HeroGrown & VA Access | EP. 09

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

Cannabis Over Opiates: Removing Barriers for Vets & First Responders

Meet Roger Martin, army veteran and former law enforcement officer. It’s his mission to expand affordable access to medical cannabis for veterans and first responders through the non-profit he founded, HeroGrown (formerly Grow For Vets).

Learn how HeroGrown is paving the way for safe legal access (and even VA reform) to plant-based wellness.

Then stick around while Scott and Drew bust a cannabis myth. Yes, your terps are safe with BovedaGet your own cannabis questions answered—tweet #AskBoveda.

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In the fight to legalize cannabis, there is one cause that many advocates cite as their main objective: to get American veterans access to the plant.

Medicinal cannabis has shown efficacy in treating both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, conditions that are quite common for vets. An average of 22 soldiers commit suicide every day due to PTSD. Since cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, many vets refrain from using or must keep it a secret to prevent losing their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Conventional medicine, such as powerful and habit-forming benzodiazepines for PTSD and opiates for pain, is typically provided to veterans who suffer from these conditions. The VA will not prescribe medicinal cannabis, even in states where it is legal. While the government did recently announce that VA doctors are allowed to discuss cannabis with patients, the conversation ends there.

 


Thousands of veterans could potentially avoid a lifetime of prescription drug abuse and the powerful side-effects if allowed to try cannabis as an alternative.


 

CANNABIS: A SAFE ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE

The non-profit HeroGrown (formerly known as Grow For Vets) is fighting to get American warriors access to medicinal cannabis. The group’s mission is to raise awareness, advocate and assist veterans, first responders and their families with the use of cannabis as a safe alternative to deadly prescription drugs. The group currently serves more than 40,000 people.

“There are over 20 million military veterans and tens of millions of active and retired first responders,” HeroGrown founder Roger Martin said. “In the shadows, millions of these heroes are desperately struggling with addiction to deadly drugs prescribed for service-related injuries and psychological issues. With an American dying every 5 minutes from these drugs, it is our mission to fight for the right of American heroes to choose cannabis as a safe alternative.”

 

FOUNDER’S CHRONIC PAIN INSPIRED THE HEROGROWN MOVEMENT

For Martin, and many other advocates, the connection to cannabis is personal.

“Since founding this tax-exempt organization, I have insisted that the focus of any discussion be not on me, but on the American heroes that I am honored to serve every day. So, as far as my personal relationship with cannabis and pain goes, I will be brief:

“Living in constant pain is something that I have dealt with for more than 40 years and is actually the reason that I became involved with cannabis. In fact, were it not for the prescription drugs doctors prescribed for the treatment of my chronic pain, the HeroGrown Foundation would probably not exist today.

“I was prescribed OxyContin for chronic pain shortly after it hit the market.

“Cannabis literally saved my life in 2010 by allowing me to break a 10-year, 180 mg-a-day addiction to what I believe should be more accurately labeled OxyPoison. I also found it necessary to take dangerous amounts of Ambien, just to be able to sleep one-to-two hours a night. I have been free of both of these ‘killer pills’ for more than seven years.”

 

PLANTS OVER PRESCRIPTION PILLS

Having experienced the struggle many go through once prescribed powerful medications, Martin knew there were others out there who could possibly benefit from medicinal cannabis.

“Thousands of heroes who have joined our ranks were once taking 20 or more prescription medications a day and, despite the fact that virtually all physicians now recognize that opiates are worthless for the treatment of chronic pain, almost all [patients] were taking at least one opiate,” Martin explained.

“Employers and insurance companies are fine with someone taking potentially fatal amounts of highly addictive, mind-and-mood-altering prescription drugs. It is an obscene injustice that these same employers and insurers punish brave Americans who chose medical cannabis as a safe alternative. That is why I am dedicated to fighting to end this discrimination.”

Cannabis helps PTSD says Martin

 

SENDING FREE CBD TO VETS & FIRST RESPONDERS IN NEED

“The high cost of obtaining medical cannabis is the number one concern of our members,” Martin said.

So HeroGrown started the CBD AirDrop program. Each month, the group sends CBD products to veterans and first responders in need. Each HeroGrown Hope Box is filled with hemp-based CBD products, which were donated by various companies throughout the country to help ease the pain and save the lives of American soldiers.

Unfortunately not every member can receive the free products. Because of high demand and limited supply, recipients are randomly selected from a pool of HeroGrown applicants. How you can help.

“We are also in the process of implementing our nationwide Hero Discount Program in legal jurisdictions. Our members will be able to purchase cannabis products at a substantially reduced cost.”

Martin said that one of the main issues plaguing the cannabis industry is the refusal of health insurance companies to pay for the medicine. This forces many patients either to obtain marijuana cheaply on the illegal black market or to forego using the medicine at all.

Martin believes these heroes deserve the right to cannabis.

“As part of our legislative efforts, we are working to allow veterans and first responders currently being treated by a licensed physician for post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, as well as other serious medical conditions, to simply submit a letter from their physician to obtain a free medical cannabis card,” Martin said. “This will eliminate the requirement for warriors to spend hundreds of dollars on standard application and state fees in order to receive their card.”

 

Legalization is Coming—Eventually

HeroGrown aims for all veterans and first responders to get access to medicinal cannabis if they could potentially benefit from it. Since founding in 2014, the group has donated more than $2 million in free cannabis products.

Martin is proud of the work the organization has already done but knows the path to full veteran access is still a long one.

“I am done waiting for the federal government to take action,” Martin said. “This is why we are currently working at the state level to get legislation passed that will stop employers and health insurers in states where medical cannabis is legal from unfairly testing for the use of cannabis, while turning a blind eye to the overuse of dangerous prescription drugs.

“Our heroes are the tip of the spear in this effort. However, passing legislation will have far-reaching effects for all Americans.”

 

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When you help others, you help yourself

Everyone—whether a vet or not—has the right to medicinal cannabis. Those who’ve protected us and our freedoms deserve to find relief, a way out of addiction and healing through flower. Normalize this medicine for them. And for you. Please donate.

 

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Boveda is the leading sponsor of HomeGrown. HomeGrown is a 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax deductible to this tax-exempt war veterans’ organization, which consists of at least 90% war veterans.

In the upcoming months, Boveda will share stories from some of the heroes you’ve helped through HeroGrown.

 

 


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#ASKBOVEDA QUESTION:

Does Boveda absorb terpenes?

ANSWER:

No, Boveda does not “steal” your terpenes, those aromatic oils in cannabis. Boveda’s patented humidity control absorbs only water vapor that’s in the headspace of your cannabis container. (If your flower is too dry, Boveda gives off water vapor to reach a precise RH level that’s perfect for cannabis.) Absorbing and giving off water vapor—that’s what makes Boveda 2-way humidity control. BTW, the salt-based solution in Boveda is the most precise way to achieve and maintain the proper moisture level to retain all the therapeutic properties of your cannabis. As Drew said, try Boveda for yourself. Let him know what you think.

 


“Terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.”

Leafly


 

 

Rachelle Gordon

By Rachelle Gordon
www.RachelleGordon.net

Rachelle Gordon is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and educator in the cannabis space. She has dedicated herself to informing others about the powers of plant medicine after witnessing her father’s struggle with epilepsy (and subsequent stroke) in her childhood.

Rachelle’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Rachelle. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post  or links to the posts. Contact Rachelle Gordon for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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HOME GROW 6: FINAL DESTINATION

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

Moves are hard for everyone—even cannabis plants. Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly transplants her girls for the final time. Read why too many changes at once can stress out vulnerable new residents.

My parenting friends complain of something all of the time that I never thought I’d experience. You buy a kid new shoes and before you know it, she’s outgrown them!

Well, my cannabis plants have outgrown their digs, again. My girls’ increased size and root growth warrant a move to their final destination in three gallon pots. Although my girls are growing up and out, they still feel like babes to me.

 

Rhiza is Greek for Root

We above-ground beings exist in our atmosphere. A similar space surrounding a plant’s roots is called a rhizosphere.

When roots start physically growing their curious extensions, they absorb and exude microbes and chemicals into and out of the new soil. In fact, roots are social butterflies!  

You might think leaves are the most social part of a plant because that’s what we see and touch. Roots, however, make friends quickly and easily with soil through symbiosis. Figuratively speaking, roots build community, friendship and camaraderie by bringing feel-good snacks to the picnic.

Once in new soil, roots:

1. Exude “rhizadeposits” of:

  • Sloughed-off plant cells;
  • Mucilage (plant mucous); and
  • Exudates (saps, gums, latex and resins).

2. Attract microbial communities, so they can break down those organic and inorganic compounds and use them as food.  

It’s a serious “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine” relationship between roots and soil. The increased nutrient availability make a rhizosphere the place to be!

 

Let’s Root Around My Home Grow

Following my own advice, I didn’t water the girls before I transplanted them, so their root structures stayed firmly intact. As a result, I was able to inspect each root mass after I gently coached it from the old container.

The root structure retained the shape of its container. I prodded the delicate roots with my finger. Carefully, I was able to push between two roots to feel soil just under the surface. Although difficult to see, I could feel another shell of roots, which resembled the shaped of its previous container.

Each root shell reminded me of a Russian nesting doll. Rootage doll nestled within a rootage doll. The idea that roots adapt and grow so quickly and effectively thrilled me.

 

GETTING TO THE ROOT OF ROOTS

The growth of a plant’s roots is deceptive because there is more than one part to this uber-important structure.

As you can see in the illustration below, each seed begins its growth by pushing a root-tail out of its shell. That delicate white structure is the taproot. It wastes no time searching for nutrients by growing straight down.

As the taproot grows, many subsidiary rootlets sprout horizontally from this dominant root. To the naked eye, they look like intricate hairs.

For clones however, no taproot exists. Clones have a “fibrous root system.” These two very different structures do very similar things. They both anchor the plant, so it can grow up toward a light source, including the ultimate grow light, the Sun. Both a fibrous root system and a taproot feeds the plant water and nutrients.

Which is better—fibrous system or taproot? Many growers believe seeds will always grow a bigger, healthier plant. Following the bigger-is-better logic, a larger plant would theoretically have larger plant “vessels” that could transport nutrients more efficiently. In plants, these vessel-like structures are called xylem and phloem

In fact, both seeds and clones can produce humongous plants when given proper light, nutrients and care.

Cannabis Growth

 

SEEDS FOR OUTDOOR GROWS

If growing cannabis outdoors is legal where you are—and you have the room and the right climate—starting from seed might be a better choice for you. In the ground, taproots can grow as deeply as they want. Just visualize how far an outdoor plant’s roots could travel versus in the confines of a plastic planter. It makes me want to stretch my legs just thinking about it!

Dianna's friend's farm

 

CLONES FOR INDOOR GROWS

If you can legally cultivate indoors, clones might be a better choice. A fibrous root system doesn’t require a deep bed.

I’ve successfully grown cannabis indoors and out. (Although my outdoor plants were in pots and not in that great planter called Earth.)

Some farmer friends in my hometown have grown monsters in the back 40. The soil is teaming with microbes and organic nutrients. Because of the superior conditions and ample room to grow, those clones turn into Cannabis Ents!

 

HOW BIG IS MY POT?

I’m using three gallon pots because they were the largest ones I could find. When I attended the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo in Toronto, I met some home growers cultivating  plants in 10 and 20 gallon planters!  There are also specialized planters with big holes in them for extra aeration. And if plastic isn’t your thing, you can plant your cannabis in a cloth or aluminum planter.

 

TRANSPLANTING CANNABIS: THE FINAL FRONTIER

This is the third time I’ve transplanted my little darlings. I’ve followed the same process:

  • Filled the bottom of each new larger container with fresh soil mix
  • Added a plant to each container
  • Tucked soil around the root mass

 

THE STRESS OF MOVING

Repotting is a major transition for a plant. Imagine you’re a cannabis clone. You’re growing away, workin’ like a photosynthesis machine, pushing out as many leaves as you can and BAM. You’re rehomed.

Instinct (plus auxins or plant hormones) tells you to do a switcheroo. No longer is your energy going toward leaf production. Now your focus is on your roots. They immediately start exploring and growing to “ground” you for future growth. (Think tree pose in yoga. You can’t hold the pose or extend your arms into branches without first securing a strong, grounded base—four points of each foot ROOTED to the ground.) 

Coleen the Yoga Instructor

Tree pose in the great outdoors with yogi Coleen Elwood, founder of Peace Medicine in Minneapolis.

 

NAMASTE, NOW BACK TO CANNABIS

One mistake home growers often make is exposing repotted plants to too many changes at once. For example, transplanting cannabis plants and changing their lighting all in the same day.

Doing too much at once totally confuses the plant. Now the auxins must divide the plant’s energy. Push itself to do two crucial functions simultaneously. This multitasking results in poor leaf and bud production and a weaker plant structure.

After each transplant:

  • I allowed my girls two weeks to adapt to their new surroundings. This gave their roots, the brain of the plant, a chance to investigate their new environment.
  • For 14 days, I fed them from the top once a day.
  • I supplemented their water for the first week with Botanicare Liquid Karma®, which contains “metabolically active organic compounds.”
  • Two days later, I “fed” them their usual vegging nutrients—Botanicare Pure Blend Pro® Grow.
  • After two weeks, I started watering my plants from the bottom again. Adding water to the drainage plate forced the roots to reach or grow to absorb the water and nutrients. Thus, strengthening that foundation.

 

Cannabis ready to flower.

The girls are close to flowering! This last good nitrogen-rich feeding ensures one last punch of growth before that great transition to bloom.

Setting up these magnificent plants to grow to their fullest potential is my purpose these days. Tending to something helps me build my self-esteem and self-worth! With each and every stage in this awesome growing experience, I’m fostering skills that better me, heal me. Each botanical lesson strengthens my knowledge and my resiliency. 

Some questions that popped up that I’m researching for future posts:

1)    Does the “Russian doll action” hinder the plant’s successful growth?  

2)    Do the roots of clones have to work harder with each transplant versus the roots of seeds started in a large planter?  

3)    Does the struggle in a plant’s early life, make it stronger and more resilient?

 

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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A CANNASSEUR’S STORAGE | EP. 08

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

 

Cannabis Humidors are Becoming Popular as Market Matures (ft. Cannador)

 

Though it’s quickly becoming a household name in cannabis, Boveda got its start inside of cigar humidors.

Now that cannabis is going mainstream, it requires similar humidity control solutions used by cigar lovers. There is a huge movement behind responsible storage of flower, as well as preserving the quality of flower.

Cannador is really the first company to create humidity-controlled storage for cannabis. Hear from Cannador founder Zane Witzel about the ins and outs of these “humidors for cannabis”.

Listen and learn about:

  • How changing perceptions primed the market for Cannador
  • What inspired his design
  • What Zane learned by traveling the U.S. to document the culture
  • What’s the best Boveda for a medium stash that you want to stay good and sticky 

 

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HOW CAN CANNABIS FLOWER BE PROUDLY DISPLAYED & STORED?

Cannador was created to help consumers store their buds and keep them fresh. However, the concept has grown into something much more culturally significant.

There were very few cannabis-specific storage options in June 2014 when Cannador was founded. Those that did exist were not widely available. To have true value, Zane Witzel, Cannador’s Founder and CEO, knew that his cannabis storage solution would have to vibe with the everyday, working-class consumer.

The Cannador is a simple yet beautiful, solid wood storage box inspired by the traditional cigar humidor. The company is seeing explosive growth both in the U.S. and Canada, where they are about to launch a partnership with Tweed.

Why Cannador is so popular with today’s cannabis enthusiast:

  • Simple enough to be used daily
  • Stylish enough to be displayed in the home
  • Discreet enough to protect your stash
  • Functional enough to replace all your other cannabis storage

 

Cannador in Use

That being said, the Cannador is not just something you use to hide away your stash. It’s a statement piece that proves you’re proud of your lifestyle—and ups the quality of your product at the same time.

 

ELEVATING THE CANNABIS LIFESTYLE

The normalization of cannabis definitely plays into the success of a brand like Cannador. Changing policies and world views have made enthusiasts more comfortable sharing their interest with others.

Just like with cigars, wine or any high-end consumer product, people enjoy displaying their favorite items in their home. Even if brought out a few minutes before cannabis is consumed, the ritual elevates the experience for the people involved and gives the host a sense of pride that they are bringing something quality to the table.

At first it was a challenge to convince the typical cannabis consumer why they should upgrade to a Cannador. The strongest selling points—fresher, smoother and more flavorful buds.

“It was a bit of a slow start, but once people understood that if you provide an optimal relative humidity level—not too high and not too low—there is a sweet spot,” Zane said. “Once people understood that and tried it for themselves, I started getting repeat customers.”

The word spread as more and more Cannador owners showed off their boxes to their friends. Now the company has a growing fan base of devoted customers whose lives have been elevated by the product.

 

NOT JUST FOR SHOW—SUPPORTING CANNABIS EFFICACY

Zane educates consumers on how to take care of their flower to keep it from drying out and losing its therapeutic value. As the company of Cannador evolves, Zane is involved in cannabis research. In an upcoming study, he is looking at the direct relationship between the oxygen level in the storage vessel and the retention of terpenes within the plant.

His goal is to find the optimum oxygen level for cannabis storage and tailor the Cannador to meet it. This is in perfect alignment with Boveda’s goals to seek out the best methods for humidity control.

 

GOING ON THE ROAD WITH CANNABIS CULTURE

Zane realized that in spite of the legalization movement, not everybody was 100% ready to open up about how they store their cannabis. In order break through the green wall, he set out on a journey across the U.S. to document the industry and overall culture.

Inspired by Raw Craft, a series produced by The Balvenie Distillery and hosted by the late Anthony Bourdain, Zane went behind the scenes with the real faces of recreational cannabis: cultivators, scientists, retailers and others.

He wanted to showcase their businesses, their personal slice of the cannabis world and share this knowledge among flower consumers. Cannador converts can see how much this industry is expanding. And understand why making cannabis more visible encourages others to explore this herb’s therapeutic benefits. When more people understand the power of flower, it will become more accessible to everyone.

 

Check out Cannador’s mini-series, Growing Wild on the Cannador YouTube channel. In the first episode, Zane visits legal cannabis operators in Portland, Oregon.

 

To learn more about Cannador and their amazing products, visit Cannador.com.

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#ASKBOVEDA QUESTION:  A cannabis enthusiast that’s new to Boveda is buying some high quality sticky buds from 710 Labs. Which Boveda will keep ½ to an ounce of flower nice and sticky? (21:30)

 

ANSWER:

Boveda in Cvault for Cannabis

The Boveda 8 gram will humidify up to one ounce of cannabis. For 2-way humidity control for cannabis, you have a choice between Boveda 58% RH or Boveda 62% RH.

To achieve and maintain really sticky bud, choose Boveda 62% RH level. Cannabis stored with Boveda 58% RH level will be slightly drier. The Boveda 58% RH level is perfect for joints and pre-rolls because at a lower humidity level, flower burns a little bit better and stays lit.

ASTM International Standards adopted in 2018 recommend that all cannabis (that will be consumed as flower) be kept at a water activity between 0.55-0.65. You can achieve this by storing flower in an airtight container at an RH level between 55% and 65%. Both Boveda 58% RH and Boveda 62% RH fall within this range. Boveda 2-way humidity control is the most precise way to maintain a consistent moisture level for your flower.

 


 

 

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Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

Roni Stetter’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Roni Stetter. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Roni Stetter for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

 

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HOW DOES FLOWER HELP WITH PTSD?

SUFFERING FROM PTSD? MANY FINALLY FIND RELIEF WITH CANNABIS

Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Medicinal cannabis can effectively ease the symptoms of many illnesses and ailments—from muscle pain and anxiety to multiple sclerosis and cancer. Anecdotal evidence shows that cannabis can also help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is an anxiety disorder associated with exposure to violence, sexual assault or other traumas.

 


An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD in their lives.


 

LIVING WITH PTSD—AVOIDING OPIOID ADDICTION

At the time of trauma, adrenaline and stress hormones are hyper-responsive. If PTSD persists, these hyper responses can change brain chemistry.

People suffering from PTSD can experience long-term effects, such as extreme anxiety, night terrors, hypervigilance and flashbacks. Medicinal cannabis’s natural abilities to boost relaxation and reduce anxiety help reduce these symptoms. Many PTSD patients are denied access to the medicine they so desperately need because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

Typical treatment for PTSD usually relies on a combination of therapy and powerful prescription drugs, including sedatives, antidepressants and antianxiety medications. These drugs can be habit forming and have severe side effects, such as drowsiness, nausea, weight gain and decreased sexual function. There is no known cure for PTSD; these treatments simply act as a Band-Aid.

 

UNLOCKING THE KEY TO RELIEF—CANNABIS AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

For those with PTSD, cannabis can be a game-changing alternative to prescription medications. Reducing the risk of side effects and dependence, flower can aid in relaxation, ease stress and alleviate excess worry. But it isn’t just “getting high” that helps treat PTSD—it’s the science behind cannabis itself.

Cannabis plants contain active ingredients called cannabinoids, which are responsible for the plant’s effects. Two of the main cannabinoids are THC, which gives people the “high” associated with marijuana, and CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid known for its medicinal properties. CBD is highly effective for treating epilepsy, chronic pain, nausea and other ailments.

The endocannabinoid system, made up of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors throughout the body, processes THC and CBD. The receptors also regulate naturally occurring endocannabinoids, including anandamide and 2-AG. These endocannabinoids are made from fat-like molecules within cell membranes and are responsible for maintaining balance throughout the body.

Researchers have found that people with PTSD have lower levels of anandamide, which leads to a deficiency throughout the endocannabinoid receptor cells.

Martin A. Lee, a researcher from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), explains:

“Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting. But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.”

 

SECURING SAFE, LEGAL ACCESS TO MEDICINAL CANNABIS

Despite evidence that cannabis could be a safe and viable treatment for post-traumatic stress, the plant remains classified as a Schedule I narcotic with no known medical benefits. As of July 2018, 30 states (plus Washington D.C.) have legalized medicinal cannabis. Twenty six states (plus Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories) allow medical marijuana to be used in treating PTSD, according to The Cannabist. 

Securing access to high-quality, tested medicine for thousands of patients is certainly a step in the right direction. There remains a large segment of the population who cannot obtain medical cannabis.

Military veterans are more likely than civilians to have PTSD, especially those veterans who engaged in war or combat. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), anywhere between 11 and 30% of vets experience PTSD.

 


On average, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.


 

Often the deaths can be attributed to  extreme PTSD symptoms. Unfortunately, because of marijuana’s Schedule I status, the VA refuses to discuss medical cannabis as a treatment option with clients. Veterans risk losing their government benefits if they are caught using cannabis, which forces many to “illegally heal” without the guidance of a medical professional.

 

There is good news on the horizon. The very first federal study on the effects of cannabis on veterans with post-traumatic stress is currently underway. Leading the research is Dr. Sue Sisley, who is acclaimed in the medical cannabis community for her dedication to veteran access. VA pressure, however, is making it difficult for the research team to find qualified participants.

Fortunately, the American Legion recently urged the VA to support the study. If cannabis is found to be an effective treatment for vets with PTSD, it could lead to a major shift in how the condition is managed, by the VA and other health professionals.

 

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Personalize the message below that supports The American Legion’s efforts to advocate for medical cannabis research. Then email it to your elected officials

-Remove marijuana from Schedule I! Allow PTSD sufferers, including vets and first responders, access to legal, high-quality medicinal cannabis.-

 

PRESERVING THE HEALING BENEFITS OF CANNABIS WITH BOVEDA

Post-traumatic stress is a wide-reaching mental health disorder that affects millions of Americans yet has no known cure. While prescription drugs, along with therapy, may assist in treating some of the symptoms of PTSD, the side effects of those medications can be too much for many patients.

Cannabis has the potential to be a natural alternative to powerful anti-psychotics and sedatives and could surpass these drugs as a safe and effective treatment option. While more research needs to be done, cannabis does appear to help patients battle what could otherwise be a terrible, debilitating condition.

Those considering cannabis to treat PTSD should discuss this with their general practitioners prior to use. Patients should only use tested, high-quality medicine from a licensed dispensary. Friendly and knowledgeable staff is always willing to answer questions about different strains, delivery methods and possible effects.

As with many other medications, patients should keep cannabis in a cool, dry place that is out of reach to children and pets.

