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Effect-focused Chemotype Nomenclature

Effect-focused Chemotype Nomenclature

We need better nomenclature for discussing Cannabis, beyond Indica/Sativa or even NLD/BLD/NLH/BLH. Why? Because Strain names are about as informative as band names, and that’s because The same genotype could produce wildly different chemical composition depending on growing practices. There are virtually no pure or true Indica or Sativa cultivars anymore, they are all Hybrids. You never hear about Cannabis ssp Afghanica, the commercial reason we have … Continue reading "Effect-focused Chemotype Nomenclature" ...
Terpene Content of Popular “Strains”

Terpene Content of Popular “Strains”

What gives Cannabis its smell and flavor? Terpenes, the aromatic and medicinal chemicals found in the trichomes of the plant, as many as 200. What makes one variety, or “strain” as it’s commonly called, different than another? The mix of those Terpenes create the characteristic flavor. That’s why Blue Dream smells and tastes different than … Continue reading "Terpene Content of Popular “Strains”" ...

Court: CBD Legal in E.U.

On 19 November 2020 the European Court of Justice has published the judgment on the Kanavape Court Case C-663/18. It ruled France cannot ban a legal product produced outside the country, in this case Czech Republic. It is analogous to impeding commerce between states in the US. Since Cannabidiol (CBD) is not listed in the … Continue reading "Court: CBD Legal in E.U." ...
The 1% Solution for Hemp

The 1% Solution for Hemp

While the current standard in the US is that hemp must be less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, for many reasons farmers are eager to see it raised to 1%. Although the psychoactive threshold for THC is almost 1%, that’s only in the absence of CBD of which hemp has at least 10 to 30 times … Continue reading "The 1% Solution for Hemp" ...
“Legalization” Isn’t Legalization

“Legalization” Isn’t Legalization

In 2012 Colorado “legalized” adult-use marijuana; it got more votes than either Presidential candidate. Yet, arrests for possession fell by only a little more than half. If anyone can still go to jail for it, it’s not actually legal. California still arrests around 6,000 annually, mostly for possession. Thus, on a per-capita basis, Colorado arrests … Continue reading "“Legalization” Isn’t Legalization" ...

New Method to Determine Hemp from Seedlings

Combine “Validating a predictive model of cannabinoid inheritance with feral, clinical, and industrial Cannabis sativa” (2020) with “Recommended methods for the identification and analysis of cannabis and cannabis products” (2009) to argue to USDA for a better definition of hemp. “CONCLUSIONS: Our results extend the generality of the inheritance model for THC:CBD to diverse C. … Continue reading "New Method to Determine Hemp from Seedlings" ...
New CBG Seed Approved in E.U.

New CBG Seed Approved in E.U.

Matterhorn (aka: Perugina CBG) is now an official plant variety with the CVPO in Europe. The next step is certification, thereby making it legal for EU farmers. Most certified varieties are for fibre, a few for seed. This is the first Type 4 (CBG dominant) and the first feminized variety. It is available through High … Continue reading "New CBG Seed Approved in E.U." ...

How to Legalize Smokable Hemp?

The best way to legalize smokable hemp is to legalize marijuana: “Police Can’t Search You For Smelling Like Marijuana Under New Virginia Law” from Marijuana Moment. Click to SAVE as a PDF ...... Click to PRINT ...

DEA: “Marijuana is Safe”

In 1988 DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young wrote in NORML v DEA: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used” and “marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.” Read more: OPINION AND … Continue reading "DEA: “Marijuana is Safe”" ...

Carl Olsen on the 1307.03 DEA Exemption (video)

Here’s a video on policy hero Carl Olsen on the DEA 1307.03 Federal Exemption for state Medical Cannabis programs. Every medpot state should apply for one to defeat Schedule 1 for medical in that state. Click to SAVE as a PDF ...... Click to PRINT ...

E.U. Fibre Subsidies + 0.3%

The recent passage of rules in the E.U. allowed an increase in max THC to 0.3% from 0.2%. It was 0.3% until 1999. Switzerland (which is not in the E.U.) is 1%, as are many other nations. The legislation also allows importation of foreign seed that is 0.3%, such as the Canadian varieties, subject to … Continue reading "E.U. Fibre Subsidies + 0.3%" ...

E.U. Marketing Standards

The recent passage of rules in the E.U. allowed an increase in max THC to 0.3% from 0.2%. It was 0.3% until 1999. Switzerland (which is not in the E.U.) is 1%, as are many other nations. The legislation also allows importation of foreign seed that is 0.3%, such as the Canadian varieties, subject to … Continue reading "E.U. Marketing Standards" ...

Make Max THC in Hemp 2%, Says IHA

The issue of max THC in hemp is hot right now, but it was back in 1998 as well, in Canada. Health Canada is like the FDA, so it would be as if FDA licensed all the hemp farms in the US instead of USDA. While it is regulated like a drug not an agricultural … Continue reading "Make Max THC in Hemp 2%, Says IHA" ...

GOP: 60% Say Legalize

Marijuana legalization is so popular, even 60% of Republicans support it. Add Democrats, and it’s 62%. That shows it is a bipartisan, not Liberal, issue. “Poll: Republicans Like Marijuana Legalization, Too (Even If It’s Kamala Harris’s Idea) Fifty-eight percent of all likely voters—and 54 percent of voters who identified as Republicans—say the federal government should … Continue reading "GOP: 60% Say Legalize" ...
CBC: Bigger Than CBD?

CBC: Bigger Than CBD?

Will CBCa (cannabichromenic acid) and CBC (cannabichromene) be the next hot commercial cannabinoids? If based just on medical benefits, quite likely. A peer cannabinoid of THCa and CBDa, CBCa also is converted from CBGa via a CBC synthase. Besides being an anti-inflammatory, it appears to work wonders for what could be the next scourge of … Continue reading "CBC: Bigger Than CBD?" ...

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