Herbalists Talk Cannabis: Dispelling Myths, Making Medicine and Getting to Know the Endocannabinoid System

A Weekend Intensive with Tammi Sweet, Stephanie Boucher and Betzy Bancroft

March 2 & 3, 2019

Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 9am – 5pm

$175 Members / $195 Non-Members / $150 VCIH Students

(includes materials for DIY products valued at $40!)

We’re so excited to be hosting this jam-packed weekend of learning. We’re welcoming three trusted teachers who’ve been working with cannabis for many years–long before the CBD and hemp boom arrived. Come learn the ins and outs of how and why our bodies, minds and spirits respond so strongly to this plant, as Tammi Sweet, of Heartstone Center, explains the human endocannabinoid system. Tammi will also share how best to use cannabis for pain, one of the places it really shines, particularly in light of the challenges of opioid use. VCIH’s own Betzy Bancroft will offer a comprehensive materia medica on cannabis, sharing lesser-known uses, history, chemistry, and how to think about it as an herb among many, not necessarily the one and only panacea. Finally, Stephanie Boucher, of Cannabotanicals, will do a hands-on medicine-making intensive, instructing participants in DIY preps that are effective and safe and take advantage of the whole plant, not only isolated constituents.

This promises to be an incredibly rich weekend with 3 dynamic and popular teachers who respect the plant, have practical experience, and also acknowledge the complicated legal and political contexts surrounding cannabis in our culture today. Register soon, as this one is likely to fill quickly!

Weekend Schedule and Individual Class Descriptions:


10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Cannabis Materia Medica with Betzy Bancroft

A comprehensive materia medica on cannabis, during which Betzy will share botany, energetics, chemistry, clinical uses, safety concerns and so much more. We will trace the fascinating history of human interaction with cannabis, from ancient India to modern scientific studies as well as regulatory status. Discover the broad range of cannabis’ activities and how it may be best applied.

2:00 – 5:00 pm: The Endocannabinoid System with Tammi Sweet

Do you want to understand how, why and if cannabis (including CBD oil) works to bring the myriad of benefits everyone’s talking about to the body? Do you want to be able to discern what it can’t help with? Once you understand how cannabis works in the body then you can make informed decisions regarding the multitude of “products” coming out on the market.

Cannabis works because it interfaces with our own “cannabis system within”, the endocannabinoid system. We will spend our time together exploring the chemicals we make and the receptors they bind and how it all allows the magic of cannabis to work within us.

The physiology of the system when it’s functioning optimally and deficient will be explored, as well as ways of assisting those experiencing endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome, through lifestyle, diet and herbal mechanisms.


9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Pain & Cannabis with Tammi Sweet

Alleviation of pain is the top reason people are seeking and getting approval to work with medical cannabis. We are most effective in helping those suffering with chronic pain when we can offer a multitude of interventions within the pain pathway.

We will spend our time unpacking the physiology of pain and its pathway. Next, we will move into the interventions for alleviating chronic pain including how and where allopathic drugs work, how and where herbal interventions work and why cannabis is such an amazing ally when working with chronic pain.

1:30 – 5:00 pm: DIY Cannabis Preparations with Stephanie Boucher

In this workshop you will be empowered to make your own potent and delicious cannabis preparations.  Together we’ll learn about the science behind, and the benefits of, different extraction techniques, and create an infused coconut oil, an alcohol tincture, a topical, and majoun, the world’s oldest recorded cannabis edible from Morocco. In the process, we will learn about calculating a safe and effective dose and explore blending cannabis with other botanicals. All remedies will be made with hemp with high CBD and less than .3% THC. Participants will be able to take home their creations along with the recipes (a $40 value).

Teacher Bios:

Betzy Bancroft is one of VCIH’s founding directors and currently serves as core faculty and clinician. She has a long and abiding relationship with this plant and is excited to share her experience with others to enrich both self-care and professional herbal practice. Read more about Betzy here.

Stephanie Boucher is a Clinical Herbalist and Cannabis Coach, graduating from VCIH’s 3-year Clinical Herbalist Training Program in 2016. In addition to her traditional herbal training, she also holds a Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine from the University of Vermont and has over 10 years of experience in the cannabis industry. She is the owner and head herbalist at CannaBotanicals where she provides cannabis wellness coaching, herbal consultations, educational workshops, and a small line of handcrafted CBD products.

Tammi Sweet, a passionate and energetic teacher, brings 30 years teaching experience into the classroom. Her amazement and wonder of the human body and how it all works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and utilize. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School and teaches Anatomy and Physiology and herbalism at herbal schools and conferences throughout the country. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, teaching College Anatomy & Physiology, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, collegiate athletics and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call earth.