Exposure to humidity swings can jeopardize the therapeutic benefits of flower. Many patients tuck Boveda in with their medicine to prevent over-drying and molding. Boveda uses natural salts and pure water vapor to automatically add and absorb moisture. This 2-way humidity control locks in the precise humidity level that is perfect for herbal medicine. And buds stored with Boveda can retain up to 15% more terpenes.

 

BOVEDA SO SMALL. FLOWER SO FRESH.

Boveda 1 Gram Personal Size for Cannabis

Boveda is available in a personal dosage size (1 gram) to protect up to 3.5 grams of flower.

 

Rachelle Gordon

By Rachelle Gordon
www.RachelleGordon.net

Rachelle Gordon is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and educator in the cannabis space. She has dedicated herself to informing others about the powers of plant medicine after witnessing her father’s struggle with epilepsy (and subsequent stroke) in her childhood.

Rachelle’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Rachelle. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post  or links to the posts. Contact Rachelle Gordon for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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Your LIFE = Your Strain | EP. 07

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

 

Shopping for Buds that Match Your Lifestyle (featuring Origins Cannabis)

Flower legal in your state? (Or the state you’re in?) Boveda takes the Cultivate podcast on the road to introduce you to the best of the best in the cannabis space.

In Redmond or West Seattle, Washington? Make a stop at Origins Cannabis, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premium dispensaries for:

  • Product recommendations based on your lifestyle preferences and desired effects
  • Mature, relaxed and responsibly tended buying experience
  • Hand-selected, high-quality flower from local farms
  • Garden-to-consumer certification to ensure strict quality and freshness controls (that’s where Boveda comes in)

Plus watch and learn why tortillas, bananas and apples are best kept on your grocery list and out of your flower.

 

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Origins Cannabis

That first foray into a new dispensary can be daunting. A lot of product. A lot people who know more than you do. A lot of trust in that bud behind the counter. Imagine choosing flower where who you are and what you do guide your shopping experience. This is the low-pressure, customer-centric approach you’ll find at Origins Cannabis. And it puts both the novice and cannoisseur at ease.

 

THE EDUCATION OF ORIGINS

Successful cannabis retail operations, the ones that will survive and thrive, must do more than just sell weed under glare-free glass. Dispensaries like Origins take a highly informational approach to selling flower. They educate consumers and empower them to make mindful buying decisions.

No budtenders here. At Origins, there are cannabis guides. They’re trained to help customers choose their experience, rather than acting as pseudo-pharmacists and recommending specific strains or product types.

“The cannabis guides get a lot of training on putting people with the right products,” A.J. Cornwall said. “So we look at them as guiding you into the experience of the store.”

A team member will truly engage with you at Origins. And it’s not just a cursory, “What’ll ya have tonight, bud?”. It gets personal. Each product is categorized based on the desired effect or activity that you’re shopping for.

“The categories are developed for an experience. ‘Self-Discovery’ is going to be a more intense, meditative high. Then we have ‘Adventurous,’ which is going to be a ratio that is going to get you stimulated,” A.J. said.

“Because you know, not everyone consumes cannabis at the same level. Some people smoke before a hike, and others, to go to bed … These lifestyles allow you to be able to come in and pick the right kind.”

Origin's Cannabis Menu

Where are you on the spectrum? Take a ride on the Origins Lifestyle Spectrum. Compare desired effects, delivery method and more on this interactive menu.

 

CONNECTING YOU WITH THE RIGHT CANNABIS PRODUCTS

Origins changed cannabis retail with its Cannabinoid Ratio System. Created in partnership with a local testing laboratory Confidence Analytics, the system helps customers achieve a consistent experience each time they return to the store.

Right at the counter, shoppers can compare the cannabinoid ratios of several products simultaneously. Then customers find the strain that best fits their routine, their pleasure. This customized experience keeps customers coming back for more—along with a robust rewards program for loyal cannabis customers.

 

GOING TO THE GROW, KNOWING FARMERS & BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

A homey store, techy system and guru guides only go so far. If a dispensary doesn’t have the goods, its rep gets around, fast. Every product sold in Origins is hand selected by Jon Sherman. He travels the state’s top cultivation sites to curate herb for Origins.

“There’s nothing hard about it,” Jon said. “Previously I came from the wine industry…I spent a lot of time going out to vineyards, working a similar situation where you go down rows of vines and you have to take those grapes back and make phenomenal wines out of it. So I’m kind of reliving what I went to school for.”

Cruising to different farms allows Origins to check out producers’ practices, including the grow lighting and air conditioning. This allows Jon to project quality over seasons. From the select growers they do work with, a very small percentage of their flower will end up on Origins shelves.

“They might grow 50 pounds of a particular strain. We want to go there and select five pounds that were extra special,” he explained. “Flower quality even differs from where those buds grew on a particular plant. “Being able to put our nose in the bag and actually smell the product and taste the product—not just look at numbers.”

So Jon weeds out the good stuff. And then Origins runs independent tests to ensure that all flower and infused products are terpene-rich and free of pesticides. The gardens also sign affidavits to verify that specifications set by the state of Washington were followed. If flower meets all of these standards, only then is it  Origins Certified and available to consumers.

“It’s level of quality and a level of brand that people just aren’t used to in this business,” Drew said. “When you come to Origins, you get to see the best of the best. Premium quality strains from different farms that Jon has taken the time to curate.”

As the industry grows and matures, the measure of quality goes beyond seed to sale. Those who are successful in the cannabis space care about the end user’s experience and the impact of the products.

 

Drew Emmer Speaks on the topic of Cannabis

 

Friends don’t let friends smoke bad cannabis.

Wonder why there’s so much bad herb out there? So did the Origins team. And who better to ask than unfortunate buds with bad buds? So Origins ran a campaign asking people to bring in their empty containers from that flunky flower—whether they bought it at Origins or not.

The consumers filled out a quick little iPad® survey. “It would help us understand what they didn’t like,” Jon said.

“We were blown by what the results were,” Jon said. “It was because their product was too dry.”

 

This Origins Story DEPENDS ON Boveda

In legal rec states, some dispensaries think customers will buy practically anything if you leave it on display long enough.

Consumers are becoming more discriminating. They don’t like—nor do they want to buy—dried-out flower. Shoppers come to Origins for premium quality cannabis to match their amazing, unique life experiences. That includes the proper cure and storage for the smoothest, most flavorful and most therapeutic smoke. Boveda patented 2-way humidity control is the solution to flower’s moisture problems.

“We see how Boveda protects the quality. The way your cannabis flower smells, smokes and feels,” Jon said.

Keep up with cannabis industry best practices. After you buy, store your flower in an airtight container with Boveda to preserve your experience.

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#ASKBOVEDA QUESTION: Angela from Instagram – “Can I really use tortillas to help keep my cannabis fresh?” (28:02)


 

For years, cannabis enthusiasts have resorted to many methods to humidify dry marijuana. Have you ever tossed in a tortilla, apples slices, bread or other organic item to keep your jarred cannabis fresh? While absorbing some moisture from foods and food remnants, your flower also absorbs their flavors and aromas. (Rotting banana peel, anyone?)

Boveda enhances—doesn’t change—flower’s flavor, aroma and effects. Boveda 2-way humidity control keeps cannabis at the optimal moisture level to prevent mold growth and retain your bud’s therapeutic benefits.

Like tortillas, the ingredients inside Boveda are food grade. Boveda uses natural salts and pure water to add or absorb water vapor to your stash. But unlike tortillas, Boveda achieves and maintains a precise RH level for the long haul. No guesswork. No dried-out flower. No decomposing banana peel smell or taste. Toss your fruit detritus in your compost pile. Save your tortillas for Taco Tuesday. And store your cannabis with Boveda instead.

Heading to Washington state? You can visit the Origins Cannabis team at either their Redmond or Seattle location.

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

thehurtguru.com

Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

Roni Stetter’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Roni Stetter. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Roni Stetter for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

 

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Home Grow 5: Topping & Cloning

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

Cannabis—can it get too high? Definitely. Remember, cannabis grows like a weed. To cultivate strong plants, a home grower has to intervene by topping her plants. Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly explains how she topped her girls. Being resourceful, Di used those cuttings to start her own clones. How’d it go? Read on…

Months ago after I received my home grow license and ordered my clones, I told my family about them. My niece asked what a clone was and before I could explain, my mom pointed to a tray of little calico plants that my dad had just cut and rooted. I just smiled and listened to her explain the process. How blessed I am to be in a family that sees cannabis as just another plant.

Years ago the word “clone” had a somewhat questionable feel to it. For me, that word brought images of mad scientists creating calves in Petri dishes. But the rise in popularity of growing cannabis has revamped the meaning of cloning. The practice of taking clippings from plants and rooting them has a history almost as long as horticulture itself and it all comes down to hormones.

 

ROOTING AROUND WITH A HOME GROW

In plants, one class of hormones is called Auxins. Auxins do many things, including trigger growth. They can also be manipulated, replicated and chemically synthesized.  For instance, most gardeners buy chemically derived rooting hormone.

In my household that wee little bottle was treasured like liquid gold. I remember watching my dad clone flowering and ornamental plants to adorn our beautiful yard. He would use the rooting compound sparingly and then carefully store it away for next time. These moments are burned in my memory. I’m lucky to have witnessed his great skill. As a home grower, I can now replicate his actions. This is sustainability at its finest.

Most gardening and hardware stores carry rooting liquid, gel and now powder to ensure good coverage. Recently I learned that in a pinch some household items, like aloe vera, cinnamon or even honey, will trigger root growth in most plants.

Having watched many tutorials and videos explaining how to grow my medicine, I, like many other closet cannabis growers, have become technically educated. Because of the internet, I know exactly how to clone a cannabis plant. Because of prohibition, my fingers had never actually performed the task. When they finally did, the sense of accomplishment was overwhelming.

 

WHY TOP A CANNABIS PLANT

When my girls were only about a month old, I needed to top them, which is a very effective method of manipulating their growth. Anyone who’s grown tomatoes knows about topping or pinching the new growth to help the plant develop into a sturdier plant.

Now if you’re growing legally in the “Back 40,” controlling the size of your herb isn’t so important. During prohibition, isolation forced many home cultivators to grow smaller plants. Smaller is more inconspicuous.

If left to grow on their own, most cannabis plants will quickly reach great heights. The bulk of the flowers will form around the one main or apical stem. These flowers are known to be the best and densest on the plant. Perhaps from receiving the bulk of the plant’s energy. Perhaps from being closer to the light source.

Topping a cannabis plant fights this apical dominance. One stem becomes two stems of equal height and dominance. Trimming that main stalk gives some of the side branches time to catch up in their race to the sun. Topping triggers hormonal activity spurring on lower limb growth that results in a bushier, sturdier plant.

 

HOW TOPS CAN BECOME CLONES

Now what to do with the clippings from a cannabis plant…. Not everyone roots the clippings when they top their plants. To me, composting or trashing the clippings felt wasteful. Plus, what’s another dozen plants, eh?

In the same way that I prepared for transplant, I prepared for cloning by setting out:

  • A sharp, sterilized blade
  • A rooting hormone
  • Peat pods that had been soaked in water and set in a small tray
  • Dome crafted from cutting a 4L water bottle in half

 

HOME GROW CLONING TRIAL #1

Carefully with the blade in hand, I found the main stem and counted two to three nodes down, then sliced on an angle. This was harder than I thought. Either the stem was thick, the blade was dull or my confidence made for a shaky operation.

I repeated this process on the next strongest branch but used more pressure this time. I  sliced through in one pass. Ha! Then I moved on to two other plants and repeated the steps.

Cannabis Plants

With cuttings in hand, I peeled some of the outer layers of the stems to expose more “flesh” to the rooting hormone. I dipped the exposed tips into the rooting compound and left them in there for a few moments to really coat the cuttings.

I plucked each cutting from the root compound and set each in a peat pod. When all the cuttings were transplanted, I made sure there was water on the bottom of the tray. Then I placed a water-bottle dome over top.

Every clone needs a dome to hold in moisture to feed the plants through the leaves. Until roots develop, this is the only way the plant can feed itself. I have heard some growers mist their clones often instead of using a dome.

I set the tray slightly out of direct light in the corner of my grow room closet. Over the next few days, I lifted the dome to recirculate the air and check the root status.

 

MY MISTAKES

In the end, only two clones survived. Here’s what I did wrong:

  1. My MacGyvered makeshift dome was not sufficient. In order to keep the moisture inside and easily accessible to the plant’s leaves, the dome has to fit tightly.
  2. I left the cuttings in the rooting hormone too long—mere minutes! I now know that rooting hormone is strong and can burn your clone instead of triggering roots.
  3. It’s possible that an “air embolism” occurred when I clipped the cutting, let it sit then dipped in the hormone. An air bubble could have entered the cutting and kept roots from growing.

 

HOME GROW CLONING TRIAL #2

A month later, I bought a tight fitting dome and tried my hand at cloning one more time. To avoid the air embolism while cutting my cannabis plant, my botanist buddy advised me to adjust my process.

  1. Clip the cutting off of the plant and set the end in a bowl of water. With the cut end securely under the water, carefully cut the outer skin to expose some flesh on the stalk. Then make another slice just above the first one. This ensures no air bubbles get into the plant through that cutting, which can cause an “air embolism”.
  2. Dip—just dip, don’t soak—the end of cutting in rooting hormone.
  3. Immediately set the cutting into a peat pod or other growth medium.
  4. Secure a tight-fitting cover over the tray.

Covered Cannabis Plants

 

 

Lessons You Can Learn from My Successful Cloning Trial #2:

  • Prepare all utensils beforehand.
  • Re-cut cutting under water to avoid “air-embolism”.
  • Moderation is key when exposing cannabis cuttings to a rooting hormone—dip, don’t soak.
  • The clones need a own tight fighting dome.
  • Have patience.
  • Be proud of yourself. You just gave life!

Cannabis Clones

 

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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Home Grow 4: Root Bound Ladies

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

Weeds. They proliferate quickly. (Isn’t that right, Creeping Charlie?!) Holds true for cannabis, which could be how it earned the nickname weed. Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly’s home grow is in the midst of a growth spurt. Within 10 days of their arrival, Dianna’s girls needed to be moved to bigger pots. (Pot. Is that how cannabis earned its other handle?) Let’s catch up with Di to see what to do when your cannabis clones are root bound.

 

LEG UP, NOT LEGGY: Clones Versus Seeds

Cannabis Plant

In my 40+ years as a tree hugger, I’ve transplanted many types of plants. As I gingerly hold the lower stock of each cannabis plant to inspect the roots, the lifeforce feels strong in my hands.

Each plant is the shape of a perfect little Christmas tree. The branches are uniformly strong and close together. Now I understand the difference between growing from seed and growing from clone.

Previously, when I’ve planted from seed, the seedlings tend to stretch. After four weeks, my from-seed plants have had only three sets of branches and were really leggy.

Cannabis Plants in Pots

When my clones arrived, the approximately two-week-old plants had already powered through those awkward, overly fragile germination and seedling stages. In less than two weeks, my clones had more than a dozen branches that were all fighting for room to grow. These tree-like plants were so much sturdier than those nearby four-week-old plants I’d started from seed.

 

 

Re-planting my VEGGING cannabis clones

My horticulture is performed in a spare bedroom.

To keep things tidy, I mix and store my soil in a large Tupperware® container. My special soil recipe? Moistened sphagnum, perlite and vermiculite.

As a gardener, I plan my grow medium well. It’s where my girls eat, sleep, live and breathe. This snugly packed soil supports the roots while challenging each plant to grow. From this healthy soil roots seek moisture and growth-stimulating nutrients. Within hours, those newly transplanted roots will begin to investigate the new soil, as if they are the brain of the plant.

Using the lid as a work space, my process looks like this:

  1. DO NOT WATER PLANTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU TRANSPLANT THEM. A dryer root area will hold together better than a moist one.
  2. Grasp the stalk firmly and tip the planter over. Then gently pull the plant out of its original pot from the cultivator. (See photo below.)
  3. Now that you can see what’s been “growing on” under the soil line, you can judge how much new soil mix you’ll need to add to the bottom of the new planter. In the bottom of the new planter, give the roots a good four to five inches of new soil to grow into.
  4. Before you introduce the little lady to her new planter, add a bit of water to the soil you put in the bottom of that new pot.
  5. Gently place the lower root area in the new planter and tuck new soil in around the sides. By “tuck,” I mean “swaddle.”(Like you’re gathering up a blanket of rich soil around your newborn cannabis plant.) The plant’s roots depend on this support for balance. In fact, a local legal producer revealed he will never move away from growing cannabis plants in soil. Plants require soil for stability, the cultivator said. (Wonder what the hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic growers think about that?)
  6. Leave about an inch from the top, so your pot won’t overflow when you water.
  7. Thoroughly water your newly transplanted cannabis plant.

Cannabis Plant with Roots

 

 

DIRT UNDER MY NAILS IS GOOD FOR ME

As I write, soil is still under my nails and it makes me chuckle. To some, soil is looked at as “dirty,” but green thumbs know better. To the plant, soil is everything—the beginning and the end, life given by death.

Children in the Dirt

 

I’ve seen research that compares city-dwelling children to farm-dwelling children. One Finnish study found that children raised in the country are exposed to a larger array of friendly microbes, which may protect their bodies against allergies, asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

According to the “hygiene hypothesis,” cited by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, “the problem with extremely clean environments is that they fail to provide the necessary exposure to germs required to “educate” the immune system so it can learn to launch its defense responses to infectious organisms.”

So see, a little dirt is good for us.

 

TIPS FOR WATERING CANNABIS PLANTS

Little Shop of Horrors Reference

Like so many aspects of gardening, when and how to water your cannabis plants is subjective.

Should a home grower water:

  •       From the top or the bottom?
  •       Daily or every other day?
  •       Morning or evening?
  •       With distilled or tap water?

 

My own research on watering a home grow has turned up as many opinions as there are cannabis strains. No two experiences are alike, so it’s no wonder even degree-wielding botanists disagree on what’s best.

Me? I use common sense when it comes to watering. I leave tap water out overnight, so it can come to room temperature.

 

Did I test the pH level of the water I use for my cannabis plants?

No, I haven’t bothered with testing the pH level of my water because my plants are thriving.

Many growers test the pH or “potential hydrogen” of their water to measure how acidic or alkaline it is. Every living organism is sensitive to and thrives at a certain point on the pH scale, which ranges from 1 (very acidic) to 11 (very basic).

Cannabis plants prefer a mid-measurement between 5.5 and 6.5 pH. Water that falls above or below this pH range may not properly nourish a cannabis plant.

 

1 TO 14 DAYS AFTER TRANSPLANTING:

I begin by watering about a cup per plant from the top every other day. This lets those freshly transplanted roots adjust to the move and gives them time to spread out in their new digs.

 

14 DAYS BEYOND TRANSPLANTING:

I switch to watering my cannabis plants from the bottom. Those roots are now good and well-rooted. Watering from the bottom encourages and demands those roots seek water to produce great yields.

As gardeners say, “More root, more fruit!”

 

TIPS FOR FEEDING CANNABIS PLANTS

Feeding is a way that growers “humanize” their plants. As in our own nutrition, marketing convinces us that more is better. More protein! More vitamins! More water! More fiber! As such,  many home growers feed their cannabis plants way too much. A botanist buddy of mine said that fertilizer manufacturers want to sell you more, so their feeding recommendations reflect that. When you use more, you buy more.

Now what to feed cannabis plants is yet another personal choice. Some growers find a product and stay loyal for life. Others experiment with every fertilizer on the market, while others make their own. (Compost tea, anyone?)

Other growers don’t even bother with adding nutrients to their soil. These folks believe that whatever microorganisms are present in the soil will satiate their plants. Usually these are the home growers who see equal value in the cannabis leaf and the flower. They juice raw cannabis leaves or just throw them into their salads. In this raw form, the cannabinoids have medicinal value but aren’t psychoactive. Although the therapeutics of cannabis greens have yet to be quantified, when has it ever been bad to eat your own home grown greens?

 

WHAT I FEED MY CANNABIS PLANTS

On the advice of my trusty botanist friend, I rely on a product line called Botanicare Pure Blend Pro®.

Botanicare Products used on Cannabis

 

Transplanting my cannabis clones reminded me of the intangible benefits of tending to plants.  Of course, growing my own medicinal cannabis will save me money, but it’s so much more than that. Gardening and growing anything feeds my soul. For me, gardening acts as an antidepressant. Every aspect of home growing is a hope for the future—something that depression often steals from me. I’m forced to be more present. To look forward, instead of into the past. It’s in the present and the future that I see my efforts manifest into life. Big, green bountiful life!

As I set my girls back under their sun, a calm falls over me. The pride of a million cannabis consumers fills my soul. I’m overflowing with gratitude. I thank the universe. Thank Canada’s Supreme Court. Thank the Creator for keeping me healthy and strong enough to be a caregiver to my cannabis. And thank my parents for teaching me how to be a good steward to the earth.

 

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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The Green Rush for Good | Ep. 06

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How The Green Rush Is Impacting Real Estate, Schools & the Homeless

Let’s not let smear campaigns against legalization win out. Hear what the opponents don’t want you to know. Listen to the positives coming to communities when prohibition is lifted. From awarding college scholarships to rebuilding cities ravaged by crime and homelessness, the cannabis industry is sharing the wealth. And making meaningful impact both socially and financially.

 

In this episode, the Boveda team tackles the tough questions, including:

  • Has legalization ruined Colorado?
  • Who benefits from cannabis tax revenue?
  • Does large-scale cultivation have a negative impact on the environment?
  • What industries are lobbying against legalization?

 

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WHO IS THE MODERN CANNABIS ADVOCATE?

Flower brings people of varied backgrounds together for a common cause, which is evident in this episode’s crew. Watch Cultivate’s guests, Benjamin Patock and Lance Lambert offer diverse perspectives on Boveda’s ever-growing herbal movement.

Benjamin and Lance from Boveda

 

WAIT, THAT LANCE LAMBERT GUY LOOKS FAMILIAR

Lance Lambert has been around the cannabis space almost as long as legal rec has been a reality. With degrees in criminal and administrative justice, he never thought he’d journey to the green side.

After Colorado legalized marijuana, however, new opportunities opened up. In 2014, Lance joined The Cannabist to direct digital operations for the industry website, which is owned by The Denver Post. He also ran media operations for some of the world’s largest cannabis news sites, including Weedmaps and Marijuana. Lance is also a well-known advocate for cannabis legalization and education.

 

ISN’T BENJAMIN PATOCK A CIGAR GUY?

Benjamin is a cigar industry pro, so he knows the ins and outs of maneuvering a highly regulated industry. He launched Noblego, a Berlin-based online marketplace for premium cigars and cigar accessories, including Boveda. In 2017, Benjamin joined Boveda. His international business experience will help Boveda reach beyond the U.S. and Canadian cannabis markets. After all, cannabis patients around the globe have dry flower, too, you know.

Did you know people in Spain humidify buds with orange peels but in Germany they use apple peels and carrots? Needless to say those methods are neither safe nor precise, so Benjamin’s got some work to do.

But enough about Benjamin and Lance, let’s talk flower.

 

CANNABIS IS GOOD BUSINESS

More companies outside the industry are jumping on the flower bandwagon. Many big brands target enthusiasts annually through 4/20 social media campaigns.

Food brands like Totino’s® and Taco Bell® reached out to the high and hungry audience for the herbal holiday. (Others like Hot Pockets® chose to ignore the occasion.) Forward-thinking, 420-friendly companies see the holiday as an opportunity rather than a social problem.

 

MODERN CONSUMERS CHOOSE BUDS OVER BUD

In legal rec states, more people are picking cannabis over alcohol as a recreational substance. Why? Could be frustration with alcohol’s side effects.

“Quite honestly, I don’t have time for alcohol,” Lance said. “I don’t have time for the lack of sleep or hangovers. With cannabis, that just doesn’t exist. And cannabis is actually helping my body.”

The alcohol industry feels threatened—and for good reason. Lance noted that in states where herbal use for adults is legal, there’s been as much as a 15% drop in alcohol sales. Not only is cannabis a safer substance for recreation, flower is also a medicinal product.

 

WHO STILL OPPOSES CANNABIS?

For all the progress made by the industry in the last decade, the flower movement still has enemies—and that list is growing. The alcohol and tobacco industries are worried that they’ll be replaced if cannabis legalization continues. They’re doing everything they can to fight legal rec initiatives.

And “garden variety” opponents still exist. Every anti-flower tweet and false gateway drug post may not be a direct threat to the industry, but spreading fake truths has a negative effect on normalizing the plant.

