The Australian Cannabis University | Everything you need to know
We travelled the winding roads through the lush Byron hinterland to visit the ACU (Australian Cannabis University). We met with ACU founder and visionary, Dolph (aka the Dean of Green), an all round fascinating character. When it comes to anything soil, cannabis or political revolution, the man is a genius.
The ACU have long embarked on a serious mission to change cannabis stigma and laws in Australia.
Here’s their story.
“Cannabis is finally legal!”
These are the words The Australian Cannabis University are fighting to hear from the Australian Government.
According to research consultancy firm Prohibition Partners, Australia’s cannabis market is expected to skyrocket to US $1.5 billion by 2025. The impressive growth figures are the anticipated result of regulatory changes that have occurred across Australia in recent years. 
Given the renewed public interest and changing consumer attitudes towards cannabis, there is a greater need for easily accessible education; this is where the Australian Cannabis University steps in.
“Through education and community, we will equip our members with the most relevant cannabis information, so together, we can change Australian laws.” 
If you are interested in how the laws differ in the ACT regarding cannabis and growing your own click here.
If geeking out on green is your thing then read on and learn all there is to know about the Australian Cannabis University and the wealth of knowledge they have to share.
FIRST THING’S FIRST: WHO ARE THE AUSTRALIAN CANNABIS UNIVERSITY AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
The Australian Cannabis University (ACU) is a private cannabis education facility established in 2017. Situated on a legal low-THC farm within Northern NSW, they offer hands-on education for those wishing to delve deeper into the world of cannabis.
They are a not-for-profit, community-focused organisation that offers a range of online courses and workshops and has had a strong presence at cannabis expos across Australia.
Membership also allows access to the online shop where a variety of cannabis-based products are for sale, including CBD oils.
The ACU have one of the widest selections of green market products available in Australia.
The ACU offers a unique learning experience and welcomes people from all walks of life who want to learn more about the plant’s medicinal properties and become part of a community of cannabis advocates.
SOS: HOW ARE THEY HELPING PEOPLE?
The ACU is on a mission to bust the negative stigma associated with cannabis and restore a positive perception of the plant. They hope to pave the way to normalising and legalising cannabis use within Australia through fact-based education and a community of like-minded advocates.
The ACU is headed by the “Dean of Green” Dolph Cooke, supported by a group of cannabis experts and health consultants.
Their primary focus is to promote the various health benefits of the plant and how best to integrate consumption into everyday life to achieve optimal health and well-being.
TAKE MY MONEY: WHAT’S FOR SALE?
The Australian Cannabis University is a treasure trove of information and products. They have a secure online shop where members can purchase cannabis seeds, oils, balms, accessories and education courses.
With a growing interest in CBD products, Australian consumers are looking for high-quality, readily available products. Instead of attempting to purchase CBD oil from an international website and risk shipping to Australia, there is now a safer and cheaper alternative.
The online shop offers two cannabis oils for sale, CBD-A and THCA 1T. Both products utilise a raw, cold extraction method allowing the full spectrum of cannabis compounds to infuse into the organic olive oil base.
The CBD-A (cannabidiol) is a CBD-dominant product, whereas the THCA 1T has a higher concentration of the THC-A component in comparison to CBD.
CBD-A works by binding to endocannabinoid receptors throughout the body and can assist with sleep, mood, pain and many other chronic autoimmune diseases.  While CBD-A may contain trace amounts of THC-A, it is not enough to make you high.
“THC-A (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is the non-psychoactive acid form of THC, found in the plant when it is raw. THC-A converts to THC when it is dried and heated (decarboxylated). Because THC-A is non-psychoactive, you will not get a high effect. Though some people may feel more relaxed and less anxious, it is not a feeling of being stoned.” 
Unfortunately, cannabis testing is still illegal in Australia, and overseas testing is difficult and expensive.
However, through extensive research and case studies, the cannabis training university has determined the best methods of preparation to maximise efficacy.
They also offer a titration guide to ensure safe dosage information is available.
For those needing more guidance and a tailored approach, there’s the option to purchase a one-on-one consultation with one of the health practitioners available. The cost is $100 and allows access to higher potency products that are specific to individual requirements.
The health consultant is trained in the medical use of cannabis and is aware of drug interactions. They can offer personalised advice based on individual symptoms and lifestyle.
A consultation also gives members access to a vast range of medical research knowledge and also allows the possibility of applying for a cannabis trial.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
The intensive online courses are as little as $5 and cover a variety of subjects, including the ‘Spagyric Tincture Course’ and ‘Avachar, How to make and supercharge Biochar’.
There is also a free 10-week zoom webinar hosted by a cannabis expert, plus a load of free resources available.
SIGN ME UP: WHERE AND HOW?
The cost of membership is only $1 and provides access to the shop, online courses for purchase, and the opportunity to share and learn through online community groups. It also allows members to become equal shareholders in the social enterprise. 
The ACU has a long-term goal of reaching 30,000 members. However, in the short term, they aim to reach 10,000 community members; this is the legal number of people required to lodge a mandate, so the government will be forced to review their case for decriminalisation.
At the time of writing the article, the Australian institution had 6,700 members. However, this number has now ballooned to more than 50,000 members, which is testament to growing number of people seeking alternative plant therapies and education.
Once the campus has been built, they will release a visitor’s guide, which will include camping and accommodation options. They are also seeking any volunteers with a trade or service that can offer their time.
For further information or to become a member, visit