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What is the Best Way to Trellis Your Cannabis Plants?

Simply put, a trellis is a net or screen framed with a lattice pattern. This framed screen is used in cultivation by positioning it either vertically or horizontally to increase the availability of grow space. The lattice pattern of the trellis also helps to ensure that there is increased light penetration. Bring this to cannabis cultivation is what we call cannabis trellising. Since cannabis is easily grown indoors and outdoors, a cannabis trellis can easily be used in both settings without hindrance.

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Why Do Republican Lawmakers Want President Biden to Reclassify Cannabis Instead of Removing It from the CSA?

The President’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, initially didn’t condemn the sanctions by Olympic officials on the U.S runner Sha’Carri Richardson. But later told CNN that the situation requires the administration to ‘Take another look” at its marijuana rules.  Previously in April, Psaki mentioned that the Biden campaign promise to release Federal inmates with cannabis convictions would begin with rescheduling cannabis which is a proposal experts say will not accomplish the administration’s goals. 

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What Happened to the $650 Million Dollar Cannabis Ponzi Scheme – And How to Spot One

Sixty-year-old Robert Russell from Duvall was charged by the US Securities and Exchange commission with violations of federal securities law, reports the Seattle Times. There was also an SEC complained, filed January 21, in a California federal court which states that investors were attracted to the offer because of Russell’s generous profits from his cannabis farm. Green Acre Pharms. Russell worked with a co-conspirator, Guy Scott Griffithe of California, who exhausted $3.5 million of the investors’ cash on “extravagant luxuries, inappropriate personal expenditures, and unrelated business ventures,” says the SEC complaint. Among these were a yacht and luxury vehicles.

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Sunset aka Sunset Sherbet Feminised Seeds – 5

Sunset Sherbet an indica-leaning hybrid with potent effects. Sunset Sherbet inherits the genetic lineage of its Girl Scout Cookies parent, crossed with an indica known as Pink Panties. Sunset Sherbet exhibits powerful full-body effects. A complex aroma colours Sunset Sherbet with notes of skunky citrus, sweet berry, and that candy-like smell of its Girl Scout Cookies parent.

Price:$54.28

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The Importance of Understanding Cannabis Testing Results

Cannabis testing is important for both operators and consumers, but there are some differences in what is important to each group. Obviously, safety and efficacy are important to both. Cannabis is primarily tested for safety reasons to ensure that consumers are receiving a product that is safe to consume and accurately labeled. In addition, consumers may look for a potency they’re used to consuming or a certain terpene profile that gives them a desired effect. Cannabis operators, on the other hand, use testing results to improve their processes and to monitor product quality versus state specific regulatory requirements that could cause their products to pass or fail.

What cannabis operators need to understand about cannabis testing results

Historically, there was an education gap on the side of the operators when it came to interpreting results. The regulated cannabis industry is still quite new and cannabis operators were initially focused on getting products to market. While there was always a focus on regulatory compliance and safety, the same level of quality control that existed in other regulated industries like food production seemed to lag. That has changed as operators have become more sophisticated and are hiring experts skilled in interpreting results and quality control. For a laboratory, hiring scientists with a regulatory background offers the operators the experience needed to ensure they’re getting accurate results that are easy to understand. This has led to more meaningful collaboration between labs and operators who work together to understand what test results mean to their processes and business operations.

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Consumers can easily grasp high level results in the form of charts and graphs

A common problem is that some operators see testing as just a speed bump. This doesn’t have to be the case. Third-party testing is an integral part of getting safe products to consumers. Businesses need to find a lab that understands their objectives and knows how to support the manufacturing and production cycles. Establishing a testing protocol with a lab will help ensure that there are no surprises and that products can be tested and sold as quickly as possible.

Now that operators and labs are speaking the same language, the challenge becomes translating that information into a consumer-friendly format. Consumers don’t necessarily need (or want) to explore the minutiae of every tested analyte, but they can easily grasp high level results in the form of charts and graphs. Translating the testing results into an easy-to-digest format allows consumers to better understand the products they are buying.

What are the main components of test results cannabis businesses should look for?

The first and most obvious results to look for is what was tested and if any tests delivered a failing result. A failing result is determined by comparing the tested values against the state requirements. If a product has failed testing in any area, operators will need to work with the lab and their internal teams to determine exactly what the issue is and if it can be rectified. Failing of any state required test (pesticide, microbial, metals, ….) means the product cannot be sold in its current form. Depending on the state, failing results may be required to be confirmed by another lab, processed further to remove the failing contaminants or destroyed. The production cycle to grow, process and manufacture cannabis products can take anywhere from 120 to 160 days with many different processes and handlers. Despite attempts to control all the variables that impact final product quality, failing tests do occur.

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Despite attempts to control all the variables that impact final product quality, failing tests do occur.