Emerald Cup Entrance

One of Drew’s acquaintances offhandedly said the industry was “ruining Colorado.” (Actually adolescent use is down, violent crime is down and property values are soaring in cities where dispensaries are open for business.)

Many opponents also cite cannabis’s negative impact on the environment. “Grapes do more damage, believe it or not!” Lance said.

The truth is a huge number of cultivators are committed to sustainable farming practices. Many growers are developing earth friendlier agricultural technologies. Drew met several at the 2017 Emerald Cup, an annual harvest gathering in Northern California.

Plus legalization requires those in the biz to quantify sales and operations. As data continue to prove legal rec is profitable for and beneficial to states, perceptions about flower will change for the good. It’s a luxury the European cannabis markets don’t have.

“When it’s in the black market, as it is in Europe, you basically don’t know anything about the numbers,” Benjamin said.

 

HOW CANNABIS REVENUE IS IMPROVING COMMUNITIES

Money is being made in this industry, but it’s not just staying at the top. This newly legal revenue stream is being poured back into communities in several exciting ways.

In Colorado, tax revenue from flower is giving a boost to school budgets. School districts everywhere are cutting funding for teachers, social workers and student-centered services. Cannabis taxes are giving schools a fighting chance to keep up with rising costs.

In Pueblo County, Colorado, a $1,000 scholarship awaited each high school graduate who planned to attend one of Pueblo’s two public post-secondary schools in fall of 2017. The $425,000 scholarship funds were courtesy of cannabis excise tax revenue.

It’s not just education benefiting from flower money. Tax dollars are flowing to support other programs and services, including helping the homeless. Colorado leads the way having donated $250,000 to complete a massive services center in Denver. Another $900,00 was used to renovate an old gym into the Aurora Day Center to give the homeless a place to go during the day.

Staff at the Aurora Resource Center

If you live in a legalized state, you’ll soon see the positive impact it brings—even if you never use this healing plant.

 

TURN TO TRUSTED SOURCES

Educate yourself:

 

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

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Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

 

 

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Boveda Response: Bonner Acetone Report

NEW COMPETITOR’S DISSEMINATON IS INCOMPLETE AND MISLEADING

Boveda would like to clarify the misleading and erroneous nature of the acetone claims made by a new competitor in the cannabis space. The findings from the report were taken out of context from a report that the new competitor financed.

The new competitor is continuing to spread misleading information to discredit our brand and our world-class product. So we’d like to respond with facts.

As the global leader in 2-way humidity control, we believe it’s our responsibility to educate cannabis consumers. To explain why humidity control is crucial to protect, preserve and enhance moisture-sensitive products, like cannabis.

Achieving and maintaining relative humidity (RH) is a delicate balance. Add just enough  moisture to protect and retain the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Keep moisture in check to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. And maintain a precise RH level over a long time, which only a salt-based solution like Boveda can provide.

Using Boveda for cannabis storage keeps flower at an optimal RH level, so that cannabis can last longer. We provide sound science to educate you about the care and keeping of your medicine. Boveda doesn’t use science to shock you. Or report research findings without telling the whole story. When we have people’s health in our hands, there’s too much at stake to misconstrue facts.

Boveda uses facts to disprove myths about flower, not create new ones. Think of the gateway drug theory, the cannabis addiction lie and cannabis overdose rumors. Don’t we have enough educating to do without creating more mistrust within the cannabis community?

Misinterpreting cannabis research puts us all at risk. It gives prohibitionists more fodder against flower. And does little to legitimize the cannabis movement.

(Plus that’s just not how we do things here in Minnesota.)

 

Here’s the truth:

There is absolutely no risk in using Boveda.
Boveda is completely safe and FDA compliant. Boveda consists of a natural solution of purified water and salts enclosed in a reverse osmosis permeable membrane. The result is clean, purified water vapor. Boveda is trusted by the most reputable companies across several industries, including tobacco and cannabis.

The FDA-approved ingredients contained in Boveda DO NOT contain dangerous levels of acetone or any other harmful ingredients.

 

Why this report is egregious and misleading:

  1. Acetone is found in nearly all plants, animals and in the air we breathe—including FDA-approved food ingredients—and is completely biodegradable in the air, water and soil. In fact, the human body produces acetone as it metabolizes fat and detection in one’s breath is normal.
  2. Acetone has been found in indoor air at an average of 8 ppb (parts per billion) and OSHA defines safe and acceptable exposure levels up to 1 million ppb. The report noted the extremely low presence of acetone in Boveda (9.8 ppb).
  3. The testing conducted detected similar levels of acetone in this new competitor’s product as well. This fact was not published in the findings.
  4. At this level of off-gas composition testing, everything—including all FDA approved products you consume—will show a relatively long list of organic compounds.
  5. On a ppb level, these compounds are only detectable using sophisticated instruments. For reference, parts per billion is equivalent to: 1 pinch of salt in 10 tons of potato chips.

You can rest assured that Boveda provides safe, extremely effective and accurate 2-way humidity control for hundreds of thousands of customers each year. We take that responsibility very seriously.

The cannabis industry is on the verge of great growth. Opening access across the country and around the world will drive demand for flower. Demand that will drive supply. Supply that must be properly stored to keep it safe to consume.

Boveda invented, patented and pioneered humidity control 20 years ago. New companies will get into the cannabis humidification/dehumidification space, too. Some trustworthy, others not so much. Because of our history and reputation, we’re not in the business of “cutting down someone else’s chair to make ourselves look taller.” Boveda is in the business of keeping moisture-sensitive products in optimal condition.

 

For safer flower:

  1. Buy tested strains from licensed dispensaries. (Or grow your own, if it’s legal where you live.)
  2. Make sure your buds have been preserved from cure to container with 2-way humidity control. (Query your budtender.)
  3. Store your flower in an airtight container at an RH level that is in between 50% and 62% to prohibit mold growth and over drying.

And please don’t be misled by alarming claims and misleading statistics. If you have relied on Boveda for 2-way humidity control for your cannabis, we thank you. (And hope you continue to do so.) Count on Boveda and we’ll continue to give you the straight facts on cannabis storage.

 

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This is Our Craft | Sky High Gardens

Just steps from Starbucks® headquarters in an urban industrial center in Seattle, sits one of the largest permitted grow operations in Washington state–Sky High Gardens. The cultivator grows big while staying true to craft growing techniques that yield superior flower. (After all, Sky High Gardens did start out as a co-op garden for medicinal cannabis patients.)

Now cannabis connoisseurs look to Sky High Gardens for full and flavorful buds in a rainbow assortment of exotic strains. You’ll feel as if you won the golden ticket as Boveda takes you up and away through Sky High Gardens.

What programs cannabis plants to produce thick, sticky buds? Watch and find out!

 

BOVEDA & THE CANNABIS FACTORY

Veruca Salt of Willy Wonka
No Veruca–just salt and pure water vapor keep your stash fresh with Boveda 2-way humidity control.

Think Willie Wonka with grow lights. Sky High Gardens’ cultivation facility is indeed a factory. A factory that produces cannabis. A lot of cannabis.

Annually, Sky High Gardens harvests 1,000 pounds of flower, according to Phil Seda, Director of Operations. Thousands of plants thrive under its urban canopy. Because it’s an indoor grow, Sky High Gardens has a perpetual harvest cycle.

“Every 16 days we harvest at this facility,” Phil explained. “It’s not just that we harvest every 16 days, we do everything else at least as often.

“That’s why these [cannabis] companies are so difficult to run. And why we’re seeing failure in the market, unfortunately,” Phil said.

Since 2013, the Sky High Gardens’ brand has been heating up the Washington cannabis industry with high-quality cannabis flower. And that’s all they produce. No edibles. No concentrates. Nothing but nugs and pre-rolls.

As a Tier 3 grower, Sky High Gardens maxes out at 30,000 sq. ft., which is the largest scale cannabis operation currently allowed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

 

Sky High Gardens cannabis roots
A Sky High Gardens head grower shows off a rooting baby ready to be up-potted, so it can expand its root zone and head into adolescence.

Strain Hunters Extraordinaire

Sky High Gardens’ flower ranges from classic to exotic, from sweet to earthy. Up to 20 different strains can be grown in the facility.

Under the careful eye of Sky High Gardens Master Gardener Derek Smith, the team works tirelessly to regulate the plant growing environment. Control is the key to consistency. And vital to the integrity of the end product—and Sky High Gardens’ brand reputation.

There’s a hands-on approach to the cultivator’s grow model. From hand watering plants to cater to their varying growth intervals to hand trimming buds to showcase their best, cannabis is handled with great care.

 

 

Derek speaking of Boveda

 

 

WHY SKY HIGH GARDENS CURES WITH BOVEDA

Boveda 58% and 62%
Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH: two formulas for curing and storing flower.

Curing with Boveda is exact—and easy. (Just toss in Boveda with buds and Boveda gets to work.) On Sky High Gardens’ massive scale, it’s more efficient, consistent and effective to cure with Boveda. Its 2-way humidity control balances water activity, so each small batch can achieve the ideal flower quality. Boveda won’t over humidify buds, so they won’t mold. And Boveda won’t over dry flower, which zaps its potency.

A slow, precise cure with Boveda equals a more refined user experience.

“We talk about a 45-day glass cure here at Sky High Gardens—minimum,” Phil said. “The cure only happens between certain humidity ranges, and so Boveda allows us to achieve that ideal humidity time and time again. And that’s going to create that natural progression of removing the chlorophyll from the plant and achieving a smooth smoke and the full taste we’re accustomed to.”

 

Phil of Sky High Gardens

 

 

WHY SKY HIGH GARDENS JARS WITH BOVEDA

Boveda in Sky High Gardens JarSky High Gardens’ final step is to package up its product with Boveda for display, retail and maximum enjoyment by Pacific Northwest connoisseurs. Boveda even rides along with the little guys—Sky High Gardens’ eighth units. Boveda 1 grams are perfect for smaller daily doses.

“That’s just going to make sure that each customer is enjoying the full flavor of our bud,” Phil said. “Our goal is to always provide a product that if you’re the LAST person buying a Sky High Gardens’ unit from Ganja Goddess I want you to be just as happy as the FIRST.”

“Science is starting to show that the terpenes and the potency of these products last longer when the humidity is right.”

 

SKY HIGH OR DOWN HOME, CURE WITH BOVEDA

Stop haphazardly curing bud! Flower cured with Boveda 2-way humidity control always turns out superior because it’s:

  • Heavier
  • More attractive
  • Richer in terpenes (about 15% richer on average!)
  • Less harsh to smoke
  • More potent (and able to retain that potency longer)

 

Check out our kit tailored to those that grow at home!

 

 


 

Heading to Seattle or entertaining out-of-town fans of the flower? Go Sky High for a KushTourism tour of this world-class flower operation.

 

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

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Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

 

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State of the Cannabis Business for 10 Countries in 2018 | Ep. 05

Cultivate with Scott Swail & Drew Emmer

You hear a lot about legal rec in the U.S., but what’s the status of lifting prohibition across the globe?

How do U.S. flower policies compare with what’s happening in Europe, Canada and other countries? Get a whirlwind world view from Lance Lambert, a strategic team member in Boveda’s growing herbal division, and Benjamin Patock, a Boveda executive in international relations.

Benjamin and Lance from Boveda

 

Watch Boveda’s flower foursome to find out:

  • How the cannabis legalization landscape looks throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other nations
  • Who’s buying flower in the burgeoning U.S. legal markets
  • What’s new for Boveda’s herbal users

 

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THE BUSINESS OF CANNABIS IN EUROPE

Europe has:

  • Cannabis cafes
  • Some MMJ
  • Cannabis “social clubs”

One thing Europe doesn’t have? Any nations that have legalized recreational cannabis.

In Europe’s legalization landscape, most nations are shifting toward highly regulated medicinal markets, with very little acknowledgment of recreational consumers.

 

The Bulldog in Amsterdam—Cannabis Coffee Shop
The Bulldog–Cannabis Coffee Shop

Take Amsterdam, for example. With new developments in cannabis policy, the idea of Amsterdam as a flower free-for-all is outdated.

The Dutch city’s cannabis coffee shop culture is legendary, so it’s widely assumed that buds are legal there. Amsterdam’s coffee shops are permitted to operate with limited stock of product onsite—only 50 grams at a time. What they stock for customers is all grown as part of the illicit market.

While there are no penalties for consuming flower in Amsterdam, there isn’t exactly a legal “cannabis industry” there— at least not to the degree you’ll find in decriminalized U.S. states. So aside from a strong “maybe” from Amsterdam, what are the most welcoming nations in Europe for cannabis legalization?

Spain is the top contender. It has a small but growing industry as well as sanctioned social clubs. And Italy is not far behind, with a strong, growing movement to legalize there.

Just like views vary from state to state in U.S., some European nations offer opposing viewpoints on legalization. The United Kingdom and Norway, which are typically considered some of the most advanced European nations, are far behind when it comes to cannabis. Neither country has a medical marijuana program.

Hopefully, the rest of European countries will follow Spain’s lead.

 

U.S. CANNABIS: FORWARD OR BACKWARD?

  • Cannabis legalization, though slow, is progressing state by state.
  • State-by-state legalization translates into state-by-state rules.
  • Improved interstate communications will make for more seamless transitions for new rec states.

The United States takes center stage in most legalization discussions. Ever since Colorado, Washington and Alaska were the first to decriminalize adult use by legalizing commercial sales in the 2012 election, several more states have followed suit.

Some of the effects of legalization haven’t necessarily matched up with society’s initial expectations. One post-legalization surprise is that the demographics of the typical cannabis consumer have changed dramatically.

Dispensary customers were once assumed to be twenty-something men with skateboards in tow. Actually cannabis retailers and online educational outlets are overwhelmed by demand from older folks, predominantly the Baby Boomer generation.

Of course, there are still some out there who oppose cannabis legalization, but the wave of progress that originated here in the U.S. is slowly taking over the world—and Boveda will be there for it. Boveda is expanding its footprint to ensure MMJ patients in other countries can preserve the therapeutic properties of their medicine.

 

BOVEDA WORKS WITH THE BEST IN CANNABIS

Boveda works behind the scenes with many big names to keep their flower fresh from harvest to sale. Brands that trust their cannabis to Boveda include Aurora, CannTrust, MedMen, Nectar and Palm Springs Safe Access. Both industrial-scale producers and individual growers find Boveda incredibly easy to use.

You too can enjoy the benefits of balanced 2-way humidity control. Boveda’s line of smaller packs are perfect for the everyday cannabis connoisseur. Support industry excellence—protect your personal stash with Boveda 1 grams.

Humbolt Legends Cannabis Pre-Rolls with 1g Boveda


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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BOVEDA HERBAL?

Boveda Map

(And more countries are joining the Boveda Cannabis Nation all the time!)

 

AFRICA: Some retailers: South Africa

ASIA: Formal distributors: Israel

OCEANIA: Formal distributor: Australia and New Zealand

EUROPE: Formal distributors: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Some retailers: Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway and Estonia.

NORTH AMERICA: Formal distributors: Canada and United States.

 

DOES BOVEDA SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

Yes, Boveda ships to most countries. However, a high number of Boveda customers have experienced lost packages in the following areas, so Boveda no longer ships to these locations:
• Kuwait
• Turkey
• Countries in Africa, Central America or South America

When you order from Boveda: You must enter your mailing address in English characters to get a correct postage quote. We reserve the right to cancel the order: If you enter your mailing address in a foreign language
or you skew your mailing address to avoid obtaining a postage quote.

 

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

thehurtguru.com

Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

 

 

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HOME GROW #3: CLONES COME HOME

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly is ready for transplant. Her little cannabis clones traveled across Canada to get home to their closet grow room. How do cultivators ship live cannabis plants during the winter?  A cannabis enthusiast (Of course!) developed a keen green solution. Now medicinal cannabis home growers like Dianna aren’t limited to starting from seed.

 

Transporting live plants is not new. (How else would we get our Venus Flytraps?) But transporting live cannabis plants, that was new to me. When I found out growers could ship live cannabis clones without depriving them of light from one province to the other—now that tickled my tree-hugging soul!

The challenge lies in keeping the clones illuminated. Without light, the plants will basically starve. Photosynthesis feeds the plant and light feeds photosynthesis. Depending on the species, some plants like cannabis won’t do well on a lumen time-out, even for a few hours.

Enter the Clone Shipper, a brilliant little shipping container used for anything from orchids to peaches and now legal cannabis.

The Clone Shipper’s origin story is inspiring and rooted in the cannabis industry. Not surprising as cannabinoids fire receptors in the brain that inspire creation and imagination. It’s no wonder so many potheads are productive and creative. Now we can use our craftiness to benefit the plant we love.

Larry Fenner with Clone Shipper

Larry Fenner and his Clone Shipper (Photo Credit: Julie Weed)

Inventor Larry Fenner’s natural inclination is to improve what isn’t working well. In 2014, Larry started out with two Dixie® cups, a light and good ol’ duct tape with a spill-proof soil hydration trick. He started selling these handmade pieces online and before long was approached by an investor.

Today, the Clone Shipper’s sales are growing as fast as a cannabis plant. In fact, 60% of the business is thanks to the cannabis industry. That number will no doubt increase as cultivators sell clones to the ever-growing home grow market.

Clone Shippers are manufactured in the U.S. Larry and his crew are another example of the cannabis industry growing jobs.

Thanks to the Clone Shippers, my herbal little ones safely made their way from my producer of choice, THC BioMed. They traveled more than 2,700 miles to come home.

Let the experimentation begin!

 

HERE’S WHAT I DID ONCE THE CANNABIS SEEDLINGS ARRIVED

  1. Jumped for joy. I was forewarned by THC BioMed that delivery could take anywhere from a few days to three weeks. My babes arrived within about a week!
  2. Made sure the box was positioned upright before I opened it. (THIS SIDE UP!)
  3. Checked the box for damage. (THC BioMed suggested taking photos or a video if my box arrived damaged. It didn’t.)
  4. Carefully removed my plants to inspect them for any physical damage. (Again, it’s smart to document the arrival condition of cannabis plants.)

 

DO CULTIVATORS GUARANTEE CANNABIS CLONES?

THC BioMed and many other LPs typically give a 24- to 48-hour guarantee for your clones. Read more about clone guarantees in Home Grow: Part 2.

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

HOME GROW: PART 1

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Is Horticulture in Our DNA?

Anthropologically speaking, horticulture has been a common hominid activity for millions of years. Nomadic hunter-gatherers roamed but no doubt remembered fertile locations to return to. We may have wanted meat but up to 70% of our food source was plant-derived. It follows then that the urge, skill and instinct to garden exist within many of us, as if it’s part of our DNA. Depending on the season and which Plant Hardiness Zone we’re in, if we’re not planning, we’re gardening! Then looking to Mother Nature to guide our actions.

When I was growing up, I noticed that my father would fertilize the grass during certain times of the year. Then I didn’t realize that fertilizing was a seasonal task influenced by the weather. Before a rain, he’d sprinkle fertilizer on the grass, so the rain water could wash fertilizer into the soil. His actions were guided by The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the farmer’s weather oracle. (And no doubt, the evening’s weather forecast as this was long before The Weather Channel’s 24-hour news cycle.)

Instinctual knowledge and practice fascinate me. Even today, humans all over the planet partner with nature to survive and thrive. We humans are amazingly inventive when the need arises. From necessity comes brilliance.

My parents’ house has a “root cellar” where carrots and potatoes were stored each fall. Within its rough stone walls and dirt floor, this small cave-like room preserved generations of vegetables. The relative humidity in there stays at the perfect level for months.

What is shown is my dream root cellar. Oh, to live on a farm instead of an eighth-floor apartment!

Root Cellar Example

My mom used to say, “Run down to the hole and grab some potatoes, Di!”.

We ate fresh homegrown potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day every year!

 

Legalization Leading to More Home Grow?

Gosh, I hope so. Today the urge to grow is once again awakening. (Although for some of us, getting our hands dirty never went dormant.) Perhaps lifting prohibition will allow all cannabis enthusiasts to grow our own medicine if we’re willing and able.

Hands in Soil

Growers of herbs and herbal medicine are learning, planning and gathering seeds. Online forums are alive with research into gardening techniques, nutrient teas and ways to preserve the bounty. These lessons and my experiences are what drive my Home Grow series for Boveda.

 

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

-Aldous Huxley

 

 

Whatever Happens with Moisture, Trust Boveda for a Perfect Cure (and Stash)

In my garden at the top of the world—or at least the eighth floor—humidity control has been an issue. Before growing my herbal medicine, my only beef with humidity was that it frizzed out my hair.

As a grower of plants that require drying and curing, humidity is a daily consideration. For instance, seeds continuously deteriorate. Moisture content and temperature only speed up the process. Now I keep all of my seeds in my wooden sock drawer where it’s cool and dry.

Dianna's Sock Drawer with Seeds

 

After harvest and drying, humidity control proved even more challenging. So airtight containers were a must. Boveda creates a controlled environment within the containers that improves medicine though a safely controlled curing process.

Egyptian Canopic Jars

Preservation chambers are as old as the ancient Egyptians and Mayans.

 

Airtight containers, like today’s CVaults are favored by cannabis cultivators to store the seed, cure the harvest and squirrel away the bounty. When it comes to safely storing moisture-sensitive products like cannabis, a root cellar won’t do. To avoid mold growth (and over drying), cannabis must be kept in a moisture-controlled airtight environment.

 

Cannabis Treated by Boveda

Just look at my moist, healthy buds!

 

Choose the Boveda Cannabis Formula Right for Your Climate

Throughout the winter, my apartment is arid. So I chose the Boveda 62% RH formula to tuck into airtight containers with my cannabis. Boveda 62% RH is made for drier climates and for moister strains of medicine. In my case, I used Boveda 62% RH during the winter. Every time I open my containers, the dry air surrounding them rushed in. And I didn’t want that dry air zapping moisture—and potency—from my medicine. I worked hard to grow my own flower, so I wanted to retain my precious terpenes.

Even with my a/c unit running, I suspect humid summer months will find me switching to the Boveda 58% RH formula for my jars. Conversely, Boveda 58% RH is made for more humid climates and drier strains of flower. As a home grower, I’m glad I can fine-tune my humidity control needs with Boveda’s cannabis formulas.

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

More from Dianna: Your Cannabis Buds Deserve Boveda

 

 

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Healing Outside the Box with Cannabinoids

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Tell this to my friend Margaret whose cat scratched her on the ankle months ago. What started out as an innocent abrasion soon became more and more inflamed. Today that scratch has developed into a dangerous and rare skin condition called Pyoderma Gangrenosum.

In the past several months, normal routes of treatment have been explored and exhausted. Oral antibiotics and oral steroids. Then topical antibiotics and topical steroids. So many side effects and so much pain! Cat scratch fever has nothin’ on this bacterium!

Every single day, health care workers come to Margaret’s condo to clean and bandage this ever-growing painful skin ulcer. They’re doing the same thing over and over again and expecting it to suddenly heal, the bacteria to suddenly die, the skin to suddenly start growing again. Margaret’s future days will undoubtedly be filled with this same repetition of attempted sterilization, antibacterial topical treatment and rebandaging. To Margaret, it truly feels like insanity.

Ingeniously pervasive and adaptable microorganisms, like the one plaguing Margaret, frequently elude traditional healing protocols. Even the most efficient sterilization methods can’t kill some of these conditions. Just look at MRSA—an infection that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Every single day these miniscule organisms disprove the correlation between size and survival.

Alas, our current healthcare industry relies on strict guidelines for treatment. But fighting adaptive microorganisms takes some out-of-the-box thinking. Thankfully, many scientists and researchers are starting to explore oft-shunned treatments, including medicinal cannabis.

An alternative therapy for someone like Margaret could include topical cannabis oil for wound care, which would normally never be considered.

 

HOW CANNABIS CAN HELP WITH PAIN AND HEALING

Cannabis Stashlogix

On the surface of our skin cells, there are cannabinoid (CB2) receptors. Cannabis oil binds to these CB2 receptors, which activates our endocannabinoid system. A 2016 study showed that activating CB2 receptors immediately resulted in lowered inflammation, lessened pus output, accelerated production of tissue and accelerated skin healing and closure.

In other words, better healing through cannabis oil. Although Margaret’s condition is rare, it’s been studied extensively. In three separate cases, one study found cannabinoid therapy effectively reduced patients’ pain by activating CB2 receptors.

For thousands of years, extracts from flower have been used to soothe wounds. So why is Western medicine so hesitant to use topical medicinal cannabis to promote healing and manage pain?

