Cannabis: From Dumb Plants to Stable Cultivars

Almost a year ago I wrote “Cannabis: The Dumb Plant”, which was a simplistic look at why cannabis is different from conventional crops we know and love. In this article I’d like to delve a little deeper into what gives rise to variation within cannabis and how we can breed consistency into the phenotypes we desire.First off, what is a cultivar? A cultivar is a conserved set of traits within a species. Broccoli is a cultivar ofBrassica oleracea, if I plant 100 Brassica oleracea seeds from the broccoli variety, all of the seeds will grow into what we know as broccoli. Cannabis is famous…

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HEXO Facility Tour

by CytochromeP4 HEXO is Quebec’s largest licenced producer and the first Canadian licenced producer to offer active dried cannabis power and sublingual cannabis oil. Their Gatineau facility is projected to reach its full 108,000 kg of annual production, with a 1 million square foot greenhouse expansion by the end of 2018. The first crop expected to be harvested before Ontario brick & mortar opens their doors in the Spring of 2019. The current facility is comprised of the original greenhouse retrofitted for cannabis and new, purpose-built greenhouses divided into several sections. The sections are divided to allow for plants in one section to be…

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DHydra Technologies

DHydra Technologies drying machine, manufactured by AdvanTech, uses microwaves and a vacuum to pull the moisture out of cannabis. The same technology is currently used by some to dry fruits and vegetables. During the drying process low boiling point terpenes are also removed with water, but are recaptured. Their machine can dry 150 lb/hour of trim or whole flower. They’re leased to LP’s, starting with a small unit to test, then switching to a larger unit. Since it’s leased all maintenance is covered with trays being the only part that needs regular replacements. Leasing their machine comes with delivery, setup and training. The technology…

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Selective Comparison of the Cannabis Extraction Industry Part 3: Transdermal Cannabinoids

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to our options for consuming cannabis. Smoking, eating, drinking, what variety we can have! What’s left? Patches? Injecting? Suppositories? No, no, too far. In this article I will talk about patches, including oral strips, that deliver cannabinoids to your blood stream through the external cell layers of your mouth and skin.Lifestyle Delivery System (LDS:CSE) sells an oral strip akin to a breath strip for delivery of cannabinoids. They claim you can feel the effects in 90 seconds or less. Comparable delivery time to smoking and much faster than ingesting. After extraction the oil is processed into 99%…

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Selective Comparison of the Cannabis Extraction Industry Part 2: Cannabis Beverages

In my last article on the Cannabis Extract Industry (CEI) I discussed various methods of extracting cannabis oil from the plant. In this article I will talk about how we process extracts to create cannabis beverages. I’m going to be focusing on Tinley Beverage Company (TNY:CSE), which produces cannabis/hemp drinks, and Isodiol (ISOL:CSE), who produce a product that can easily be turned into a hemp drink (I imagine they will expand to cannabis). I must note that I will not be giving any opinions on how these companies operate financially, thus I avoid inadvertently making recommendations. I’m only comparing the science behind the products I will…

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