent years they have begun to offer the Cannabis Science and Medicine certificate program.
This program covers a variety of topics including but not limited to the history of cannabis and cannabis laws all the way to plant biology, the biological effects of cannabis on the body, pharmacology, clinical research and production of cannabis. To learn more about how you can enroll in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine certificate program or to learn more about the program itself check out the University of Vermont website here.

The University of Washington

The University of Washington currently offers a training program for health professionals looking to increase their knowledge of medicinal cannabis. The program provides 1 module with a specific focus on how medicinal cannabis should be recommended while the other module focuses on Washington state cannabis law and specific medicinal uses of cannabis.
The University of Washington which many consider to be one of the leading research universities worldwide offers this program through its Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. To learn more about this program or to enroll today visit the University of Washington’s website here.