 


It’s high time Western medicine recognizes and harnesses the power of cannabinoids.


 

Many herbal programs continue to be restrictive. Qualifying medical conditions are limited. And few delivery methods exist, including oils, caplets and flower. Of course, patients can smoke or vape flower or make edibles from it. But if you’re looking to convert flower into something else, say a medicated lozenge, that’s not an easy task. It’s important to work with an experienced cannabis clinician to advise on usage and dosage. Treatment can vary greatly among patients—even when treating the same condition.

But back to Margaret. Her condition is so dire that she’s been referred to a leading dermatologist in Canada. He’s a big-wig who has seen it all and treats the worst of the worst skin conditions. I urged both Margaret and her son to print the legitimate research I referred to in this post, including the study that used cannabis oil to successfully treat Pyoderma Gangrenosum.

This kicker is—Margaret is a legal cannabis patient, using the oil throughout the day to treat both anxiety and chronic pain.

Although she didn’t arm herself with the studies, she did mention that she had legal cannabis oil at home. Canada’s leading dermatological specialist laughed at Margaret and her son. Talk about shutting down a collaborative conversation about medicinal cannabis. So Margaret’s torturous daily bandage changings continue, still.

When neither Margaret nor her son shared the studies with that specialist, I was disappointed. But I totally understood. Not everyone is eager to school medical professionals about herbal medicine. But I welcome the opportunity! Why?

 

I believe that most physicians are healers at heart. Healers who
myopically look through one traditional pharmaceutical lens.

 

I’ve found sharing even a small amount of information can spur a conversation that can lead to education. Many a physician has been tickled pink and raring to learn more about this incredibly healing plant. After all, that’s what healthcare professionals should strive for–healing.

As that African proverb states:  “It takes a community!” So if you’re a cannabis patient, please spread the good word about cannabis everywhere you go.

 

HOW TO START A CANNABIS CONVERSATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Doctors are busy and often overbooked. Their knowledge of herbal medicine is often lagging. When it comes to educating your healthcare provider about cannabis, know your audience.

  • Break the ice using science to get an MD’s attention. Doctors are all about research studies involving humans.
  • Type in your condition and cannabis into your search engine (for example, MS and cannabis). See if anyone has used cannabinoids to successfully treat your ailment.
  • Find a few clinical studies or case reports about patients who used cannabis to treat your particular health concern.
  • Print out any research you find and bring it with you to your appointment. Had Margaret shown this specialist those studies, he may have taken her more seriously.
  • Emphasize the term “companion medicine” with medical professionals–sounds less risky. Talk about adding this plant’s compounds as a companion medication to your current routine.

 

Condition not a qualifying condition for medicinal cannabis use?
Here’s what you can do.

Pain, nausea, insomnia, etc. Many patients’ symptoms and side effects have been successfully treated with cannabinoids. If a patient wants to willingly stop taking harmful pain medications to try cannabis, doctors tend to listen. (Especially since they’re finally recognizing the dangers of over prescribing opioids)

Not all doctors, however, are willing to give cannabinoids a try. So find a doctor who will think outside the box. Luckily, more and more healers are learning about our body’s endocannabinoid system. As each new medical condition is treated successfully with cannabis, the qualify conditions list will grow.

 

CANNABIS TOPICALS–WHY START WITH FRESH FLOWER

Most important ingredient in cannabis lotions, oils, balms and salves? Extracts taken from juicy, mold-free buds.  When flower dries out, its trichomes break off. And trichomes contain the THC, CBD and other active medicinal cannabinoids. Storing buds with Boveda preserves trichomes.

Creating your own cannabis topicals or buying oils from a dispensary? Whether you’re a home grower or patient, derive cannabis oil from fresh flower to optimize therapeutic benefits. And well-hydrated flower produces better extract yields. So even those licensed producers can benefit from starting with well-hydrated flower.

 

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

 

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HOME GROW #2: SEEDS OR CLONES?

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

When we first caught up with Boveda blogger, Dianna Donnelly, she was transforming a closet into a grow room for her medicinal cannabis plants. Next step? Nosing out where to buy her budding start-ups for her home grow. Dianna did the virtual legwork, here’s what she found.

 


 

As mentioned in my first post, home cultivation is an added bonus for patients in Canada’s most recent legal cannabis program. Once a patient receives a prescription for medicinal cannabis, she can also submit a separate application to grow her own. (Like me!)

Patients need to ask the prescribing cannabis clinician to write an additional prescription. That second prescription is mailed with this application for home cultivation to Health Canada. Sounds easy enough but not all doctors are eager to support home cultivation. It is a patient’s right, so be diligent. FYI: Canadians are grabbing hold of this right and applying to home grow by the thousands!

The application requires a patient to specify whether the flower garden will be indoor, outdoor or a combination of the two. (Mine is indoor.) For every 1 gram of product prescribed per day, a patient is allowed to grow five indoor plants or two outdoor plants. The processing times for a license to home grow ranges from three to six months. (Mine took five months.)

No green thumb? You’re in luck. In Canada, you can also designate an existing legal patient and grower to be your designated grower. With more than 11,640 Canadian patients allowed to grow their own, bet you can find someone who’s willing to add your greenery to their own crop.

Next step? Find my babies!

 

CANNABIS SEEDS VERSUS CLONES

WHY I CHOSE CLONES OVER SEEDS

Originally, I was going to start from scratch with seeds. The only legal producer to offer seeds didn’t have any strains containing cannabidiol (CBD), which is a cannabis chemical compound in my daytime medicine. So seeds were out. (Also not every seed germinates, so it only takes a few duds to turn a home grower off of seeds and on to clones.)

Clones also offer a home cultivator a head-start. The plant has already powered through those awkward, overly fragile germination and seedling stages.

 

WHAT IS A CANNABIS CLONE?

Cannabis Clones

A clone is a cutting from an existing adult plant. The cutting is dipped in root stimulating hormone, nestled into growing medium and covered with a propagation dome. In 10 to 14 days, roots appear and that clone is now an independent, self-sustainable plant.

 

WHERE CAN CANADIAN HOME GROWERS BUY CANNABIS STARTING MATERIALS?

Like so many other aspects of the law, where a patient can legally buy garden start-ups is evolving. Although it’s still a grey area, it’s kind of cool patients have legal options after years of prohibition.

Licenses to grow were administered before LPs could begin selling seeds and clones. So many patient/growers opted to buy seeds and clones the old way–from a head shop or online. (Or acquire them from a buddy.) Health Canada recommends that patient/growers purchase starting materials from one of the licensed producers (LPs) who offer them.

 

WHY BUY FROM AN LP VERSUS A HEAD SHOP OR A BUDDY

  1. Legal
    You can only legally obtain starting materials from LPs. Health Canada has authorized about 30 legal sources to sell seeds or clones.
  2. Genetics
    Legalization has given cannabis patients more access to CBD. For 16 years, I purchased cannabis from illicit sources and never once did I come into contact with CBD, a medicinal compound in cannabis. Head shops and online seed dealers often limit their offerings to THC-only because that’s what has sold–up until now. I find more medicinal benefits from combining THC and CBD compounds than separating them. So shopping strains is thrilling for a medicinal cannabis patient like me. Canada is in the midst of a cannabis evolution. The demand for CBD-only and 1:1 equal THC/CBD strains are on the rise. Seed dealers are now beginning to breed those seeds.
  3. Safety
    To meet Health Canada’s standards, LPs are tightly regulated. Their propagation areas are well-maintained and clean. No more risking your health by buying from someone who may cut his clones in his moldy basement.
  4. Guarantee
    The LPs live through Canada’s erratic winter weather conditions right along with home growers.
    To ensure your plants’ delicate needs are met, LPs follow shipping guidelines, which include:
    1. Nestling plants in special shipping materials
    2. Using priority shipping, so there is a 2-day guarantee
    3. Halting delivery if the temperature is below -10° C (14° F)
    4. Holding clones at sorting facilities for pick up, so those plants aren’t bouncing around in a truck all day.
    5. Offering a 24- to 48-hour guarantee on the life of each clone.

 

WHERE TO BUY CANNABIS SEEDS AND CLONES

The first horse out of the gate was a producer from British Columbia–Whistler Medical Marijuana (WMMC). Initially, it appeared that WMMC priced their clones NOT to sell!

 

WMMC Logo

Whistler Medical Marijuana

Whistler, British Columbia

3 Strain Choices

$750/starter pack of 5 clones of the same strain*

Additional clones within the same strain: $20 each

*Includes taxes & shipping

 

Within a few months, seven other LPs started showing their support for legal growers by offering seeds and clones. Pricing is all over the place. Before placing an order, check if shipping and handling are included. Both can be hefty add-ons, which includes the cost of the clone shipper.

Delta 9 Cannabis Logo

Delta 9 Bio Tech

Winnipeg, Manitoba

4 Strain Choices

$250/starter pack of 5 clones of the same strain*

Additional clones within the same strain:  $20 each

*Includes shipping, not taxes

 

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Canna Farms

Hope, British Columbia

3 Strain Choices

$175/2 clones*

$240/4 of same strain*

$315/4 of 2 different strains*

$455/6 of 3 different strains*

Additional clones: $175, sold in groups of 2 only.

*Includes shipping, not taxes

 

Maricann Logo

MariCann

Burlington, Ontario:

3 Strain Choices

$75 each*

$68 each if you buy 6*

Additional clones:  $40 each*

*Includes taxes & shipping

 

Peace Naturals

Stayner, Ontario

1 Strain Choice

Maximum purchase: 5 clones/patient

$75 each*

Additional clones: $50 each*

No online pricing available, must email LP for details.

*Does NOT include taxes and shipping

 

THC BioMed

Kelowna, British Columbia

21 Strain Choices

$20 per clone*

*Does NOT include taxes and shipping

 

 

Tweed Main Street

Smith’s Falls, Ontario

10 Seed choices

$30/3 seeds*

$45/3 seeds*

$55/3 seeds*

*Does NOT include taxes and shipping, which is a standard $4 with Tweed

Tweed Main Street’s original headquarters is located a half an hour from where I grew up. It’s the only legal source for seeds. Formerly, this facility was a Hershey’s® chocolate plant. When I was a child, you could score a free chocolate bar with each purchase. (I’m pretty sure you’ll see TMS follow that lead once recreational use is legal next year. A free gram with every purchase? Sweet!)

 

Weedmd

Aylmer, Ontario

6 Strain Choices

$100/3 clones

Additional clones: $10 each.

*Does NOT include taxes and shipping

 

 

WHICH LP I CHOSE & WHY

 

THC BioMed

Attractive prices. When I added in shipping and handling, each clone totaled about $55.

Variety of strains. I could create my own starter pack with different strains.

Break on my medicine. While my beauties mature, THC BioMed is providing my interim supply of cannabis at the incredibly low price of $4.20 per gram!

 

WHAT CLONES I CHOSE & WHY

Delahaze

20+ THC & <1 CBD

Haze is a Sativa dominant strain.

Sativas tend to be more cerebral in their effect, which opens up my mind up to very productive writing sessions.

 

Durga Mata 2 CBD

7% THC & 9% CBD

Durga Mata is almost equal parts THC & CBD, which makes it a great strain for morning and daytime use.

The CBD mitigates any sedation I may feel from the THC, which keeps the urge for a siesta at bay.

 

 

Sweet Purple

12 THC & <1 CBD

Sweet Purple just sounded awesome to me. Doesn’t it sound incredible to you?

Purple is my favorite color (and my mom’s too). For esthetics, I really wanted at least one purple flower in my closet!

 

Sensi Star StrainSensi Star

20+ THC & <1 CBD

Sensi Star is heralded by its original breeder (Paradise Seeds) as the strongest Indica around. (I’m not sure if that’s still the case.)

Because of its higher THC content, I’ll be able to use fewer buds to make my homemade cannabis oil.

 

To my friends of the flower in the United States

I’m a Canadian, so this series is about my experience as a legally registered cannabis patient who is approved to home grow her own herbal medicine. However, I did some digging to see if home cultivation is allowed in the United States. Turns out 16 states and Washington D.C. allow some form of restricted home grow. Leafly updates this list and includes links to each individual state’s resources: Here’s an overview of Home Cannabis Cultivation Laws: A State-by-State Guide. Good luck, my friends. If you have questions about home grow, please reach out.

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

 

 

HOME GROW: PART 1

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Cultivators & Retailers: Is Your Flower Weight Compromised?

Cannabis in Grow Room

 

When it comes to buying cannabis, nobody likes getting shorted on weight. Unfortunately, it’s a growing trend.

Is it carelessness? Or is some other factor affecting flower before it even reaches the consumer?

 

IT TURNS OUT THAT FLOWER LOSES ITS WEIGHT AT AN ALARMING RATE BECAUSE OF OVERALL MOISTURE LOSS INSIDE OF THE BUDS

Moisture loss can occur along any part of the supply chain—from cultivator and processor to distributor and retailer. Once you find the root cause, you can correct the problem. After all, every gram lost in transit is equal to money that your business is losing.

Boveda is a leader in the cannabis space and is as dedicated to preserving flower quality as you are. That’s why for the last few years, we have been studying water activity in buds.

We took our talents (and our patented 2-way humidity control) to Colorado and Nevada’s maturing herbal markets. Through testing, we tracked the weight of several different batches of flower–from harvest to retail.

What Boveda has learned about moisture loss is vital information for cannabis professionals. Just check out last year’s crucial findings to see what we mean:

  • 67% of flower (prepackaged) sold in Colorado was underweight
  • 75% of flower at a single chain was underweight
  • The average container was light by 22%
  • The worst offender was light by 40%

 

PRESERVING PROFIT IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Water activity is a factor at every level of cannabis production and sale. Without proper humidity control, water in the buds naturally evaporates over time. At a fairly constant rate, growers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are losing profit into thin air.

Losing valuable flower weight is a huge and mostly unnoticed loss in the cannabis industry. From the date of packaging, many manufacturers place a one-year shelf life on their product. Because of evaporation, many cannabis enthusiasts aren’t getting the flower weight they paid for.

Cultivators and retailers try many different strategies to build customer loyalty–from touting organic growing techniques to creating exclusive branded cultivars for a customized high. However, the ultimate tactical approach is to control the water activity in product. Keeping flower fresh preserves its potency, which benefits both cannabis patients and rec consumers–while leading to happy, repeat customers.

If you’re a dispensary owner looking to raise profits without adding more work, you can start by adding humidity control to your jars and prepackaged flower. With a precise humidity control system, like a Boveda, you can easily give your buyers more for their money and keep your margins high for the long term. It’s a win-win.

 

GROWING QUALITY CANNABIS THEN KEEPING IT THAT WAY

The cannabis industry is facing a massive push for quality improvement. As the product makes the transition from the streets to industrial status, the cultivation techniques are evolving to become more high-tech and efficient, producing the maximum amount of flower in shorter amounts of time.

Unfortunately, over the years, many cannabis buyers have grown used to consuming substandard product due to the popularity of mass-produced flowers.

When consumers are used to poor quality, it’s much harder for craft growers to price their flower at a premium. Dispensary customers, accustomed to dried-out buds, often can’t distinguish a quality strain from one that has lost its basic contents since harvesting. We can do better.

Let’s strive to:

  • Improve product quality across the board
  • Educate cannabis consumers about properly storing flower
  • Standardize humidity control for curing and merchandising cannabis

Worldwide, policies are changing and markets are growing. As consumers begin to identify high-quality flower, they’ll want more, which in turn will push industry standards even higher.

 

CONTROLLING MOISTURE IN CANNABIS FROM CURE TO SALE TO USE

Heavier nugs are always better for the bottom line—and the consumer.

  • Growers can sell bulk harvest for much more–a must in today’s heavily taxed environment.
  • Retailers can price more advantageously since properly moist flower holds its weight much longer than dried out bud.
  • Customers can get what they pay for–accurately weighed flower with enhanced flavors, aromas and psychoactive effects.

Boveda offers wholesale pricing for cannabis professionals. Boveda is formulated in 58% RH and 62% RH levels for cannabis. Our patented 2-way humidity control uses natural salts and pure water to add and absorb moisture. Cure, store and package with Boveda to see the difference for yourself. Higher quality, better preserved flower is possible with Boveda.

 


 

We’ve learned so much already, but we won’t stop there.

Boveda is rolling out its water activity research into a longitudinal study, which will continue over several years and expand to additional legal cannabis markets.

We will make our data accessible to cannabis growers, medical cannabis providers, retailers and anyone else interested in promoting the highest quality flower.

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

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Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

 

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ARE PRE-ROLLS THE FUTURE OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY? | EP. 04

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

 

Let’s talk pre-rolls. The classic joint has always been a staple of the cannabis culture. As more and more states go medically and recreationally legal, cannabis makers are responding to demand by mass producing pre-rolls. (And they ain’t always good ones.) Boveda secured some face time with the award-winning Buena Vista Premium Rolls. Find out what make a good pre-roll from Ben Falik, Buena Vista’s Director of Brand and Marketing.

Watch Cultivate’s pre-roll edition to learn:

  • How pre-rolls fit into the cannabis market
  • Where pre-rolls will be in five years
  • What makes Buena Vista safe for cannabis patients
  • Why not even Boveda can save moldy flower (but Boveda can prevent mold)

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Why is everyone so hot for pre-rolls?

Ben from Buena Vista Pre-Rolls
Ben Falik, Director of Brand and Marketing for Buena Vista Premium Rolls

When compared with other products on dispensary shelves, pre-rolls have a cloudy reputation. In the past, pre-rolls were often rolled with trim and sub-standard flower. Consumers who have been in the game for many years are often skeptical of the flower quality.

But the industry has come a long way from the raggedy “buy one get one” joints given away as an afterthought, explained Ben Falik, Director of Brand and Marketing for Buena Vista Premium Rolls. Preferences are more diverse. Palates are more refined. And many cannabis enthusiasts are willing to pay a premium price for a pre-roll that meets their quality standards, rather than accept a commodified, cheap roll.

Pre-rolls are huge because modern cannabis consumers crave convenience and portability. That growing popularity doesn’t mean that quality has to suffer.

Dispensaries are packed with a proliferation of newbies in the pre-roll space. Extra-long, hash-infused and kief-rolled creations are now the norm. They’re driving up the price point because they’re harder to make and challenging to keep fresh.

Buena Vista’s mission is to provide consistent product that retains its top-shelf qualities, even after the customer leaves the dispensary. This “brand promise” is already paying dividends with devoted brand loyalty for this maker of premium pre-rolls.

Buena Vista Pre-Rolls

 

WHY Buena Vista OVER other packaged pre-rolls?

Buena Vista:

  • Uses only single-sourced strain varietals rather than vague “blends” of plant material
  • Packs only the freshest ground buds into unbleached Dutch cones
  • Packages pre-rolls with Boveda in an innovative oxygen-resistant, Mylar® pouch, which sports a tamper seal and resealable zipper (Think mini travel humidor.)

Customers dig Buena Vista’s strategy, which is to provide full-flavored high flower quality rolled up into a trusted experience. In fact, San Francisco Chronicle’s GreenState editors and writers dubbed Buena Vista the Best New Pre-Roll in 2018.

 

Buena Vista receives a Cannabis Award from GreenState in the category of Best Products.

(BTW, GreenState also recognized Boveda with an excellence award for exceptional performance in the cannabis industry.)

 

WHY IS LOW RH ESPECIALLY TOUGH ON PRE-ROLLS?

Why dry cannabis is bad cannabis:

  • Gives a harsh smoke
  • Reduces potency
  • Negates therapeutic benefits, just to name a few

“Anybody that’s had an experience with cannabis where they’ve said, ‘Wow, I want to hide this smell, it’s strong, it’s so potent.’ That is terpenes–volatile cannabinoids–that are part of the cannabis experience [that] are going out into the environment” Ben said.

“If it smells like weed in your car, it means that terpenes are leaving the product.”

Pre-rolls dry out extremely fast. Not only are they wrapped in semi-absorbent paper, they’re also left exposed to the air for long periods of time. Until a customer picks up a pack from the dispensary, there’s really no humidity control for those poor little guys. And even then, most customers still don’t know that humidity control is the key to keep flower fresh.

 

How does Boveda fit in?

Boveda’s daily dosage size fits in easily, very easily. Every pack of Buena Vista Premium Rolls comes with Boveda 2-way humidity control. Boveda preserves overall humidity (and natural cannabis terpenes!) long after purchase, for a smoother, more flavorful, and more effective smoke. The best part? Many of Buena Vista fans love to remove Boveda from their finished package, and use it again and again to re-humidify their own stashes.

Reusing a pre-packaged Boveda? Boveda 1 gram keeps up to an 1/8 of flower fresh for up to 2 weeks in cannabis containers that are opened and closed frequently.

Buena Vista packages with Boveda

The Boveda 1 gram you see in Buena Vista pre-rolls tows the humidity control line–from start to finish. Boveda’s cannabis formulas are Boveda 58% RH and Boveda 62% RH. Since mold thrives at 65% RH and higher, even 62% RH prohibits mold growth by pulling moisture away from your flower.

 

BUENA VISTA LOOKS GOOD AND DOES GOOD

Buena Vista gives back to the cannabis community by donating product to Operation EVAC, a California Bay Area group, which educates veterans about cannabis. Pre-rolls are an easy and convenient way to medicate, especially for older veterans. Plus, patients can trust the safety and efficacy of a quality branded pre-roll like Buena Vista.

Operation: EVAC

Through 16 peer-led social support groups that meet monthly in six dispensaries in five Northern California cities, Operation EVAC has facilitated more than 300 sessions serving almost 80 unique veterans since launching on Memorial Day, 2016.

 


GOT A QUESTION FOR DREW AND SCOTT? | Use #AskBoveda on social media

#ASKBOVEDA QUESTION:

@thegreenseed on Instagram asks, “If there is a trace of mold in the flowered product, can the added moisture [from Boveda] increase the mold?”

ANSWER:

Of course. Boveda cannot get rid mold that’s already contaminated your flower. In fact, if you have moldy buds, safely dispose of them—don’t smoke or press them. Moldy cannabis is dangerous, especially for MMJ patients, people with compromised immune systems and older folks (like Drew). Why risk it?

Here’s what mold needs to thrive:

  • Organic material (like your flower)
  • Warm temperatures (77º–86º F)
  • Moisture (65% RH or higher)
  • Oxygen

 

Boveda PREVENTS mold GROWTH on cannabis

Boveda’s cannabis formulas are Boveda 58% RH and Boveda 62% RH. So even Boveda 62% RH prohibits mold growth by pulling moisture away from your flower.  

Keep your cannabis safe from the mold monster. Toss Boveda into your stash and store it in an airtight container, like a CVault or lidded jar.

Get yourself Boveda 1 grams for your own daily doses.


 

 

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67% OF DENVER CANNABIS CUSTOMERS ARE BEING RIPPED OFF

In Boveda’s ongoing effort to educate the cannabis world about how parched flower devastates cannabis quality, we uncovered something even more striking:

Chronically over-dry flower degrades cannabis consumer trust

 Imagine if you bought a dozen eggs and 4 were missing. What if those eggs were buds? Cannabis short changing is happening to some Colorado consumers. And Boveda wants you to be on high alert.

 


Haters Gonna Hate, Then Take Away Our Rights

When you sell dry cannabis with plummeting potency who pays? Patients, users and the whole cannabis industry. What if a study uses your dry off-the-shelf flower to measure cannabis’s therapeutic benefits? Cannabis haters will be able to cite these inaccurate findings to restrict cannabis consumption.


 

How cannabis retailers charge you more but sell you less

We’re giving cannabis retailers the benefit of the doubt. Or rather, the benefit of thinking they can predict how much moisture will evaporate from a particular package of cannabis and when that particular package will be sold. Soothsayers are they!

Why under-compensating for moisture loss costs you:

  • Moisture is lost from nearly all packaging at the rate of about 1 gram per month. (Notice the word about—how much evaporation depends on how airtight the package is and what climate you’re in. Here’s the forecast for Denver: Dry, with more dryness to follow.)
  • When cannabis retailers don’t package flower with Boveda, they “pack heavy” to account for moisture loss while their cannabis sits on the shelf.
  • Most cannabis packagers underestimate how much moisture the package will lose. After all, adding too much extra cannabis means they’re giving away flower—and profits.
  • If that prepackaged cannabis you just bought lost more than 1 gram of moisture/month, you’ve just been ripped off.

 

Cannabis Humidity Testing

 

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Water Activity Meter (Moisture testing equipment.)

