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BZ 581A1 - Hemp Biology

  • 3 credits

This course enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of numerous aspects of cannabis plant biology. These aspects include the long history cannabis shares with humans, the products derived from cannabis, basic cannabis anatomy and biology, techniques for cultivation, secondary metabolite synthesis and genetic improvement. An emphasis is placed on understanding and interpreting current scientific experiments in cannabis biology.

Topics covered include:

  • Evolution, domestication and the many uses of cannabis
  • Cannabis plant anatomy and development
  • Cannabis propagation, horticulture and agronomy
  • Cannabinoid synthesis and production
  • Medical cannabis and the endocannabinoid system
  • Cannabis genetics and breeding
  • Cannabis pests, diseases and sustainability


BZ 120 (Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)) or LIFE 103 Biology of Organisms - Animals and Plants (GT-SC1); Sophomore standing

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Cannabis. A Complete Guide (2017)
    Ernest Small
    The text is available to you through the CSU Libraries, at no charge as a CSU student. 

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.