Once businesses have passed the state-required testing, the remaining tests are focused on product characteristics including potency and terpene profile. The potency of a product measures the levels of cannabinoids and influences both production and marketing decisions. Lower potency flower may be extracted for distillate products while higher potency flower will demand a higher price and will most likely be sold as flower or processed into concentrate products. Cannabinoid profiles go well beyond just CBD and THC. Understanding the full cannabinoid profile of a product is an important factor in how it can be marketed, and how it will be used.

The terpene profile of a product is also quickly becoming just as important to medical and adult use consumers. Terpenes play a major role in the effects that consumers experience with cannabis products. In the past, consumers relied heavily on strain names to purchase products that they believed would give them the effects that they were looking to achieve. Moving forward, we believe that consumers will be more interested in a product’s terpene profile given the strong influence that terpenes have on effects. In states like Nevada, cannabis businesses put terpene profiles on their product labels and cannabis consumers are starting to select products based on terpenes rather than raw potency numbers.

What is the most important factor in cannabis testing results?

Trust is the most important factor when testing cannabis. Operators need to trust that their lab is providing consistent, accurate and timely results. Consumers need to be able to trust what they read on the certificate of analysis, and they ultimately need to trust that the products they buy will deliver the effects that they expect.

The easiest way for businesses to increase trust in their products and testing results is transparency.

The easiest way for businesses to increase trust in their products and testing results is transparency. When there is transparency from the testing lab to the business and customers, it will help build trust and establish a brand for the long term.

Another important aspect of this process is ensuring businesses share the right information with consumers and educate them as to what it means to them. Information overload, without explanation, will only lead to confusion. It’s important to educate employees, especially those interfacing with customers, on how to interpret and explain test results in a way that consumers can understand.

It can be challenging to translate highly technical test results into consumer-friendly language but being able to do so will enable businesses to build a stronger relationship with customers. This isn’t something that businesses need to figure out by themselves. Rely on your trusted lab partners to help design and deliver easy to understand, consumer friendly certificates of analysis. Consumers want to be educated and understand what is in their products, and how the products will work for them. Trust, transparency and education will help cannabis operators strengthen relationships and continue to grow their business.

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Consider yourself a foodie? Try these 10 weed products

Moving past the sometimes cringe-worthy term “foodie,” there is a world of cannabis products specifically designed for those of us who seek out flavor and culinary creativity in our infused eats. 

Below, check out ten gourmet products, from delicious edibles to appliances built to unleash your inner chef. Each product has a thoughtful design and no compromise when it comes to flavor and/or the ability to customize according to your palate. 

Edibles

From alcoholic alternatives to unique sweets and snacks, the edibles market is constantly improving with higher quality and tasty products. 

House of Saka Pink cannabis infused wine

For a wine and booze alternative: House of Saka Pink 

My background in the wine world has made me skeptical of a dealcoholized wine’s ability to hold its own in terms of body and flavor, but House of Saka absolutely does. With care and attention at every step of the process, the result is a fresh and fruity beverage that doesn’t taste like wine per se but delivers a well-balanced complexity as a cannabis wine alternative

It pairs well with anything a rosé would. The best part of this refreshing beverage is the effect — palpable but not too strong; you can easily share this bottle with a friend for a fun and relaxing high and no hangover. 

Available: California

Plus strains gummies

For a pre-dinner buzz: Plus gummies

Hands down the best gummies I’ve ever had, both for flavor and effect, Plus‘s gummy offerings are fantastic. Conceptually evolved, the brand matches its terpene flavor profile with real fruits to craft strain and flavor-specific gummies. 

The nicely packaged bite-sized sweets come in three flavors: pineapple (hybrid), grape (indica), and lemon (sativa), with notes from both the cannabis and the fruit shining through. There are plenty of us who actually like the flavor of cannabis, and these gummies celebrate that in a natural and successful way

Available: California

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For a sweet snack for after lunch: High Life Farms’ Nuggies  

A step up from the average infused chocolates, these little snacks combine sweet and salty flavors with a mix of crunchy and creamy textures to hit all corners of the palate. Nuggies’ flavors include chocolate strawberry and cream, peanut butter and banana, and chocolate peanut butter, each built around a pretzel core and coated in chocolate. 

Their miniature-sized packs contain 10 milligrams of THC, and since they are so flavor-packed, one is enough, but they are also small enough to have a few if you’re after a larger dose. 

Available: Michigan

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cannabis infused Hervé Les Macarons

For a unique and luscious dessert: Hervé Les Macarons

Edibles have come a long way from homemade brownies and infused candy, and the macarons from Hervé are straight-up luxurious. 

Stunningly beautiful and available in three classic flavors — raspberry, chocolate, and salted caramel — these beauties could easily integrate into the most high-end kitchens. The flavors and textures are classic and clean and feel like a real treat. 

With elegance in the packaging and design of the macarons themselves, plus the rich flavors, these make a sophisticated gift for both experienced and novice edible lovers. 