How Boveda discovered the bud-loss:

  • In every legal cannabis city, we sent secret shoppers to dispensaries, which were selling prepackaged cannabis without Boveda.
  • The shoppers bought flower right off the shelf. (It’s a hard job, but someone had to do it.)
  • The shoppers then hightailed that cannabis to an undisclosed hotel room. (How covert!)
  • Using specialized moisture testing equipment and a scale, we quantified the effects of not packaging flower with Boveda’s 2-way humidity control.

Cannabis Water Activity Graph

 

Without Boveda, how much cannabis came up short in Colorado:

  • 67% of prepackaged flower sold in Colorado was under weight
  • 75% of flower at a single chain was under weight
  • The average container was light by 22%
  • The worst offender was light by 40%

 

When you buy cannabis, who can you trust?

We’re not going to name names. Just be aware that when cannabis brands “pack heavy,” dry air removes quality and value out of virtually every type of packaging.

So how has the cannabis industry gotten away with leaving flower to the mercy of the terpene-destroying conditions in Colorado? Strong demand. Cultivators are able to sell nearly everything they grow, no matter the condition of the flower.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this. A Boveda in every jar and container solves the problem of over drying. Boveda adds (add removes) just the right amount of moisture to lock in a precise relative humidity (RH) level that’s perfect for cannabis. Storing buds with Boveda maximizes the quality and efficacy of cannabis. And now Boveda ensures fairness in flower transactions, too.

Might it be time to start weighing your purchases. Or at least, weighing your dispensary choice.

Does your dispensary protect your buds with Boveda?

 How to tell if you’re buying high-quality prepackaged cannabis:

  • Look for buds with a lot of crystal-like trichomes.
    More trichomes = More potent experience
  • Avoid cannabis with a lot of shake, which is that loose fall-out at the bottom of the package.
    More shake = More broken, useless buds
  • Steer clear of product with seeds and stems and too many leaves.
    More byproducts = Less buy products (less THC and cannabinoids/weight)
  • Check for Boveda in the package.
    Boveda = Pleasant taste, smooth smoke and freshness

 

Charles P. Rutherford II
Boveda Business Development Director/Cannabis Patient

 

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This is Our Craft | Nectar

As of January 1, 2018, the entire West Coast is now legally cannabis-country. (Hello, California!) Let’s check in with its neighbor to the north, Oregon. Since 2016, Oregonians 21 years and older have been legally able to possess and use recreational cannabis. Hear how evolving cannabis laws continue to affect cultivators, retailers and all points in between. Get a look behind the scenes at a company that does it all–Nectar, the biggest cannabis grower in Oregon.

 

Brian Samore of Nectar

Decriminalize Cannabis Then Work Together to Fine-Tune the Law

Two years into Oregon’s legal rec cannabis law, Brian Samore, Director of Operations for Nectar and N.W. Cannabis Trading Company said, “We’re figuring it out just like the government is figuring it out. And we’re doing it at the same time. Together, we’re doing a pretty good job getting through those hurdles.”

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), Oregon’s cannabis governing body, sometimes turns to Nectar, an industry leader for advice, Brian said.

 

Nectar—what’s all the Buzz About?

Nectar is one of a few Oregon-owned and Oregon-grown companies. Under the Applegate Valley Organics subsidiary, it runs six cultivation facilities throughout the state. Nectar produces high-grade flower using sustainable-growing techniques to bring out the best in each of its 20,000 plants. Other vendors turn to Nectar for product because it’s the biggest cannabis grower in Oregon.

Looking for an Oregon dispensary? Nectar has 11 dispensaries throughout Eugene, Portland and Salem. (By the end of 2018, Nectar is scheduled to open eight more locations, including one in Beaverton.)

Inside a Nectar dispensary, you’ll find an extensive variety of flower—80 strains, minimally. Nectar budtenders help patients make informed choices and connect them with the best deals on flower in Oregon. Herbal medicine patients and rec users can also shop for bubble hash, low-dose edibles, topicals, locally sourced paraphernalia and concentrates.

Brian explained, “Whereas other people provide 4 or 5 extracts, Nectar has up to 100 extracts available at our dispensaries. Nobody else in the market can get anywhere close to that.”

Throughout Oregon, herb consumers are getting a safer, more consistent product from legal producers, like Nectar. While providing cleaner, higher quality flower, cannabis professionals are innovating the industry, creating earth-friendly growing practices and bringing in revenue for Oregon. 

 

How legalization helps a state

 According to The Oregonian | OregonLive:

“the first distribution of The Oregon Department of Revenue paid out $85 million in marijuana taxes for schools, public health, police and local governments. (The state put $9.56 million toward the OLCC’s “start-up costs” for regulating the industry and toward the Department of Revenue’s work to collect the taxes.)

“The rest was divvied up according to a formula spelled out by law:

  • State school fund got 40 percent, or $34 million
  • Mental health, alcoholism and drug services got 20 percent, or $17 million
  • Oregon State Police got 15 percent, or $12.75 million
  • Oregon Health Authority got 5 percent or $4.25 million”

 

How LEGALIZING cannabis creates jobs

A growing industry like legal rec cannabis produces new opportunities. There are jobs for everybody who touch the flower–from seed to sale. Currently Nectar employs more than 250 people. Among Team Nectar are expert growers, master curers, educated budtenders and many more passionate and dedicated members.

Nectar employees working with cannabis.

Cannabis careers are sprouting up in legal-rec states, like Oregon. Professionals are turning their backs on traditional industries in favor of plant-touching companies. Cannabis producers are drawing in horticulturists, operations executives, retail experts, finance managers, marketing gurus and more.

 

Cannabis Companies Trickles Down to Other Industries

From plastic tubs, glass jars and light bulbs to sticky notes, labels and office supplies, cannabis producers need to set up the biz and keep it running. In other words, they shop, just like us.

And cannabis cultivators and purveyors can’t do it alone. Just like any other industry, a cannabis company reaches out to other professionals to support its business.

 

Jobs that support legal cannabis producers, include:

  • Commercial real estate agents
  • Irrigation specialists
  • Lawyers
  • Bookkeepers
  • Retail architects
  • Interior designers
  • Packaging designers
  • Writers
  • Printers
  • Global leaders in 2-way humidity control (Hey, that sounds like Boveda.)

 

HOW big-scale producers USE boveda

 

“Next to our people, our product is the most important thing we have.
Boveda is an opportunity for us to preserve the 58% humidity of our flower.”
– Brian Samore, Nectar

 

“We use Boveda, the moment our flower shows up in our totes. The totes are airtight but at the same time, they may be a little moist still or dry,” Brian explained. “So before we even get to the [bud] bucking process, we’re using Boveda to maintain or equalize that humidity level that we’re seeking.”

Bud bucking.

 

“So six days from now, six months from now, it’s the same quality. It’s the same moisture. It’s the same feel, it’s the same sound, it’s the same touch as when it was first jarred,” Brian said.

“The moment Nectar is jarred, Boveda is inside,” Brian said. “… it’s a signature of what we do.”

Boveda and cannabis at Nectar.

 

Flower protected by Boveda retains 15% more terpenes and cannabinoids than cannabis stored without Boveda’s 2-way humidity control

Ask your friendly, neighborhood budtender to package up your flower with Boveda. In a matter of hours, your herbal medicine can dry out—even in a sealed medicine bottle or zip-closed bag. Why? Therapeutic terpenes micro-evaporate into your herb’s head space (the air inside). Boveda slows the terpene loss with its precise, 2-way humidity control.

 

Dispensary doesn’t carry Boveda? BYOBoveda! (Then email the name of the dispensary to us at info@bovedainc.com, so we can put the squeeze on.)

 

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STORING YOUR CANNABIS WITH BOVEDA PREVENTS THE LOSS OF 15% OF YOUR FLOWER’S TERPENES

Boveda, the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control
Put Mason Jars of Cannabis to the Test

 

Boveda retains terpenes.

 

Think your flower’s fresh because you store it in a closed container?

Scientists at a cannabis testing facility in California:

  • Filled two identical mason jars with the same strain of medical grade cannabis.
  • Placed Boveda in one jar 😊. Left Boveda out of the other jar 😞.
  • Sealed the jars.
  • Tested the terpene levels after 6 weeks.

 

Cannabis protected by Boveda had 15% higher terpene and cannabinoid levels than cannabis without Boveda’s 2-way humidity control

Your herbal medicine can dry out even in a lidded jar or container or resealable plastic bag. Why? Therapeutic terpenes micro-evaporate into a cannabis container’s head space (the air inside). Boveda slows the terpene loss with its precise humidity control.

 

If your plants could talk, they would ask for Boveda

Hold on to moisture, hold on to your flower’s trichomes! Trichomes house the therapeutic compounds exclusive to this amazing plant. Properly hydrated cannabis retains its medicinal efficacy, provides a better experience and doesn’t lose water weight to evaporation. Boveda’s patented technology adds or removes humidity to maintain the right moisture content for flower. Buds preserved by Boveda retains their color, flavor, aroma and potency.

 

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HOW TO BREAK THE STIGMA OF FLOWER | EP. 03

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

 

Some cannabis converts were once naysayers. What changed? They, or someone they know, found relief from flower. People in all walks of life turn to this plant for healing and pain relief, including amputee Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director for Boveda. Watch then share Cultivate episode 3 with cannabis skeptics you know.

Cultivate episode 3 covers:
• What turns a cannabis doubter into an advocate?
• Why do some MMJ laws doom flower?
• How sharing a personal story can change public perception of this amazing plant.
• Does storing buds with Boveda prevent you from making kief?

Subscribe to the Cultivate podcast on the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel or on iTunes.

 

“His [Charlie’s] open mindedness is truly a breath of fresh air.”

-Arianna Zhen

 

 


Charlie Rutherford was a cannabis skeptic—and he works for Boveda!


 

Charlie is probably not who most people picture as a stereotypical cannabis user. He’s a business professional who volunteers weekly at his church. And despite his injury, he’s a competitive athlete, who still skis, golfs and mountain bikes.

Charlie turned to herbal medicine to ease pain after his left foot was amputated following a motorcycle accident. Phantom limb pain and nerve pain became a constant, agonizing problem. Yet the doctors’ only solution to deal with this pain was to give the former motorcycle racer more and more opiates. Charlie turned to flower to treat insomnia caused by chronic pain. Luckily, his connections in the industry took care of him in his time of need.

He soon discovered that healing flower is not your high school pot. Medicinal cannabis is dosed, condition-specific and regulated. Charlie took a proactive approach to find the best ways to use the plant safely. He’s tried flower, vaping oil and edibles to treat pain.

 

“Cannabis enthusiasts are seeking a more intellectual approach

and want to learn about different varietals, correct dosage amounts and what

medical benefits  can be found with the correct balance of THC and CBD.”

The Herb Somm

How to break the stigma of flower

  • Listen to patients who use cannabis as a wellness tool.
  • Look into your own health concerns—does flower help others find relief?
  • Share your cannabis success stories—make flower mainstream.

Now Charlie is a cannabis believer and dedicated to de-stigmatizing the cannabis plant. Charlie has authentic conversations about the flower’s natural pain relief. He’s instrumental in Boveda’s support of HeroGrown (formerly Grow for Vets), a program that helps American heroes gain access to cannabis, including veterans, first responders and their families.

 

“I was a skeptic before as well. Until I got this terrible migraine.”

-Jovenrocks420

 

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Where is medicinal marijuana headed?

States that have legalized cannabis.

“In recent years, voters in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state have approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia also allow for state-regulated dispensaries of medical marijuana.” –Governing

Many medicinal cannabis programs, however, can be very restrictive. In Minnesota, there are only a select number of delivery methods available to patients–pills, oils, and tinctures–and no flower. Pain isn’t even a condition covered by Minnesota’s medical cannabis policy.

Medicinal marijuana can also be hard to access and expensive. And it’s not easy to find doctors who will recommend or can prescribe herbal medicine. Charlie is concerned these roadblocks will desuade patients from seeking treatment, thus reducing the success of Minnesota’s legal cannabis program.

 

What qualifying medical conditions are covered under medicinal cannabis laws in your state?

Although they vary from state to state, some qualifying conditions for medical marijuana patients include: pain relief, cancer, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma and movement disorders.

 

 

“Thank you for not living in denial and let logic and science prevail!”

-Ganjaism Campaign 

 

How to keep your herbs healthful

Seeing is believing. Sharing success stories about herbal medicine goes a long way in normalizing flower. But to have success stories to share, patients must use fresh medicine. Cannabis retains its potency and therapeutic effects when it’s properly stored in an airtight container with Boveda’s 2-way humidity control.

Boveda 8gram

Herbal medicine stored WITH Boveda had 15% higher terpene and cannabinoid levels than WITHOUT Boveda’s 2-way humidity control.

Both Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH formulas work the same way—they add and remove moisture to keep your herbal medicine fresh. CHOOSE:

  • Boveda 58% RH if you like drier strains or live in a high humidity climate
  • Boveda 62% RH if you like moister strains or live in a drier climate

With Boveda, there is nothing else to add, which makes Boveda easy for MMJ patients to use. Just toss in Boveda with your medicine. Replace after 2 to 5 months—or whenever Boveda gets hard and crunchy.

 


GOT A QUESTION FOR DREW AND SCOTT? | Use #AskBoveda on social media

#ASKBOVEDA QUESTION:

Does storing cannabis with Boveda prevent you from making kief?

ANSWER:

Kief is those tiny, sticky crystals that cover flower and contain its terpenes and cannabinoids. Often people harvest kief by drying flower until trichromes break off, which reduces the herb’s therapeutic value. You’ll get better use out of your medicine by using Boveda to keep your flower at a steady 58% to 62% RH and extracting kief using a three-chamber herb grinder.

 

 

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Boveda Captures Excellence in Products in the 2018 GreenState Cannabis Awards

Boveda is officially EXCELLENT! (Insert air guitar here.)

GreenState editors and writers granted Boveda the excellence award for exceptional performance in the cannabis industry. GreenState is the digital cannabis media site for the San Francisco Chronicle.

CEO Sean Knutsen

 

 

Sean Knutsen, Boveda CEO:

 “We are passionate about maximizing people’s enjoyment of their passions–it’s our whole purpose as a company. To be recognized as an industry best is an absolute honor. Being a GreenState Award winner will expose many more enthusiasts to the benefits of well-humidified cannabis.

 Boveda is so good for cannabis in so many ways. It reduces the potential loss of terpenes by as much as 15%, it eliminates canoeing, it takes away any harshness that people experience when smoking dry flower and it helps lock in the aroma that is sometimes lost by damaging fluctuations in humidity.” 

 

 

Boveda is one of the first recipients to receive a GreenState Cannabis Award. These new awards are a best-of guide for the cannabis curious, including:

  • Boomers revisiting cannabis
  • Young couples looking for the next artisanal trend
  • Senior citizens looking for health solutions

 

Today, 21 percent of the U.S. population live in a legalization state, one-in-eight
U.S. adults say they smoke marijuana, and 88 percent of cannabis consumers
consider themselves part of a new cannabis culture–identifying as social,
sophisticated and professional individuals.

–GreenState

How Boveda makes sure your buds are excellent, too:

  1. Boveda uses ingredients that don’t affect the aroma or taste of flower
    Pure water and natural salts are used to keep flower properly hydrated.
  2. Boveda turns any airtight container into safe storage for cannabis
    Mason jars, plastic tubs, CVaults–just toss in Boveda. Its 2-way humidity control adds and absorbs moisture to achieve and maintain a precise RH for herbal flower—between 58% RH and 62% RH.
  3. Boveda keeps the herbal flower fresher, longer–up to a year
    Both cannabis producers and consumers can store their buds safely for a long time with Boveda. Flower stored in an airtight container at the proper moisture level with Boveda showed no detectable degrading after 12 months. Talk about preserving potency!

 

BOVEDA IS IN GOOD COMPANY

Congratulations Buena Vista and CVault!

BEST PRODUCTS

Best New Pre-Roll, Buena Vista
2018 GreenState Cannabis Awards

Buena Vista

Voted best pre-rolls, Buena Vista uses only strain-specific, whole-flower, NorCal bud sourced from artisan cultivators. Wrapped in unbleached Dutch cones, these premium rolls trust Boveda to preserve their exceptional potency, flavor and aroma. Buena Vistas are packaged with Boveda inside a mini sealed humidor bag. Boveda’s 2-way humidity control keeps Buena Vistas fresh from the first roll to the last.

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTS

Accessories, CVault
2018 GreenState Cannabis Awards

CVault Container

Boveda shares the honor of Excellence in Products with CVault. (Pros and home grows in the know pair us up all the time anyway!) Together with the power of Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control, CVault containers keep cannabis in a true state of freshness. CVault’s food grade stainless steel containers are airtight and impenetrable by light. Master curers and cannabis enthusiasts swear by CVault for curing and storing. And Boveda does, too.

 

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HOW TO GET A GREAT YIELD ON YOUR ROSIN PRESS | EP. 02

CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & DREW EMMER

 

What does humidity control have to do with making concentrates? Good product in = good product out. As do-it-yourself rosin heats up the world of home grow, learn what’s pressing from PurePressure’s Eric Vlosky. PurePressure makes top quality rosin presses, rosin bags and accessories in Denver, Colorado.

Cultivate, the Rosin edition covers:
• What is rosin and how it is made
• Why press with quality well-hydrated flower
• Why extracting from moldy cannabis is dangerous
• How Boveda ups rosin yield

Subscribe to the Cultivate podcast on the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel or on iTunes.

 

What is rosin and how is rosin made?

Rosin is a cannabis concentrate made without using solvents. Rosin pressing produces a purer product than using butane or carbon dioxide to extract THC and cannabinoids to make wax, shatter, budder and butane hash oil (BHO). Forgoing chemicals, rosin pressing uses intense pressure and heat to extract pure cannabis oil. People use rosin for dabbing, in cartridges and as an ingredient in premium cannabis edibles.

But read the feeds and you’ll get some bad advice about rosin extraction. No, you shouldn’t make rosin out of just any old flower. Pressing cannot save your bad buds, PurePressure’s Eric Vlosky said.

“A lot of places take pretty scary trim, that would never be sold in any other way because it’s been contaminated, press it and make low-grade rosin,” Eric said.

Smoking or vaping contaminated rosin is especially dangerous for medical cannabis patients.

Some producers may try to pass off rosin made from flower that’s tainted by powder mildew, molds or mites. That’s why it’s important to buy rosin from a reputable dispensary. Some dispensaries also make and sell their own rosin. But there’s a rush for good gold, so quality rosin might be hard to find. (At legal markets, budtenders often snap up the full-melts before they even hit the shelves.)

So many home growers and cannabis enthusiasts do it themselves. As Eric explained, it’s a very simple extraction process. Anyone can enjoy solvent-less hash through the technique called “rosin tech.” Instead of using chemicals, rosin tech uses intense pressure and heat to extract pure cannabis oil AKA solvent-less hash oil.

Straightener with Cannabis

At home, people can make rosin with an ordinary hair straightener, parchment paper, metal dabber and well-hydrated flower. Or many invest in small- to medium-scale industrial presses, like PurePressure’s Pikes Peak.

PurePressure Rosin Press

Designed specifically for rosin pressing, PurePressure presses are made in the U.S.A. They give full control over every aspect of the rosin extraction process—temperature, speed and press time. And digital readouts of temperature and pressure save the last run data, so you can easily replicate your best yields. Definitely a step up, way up, from the hair straightener method.

 

 

What are the best cannabis strains for pressing?

Any strain with fruit in the title with high terpene content produces good flavor, such as Clementine, White Berry or Banana Split, Eric said. For people who prefer pressing gassy strains, Gorilla Glue is a popular choice. And super-trichome whites simply drip with resin oil.

 

Why press with quality well-hydrated flower?

 

“If you’re pressing flower rosin, humidity is crucial.”

-Eric Vlosky, PurePressure, maker of top quality rosin presses and accessories in Denver, Colorado

In Eric’s home state of Colorado, the year-around humidity is well under 60%. Indoors, humidity levels can dip to 20-30%.

“Leave nugs out on the counter and they’ll crisp up,” Eric said.

When cannabis dries out, its trichomes break off. And trichomes contain the THC, CBD and other active medicinal cannabinoids. Storing buds with Boveda preserves trichomes. Plus well-hydrated flower produces better rosin yields.

 

How does Boveda work?

One reason rosin pressing is so popular is that it eliminates the use of chemicals. Likewise, inside each Boveda is pure water vapor and natural salts. Just toss in Boveda with your flower in an airtight cannabis container.

Boveda’s 2-way humidity control adds or absorbs moisture to lock in a precise relative humidity level. Cannabis-specific Boveda comes in 58% and 62% RH levels. And Boveda is available in many sizes to keep every weight stash well-hydrated–whether it’s a pressing matter or not.

 

Into cannabis podcasts? Catch every episode of Cultivate–subscribe on the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel or on iTunes.

 

 

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Pro Tips: Curing Cannabis

Cannabis ScaleMore and more cannabis enthusiasts are educating themselves on what fantastic finished product looks and smells like. The true indicator of superior cannabis is in the curing of it. Cannabis connoisseurs know this.

With an increase of legal cultivators flooding into new markets, these growers must produce exceptional product to appeal to the most discerning tastes.

Curing is more than a step in cultivation–it’s an art form.

The cannabis world is learning quickly that the true secret to fuller, more potent and more enjoyable buds is all in the cure. As legal cannabis cultivation has expanded, curing has advanced scientifically to keep up with demand.

 

Properly cured cannabis retains its weight, flavor and cannabinoid levels much better than flowers that are handled carelessly.

 

The curing process begins even before the harvest. For the cultivator who harvests product with care, a solid humidity control strategy is the way to go. Throughout the cultivation process, humidity in the air must be kept as consistent as possible to produce the highest quality flowers.

 

Step 1: Control the Environment

So as a cannabis grower, is the environment really something you can control? Yes, if you’re adaptable.

Choose the best grow operation based on your climate (and local laws, of course), such as:

  • Outdoor
  • Greenhouse
  • Hydroponic

Many growers prefer a hydroponic system, which lets you easily adjust the humidity levels indoors. Others cultivators like a greenhouse setting–natural light can shine in while moisture levels can still be contained. Either way, it’s a lot of work to regulate an internal environment every day. And the best cultivators strive for perfection in every possible area of grow.

Next time you shop for flower at the dispensary, notice the subtle differences between indoor and outdoor buds. See which ones you like the best. And ask your budtender or in-store cannabis consultant where your favorite cannabis was grown.

 

Step 2: Harvest & Dry Promptly

It doesn’t matter if it’s grown indoors or outdoors; the flavors and aromas of professionally grown cannabis exist thanks to modern humidity control. The finished product in your jar has been through a long and painstaking journey!

 

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Several vital steps don’t even take place until after harvest, such as:

  • Cutting down and hanging plant limbs to dry
  • Trimming old growth off of the flowers
  • Curing, which dries and prepares the flower for packaging, retail and eventually consumption

Perhaps the most important and often overlooked part of cultivation is knowing when to harvest the plants. Here’s where things get tricky for cultivators. Harvesting too early could negatively affect the potency of your finished flower. Letting the flowers sit too long on the plant could cause them to prematurely dry out. Knowing the growing cycle by heart and achieving the perfect balance at harvest time are signs of a truly skilled grower.

After harvest, cannabis flower should be dried for three to seven days in a humidity-controlled environment. This allows for natural moisture to evaporate slowly, so the buds don’t become too dry. After this initial drying process, flower should always be cured in special airtight containers with Boveda.

Boveda collaborated with cannabis industry experts to formulate a line of 2-way humidity control specifically for the cannabis industry.

Boveda balances out the moisture of curing cannabis and locks in a precise relative humidity level where the full bouquet of cannabinoids and terpenes can finish developing. Using Boveda in specialized equipment, like CVault curing containers, ensures a pure and slow curing experience.

Boveda in Cvault for Cannabis

Step 3: Store With Care

Growers of grains and produce go to great lengths to keep their harvests fresh long after they reach their final destination. The same should be true for high-grade cannabis flowers.

Odds are freshly cured cannabis isn’t consumed right away. En route to a retail space, buds must be properly stored until they are purchased.

The loss of flavors and aromas, quality and potency, and even the valuable weight of cannabis buds are most adversely affected in post-harvest storage.

The easiest way to get the product from Point A to Point B isn’t necessarily the best way.

  1. Product should never be carelessly stored in plastic bags or jars without proper humidity control.
  2. To maintain freshness, prevent moisture damage and eliminate over drying, store cannabis in containers that have airtight closures with Boveda, the 2-way humidity control.

