Expand Your Mind
Prior to its prohibition in the early 20th century, cannabis was cultivated for both medicinal and industrial purposes for thousands of years. But because of the international focus on limiting access for nearly a century, much of the knowledge around its different uses has been lost.
Since it was legalized in Washington state a couple of years ago, the industry has been growing and changing to adapt to new regulations. While there is still a difference between medical-grade and recreational-only cannabis products, medical dispensaries will be absorbed into many recreational retail establishments later this year.
As we re-engage with cannabis, how can we learn to use it safely? If you want to work in this burgeoning industry, will you be able to offer useful advice to your customers? Are there ways to use cannabis to support or improve your health?
We began offering our Cannabis Foundation Course this year to answer these questions, and more. During this one-day workshop, expert instructor Trey Reckling provides an overview of the scientific and medicinal properties of cannabis, as well as information on the laws in Washington state.
Learn more about Trey’s background and experience, as well as what he enjoys about teaching this class.
What class do you teach for Seattle Central?
I currently teach the Cannabis Foundation Course.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been working in higher education for 15 years in a variety of roles: Ombudsman, director of student development and professional development trainer.
What's your educational & professional background?
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theater from Florida State University and a Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation.
Alternative dispute resolution and communication skills have been a particular focus of my training and education ever since.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching your class?
After over 70 years of prohibition and misinformation, there is so much to for us to re-learn about cannabis!
I love having the opportunity to teach people about it — especially when they make the connection between their own health and the possibility of reducing their intake of prescription medicines, which can be both addictive and have adverse long-term side affects.
We often joke that people in the class probably had great-grandmothers who could have taught us a thing or two about the use of cannabis — both as a folk medicine and a prescribed drug — since it was used so commonly before prohibition.
Why did you choose to teach your class at Seattle Central?
I really like the diverse students that Seattle Central draws in: We have had students from 21 to people in their 70s taking this course.
We have also attracted people from other parts of the US and Canada who do not have access to this sort of education.
I particularly like that the Continuing Education program and its Innovations Director, Lisa Babinec, is so open to knowledge of all sorts — from the distillation arts to culinary arts to cannabis. How can you beat that?!
I believe Seattle Central has the right perspective in education, and provides opportunities like this to people that other institutions simply would not even consider.
Seattle Central has been a great partner.
Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.
Most recently, I went into a recreational cannabis store and the guy working the front door was a student we had in class. He got his job, in part, because he had sought to distinguish himself from other candidates through education, and it worked!
We have had several students get jobs as a result of studying with us, and that’s a big reason why we do what we do.
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