Available: Nevada

For game day, picnic, or the beach: Potli Shrimp Chips 

Shrimp chips are light and airy with shellfish umami flavors and a satisfying crunch. On taste and texture alone, Potli’s infused shrimp chips knock it out of the park. 

The original flavor has 10 milligrams of THC per pack, while the pack of Extra Lit Spicy flavor, dusted with mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorn seasoning, totals 50 milligrams of THC. Mixing both options in a bowl can provide a snack tasty enough to serve alongside craft cocktails, beer, and natural wine, while also striking a balanced dose. 

These deliciously addictive chips also have a CBD-only option, with 10 milligrams of CBD per bag in the original flavor, and a new delta-8 infused spicy flavor. 

Available: Nationwide for CBD, California for THC

For a refreshing kick: The Good Stuff  

Infused drinks are one of my favorite ways to enjoy cannabis, and it’s wonderful to see the market overflowing with options, and The Good Stuff is top-tier. Designed to be a mixer, each bottle contains 100 milligrams of THC and comes in three flavors: raspberry iced tea, lemonade, and strawberry hibiscus lemonade. The cap serves as an easy way to measure out a dose

Clean flavors and sheer deliciousness make this a great product, and it is made even better by the fact that you can customize your dosage. 

Available: California

Appliances and flavor-forward cannabis products

For help opening up your appetite, or making things in the kitchen a little easier to manage, cannabis-centric appliances and flavorful products are a great way to explore weed and the culinary arts.

For a between-course palate cleanser: Brockton Mk2

Sometimes, smoking an old-fashioned bowl is just the right thing to do, and for those who prefer to experience the flavor of their bud in this way, the Brockton Mk2 delivers. Its sleek design is thoughtful in every way, and the clean and smooth hits it provides are full of flavor with no charred or burned notes. 

With a magnetic closure on the top, it is lit from the bottom screen which allows the flower to burn evenly without overheating, delivering maximum flavor and an inhale that is comparable to water-cooled vapor. Since it doesn’t accumulate resin or tar, the flavor is pristine every time — enough so that you could hit it in the breaks between courses of a fine dining experience as an herbal palate cleanser. 

Price: $120

Available: Nationwide

For an easy, smooth, and flavorful experience: Misitifi vape pens

Designed to be comparable to sipping a fine scotch or mezcal, or perhaps a glass of wine, the Mistifi vape pens are aimed at those who appreciate luxury and savor flavor. I was admittedly skeptical at first: how elevated can a vape pen really be? But its three flavor blends have set the bar high, each with its own flavors and effects. 

Houdini, the indica blend, offers herbal notes with hints of grape and violet, and a smooth mellow finish, and the Over The Rainbow sativa blend is bright and piney, with refreshing minty notes and an easy lightness. Phantom, the cbd blend, is mild with a hint of smoked herbs and dried tropical fruit. 

The pens themselves are sleek with an unassuming yet sophisticated look and feel. 

Available: California

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For a pre-dessert hit: Extractioneering 

Oregon-based Extractioneering is the pioneer of HTFSE (high-terpene full-spectrum extract), which has a bunch of scientific specifications, but basically translates to “super-baller natural concentrates.” 

Dabbing isn’t just about getting a higher dose of THC and other cannabinoids, it’s also about savoring the concentrated flavor of cannabis, which is unadulterated in these full-spectrum concentrates. Each one comes in a beautiful and detailed package with a complete breakdown of its terpene composition and effect, as well as flavor profiles. 

Admittedly a bit nerdy, this reminds me of the cultish beverage world, similar to the information that natural wine and bourbon connoisseurs love to delve into. 

Available: Oregon

For making edibles in a snap: Ardent FX 

Truly an all-in-one device, the Ardent FX makes turning flower or other cannabis concentrates into homemade edibles easy and streamlined. This tool is for those who love getting creative in the kitchen and elevating the concept of what an edible can be. 

With the press of a few buttons, your flower turns into edible infusions. It couldn’t be easier to use, and has the benefit of decarbing, infusing, and baking treats all in the same compact machine. The company also sells DIY infusion kits and has recipe highlights on their social media channels to keep the creative juices flowing. 

Price: $350

Available: Nationwide

For convenient and delicious dabs: Dab Devices Little Dipper 

The Little Dipper Dab Straw is an essential product for anyone even remotely interested in dabbing. There’s so much to love about the Little Dipper, like how easy and mess-free it is to use, but what makes it good for the flavor chasers is its ability to manually customize each hit. 

Without needing a full on rig, this handheld device allows you to control the intensity of your high by how lightly you inhale and how close you put the dip tip to the concentrate. Less is more, and a light touch and super light inhale often yields the best flavor. It’s also small and portable, so you can enhance your feasting experiences wherever you go. 

Price: $29.99

Available: Nationwide

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