No matter how long it’s been since the harvest, a solid cure will ensure a quality product that leaves your consumer wanting more. A solid cure—and proper storage—is made easy with Boveda.

With today’s technology, your favorite strains are in good hands. Boveda is tested and trusted in professional cultivation settings. Hundreds of the world’s top cannabis cultivators proudly use Boveda humidity control to easily cure and store their precious flowers. Boveda is incredibly easy to use for individual growers and industrial-scale producers. Just toss in Boveda to properly protect your cannabis for 2-4 months.

Check out our herbal medicine humidity control line and see what makes Boveda different.

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

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Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

Roni Stetter’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Roni Stetter. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Roni Stetter for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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Cannabis Consumption and The Active Lifestyle

Cannabis haters peg us as lazy, hazy, mentally deficient loafers who should just pop some aspirins and suck up whatever ails us. Those in a position of ignorance also blame the cannabis plant for many of modern society’s ills.

Choose to use cannabis as part of your health and fitness routine, and you’ll probably face generalizations and misunderstandings at every kick-turn. In truth, cannabis stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. A great many cannabis consumers are, or once were, elite athletes!

How do we change this stigma against our favorite flower?

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Simple. Tell your cannabis story. 

 

The reality is, most people personally know someone who has used cannabis in a beneficial way. That someone may not feel comfortable sharing his or her healing story at the starting line, on the chairlift or at book club.

If cannabis users want to change the way we’re all perceived, we must get over it and get talking.

So here’s my story. Hear how I used cannabis as an aid to get my fitness and well-being back on track after an accident.

 

Relief & Redemption

During my high school years, I was a serious athlete. I never really thought about partying with cannabis or even alcohol. Life had different plans for me.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I first tried cannabis shortly after I’d been sidelined for the remainder of the swimming season by knee and severe lower back injuries. At the time, I wasn’t necessarily seeking pain relief. Perhaps an exciting diversion? I had plenty of time on my hands since my doctors had all but forbidden me to play sports.

I greatly enjoyed my first few experiences with cannabis. But it took more than a year for me to notice the healing benefits of flower. Once I began consuming the herb daily, I transformed from a high-strung kid who had trouble sleeping and couldn’t get through the day without pain relievers and expensive knee supports, to a person who had a positive outlook on life, went to the gym regularly, and slept well!

Since “coming out” about my positive experiences with the cannabis plant, I’ve encountered hundreds of others just like me who count on the herbal medicine to maintain healthy lifestyles. With each story, the characteristics of a “typical” cannabis user proved untrue.

 

Non-Toxic Pain Management

The science and medical communities might still be deliberating the safety of cannabis and infused products, but one thing is certain:

Cannabis poses fewer health risks than conventional pain remedies.

To quell muscle soreness and pain from overuse and injury, athletes at all levels use pharmaceuticals. Both over-the-counter and prescription varieties are typically not recommended for long-term use. Popular pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, for example, are known to cause damage to the digestive system over time. Taking opioids poses even more health risks, including the threat of addiction. The body builds up a tolerance to these more powerful pain relievers, which makes them less effective the longer you rely on them.

Using flower daily might sound like a “bad habit” to some, but for me, cannabis motivated me to become more active. Even in the face of pain and stiffness, the psychoactive effects of the flower helped me forget about the perceived limitations from my chronic aches and soreness. I was able to get back into the gym and have pride in my fitness once again–and because of that, I will always be grateful to cannabis.

 

A Healthier Way To Recover

Allowing the body to rest and recover is one of the most vital portions of any workout plan—even for those just getting started on a fitness journey.

I’ll be the first to admit that when I started consuming cannabis, my methods were not the healthiest. Like many teens, I smoked sub-par product in sub-par ways–from a dirty pipe, tobacco leaf, or in the worst cases, even an aluminum soda can.

However, as I learned more about medical cannabis and officially became a patient myself, a whole new world of healthy options opened up to me. These days, I medicate using a vaporizer or snacking on wholesome and healthful edibles.

I only consume the best quality flower grown by a trusted cultivator in a strain that is specifically for my needs.

If you medicate with flower, the unique aroma and flavor of each bud should automatically attract you. I love that Boveda’s 2-way humidity control preserves the special flavors that I love the most. When I stock up on a strain that works for me, I want to maximize its effectiveness– not let it go stale and dry out in my jar! I just toss in Boveda and it protects my medicine for a few months.

When it comes down to it, using cannabis as part of a wellness routine is becoming much more accessible and acceptable thanks to the growing wave of legalization campaigns worldwide. If someone like me can find a new sense of balance and wellness from smoking the herbal flower, it can help others, too.

Preserve the healing properties, flavor and aroma of your herbal medicine with Boveda.

 

Before participating in any exercise or fitness program, please consult with a physician or other healthcare provider.

 

Roni Stetter– Roni Stetter

thehurtguru.com

Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.

 

Roni Stetter’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Roni Stetter. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Roni Stetter for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

 

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Home Grow #1: Legal to Do It

Home Grow chronicles Dianna’s personal journey as a medical cannabis patient who registered and was approved by the Canadian government to grow cannabis in her home. Dianna’s experience is one grower’s point of view. Her ideas are neither the best or only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


 

It’s the ultimate green renovation—revamping a closet to make room for a crop of medical cannabis. Join Boveda blogger, Dianna Donnelly as she plots her personal medical cannabis growing operation. Dianna is just one of more than 6,800 Canadians who are registered to cultivate their own medical cannabis, according to a June 2017 report from Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The first time I sprouted a cannabis seed was in 2003. I had just purchased my first laptop and began researching this incredible plant. Online I learned how to germinate the seed in a damp paper towel on a tea saucer inside of a sandwich bag. In three days, my seed awoke. It was all legs. Long, white and hairy legs. But at the other end a little green sprite was trying mightily to break out of the confines of its seed shell.

I planted that wiry and eager sprout in a container filled with soil from my backyard. (I remember sneaking the dirt inside the house “007-style,” so no one would suspect my crime.) My plant sat under a bedside lamp in my basement. Two weeks later, I realized my dad was coming over to help me paint what had become my grow room. Before he arrived, I hid my secret wonder out in the shed, forgetting how sheds and fathers attract one another. Before long, dad came into the house carrying my now three-inch plant. With the sweetest optimism, he simply said, “Di, it’s not gonna grow very well out there.”

To my dad, it didn’t matter what I was growing, only that I planned to grow it well. My father, mother and all of our rural neighbors taught me how to be a partner with nature. That knowledge and understanding may be their greatest gifts to me.

From the day I germinated that seed, I knew my green thumb was destined for greatness. Growing medicinal cannabis, however, was never my goal. Fortunately, ACMPR, Canada’s most recent legal cannabis program, now includes a provision that allows patients with a doctor’s recommendation to grow medicinal cannabis at home.

 

STEP 1: SECURING A DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATION

A physician’s blessing, however, can actually be difficult to obtain. A patient must find a doctor who is willing to assess her diagnosis and correlate it to an ever-growing list of Health Canada approved conditions.

In April 2016, Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott spoke to the United Nations General Assembly reiterating Canada’s electoral promise to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. Before spring 2016, if a patient’s family physician didn’t “believe” in the medical benefits of herbal flower, it was difficult for a patient to receive an assessment.

 

Many doctors still fear they will be stigmatized
for recommending “home grow” medicine.

 

I’ve counseled many patients whose doctors have refused to discuss cannabis and have actually charged patients to release their files to be assessed for this safer medicine. My own GP (general practitioner) was unwilling to prescribe cannabis for me. He gladly provided a written diagnosis, so I could be assessed at any one of the 30+ Cannabis Clinics. Staffed by medical professionals familiar with strains and dosing, Cannabis Clinics give traditional physicians a place to refer patients.

Previously when I worked at a cannabis clinic, patients who couldn’t physically come to the clinic would ask if doctors could Skype with them. At that time, remote assessments were not permitted. Now clinics can assess patients in their homes! Recently, one of my loved ones was assessed at his kitchen table. The assessment was free through his health insurance. How far we’ve come so fast.

 

Cannabis growing in Dianna's home.“I self-medicated for 15 years before a Cannabis Clinic doctor prescribed cannabis for
me–a visit that was covered by Canada’s awesome provincial health insurance.” 

 

STEP 2: COMPLETING THE ACMPR APPLICATION TO GROW MEDICAL CANNABIS AT HOME

The ACMPR application is seven pages long. And it’s not an easy read. For a full 30 minutes, I sat pondering the very first question. No wonder why so many applications are rejected! With the application, a patient must submit an original “medical document” or prescription. If an existing prescription was previously submitted to a licensed producer, that prescription will not be accepted with an application for Health Canada’s personal cultivation program.

After completing the lengthy application, I mailed it off with my original “medical document” from the Cannabis Clinic doctor to Health Canada. And then I waited patiently for one month. Then two, three and four.

 

STEP 3: SETTING UP THE NURSERY DURING THE DELAY

1. Prepping my space, like an expectant Mother Nature

To start my cannabis growing process off right, I talked to a local botanist at a hydroponic/organic growing store. There I bought grow lights, nutrients, Mylar® and specialized soils. I recommend investing in “living soil” to grow the herbal flower. Living soil runs about $20-$35 per cubic foot and is prepacked with nutrients and microorganisms. (Just add water!) “Head shops” also sell some nutrients for growing cannabis.

When I met with a garden expert, I was very honest about my budget. I didn’t want to drop a bundle and not see it balance out in the end. To save money while growing cannabis, I suggest shopping at a hardware or big box store for regular soil, vermiculite, perlite, root stimulator, spray bottles, planters and more.

 

2. Plotting out my cannabis-in-a-closet plan

Here’s how I turned a nearly 8′ x 2′ (2.4 m x 60 cm) space into a cannabis nursery/garden oasis:

  • From the closet rod, I hung two bread-box sized 150-watt grow lights, which can be raised as the plants grow.
  • Covered the walls and inner sides of the sliding doors with shiny Mylar to mirror light, so my green goddesses could feel lumens on every leaf.
  • Scrubbed the floor then laid down a sheet of Mylar to reflect light up into the lower branches.
  • Installed a fan at either end of the closet to bring on breeze, which will make for stronger and more resilient plants able to produce more cannabinoids and terpenes.

 Cannabis in her closet.

 

STEP 4: LICENSING AND REAPPLYING

After five months, my license finally arrived. I am now legally approved to cultivate 25 plants as long as I grow them inside my eighth-floor apartment. My plant total is based on my dosage—every gram of prescribed dried cannabis translates into five indoor plants. My license is valid until July 28, 2018. Just to be safe, I’ll begin the renewal process early in the new year to keep my crop up and running.

 

STEP 5: CHOOSING A STRAIN FOR EVERY REASON, EVERY NEED, EVERY SEASON

Growing Cannabis

Currently, I treat my depression with medical cannabis. I suspect that growing my own medical cannabis may be healing in and of itself. My ever-populating house plants will remind me of the good in life. Seeing something grow from my own efforts will make me more hopeful. The wonder of botany at play will lift my spirits and quell those negative thoughts.

With a bit of TLC, cannabis plants grow as vigorously as weeds. Imagine perfect two-, three-, five- and nine-fingered leaves multiplying overnight! I can’t wait to explore different growing methods, mediums and tie-down or cropping techniques.

Do I train a cannabis plant into a Christmas tree? A menorah? What great photos these would make to share with friends, since my green girls cannot travel away from my residence for the holidays.

I plan to get a lot of good out of my 25 cannabis plants.  Some will flower. Some will vegetate. Others I’ll harvest to eat. (A leaf a day keeps the doctor away, correct?)

Come along with me on my Home Grow journey. In an upcoming blog, I’ll talk cost and strains and further examine legal sources for seeds and clones.

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

HOME GROW: PART 2

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Introducing the Cannabis Podcast: Cultivate, with Scott Swail and Drew Emmer

 

First things first. Scott is the young guy. Drew is the self-ascribed old guy. (And Luke Chase is the on-air producer/line judge for Boveda’s new cannabis podcast, Cultivate.)

In their first Cultivate episode, Drew and Scott address:

  • Why it matters if your flower is dry.
  • What if you like dry flower.
  • And what that intense aroma when you open a bag of dry buds is really telling you.

Plus you’ll delve into medicinal marijuana with Melissa Rolston, host of The Cannabis Report on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 168).

 

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Keep It Fresh

Once cannabis trade show attendees get to the Boveda booth, Boveda’s master sideshow barker, Drew Emmer, and account manager, Scott Swail, show folks how Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control, makes (and keeps) flower fresh.

Cultivator’s first guest, Melissa Rolston, met Drew and Scott at the 2017 Lift Cannabis Expo in Toronto, Ontario. Melissa gained prominence after she was a featured in the Forbes article Cultivating Women Leaders In A Growing Field: A Conversation With A Cannabis Social Entrepreneur by Shavon Lindley. Turns out Melissa is a huge proponent of Boveda.

 

Come along with Drew and Scott

Cannabis Trade Show

Scott and Drew take Boveda on the road to more than 35 cannabis trade shows a year.  In 2017, they’ve been everywhere, man, from New West and CWCB Expo to Imperious and CannaCon. At each show, Drew and Scott search out future Cultivate guests (like Melissa). And educate cannabis lovers and producers about why Boveda is a necessary player in the medical marijuana industry.

But not everyone is a Boveda believer right away.

“A guy at a Vancouver show just wasn’t convinced,” Drew admitted. “So we said, try Boveda. Just try it.”

The naysayer returned the very next day a changed man with changed cannabis. That’s the beauty of Boveda. Within hours (sometimes minutes) Boveda can rejuvenate buds by restoring the color, flavor, aroma and sponginess. Got some dried out MJ of your own? Just drop in a 4 gram Boveda in up to ½ oz. of flower and prepare to be amazed.

 

“Dude, you are so right. My flower is way better.”

-Boveda convert (Can we get an amen?)

 

Drew explained nearly everyone’s weed is dry—especially if you live in Las Vegas, central California, Scottsdale or other parched climes. That arid air just sucks the moisture right out of cannabis. “You’ll get a harsh smoke that burns your throat,” Scott added.

 

How to keep your cannabis sweet smoking

Store your flower with Boveda, which reacts to and controls the environment that it’s in—whether you live in the high desert or high humidity. Boveda releases pure water vapor to bring marijuana up to a precise relative humidity (RH) level then locks it in by adding or absorbing moisture. For cannabis, Boveda comes in two RH levels—58% RH and 62% RH. Just toss in Boveda and it does all the work.

 Drew Speaking about Boveda for Cannabis

 

Will dry cannabis hurt you?

No, but dry cannabis won’t help you much either. The flower loses its potency when it isn’t properly humidified with Boveda. When your trichomes disintegrate, so do your healing and heady benefits. Trichomes are the spikey hairs on your flower that contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and other active medicinal cannabinoids. Preserving trichomes also preserves terpenes, the oils that give cannabis its favored taste and smell.

For medical marijuana patients, storing flower with Boveda protects the medicine’s effectiveness Melissa said. A medical cannabis patient herself, she advises other patients about appropriate storage, strains and dosages. She’s a liaison between the patient and the physician, who may be new to prescribing cannabis.

 

 

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Boveda Protects Every Slice-A New Cannabis Cigarette From Toast™

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Yet another cannabis industry innovator has entrusted Boveda to keep its products good and fresh. Recently, Toast™ unveiled the first professionally manufactured cannabis cigarette, the Slice™. Inside each Slice pack is a little bonus—Boveda. Boveda’s 2-way humidity control precisely regulates oft fluctuating moisture that can take down even the best cannabis.

 

Slice gives a marijuana novice peace of mind and a cannabis
connoisseur a new, haute way to indulge the hobby.

 

What’s in a cannabis Slice?

  • High-quality strains
  • Measured potency
  • Expected after-effects

Slice regulates cannabis for the adult rec user. Each Slice of Toast contains a proprietary, all-natural, tobacco-free 100% cannabis blend inside a slow-burning hemp paper tube with a specially designed filter. Slice strains are low in THC (euphoria) and high in CBD (active calm). With Slice, smokers know what to expect—a refined, smooth controlled experience.

 

Boveda® and Toast™

 

What sets Toast apart?

Cannabis is becoming a big business. In 2016 alone, the U.S. saw $6.7 billion of legal cannabis sales, and in 2017, the state of California is expected to reach that number by itself, meaning there is huge and very fast paced growth in this budding industry. And because of that, more and more producers are rushing into the market developing and selling heavily potent, mind-altering marijuana.

Toast had a more refined vision for cannabis—a highly curated strain that’s measured and dosed, ultimately providing predictable potency. But marijuana is like any other plant. The minute it’s clipped, it starts to dry out. And when it dries out, it loses its potency. Boveda ensures that the last Slice in a pack is as fresh as the first. Boveda adds and absorbs moisture to lock in a precise relative humidity (RH) level that’s perfect for cannabis. Perfect for Slices.

 

Where is Toast Available?

Currently Slices are only available in select Colorado dispensaries in packs of 2, 5 and 10. (Tourists reminder: it’s illegal to transport cannabis out of Colorado, even in the form of a Slice.)

 

For more information about Toast, please visit www.WeToast.com. Must be 21 years of age or older.

 

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Organically Grown Cannabis Goes High-tech with ABcann

Cannabis growers strive to create a perfect environment for their plants. They prepare a growth medium that encourages health and the abundance of their bounty; many shun pesticides and chemicals. Then they turn their focus to the plants and their daily evolving needs.

Mold on Cannabis ABcann

Sometimes growers do their jobs too well. That tender loving care nurtures other organisms that may or may not encourage the health of plants. This is nature. This struggle is real for cannabis growers–legal or otherwise. One fungal disease called Powdery Mildew is the bane of their existence. Fuzzy white blemishes on cannabis plants can take down a plant overnight, quickly take over a crop and even ruin an entire harvest.

Whether growing cannabis indoors or out, ongoing battles with microorganisms, varying cannabinoid ratios and fluctuating terpene levels all result in inconsistent outcomes. And inconsistent outcomes are what growers, as well as medicinal marijuana patients, strive to avoid.

 

Consistency in medicinal cannabis is vital to:

  • Ensure predictable therapeutic benefits
  • Avoid drug interactions, especially for senior patients new to medical cannabis
  • Predict the length of effect for chronic pain patients who must maintain a clear head while on the job

 

How can producers better control their outcomes? A Canadian Medical Marijuana Licensed Producer (LP) thinks it has the answer. ABcann uses technology to organically grow cannabis that is chemical and pesticide-free.

ABcann Global logoABcann strives: “To deliver consistent, standardized medicinal cannabis that the public and patients can consistently rely on.”

There’s an adage that says, “The farmer’s eye fattens the cow.” In other words, if a farmer invests time getting to know each animal she raises, that farmer will produce better results. And ABcann really knows its marijuana.

 

 

How ABcann perfected large scale

ABcann Container

Everything that enters ABcann’s premises is tested for contamination and swiftly made sterile. Every drop of water, every grain of soil and every single aspect has been considered.

ABcann has also developed technology that produces cannabis harvests that are identical in both yield and potency. ABcann partnered with the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, to create computer-controlled optimum growth environments.

Studying the plant using precise tracking systems, ABcann and CESRF developed an exact “recipe” for successful growing. By replicating that same process with precision, they can replicate outcomes. And tailor its process for specific stains. Plant output soars using ABcann’s technique, which pays off in every single harvest.

“Everything from air quality, CO2 levels, oxygen levels, water quality and volume, light spectrum and cycles, temperature and humidity, plant nutrition and the curing process is monitored and adjusted by computers,” according to an article about ABcann’s proprietary growing system.

 

How standardizing cannabis will benefit patients and healthcare providers

 Medical professionals who advise cannabis patients often discuss varying strengths of batches and harvests to assist those patients with titrating dosages. Standardizing herbal medicine will take out the guesswork for physicians, counselors and patients. ABcann’s consistent cannabis products will allow a patient’s dose to remain consistent if needed. No matter what harvest the medicine came from, the cannabinoid consistencies and ratios will be the same.

Achieving precise cannabinoid and terpene ratios sets up ABcann for success in the cannabis oil market too. Now that Canadian LPs can acquire a license to make and sell cannabis oils, they will become mainstay medicine for many Canadian patients. Some patients will undoubtedly bounce from one inconsistent producer to another. The patients who start with ABcann will stay with ABcann. The quality, consistency and ample supply of ABcann medicinals are crucial to manage illness.

 

How standardization will help meet the demand for legalized cannabis

Canada is on the verge of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational users. It’s estimated the number of cannabis users will jump from about 120,000 legal medical users to several million adult recreational users. This influx of users vying for an already shaky supply of herbal medicine worries current patients. High demand is why ABcann’s standardized cannabis production is so important. Controlled growing, curing and harvesting will make it possible for LPs to supply cannabis at scale.

 

How Boveda protects cannabis with controlled precision

Increased demand will mean increased supply. Increased supply will mean more patients, providers and producers must learn how to properly store marijuana. ABcann relies on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control. Boveda uses natural salts and purified water to control the amount of moisture it absorbs from or adds to the flower then locks in a precise relative humidity (RH) level.

ABcann packs its orders with Boveda. Inserting Boveda into a container, such as a prescription bottle, CVault® or Re:stash™ keeps the flower fresh and preserves its therapeutic effects.

Re:stash with Boveda ABcannWithout Boveda, marijuana dries out too much, which breaks down its terpene content. Terpenes are the organic compounds responsible for the plant’s unique medicinal properties as well as the distinct taste and aroma found in its essential oils.

Adding too much moisture in the form of wet cotton balls, damp paper towels, orange peels, etc. over humidifies marijuana. Medical marijuana patient shouldn’t risk using moldy flower.

If ABcann, the high-tech LP that precisely controls every aspect of growing cannabis preserves the consistency of its marijuana with Boveda, shouldn’t everyone?

ABcann Medical Advisory Board

 

-Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

 

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Melissa Rolston and Boveda

Meet Melissa Rolston

You just never know who you might run into at a trade show. Lucky for Boveda, our own Drew Emmer weeded through the cannabis crowd to chat with Melissa Rolston at the 2017 Lift Cannabis Expo in Toronto, Ontario. Turns out Melissa Rolston loves Boveda, the two-way humidity control that keeps cannabis fresh.

Drew and Melissa got to talking and here we are. Now Melissa hosts a weekly show for Boveda to shed light on cannabis country. She’ll cover topics such as:

  • Marijuana prohibition
  • Cannabis stigmas
  • Medical cannabis breakthroughs
  • Patient growing versus commercial growing

In August, Melissa was featured in the Forbes article Cultivating Women Leaders In A Growing Field: A Conversation With A Cannabis Social Entrepreneur by Shavon Lindley.

This rising star in the cannabis world was a photographer before she came into the medicinal marijuana field. Melissa took the role as an executive assistant for a licensed medicinal cannabis producer and never looked back. She’s worked dispensaries, one-on-one with patients and as a liaison between physicians and patients.

Melissa Rolston

Melissa also co-runs Women Grow, which holds networking events for cannabis industry professionals in Toronto. And she started her own company, TeamMD, a virtual, full-spectrum medical education company with her mother Sandy Rolston, who is also a nurse.

The duo hopes to redefine the patient care experience through education, compassion and lifestyle choices.

“While dealing with chronic pain or any degenerative disease it’s difficult for patients to feel empowered. We work with patients in order to turn those ‘I cant’s’ to ‘I can,’” a recent TeamMD post said.

 

CVault and Boveda

Boveda keeps cannabis healthy

Holistic therapies and medicinal marijuana may be part of that health journey. To complement a patient’s well-being, Boveda helps cannabis retain its therapeutic properties and terpenes. Boveda slips right into a cannabis storage container. While inside, Boveda uses natural salts and purified water to absorb or add moisture to lock a precise humidity level that keeps marijuana fresh.

 

Boveda Debuts The Cannabis Report with Melissa Rolston

The cannabis industry is sometimes a bit hazy and hard to maneuver. Laws change. Medical approvals evolve. Restrictions are lifted (or slammed down). Get your news on the flower every week from Melissa Rolston on The Cannabis Report sponsored by Boveda. Halfway into this debut episode, Boveda’s Drew Emmer makes a special guest appearance.

Watch as Melissa Rolston tackles the burning issue, “How do you say, ‘I bought my weed’ without justifying your cannabis purchase?” (But it was legal. At a dispensary. And I was in Colorado. Sound familiar?)

Catch every episode of The Cannabis Report by subscribing to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. You can also watch live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 168). The Cannabis Report is sponsored by Boveda.

