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qPCR Better Than Agar for Microbiolgy Analysis

Benchmarking qPCR to Culture: PDA vs DRBC “The State of Michigan is in the process of scrutinizing molecular methods and culture based methods for the detection of Total Yeast and Mold (TYM) on cannabis. They chose to run this study on DiChloro Rose Bengal with Chloramphenicol (DRBC). The chloramphenicol is an antibiotic. This … Continue reading "qPCR Better Than Agar for Microbiolgy Analysis" ...
How to Get 1% Max THC for Hemp Without Congress

How to Get 1% Max THC for Hemp Without Congress

I’ve been advocating for 1% maximum THC for hemp since 2015, just on principle. The current 0.3% is arbitrary and unhelpful, and the originator of it (Dr Ernest Small of Canada) regrets that it became the de-facto standard. It’s great to now see the movement for 1% pick up speed and backers. This issue has … Continue reading "How to Get 1% Max THC for Hemp Without Congress" ...

Help Those Who Help Us

This is from Mr. Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli at FAAAT, which lobbied the U.N. Vote for the past five years, culminating in a landmark decision December 2020. They’ve been working on this relatively quietly for years. “Do you know a lot of people able to push changes in international law, and living under poverty levels? I know … Continue reading "Help Those Who Help Us" ...

Self-certify Your CBD as GRAS

Have you considered self-certifying your CBD products as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) so you are “legal” at the federal and state level? It would get around the ban on CBD in California and other states, for example. Two of the industry’s largest companies did (CV Sciences and Charlotte’s Web), and so should you. It’s … Continue reading "Self-certify Your CBD as GRAS" ...

The $20 Billion Elephant in the Room

It is estimated that the global Cannabis market is now about $20 Billion in size. Cannabis and Hemp businesses have many trade associations and lobbyists representing them, and they generally want the opposite of what Consumers need. Regulators and police have a seat at the table, as does the medical side (Big Pharma and doctors), … Continue reading "The $20 Billion Elephant in the Room" ...
Systemizing Your Operations for Fun and Profit

Systemizing Your Operations for Fun and Profit

Being one of the early “virtual companies” starting in the 1980s, I had to figure out a new way to do a business selling products made just for us, after out-sourcing all aspects of business except our core competencies (marketing and product development). One effective tool was to systemize all of the tasks for running … Continue reading "Systemizing Your Operations for Fun and Profit" ...
World Hempseed Hectares, 1961-2019

World Hempseed Hectares, 1961-2019

Here is world hempseed acreage, 1961-2019. Largest producers were China, USSR, and France. Source: FAO. ...

Free Novel Food Application Resources

The European Union (and others) are requiring a Novel Food (NF) application for CBD products. To comply, every company must submit an application for what amounts to the exact same thing, for each and every SKU. The whole thing is odd as CBD has been in the human diet long before member nations even existed, … Continue reading "Free Novel Food Application Resources" ...
Legalization is Inevitable, But Which Flavor?

Legalization is Inevitable, But Which Flavor?

In Italy, patient Walter Benedetto was recently acquitted for growing marijuana in his house solely to treat his crippling rheumatoid arthritis. He has a prescription but the government can’t supply him with enough of the right type, so he grows it with a little help from a friend. It was just the latest in a … Continue reading "Legalization is Inevitable, But Which Flavor?" ...

CBD Haterz Miss a Few Essential Facts

CBD Haterz miss a few essential facts: CBD at night increases expression of CBR1, giving you a bigger THC high the next day CBD reduces psychosis and anxiety, better for when you get super high on THC CBD potentiates positive THC effects while cutting its negative effects, so that THC is better for you Drop … Continue reading "CBD Haterz Miss a Few Essential Facts" ...
Hemp For Plastic… But Which?

Hemp For Plastic… But Which?

While the current discussion about hemp plastics is welcome, it is still mostly performative and aspirational because the real work of how to get from here to there is not part of the conversation. Which use of plastics should be targeted? Why? How would hemp be used? What type of hemp product? Who is the … Continue reading "Hemp For Plastic… But Which?" ...

First report of Pythium myriotylum causing root rot in Cannabis sativa (L.) in California

First report of Pythium myriotylum causing root rot in Cannabis sativa (L.) in California TL Pitman, RN Philbrook, JG Warren – Plant Disease, 2021 In June of 2020 we observed greenhouse grown Cannabis sativa in Sonoma County, CA and Monterey County, CA showing stress symptoms: stunting, leaf chlorosis, and leaf senescence, when moved to … Continue reading "First report of Pythium myriotylum causing root rot in Cannabis sativa (L.) in California" ...
Hemp Fiber Ex/imports, 1961-1994

Hemp Fiber Ex/imports, 1961-1994

Here are net ex/imports for hemp fiber (tow), 1961-1994. Biggest exporters: Hungary, USSR, China. Biggest importers: UK, Italy, Germany. Source: FAO. ...
Academics Drove the CBD Explosion

Academics Drove the CBD Explosion

When Cannabis Prohibition 2.0 begun in 1970 with the Controlled Substances Act, it was Scheduled in the most-restrictive category, that of One. Although hemp stalk and nonviable seed had an exemption, that still meant all marijuana and hemp flower products such as CBD, terpenes, flowers, viable hempseed for food, an hempseed oil made from viable … Continue reading "Academics Drove the CBD Explosion" ...
Dwarf Germplasm: the Key to Giant Cannabis Crops

Dwarf Germplasm: the Key to Giant Cannabis Crops

In Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, April 2018, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 1071–1107, by Ernest Small, 13 December 2017 is Dwarf germplasm: the key to giant Cannabis hempseed and cannabinoid crops: Abstract After a century of banishment, both euphoric (“marijuana”) and non-euphoric (“industrial hemp”) classes of Cannabis sativa are attracting billions of dollars of … Continue reading "Dwarf Germplasm: the Key to Giant Cannabis Crops" ...

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