The day before my dad died from a perforated intestine, he had a bout of pain that we were unable to control with the medicines that had been prescribed through hospice—morphine, lorazepam and haloperidol. I could not bear to see him suffer, so as my sister called the hospice nurse to ask what we should do (how much morphine we could give), I had an idea. It was time to try some cannabis.
Fogg Flavor Labs, run by Gerald Azenaro, is manufacturing their own terpene profiles - called Captain Fogg’s TERPsauce. Located near historic Newburyport, Massachusetts, the company designs its products to match certain cannabis strains such as Gorilla Glue #1, King Cake, Sour Diesel and other strains, and have the same smell as well as similar effects. Fogg Flavor Labs products are available for international shipping.
In most of the United States, cannabis-themed entertainment involves the hope that one’s 20-something dealer will ring the doorbell with a crinkled, overpriced bag of mystery weed before the pizza arrives and the beer goes flat. Things are slowly improving, however. In a few areas of the country, adult use legalization is opening new opportunities for entrepreneurs to provide unique entertainment options to choosy purveyors of pot.
When people imagine marijuana they see Cheech and Chong standing among a field of big, green plants. Perhaps those more familiar with marijuana may visualize the enormous greenhouse facilities popping up across Washington, California and other cannabis-friendly states. However, the face of the industry may soon be a group of scientists in lab coats, studying some of the smallest molecules in living organisms.
The Grow For Vets founding chapter was established January 2014 as a nonprofit corporation in Colorado by Roger Martin, a US Army veteran. The original name was Operation Grow4Vets. An excerpt from the mission statement found on the Grow For Vets website explains: “... Grow For Vets provides Veteran heroes with safe alternative to deadly prescription drugs. We connect Veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain or grow their own cannabis for treatment of their medical conditions.”
If you’ve seen a terpene profile or heard the term “entourage effect” you probably have Ethan Russo, MD, to thank. Russo has served as the President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and Senior Medical Advisor for GW Pharmaceuticals, an industry giant; and has participated in much of the research and writing on the topic of terpenes and cannabinoid interactions in circulation. He’s even working with the father of modern cannabis research Raphael Mechoulam at the new biotech company Phytecs. Cannabiz Journal was lucky enough to have some questions answered about Russo’s history and the future of cannabis.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board considered a ban on the use of synthetic and imported cannabidiol (CBD) and THC in the I-502 system in July. The WSLCB rule proposal comes on the heels of a petition from Washington NORML asking the agency to formally block cannabinoid importation specifically. What may seem like something that is intuitively prohibited is currently a grey area for Washington cannabis businesses. Let’s shed some light on the reasons why.
Humans have interacted with cannabis for hundreds of years, and have since given many names to it over the ages, and for many different reasons. An uglier and more recent term- marijuana- can be attributed to Harry Anslinger, the nation’s first drug czar as Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Years of gossip throughout the cannabis community about genetically modified cannabis and Big Tobacco may turn out to be true based on a newly revealed patent. Philip Morris International Owns GMO Cannabis Patent, Stake in Cannabis Inhaler Company
“I am proud to admit that I am a lazy cook! These recipes have been developed specifically for the lazy cook with a minimal number of dirty dishes, short and easy to source ingredients lists and a few simple steps to success.” ~ Chris Bedrosian
California’s burgeoning legal cannabis market is increasingly populated by startups focused on cultivation, processing, distribution, and retail sales. Increasing numbers of West Coast companies are employing systems based on closed-loop supercritical CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction in the production of oil and terpenes for medical and recreational markets. Brad Gleason, owner of CARE Cooperative, Inc., in Arcata, California, is at the helm of one such company. His startup is focused on manufacturing wholesale cannabis oil in the rapidly emerging market for legal cannabis in Northern California. Gleason has chosen to leverage supercritical CO2 extraction as his production methodology.
In order for the cannabis industry to flourish, the continual development of new technology will be crucial to its success or failure. This could be in the form of new energy-efficient equipment, specialized pest control products or unique of innovative products that will add value to this industry. Let’s dive into the three forms of intellectual property and how they relate to the cannabis industry.
Ben Moffett and Erik Charles of Low Key Grow Solutions, Inc. are new to the cannabis game and have been gathering momentum since last year. Moffett and Charles have generated a business that will complement the cannabis industry in ways that will help businesses to be more efficient for less cost.
We’re going to see tens of thousands of jobs created in this newly legal industry. Those jobs will come with tax-paying employees. The Arcview Group predicts that cannabis will be a $20 billion industry by 2020. That’s only three-and-a-half years from now. - Roger Tilton
“If a laboratory fails a round of PT, the laboratory must investigate the root cause of the laboratory’s performance and establish a corrective action report for each unsatisfactory analytical result.”
In Dr. Seuss’s children’s book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” a capricious king, bored with the same old rain and snow, orders his magicians to invent something new. They cook up “Oobleck,” a sticky green goo that falls from the sky and contaminates everything it touches. Perhaps he got the idea after visiting an indoor cannabis grow.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) issued the first recall in connection with recreational cannabis last March, after the retail outlet Buds 4 U noticed a failing result in their system. The red flags were set off by a test result regarding an unsafe pesticide level attached to a nine pound batch of their vendors’ products.
General Hydroponics, a Scotts Miracle-Gro subsidiary, and several states filed the first-ever applications to register pesticide use on cannabis with the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, according to an EPA spokesperson.
Cannabis cultivators have been stuck in a battle in growing for the last two decades: how to eliminate the heat that is generated in cultivation facilities. Many clients have tried to solve this problem with 20-ton air handler units, 48-inch ducts and polytubes penetrating into their greenhouses and indoor spaces. Unfortunately, this has been the price to be paid for a sealed, controlled-environment agriculture facility.