 

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Your Cannabis Buds Deserve Boveda

A few months back I wrote an article: about these crazy little Boveda that come with my cannabis orders from a legal LP.  Fast forward to today and I now promote this product to anyone and everyone who will listen because I know that Boveda adds value to my life.  Looking for ways to stay up-to-date on how Boveda can add value to your life? Follow Boveda here: FacebookTwitterYoutubeInstagram.

 

 Here’s Why I Love Boveda

Boveda in CVaultBack in the day, smokers kept their stash wherever it would be safe. I remember helping a friend tear off squares of foil to wrap one gram nugs in so she could ration her use. Foil doesn’t keep anything fresh–especially not cannabis!  But as we age, we learn. As we better understand cannabis, we see the value in preserving buds in air-tight containers or bags.

Cannabis begins to degrade the minute it’s cut down.  First to go is the moisture and depending on the aridity in your drying room, some of the plant’s natural lipids will degrade as well. Suspended inside these lipids and waxes in a structure known as a trichome are terpenes, aromatherapeutic compounds found in nature. Terpenes are what make the flower stink so sweet, sour, or as pungent as body odor! Tests have shown that when cannabis is left to over-dry, it can lose up to 15% of its terpenes.

Destroying terpenes is just one hazard caused by over-drying. A few of our beloved cannabinoids have an acid attached to them in their natural form. The bond joining that acid to the rest of the molecule is very weak. Over-drying can cause the acid to break off prematurely, which can increase the sedative effect of cannabis.  Once the acid breaks off, the flower’s THC-a converts into THC. Further degradation can convert THC into CBN or cannabinol. CBN is insomnia’s nemesis.

 

Boveda Keeps Cannabis Good to the Last Nug

Opening a fresh bag or bottle of the Goddess’s gift to humanity is one of those really great moments in life. Wouldn’t it be great if the last nug of the bag or the bottle were as terpene-rich and pungent as that first nug? You can with Boveda. Boveda controls the relative humidity inside your air-tight storage container to keep your flower fresh.

Cannabinoids and terpenes do best at a relative humidity level between 58% and 62%. Maintain that RH sweet spot and your buds will stay fresher much, much longer. As the global leader in 2-way humidity control, Boveda adds as well as absorbs moisture to lock in a precise RH that’s perfect for cannabis. Through a reverse osmosis membrane, Boveda emits purified water vapor to add moisture to parched buds or pulls in any extra moisture via a saltwater solution. The water and salts are as natural as the plant products Boveda strives to preserve.

I’ve personally been using Boveda for many months to bring back life to some of that less-than-fresh producer cannabis I receive. With Boveda, the smoking or vaping experience is a step above. I can actually taste those natural compounds in my exhale. Now that I can also legally grow my own cannabis plants, I’m eager to cure my harvest with Boveda.

Cannabis is a valuable commodity and most of us will do anything to preserve it for as long as it’s in our possession. Boveda makes preservation possible.

 

Dianna Donnelly– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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What California is Teaching Us About the Impact of Mold

Moldy marijuana isn’t safe to consume or smoke. Firing up moldy cannabis distributes—doesn’t destroy—mold spores. Trimming off the mold from your MJ doesn’t fully eliminate the danger either. When in doubt, throw it out.

Mold is one of mankind’s biggest enemies. There are several different types of mold, many of which can make food unsafe to eat and homes uninhabitable. Depending on the type of mold present and the length of exposure, effects may be mild to severe, and can include coughing, trouble breathing, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, heart palpitations, and infections in the lungs. People with asthma or compromised immune systems are most likely to be affected by mold, and could potentially lead to death.

Cannabis, just like any other type of produce, has the potential to develop mold. While some cases do appear in the cultivation process, the majority come after harvest, either during the drying and curing phase or in storage, when moisture levels are too high. Although most cultivators know how to prevent mold growth on cannabis, that doesn’t mean that every crop is perfect. Additionally, if an end user doesn’t keep cannabis in a cool, dry place, that stash could also be at risk.

 

Is Legal Cannabis­ Completely Mold Free?

Marijuana is now legal for medical and/or adult use in 29 states. Each state makes its own rules to regulate cannabis. Because there is no across the board standard, testing for mold and other pathogens can be inconsistent. For example, California currently doesn’t have strict statewide testing standards for its medical cannabis. This will almost certainly change in January 2018, when the plant becomes legal for recreational use.

In August 2017, Anresco Laboratories tested several cannabis plant, extract and edible samples, all from the Bay Area. The results, first reported by San Francisco Magazine, were shocking. Nearly 80 percent of the marijuana samples tested positive for some type of pathogen; 15 percent tested positive for mold.

“We weren’t entirely surprised given the unregulated nature of the market for so long,” Anresco spokesman, Kyle Borland said. He added that while it cannot be certain that this round of testing was representative of the California industry as a whole, the results were still concerning.

Kyle speaking of contaminated products

Mold can also cause substantial financial losses for cannabis cultivators. Should a marijuana sample test positive, the entire batch may have to be destroyed. Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, many growers do not have proper insurance to cover these losses. This is why cannabis farmers strive to prevent mold in the first place.

“Come 2018 in California, the economic impact will be huge,” Borland said. “A contaminated product will not be allowed into the legal marketplace, up to certain levels that we are still waiting to be determined by the state. If a crop/product fails a lab’s analyses in 2018, it could throw their whole supply chain into a spiral. Currently, contaminated products garner less of an asking price and many businesses have already begun denying tainted products.”

 

How to Spot Mold on Cannabis

There are several ways to detect mold. In addition to professional lab testing, a visual inspection under UV light can be conducted. Signs of mold can include black, grey, white, brown or yellow spots, spores, fuzz or webbing. For consumers who may have had their medicine in storage long-term, it’s important to do a quick mold check before consuming in case of any developments.

 

Signs of Moldy Cannabis

  • Dampness
  • Musty, sweet, and stale odor
  • Grey or white fuzz
  • Specks of white powder, like white dust

 

  Is This Mold on My Marijuana?

If you notice tiny white or cream-colored mushrooms on your buds, those are trichomes, not mold. Trichomes are concentrated with THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids. Boveda preserves trichomes by preventing them from drying up and breaking off while inhibiting mold growth. If there is fuzzy white stuff growing ON your trichomes, that’s mold. Mold fibers are much smaller than trichomes.

Mold on Cannabis

How to Prevent Mold on Marijuana

As mentioned earlier, cannabis can develop mold throughout various points of its life cycle. When the plant is drying and curing, having a well-ventilated space with plenty of fans is essential. Once the plant is dried, it’s important to keep it stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. To keep cannabis safe, both producers and consumers rely on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control. Boveda slips right in with buds to lock in a precise relative humidity level that’s perfect for flower. Boveda adds just enough moisture to help cannabis retain its therapeutic benefits while absorbing excess moisture to prevent mold.

Boveda in cannabis containers.

Moldy cannabis can be extremely dangerous–especially for medical patients with compromised immunity. Therefore, it’s vital that all medicine be tested and stored properly for protection against any and all pathogens.

 

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Rachelle Gordon is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and educator in the cannabis space. She has dedicated herself to informing others about the powers of plant medicine after witnessing her father’s struggle with epilepsy (and subsequent stroke) in her childhood.

Rachelle’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Rachelle. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post  or links to the posts. Contact Rachelle Gordon for answers to questions regarding her content.

 

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Can I really save $100 per pound with Boveda?

Boveda can save $100 per pound in cannabis moisture loss

For years, cannabis cultivators have counted on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control, to preserve the quality of their harvest. The ideal humidity level keeps flowers fresh—the aroma, flavor, texture and color.  Without Boveda you risk drying out the trichome resin and degrading cannabinoids and terpenes, too.

Water Activity Meter

Decreased flower potency and medicinal qualities will cost you customers. Now Boveda is proving how a lack of moisture affects your cannabis profits even more.

The herbal experts at Boveda have been traveling the country with a water activity meter (Aqua Lab photo shown) to do a little Boveda Cannabis Show & Tell. (WHAT A JOB!) During this show and tell, Boveda tests cannabis with companies to help them understand their weight loss. During storage or packaging, unprotected flower can loose 3+% of its weight due to moisture loss. This represents a $100–$150 per pound loss in revenue.

 

Don’t think your cannabis operation is losing you $100/lb?

Neither did the herbal growers who participated in the Boveda Cannabis Show & Tell! Most of the moisture loss was undetectable because of when and where the cannabis grower’s state requires weighing.

If you weigh your flower just after curing, your buds may still be plumped up and ready-to-be user happy, but stored without proper humidification en route to and at retail dries out your flower fast. At the point of sale, you’ll be supplying less product with fewer healing properties. A loss for both your customer AND you.

Save Money with Boveda in your Cannabis

How much can Boveda save you?

It depends on how you break out your average pound of marijuana­–into grams, eighths, quarters, halves or ounces. (Boveda comes in five sizes to protect small and large containers with many other sizes inbetween.)

Investing about $20 every few months will cover Boveda in all final packaging per average pound to completely avoid the ravages of dry air on your hard work. Tops, you’ll spend $20 to save $100 in lost product. That’s a net average of $80 per pound! What would that do to your cash flow? Your bottom line? Your employees and your future?

 

Contact Boveda to order and SAVE!

In today’s competitive cannabis environment, every gram and every customer counts. Boveda is a quality control program that makes you more money. Business-to-business quantities and pricing are available through our wholesale page, or contact Boveda directly.

 

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Introducing the 1 Gram Boveda

Protect product after it leaves the dispensary with the NEW Boveda 1 Gram

Those of us in the cannabis industry often find ourselves playing the role of educator as well as cultivator and purveyor. Both medicinal patients and recreational users look to us for advice on strains, therapeutic benefits and quantities.

The latest buzz we should share is how to properly store flower after it leaves our loving care. Whether buying buds or pre-rolls, our customers must properly humidify their cannabis to retain its healing and strong effects.

Previously controlling humidity used to be difficult for smaller herbal quantities—until now. Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control, has created small 1g sizes that still pack a big punch. They’re specially sized and designed to fit into smaller flip-top bottles, small plastic bags and the like.

1 gram Boveda

 

Boveda queried the cannabis packaging community and found that although the Boveda 4g was perfect for up to ½ ounce of flower, the package was just too big to nest in single dose containers. (Too much Boveda wasn’t the issue—Boveda can’t over-humidify your buds. Using more Boveda than you need just means it will last longer because it doesn’t have to work so hard.) But if a Boveda can’t fit in a container, a customer is exposing his dosage to damaging humidity swings.

So Boveda scientists went back to the drawing board. After more than a year of engineering, not one but two new sizes for cannabis retailers and customers were designed. Each little Boveda does the same big job of adding or absorbing moisture to lock in a precise relative humidity (RH) that’s perfect for cannabis.

1 Gram Boveda Sizes for Cannabis

 

Cannabis brands like these are now pre-packaging product with Boveda’s new 1g to preserve the quality of their herbals while they are still on the shelves:

 

Package with Boveda

 

And dispensaries aren’t just using the Boveda 1g for display. Sellers are sending customers on their way with the 1 grams tucked into tins and tubes, too. It’s the smart way to protect product along with reputation. Check out Boveda’s wholesale site for pricing and quantities.

 

 

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Does your cannabis pass the smell test?

It’s the aroma, as well as the look, that should hit you when you shop for cannabis. See why you should get a nose for good flower according to Josh Shlenker, MedMen Product Procurement Manager for Retail Locations. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control is used throughout operations at MedMen, a leading national cannabis firm based in Los Angeles.

 

 

“Once you lose the smell, you can have the nicest bud in the world but if those terpenes have completely dissipated, and you weren’t able to retain any of them, you might as well have nothing.”

– Josh Shlenker

 

Better cannabis through science

Science is amazing! Medicinal growers and the legal recreational cannabis industry are using science to refine, standardize and replicate the therapeutic and psychoactive benefits of cannabis. That consistency is good for all of us.

“Quality matters a lot today,” MedMen’s Josh Shlenker said. “You can no longer offer marijuana to people not knowing what the strain is, not having it lab tested, not having it properly stored with some way of having it retain the humidity it should have.”

 

Boveda’s Relative Humidity (RH) precision ups those terpenes

Boveda’s 2-way humidity control allows MedMen to lock in a precise RH level, which prevents buds from breaking down, oxidizing and drying out.

Preserving buds preserves the terpene content of the flower. Nowadays, savvy consumers are tapping into the importance of terpenes, the organic compounds responsible for the plant’s unique medicinal properties a well as the distinct taste and aroma found in its essential oils. And rightly so.

A third-party study commissioned by Boveda found a causal relationship between terpene content and humidity. Boveda’s precise humidity control enables cannabis to maintain a 58% or 62% RH, which maximizes terpene retention by 15%.

 

Cannabis trimming

 

Boveda cares for cannabis from curing to your home

To maintain a optimal RH for cannabis, MedMen even displays each strain with a Boveda as customers shop and sniff their way through the stores. After popping in for a product, a patient should also use Boveda at home to preserve the medicinal qualities of that herb.

Cannabis strains

A Boveda just tucks in with cannabis in its bag, CVault, plastic or glass container. While inside, it monitors the ambient humidity and locks in at that cannabis sweet spot. The 2-way humidity control technology allows Boveda to work slowly by adding or absorbing moisture.

How? With natural, food grade salts and purified water. This is good to know, since Boveda comes in contact with the product you’re putting in your body.

Read the ins and outs of Boveda’s terpene study.

 

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MedMen and Boveda Bring Cannabis Out of the Shadows

It’s becoming even more important to know where your marijuana comes from and how it’s grown. As a savvy cannabis consumer, you want flower you can trust. The cannabis industry is evolving to meet demand as legalization of adult and patient cannabis expands. Leading the charge is MedMen, which takes proven agriculture and cultivation techniques and adapts them for cannabis. Adam Bierman, MedMen CEO and Co-Founder, sheds light on how MedMen and Boveda are working together to shape today’s cannabis market.

 

 

1) Why is consistency important for cannabis?

Choosing the blend that produces your desired outcome is key for both a cannabis patient and the recreational consumer. Consistency gives you the freedom to pinpoint a strain that’s right for you and ensures you can experience its effects again and again. With Boveda, MedMen maintains and locks in a precise RH that’s perfect for cannabis—through drying, curing and storing. For you, Boveda preserves the healing (and heady) properties of your cannabis.

 

2) Why does replicability matter to cannabis?

There are so many variables that affect the production of your cannabis—light, temperature and moisture, just to name a few. As more and more states legalize marijuana for adults and patients, cannabis will need to be grown in a safe, systemized way to meet demand. MedMen’s controlled and professional cannabis production is designed for large scale. This rollout is dependent on Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control. For you, Boveda means more plentiful, trusted product.

 

3) What’s coming as marijuana becomes more mainstream?

Gone will be the days of scoring marijuana out of some guy’s basement or slinking into a cold clinical setting. MedMen wants you to buy flower, like, well, flowers. At MedMen’s sleek West Hollywood Dispensary, you can explore the product you’re buying in a space you’ll want to stay awhile. As you shop, you’ll notice a Boveda protecting each flower in specially designed marijuana containers. For you, Boveda let’s you experience the look and smell of the flower before you lay your money down.

 

MedMen Marijuana

 

Boveda takes cannabis from the grown, to on the go

Boveda is now available in 1 gram (1,500 count cases) to protect your take-along bud. Just slip in a 1 gram Boveda with up to 3.5 gram of flower. Mini Boveda works like a giant to add or absorbs moisture. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control locks in a precise RH and keeps it there. Depending on your climate or your preference, choose either 58% RH and 62% RH.

 

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Harvest Season Photo Contest: Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The competition is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 21 years or older. Closing date for entry will be November 30th, 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

 

The rules of the competition are as follows:

1. Entrant must follow Boveda Cannabis on our social platform/s. (1 or more – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

2. Post a photo of your best bud (cannabis) with Boveda product present in the picture

3. Must include the hashtag #BovedaBuds

4. PG-13 content

5. Boveda Inc. will decide on the three finalists and repost these finalists December 6th, 2017 (10 A.M. CT.)

6. The Boveda social community will then vote for their favorite in deciding first, second and third place winners from the three finalists.

7. After 48 hours from the initial repost by Boveda, voting will close and the owner of the image with the most votes receives the top prize of  $500, given in the form of a pre-paid Visa debit card.

 

Boveda reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation, or any other reason. If able to provide notice, changes to the competition shall be effective immediately upon Boveda posting to the company’s social platforms. Boveda is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

 

The prizes are as follows:

First place: $500

Second place: $200

Third place: $100

All prizes will be given in the form of a pre-paid Visa debit card.

 

The winners will be notified by direct messaging (DM) on Twitter or Instagram within 7 days of the voting closing date of December 8th, 2017. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

Boveda’s decision as to those able to take part and selection of winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.

The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by U.S. law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the United States.The winner agrees to the use of his/her Twitter/Instagram name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current U.S. data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Boveda Inc. and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Private Policy. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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Aurora: No Biz Like Grow Biz

auroraWhen you picture a company conference what do you see–trust falls, get-to-know-you bingos and stilted chitchat? What if it were a gathering of cannabis professionals? Come along with Dianna Donnelly as she takes Boveda customers inside her company conference AKA the Aurora World Tour.

Coming Together for Cannabis

I work for a counseling service that was acquired by Aurora, a licensed producer of cannabis based out of Cremona, Alberta, Canada. Recently, my colleagues attended the Aurora World Tour in Calgary, Alberta. Twenty-four satellite offices that operate under the name Canvasrx joined together to do what many other companies do—learn more about their team, their place in the industry and their connection to each other.

We just happen to work in the medicinal cannabis field.

 

“We are the people who help patients find relief through medical cannabis.”

 

We talked shops and strains

Just like many medicinal cannabis patients, practitioners often feel stigmatized by other’s perceptions of this plant. It takes a strong individual to work in this industry—and I met a lot of them at the Aurora conference. Terpenes and trichomes are our company lingo. We were able to talk loudly and proudly about cannabis. What a freeing experience!

I’m used to grassroots, tree-hugging activists raving about that which we love. At the Aurora World Tour, however, I was among cannabis professionals. We are the people who help patients find relief through medical cannabis. Help them cope. Help them heal. It solidified the pride I feel to be part of this growing industry.

 

We envisioned the future of herbal medicine

Aurora CEO Terry Booth and the entire upper management team showed us where they came from, where they’re going and asked us to come along. They introduced us to the great minds at Pedanios, the German company and their founders. (Incidentally, my co-workers and I unknowingly shared a plane with them from Toronto!) Insurance in Germany covers the dispensing of medical cannabis in pharmacies. This gave us all hope that Canada too will soon get with the program. We heard about some groundwork being set in Australia by the team as well.

 

“…it’s all but impossible to visually profile a cannabis-user or supporter these days.”

 

We united, ready to power on

I’ve said it before–it’s all but impossible to visually profile a cannabis-user or supporter these days.  We are everybody!  Many of us were meeting in person for the first time at the conference. It was a chance to put faces to names. For those of us in the clinics, who work the faxes and process daily applications, we saw how we fit into the company as a whole.

This company grows my medicine and medicine for thousands of other patients. Aurora was the first to show me a certificate of testing to ensure the quality and efficacy of my product. While other producers offer only THC strains without a speck of CBD, Aurora has never wavered in its supply of strains containing both crucial cannabinoids.

I understand more fully why Aurora is the leader in producing superior medical cannabis. I saw firsthand that everyone at Aurora—from staff to the CEO—feels the heavy weight of responsibility for the patients who rely on our product and service.

CEO Terry Booth said, “It’s more important to serve an existing patient than it is to register a new one.”
That really spoke to me—as a patient and someone who counsels patients. In fact, the entire room lit up with applause. Every one of us recognizes the importance of steady accessible supply of medicine.

After seeing the significance of my role in the company and the industry, a new understanding arose in my core. I now feel a part of something bigger. Something that is literally saving lives. Soon Aurora will provide seeds and clones, which will allow patients to heal themselves and experience the wonder of horticultural therapy. Just the latest way Aurora will serve humanity and share the healing power of nature. I’m raring and ready to go.

 

Written by: Dianna Donnelly
Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis and coconut oil, she can heal the world.

 

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Find Your Perfect RH

At what humidity level should you store your cannabis?

I have a friend who always asks the server at a restaurant, “What’s your favorite thing on the menu?”

It’s not necessarily indecisiveness that’s driving her. She’s gathering insight from someone in-the-know to make a more educated decision. With more details, she can reason out if that pistachio crusted grouper is right for her.

So here are some tasty tidbits from Boveda, the experts on 2-Way Humidity Control for cannabis. The video will give you an overview of 58% and 62% RH. (You’re on your own about the grouper.)

 

 

Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH work the same way—they’re both humidity control packets that lock in a specific RH for storing cannabis.

Boveda’s patented 2-Way Humidity Control regulates moisture to protect the potency and flavor of your herbs. If your flower is dry, a Boveda packet releases purified water vapor. Too moist? Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts absorb ambient moisture into the pack. Your cannabis container will maintain the constant relative humidity level equal to the RH printed on the Boveda packet, whether it’s 58%RH or 62%RH.4 gram bovedas
But you might feel like we just left you hanging.

If Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH are both specifically designed for cannabis, how do you choose? To point you to the right humidity regulation for your cannabis, ask yourself two questions.

 

1) Where do you live?

Let Mother Nature be your guide. Most flower is grown and sold locally, so look to its growing climate to find the sweet spot for storage. People usually acclimate to the moisture level that their native environment bestows on their flower.

It should also depend on what you’re guarding against. Do you live in a climate with lots of ambient humidity? In that case you may prefer a 58% pack to protect against excessive moisture i.e. mold. If you live in a dryer climate, terpene retention is your biggest issue. When your flower goes dry, the trichromes that hold those precious terpenes are at risk. To guard against this, you may prefer a more humid 62% pack.

Use your surroundings to help you optimize your personal taste – which is what this is all about.

 

2) What do you smoke?

Indica versus Sativa. Blue Dream versus Sour Diesel. Your cannabis humidity preference might differ from strain to strain–some like it dry, some like it moist. While you can enjoy any strain at either, here’s how you can start honing in on your personal likes.

 

Create a Boveda test:

  • Start with over-dry cannabis.
  • Buy a 58% and 62% RH Boveda packet.
  • Stash the same strain in two separate airtight containers (choose 2 of your favorite cannabis storage containers – CVault, Medtainer, or other airtight cannabis storage container) just make sure they’re the same.
  • Place a Boveda into each container.
  • Repeat the test with a new strain – see if your taste changes when your strain changes. (Chemistry class was never this fun!)

As you develop your palate, share your findings with other Boveda fans to help them choose between 58% RH and 62% RH.

 

Let’s make cannabis connoisseurs out of everyone!

 

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Only Precise Humidity Control

Two-way Humidity Control means the same thing to us today as it did when we patented the packaged version 20 years ago: The ability to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain a specific Relative Humidity (RH). It means acting on the environment instead of being at the mercy of it. It means specificity, reliability and predictability. 

But recently the term 2-way humidity “control” (or regulate) has been dumbed down to include the crude releasing or absorbing of moisture, whether the contents of your container needs it or not.

Think of your remote control. Would you be happy to punch in “62” and the TV goes to 80? No, you’d chuck the remote out a window with no concern whether it was open. If you set your thermostat to 68 in the summer but the furnace fires up, you’d make a thermostat-sized hole in your wall. Both those examples are analogs to what you get from non-Boveda 2-way humidity “control”. “Good enough” is satisfactory for some people. But not for us. And not for your valuable cigars, guitars or cannabis. 

Boveda Science

What’s the not-so-secret ingredient only Boveda has patented to provide precision humidity control?

Salt. Science has known for 100’s of years that a saturated salt solution is the only way to provide the capacity to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain the specific intended RH. Boveda patented the packaged version of that science. Without salt, any humidity “control” only has a starting RH that changes wildly as soon as it gives up or absorbs water. That’s not specific, reliable or predictable. 

Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts are the brains that know when to absorb and when to release purified water vapor. It’s why you’ll only find Boveda in the cigar boxes of leading cigar makers and the packaging of the biggest cannabis brands. Boveda means precision.

No salt = no precision humidity control.

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Redefining the Standard for Quality Cannabis

What does it mean to have a quality product?

Or does quality even matter anymore when there’s a $ store on every corner?  I believe that like everything else in the world, the definition of quality is relative and subjective and thus can be mere personal preference.

Yet for those of us who strive to define or redefine quality, the game still rages on.  A higher quality product draws a higher monetary value and there is almost always a bidder for every level of quality.  So in the world of Cannabis, what makes a quality flower?

In my opinion the four main factors in the creation of Cannabis that directly affect its quality are genetics, growing, trimming/curing, and preservation.

 

Genetics:

Genetics encompasses so many things, more every day as technology sharpens.  Heirloom or GMO?  Do you use feminized seeds or do you prefer to play “where’s waldo?”  The genetics of a Cannabis strain also identify the expected cannabinoid ratio of the plant as well as the terpene make up if grown to optimum health.  A strain’s genetics decides its smell, taste, and potency as well as how it affects you and your biology.  It could be argued that genetics are the #1 factor in deciding the quality of Cannabis.

 

Growing:

A seed with superior genetics can still rot if left to sweat while germinating.  Careful attention to detail is the gardener’s best tool and knowing what to look for takes time and practice. And a bit of failure too.  Many a gardening genius has suffered the woes of lost ladies in the throes of flowering.  Fertilizing, watering, light distribution, these are all things that must be managed daily or even several times a day.  Fans, C02 machines, ladybugs for spider mites!  The umbrella of products and techniques that growing Cannabis encompasses is vast to say the least.  I believe it could also be argued that how Cannabis is grown has the most effect on its quality.

 

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Trimming and Curing:

How much leaf is too much leaf to hug your glistening nug?  For some, trimming means everything and the hours perfecting some trimmers’ techniques leave them with aching hands and sticky fingers.  I’d trim all day long for free if I could take the latex gloves home with me!  It seems like the trim is all about aesthetics. But it can also be about taste and experience since smoked or vaped flower definitely tastes different than leaf.

A well-cured nug of Cannabis can mean the difference between a head ache and pure herbal bliss.  Proper curing is a time-consuming yet crucial oft-skipped step in the creation of quality Cannabis.  After proper drying you store your dried and trimmed buds inside an airtight glass jar to allow the sugars and organic terpenes to ripen, ferment, and break down the chlorophyll. This makes for a smoother, sweeter smoking and vaping experience.  Further conversion of cannabinoids occurs during this period as well so a good cure most definitely can affect more than just taste, but effect as well.  Once again, one could argue that the curing and trimming of the nug is a big part of what makes quality.  I’m here to say though, that I see a fourth aspect to add to your arsenal of tools for creating quality Cannabis.

 

 

 Preservation:

Growers have been judging dryness with such vague measurements as “when the stem easily snaps” for too long.  And many have suffered the loss of mold-covered medicine because they jarred it up while it still had too much moisture in it.  Now there is a product called Boveda that can control the relative humidity of your medicine for months and months.

Boveda packs work using a reverse-osmosis membrane. Inside is a solution of natural salts and purified water vapor either exudes or absorbs moisture to keep your nugs fresh and free from mold or harmful micro-organisms.  Studies have shown that Cannabis flowers can lose up to 15% of their terpene content when they are over-dried.  Boveda is now now the trusted product in two-way humidity control used to preserve everything from Humidors to Cannabis to Guitars.  They come in various sizes and RH levels which for Cannabis range between 58% and 62% relative humidity.

So since it’s all relative anyways, I’d love to know your opinion of what affects the quality of Cannabis.  Either way, we can now agree that the final step is always proper preservation and storage of your nugs.  And the best way to do that is with Boveda.

 

Find out more or try us out!

 

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

Gateway to Health – From Pills to Plants

The idea that Cannabis is a gateway drug is still very much ingrained in some of our minds.  I can’t help but agree. For me, this plant with my naturally occurring cannabinoid receptor system has been a gateway to many good things.  For people like myself, Cannabis is a gateway to sleep, smiles, sex, and good health just to name a few. 

 

In fact, the number of people switching from pills to plants is rising so quickly that heads are turning.

Gramma and Grampa are both on the herbal and the canes are flying out the window.  Children and seniors alike are going to legalizing clinics in droves so they can finally live free.

 

For each, living free means something different.  

For many, it means living pain-free and addiction-free for the first time in their lives.  I’m speaking of those in the midst of the opioid epidemic or even those on the cusp.  They are a faceless, yet growing statistic that we all read about daily. The thing is, there are faces to these statistics and they’re as common as your Gramma and Grampa. Doctors prescribe opioid pain medications to children and seniors every single day. Some are for simple procedures that used to require a popsicle and an aspirin when I was young!

 

With each dose of Cannabis oil, opioids get titrated down. Each puff of cannabis vapor quells aches, pains, tremors, and metal illnesses.

 

Is Cannabis a gateway drug even when it gets people off of hard drugs?

There’s a very good reason why Cannabinoids are replacing so many pharmaceuticals for so many conditions.  Not only does our endo (naturally occurring) cannabinoid system contribute to our immune system, improving our health, but it also has a way of lessening the negative bias a depressed, sick, or stressed brain can have.

As you know, different regions of the brain are responsible for different things. The two Cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 are in the region of the brain that controls our emotions. Cannabis turns your frown upside down and makes you giddy for a reason. A veteran friend of mine who recently changed from pills to plants told me he couldn’t believe how many emotions he felt now, where before he was numb. Opioids, and recently Acetaminophen in studies confirm their ability to deaden emotions.

 This can feel like a good thing and is often one of the reasons why people continue to take them.  When the side effects are this bad, numb is good.

Everyday I read testimonials of healing from new patients using this plant in its many forms.  Many enjoy the experimentation and subjective nature of it. You do have to start low and titrate slowly with whatever ingestion method you choose.  Many also report other health changes they weren’t expecting but welcomed gladly. With receptors in almost every single part of the body, it’s no wonder why this plant just does a body good!  So the next time you hear the rhetoric of Cannabis being a gateway drug, challenge them with your knowledge and remember to duck for flying canes!

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

Why Boveda entered the fight against Opioid abuse.

How I Stopped My Phantom Limb Pain with Medical Marijuana

Frustrated by doctors wanting to curb your chronic pain with added prescription opiates? There might be a better solution—medical marijuana. If you’re cautious about using cannabis for pain management, so was a marijuana industry insider—until he tried it. Charles Rutherford is the Business Development Director for Boveda, Inc. Boveda produces humidity control packets that preserve the quality of marijuana for both producers and patients. Rutherford shared his personal journey with HelloMD about how medical marijuana eased his own pain after a life-changing motorcycle accident.

“In 2013 I was hit by a careless driver on my motorcycle and while I still walk with the grace of a ballerina, it resulted in amputation of my left foot. The phantom limb pain has been a constant reminder of the complexities of the human brain because of the pain I feel in a limb that no longer exists. The doctors’ only solution to deal with this pain was to give me more and more opiates,” Rutherford said. “Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down, so I reluctantly turned to cannabis.” Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down.”

 

“I live in Minnesota, which has a very strict medical marijuana program. Thankfully, I originally qualified under muscle spasms before chronic pain was added to the list of qualifying conditions. The funny thing is, even though I work with the marijuana industry at Boveda, I was very skeptical about using it as medicine. It was only when I was desperate to stop my own pain that I tried medical marijuana. It has been amazing seeing what it has done for my quality of life. I went from being a skeptic to a believer overnight.”

 

Ending the Stigma of Medical Marijuana

In states where medical marijuana is legal, hospitalizations related to opioid dependence or abuse dropped by 23%, according to a Drug and Alcohol Dependence study. Although Minnesota adopted a medical marijuana program in 2015, in two years over 5,700 patients are currently active in the registry, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC).

“Restrictions on qualifying conditions, participating doctors and comparatively expensive ingestion methods have kept medical marijuana out of reach for many people,” Rutherford said. “And there’s stigma that a cannabis patient looks, acts and votes a certain way.”

Rutherford is probably not what most people think of when they picture a marijuana user. He’s a business professional, carry permit holder and competitive athlete who volunteers weekly at his church. When it comes to de-stigmatizing medical marijuana, finding the right messenger to share the right message is crucial.

 

 

“I encourage friends who have family members opposed to medical or recreational marijuana to tell my story. The efficacy of cannabis as a medicine transcends every single demographic. On paper, I should be opposed to cannabis. In reality, I’m a huge advocate.”

 

Replacing Highly Addictive Opiates with Medical Marijuana

Rutherford believes that marijuana legalization does not need to be a political issue.

“I believe in personal responsibility and that doesn’t stop with cannabis,” he said. “Sometimes the safest medical option for people is something that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor, meaning cannabis. Yet the thing that can kill them, opioids, is what their doctor is handing out to them. Pain relief from marijuana has the very real ability to curb the huge epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose.”

“Showing how medicinal marijuana can help others is my personal passion. I’m on a crusade to learn how to care for marijuana and maintain its best health benefits.”

Keeping Medical Marijuana Safe for Patients

“My personal story and experience influences everything we do at Boveda in the marijuana category,” Rutherford said.

Also, Boveda works with individual patients and industrial clients. Leading brands use Boveda’s packets to maintain its safety and quality. Additionally, patients store their medical marijuana with Boveda packets, which add and absorb moisture and lock in an ideal humidity. For home use, Boveda also recently released a 58% humidity formula for people who want a lower RH for their marijuana.

Also, Boveda commissions testing to find how time and storage methods affect marijuana’s effectiveness. Rutherford said Boveda is hoping to learn:

  • What’s the best storage container for medicinal marijuana?
  • How long a patient can store marijuana and still maintain its healing benefits?
  • What’s the greatest amount of storage time for medical marijuana?
  • What’s the best curing method for marijuana?

 

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How Does Humidity Affect Your Cannabis?

There are many elements to consider when properly curing and storing your cannabis. One of the most crucial considerations is managing the relative humidity (RH) of the plant while it’s stored in an airtight container. Having too much moisture will increase the risk of contamination by mold or mildew. Having too little moisture will cause the trichomes to dry out. They will become brittle, harsh, and less effective as the essential oils that carry the cannabinoids and terpenes slowly degrade.

Luckily, there’s a solution that avoids the balancing act of monitoring your ambient humidity and maintaining the ideal RH. As well as giving you a powerful tool to give your cannabis the best cure possible.

 What is Ambient Humidity?

Ambient humidity is what’s happening outside your container of cannabis. It could be your bedroom, the trunk of your car, or the outdoors. For air conditioned homes, the humidity is usually 20-30% because the AC scrubs moisture out of the air. Inside a heated home, the humidity will often be even lower as the furnace scrubs much of the ambient humidity.

In the time it takes to open and prepare cannabis for consumption, the flower can lose a detectable amount of moisture. Without a proper way to monitor and adjust humidity in your container, the cannabis will dry over time.

Using humidity control products like Boveda 62 in the container allows you to quickly replace the lost moisture both in the air and in the plant. The cannabis is then the same original quality every time. Some would even make the case it gets better with age, like wine or cigars.

 The RH “Sweet Spot”
Boveda 62% RH packet humidity control

Humidity control packs can monitor ambient humidity and add or remove moisture to deliver a precise RH. This gives your cannabis the optimal moisture content and keeping it true to its original form. For example, the Boveda 62, developed after repeated requests from cannabis aficionados to create a pack that held a lower RH. This Boveda pack keeps your buds at the perfect 62% RH level.

To determine the best RH for cannabis, we hired a third party laboratory to do a moisture sorption isotherm on a single strain of cannabis. A moisture sorption isotherm test applies a wide range of humidity levels to an item. It also determines an RH range in which the properties of the item doesn’t change. For the strain of cannabis the lab tested, 59-63% RH showed to be ideal.

In the same way nature has gifted the world cannabis, it gifts us the natural salts that provide the key to balancing RH levels. Different salt compounds hold a varying range of moisture. Making it crucial to source a salt that stabilizes moisture content at an ideal 62%.

Many who prefer vaporizing their cannabis are finding they favor even lower humidity levels, such as the 54%. Personal preference can also dictate your ideal RH “sweet spot,” with elements like plant density and personal taste being the deciding factors.

 How Does RH Affect the Curing, Drying, and Storage of Cannabis?

If you want the best possible cure, you need to store cannabis in an environment with stable RH within the ideal range. The ambient humidity isn’t much of a concern. Boveda responds to conditions inside the container, absorbing or releasing moisture to maintain the ideal 62% inside.

From there, your major concerns are temperature and light. Boveda adjusts the humidity based on temperature changes, but cannabis should always be kept away from high temperatures to avoid decarboxylation or activating the precious cannabinoids. And as widely recommended throughout the cannabis industry, always store you cannabis in a cool dark place.

While Boveda is effective at removing excess moisture, growers should still dry cannabis using their traditional methods. When the branches feel close to their target moisture content, put the buds in containers with Boveda to help adjust the RH to the proper range for cannabis.

 

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Native Roots Packaging Cannabis with Boveda

Starting September 29th, flower sold at Native Roots includes a Boveda pack in every container. A new movement in cannabis storage has begun.

Boveda’s patented 2-way precision humidity control adds or removes 100% pure water vapor to maintain the ideal moisture content in cannabis. The result? 15% higher terpene retention, safer, more effective flower and rejection of money lost to evaporation.

Why would a recognized leader do this? Leaders lead. Native Roots felt a duty to provide safer flower at a higher quality by packaging with Boveda. This trusted organization was not satisfied letting their exceptional flower decay on the shelf as it slowly dried out. Boveda in every container means your flower is still curing on the shelf as it patiently waits for you to come grab it.

To find out more about how Boveda lets you cure on the shelf visit this page. Or jump right to the Native Roots store locator to find the closest of 17 locations near you.

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952.745.2905

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Is your dispensary curing on the shelf?

Or is their cannabis decaying on the shelf?

Did you know curing is the most critical part of cannabis cultivation? Curing is another term for aging. After hang-drying, a cultivator introduces cannabis to a container, ideally at a stable humidity level, for a time between a couple weeks to a few months.

A proper cure is essential for maximum patient safety, maximum quality (color, aroma, flavor) and maximum therapeutic benefits.

The thing is, few cultivators/dispensaries cure properly because demand is so high. They can easily provide pretty darn good cannabis now at the expense of providing really outstanding cannabis later. There’s a growing number of them now curing on the shelf by packaging cannabis with the world’s only precision 2-way humidity control – Boveda. Is your favorite dispensary doing it?

With Boveda everywhere flower is present, we’re adding and removing moisture to maintain a stable humidity level at the perfect curing humidity. That means your cannabis retains 15% more terpenes – the beneficial compounds you’re buying it for. So instead of cannabis losing quality on the shelf, Boveda in the containers is curing it – making it better.

Cultivators/Packagers/Processors across the country are starting to cure on the shelf with Boveda. If they’re not already, ask your favorite dispensary when they’re gonna start!

Charlie Rutherford

Business Development Director

Boveda in USA Today

The cannabis industry didn’t become one of the brightest spots in the economy by accident. A lot of enthusiastic people over decades have pushed and pulled cannabis to where it is today – on the verge of successfully implementing MMJ or adult use laws in more than half the states. Boveda feels a responsibility to do what we can to continue this momentum , so we’ve gotten more intentional than ever on spending time and money with organizations advancing the cannabis cause with various organizations.

One of those organizations is ATACH – American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp. We’re on the board with a fantastic group of other industry leaders to promote the expansion, protection and preservation of businesses in the legal cannabis and hemp markets.

In the most recent example, Boveda sponsored a very well-attended ATACH/DPA reception at the Democratic National Convention.

And USA Today was there to cover it. Check it out!

 

 

 

320-gram Boveda

You asked for it. And now it’s here.

Cigar fans have been asking for something bigger than our 60-gram Boveda.  Some fans wanted to further reduce the 57 seconds it takes every few months to change their humidor’s Boveda and some needed a more practical way to Boveda-fy large coolers, humidors and cabinets. We listened.

320 gram boveda

 

One 320g is the equivalent of five 60-gram Boveda (because the 60-gram are officially 67 grams). But the 320g isn’t just for large containers or humidors! Boveda can absolutely be used in small humidors for ultra-simple aging perfection because it will never humidify beyond the RH on the pack. As always, using more than the minimum Boveda amount will just last longer and work more efficiently.

Here’s the math:

  • *25 count humidor – One 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about a year.
  • *50 count – Two 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will now last about 6 months.
  • *100 count – Four 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about 5 months. Heck, toss another 320g in there for about a year of aging perfection!

 

Think of it like this: one 320g is good for up to 125 cigars in a wood humidor. Up to 250 in something more efficient, like a cooler or well-sealed wineador.

We’ll first release cigar-related RH levels before also releasing Herbal-friendly levels to make mass curing incredibly simple.

Stand by for even more new product announcements!

The Boveda Team

Boveda for trim?!

A producer in Humboldt feels strongly that even trim needs proper storage in order to retain the terpenes right up until processing. Here’s what he says:

“Trim and extract material exposed to humidity causes’ moisture to be absorbed in the material, resulting in extracts that deteriorate faster. Deterioration reduces extract efficacy and value to the manufacturer, the consumer, and every other link in the supply chain.

Placing a few Boveda in bags of fresh trim helps to create full flavored extracts with mouthwatering terpene profiles.”

Maxwell

Humboldt, CA

For questions, email info@bovedainc.com or call 952.745.2900. Or, if you’re ready to do your plants a favor, hit www.Bovedainc.com/herbal or www.BovedaWholesale.com for wholesale accounts.

Boveda for extracts? Yep.

But don’t take our word for it. Maxwell has been extracting for 6 years. Here’s what he has to say for extract storage:

“Many areas of coastal Northern California have elevated humidity levels that make maintaining the desired profile of flowers and/or extracts quite difficult and unforgiving.

Since incorporating Boveda’s 56 Oxygen Scavenger into extract storage, we’ve noticed a remarkable difference in the rate at which cannabinoids and terpenes degrade. Simply put, Boveda 56OX combined with light-proof containers ensures that any top notch extraction remain a top notch extract by slowing down the degradation process.

With all the love, time, and effort placed into concentrates and extracts nowadays; it wonderful having an organization such as Boveda – create products that greatly enhance and revolutionize finished extract/concentrate storage as we know it.”

-Maxwell

Humboldt, CA

Maxwell has been testing our 56OX prototypes. If you’re a business, email info@bovedainc.com for some samples! If you’re a consumer, join our VIP list to be notified as soon as our 56OX are for sale!

 

15% more terpene retention with Boveda

After 8 years applying our patented 2-way humidity control ability to cannabis, we’re thankful for the countless global fans who trust Boveda for cannabis curing, storage and merchandising.

The world has known that Boveda is fantastic for cannabis, but now we have the first research on why. And it’s exciting.

As the only product that can control a specific humidity level in packaging, it’s Boveda’s duty to initiate research on the effects of different moisture levels for a number of things we protect. We pioneered research in tobacco, wooden instruments, food and now cannabis. We want to help the world determine what chemical changes happen when different humidity levels are applied to various organic materials, especially one as sensitive as cannabis.

The full text of the cannabis study can be found here, but here’s a summary:

Two identical jars of cannabis, one with Boveda, one without. After 6 weeks they tested the terpenes. The cannabis with Boveda had 15% more terpene retention than the jar without Boveda. That’s a very big deal. That means that even in great packaging/containers which hold in moisture, the indispensable therapeutic terpenes are micro-evaporating into the container’s head space (the air inside) faster if Boveda isn’t in there providing precision, active humidity control and slowing their loss.

This is just the first of more world’s-first testing. Evaluations are under way to discover so much more about how Boveda improves the safety, quality, smell and flavor of cannabis.

Thank you for making us the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control!

Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director

 

Why Calibration Kit is a #1 Seller

Boveda fans occasionally ask, “What’s your most important product?” I think the Calibration Kit is our most important product because it’s objective proof that only Boveda can precisely control moisture. No sponge, gel, bead or imitation product marketing themselves as “2-way humidity control” make a Calibration Kit, because their contents don’t have the ability to control moisture.

The science community recognizes a saturated salt solution as the only way to control moisture in a chamber, package or container because it’s the only way to add and/or remove moisture and maintain a precise humidity level. That’s 2-way humidity control. 19 years ago, Boveda patented the way to package 2-way humidity control and we still hold those patents today. But that hasn’t stopped imitation products from making Boveda-level claims.

Why should you care about the “science community” when you’re storing cigars, guitars or herbal medicine? Because the science community doesn’t deal in marketing. They deal in repeatable results through rigorous testing.

The same technology we use in the Calibration Kit is used in all Boveda products – a salt solution – meaning the patents that protect our technology for Calibration Kits protect us in the effortless aging of cigars, proper guitar storage, the curing/storage of cannabis and all the other industries we operate.

Can you get by with “competing” products? Sure, in the same way you can get away without a seat belt. By the time you wish you were using Boveda or a seat belt, it’ll be too late.

Charlie Rutherford

Business Development Director, Boveda

 

How Packagers Control Humidity

At the recent Pack Expo, Charlie had the chance to chat about Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control for packaging. He explains what Boveda is, how it works and some of the few industries we’re in. Check out how much ground we cover in 61 seconds!

Cheers!
The Boveda Team

5 Common Questions About Boveda for Herbal Medicine

How does Boveda work?
Science has known for over 100 years that certain salts mixed with water will naturally regulate humidity to a specific RH (relative humidity). We just patented the way to make it practical for packaging herbal medicine. Boveda only releases and absorbs 100% pure water vapor.

Why the different sized Boveda?
Boveda is available in 8gram, (2.5×2.75″) and 60gram (3.5×5.5″) sizes. The grams refer to the amount of liquid inside the Boveda. The size of the storage container and the amount of cannabis will influence how many and what size Boveda you need.

How many and what size do I need for my container?
Because Boveda knows when to stop adding moisture, it’s impossible for them to humidify beyond the RH on the pack. Your only concern is using “enough”, so we recommend using the largest Boveda that will fit into a given container. Although you could get by with less, using more than the minimum will work more efficiently and last longer. For extra large containers, plan on using one 60g per pound.

Can I use Boveda to cure?
Absolutely. We still recommend you dry the plants with your normal method to a moisture content just below where you’d like them to cure. As a result, your normal method does the heavy lifting and Boveda will fine-tune it.

Can Boveda touch the medicine?
Absolutely. Boveda won’t damage anything through direct contact. Bury it at the bottom, set it on top, or hide it in the middle, the Boveda is keeping the proper moisture content in the plant to maximize color, aroma, flavor and strength.

When do I replace the Boveda?
The life of any Boveda depends on how quickly it need to give up water vapor. It could be anywhere from weeks in a frequently opened container, to months if rarely opened. When a Boveda is completely dead, it will turn into a solid wafer. It’s just short of that, when there are few spots left, that you’ll want to replace.

What’s the shelf life on unused Boveda?
Left tightly closed in the original packaging, Boveda will have a 2 year shelf life, even if you’ve removed some from the original package. This is due to Boveda’s packaging having a very high moisture barrier and you’re only making the Boveda “work” for the small amount of time the package has been opened.

Does Boveda make a storage container?
Boveda only makes moisture control packs, but there’s a growing number of container companies making containers specifically for use with Boveda.

Even after giving Boveda ample time in my container, I feel the plant is a little too moist.
There are some plants that respond better to a lower RH. As a result, we’ll be releasing a lower RH version by November. So based on plant type and personal preference, you might find our lower RH for cannabis even more to your liking.

Learn more about Boveda for herbal medicine:

Show us how you use Boveda!

Because Boveda is so versatile, it’s perfect in all kinds of storage devices, contraptions and implements. Post your pic of how you use Boveda in our Facebook timeline by Monday. One random winner will get 6 Boveda of their choice!

Standard Storage For Cannabis

Medical marijuana is struggling to gain wider municipal and federal acceptance. While standardized storage instructions may seem irrelevant to loosening laws against medical marijuana, it’s not insignificant. Consider that all other forms of medicine have printed storage instructions and many pills contain a desiccant – which removes all moisture from the pill bottle. Moisture is an enemy of pills, but the right amount is essential for the smell, taste, burn and effects of medical marijuana.

While industry-recognized storage standards won’t magically bring to medical marijuana the same level of acceptance of pills, it’s a crucial step in legitimizing cannabis as a valid treatment. Standard storage conditions will not only give medical cannabis more of the acceptance it needs, but standardizing the proper Rh (relative humidity) has the ancillary benefit of standardizing the moisture content of the medicine. And for something dispensed exclusively by weight, this is important in order to know what you’re getting.

As the global leader in 2-way precision moisture control, Boveda has tested various strains of cannabis to determine that the ideal moisture content where the medicine is in the best possible condition, is 59-63%. So we went into production with a 62% product that will add or remove moisture as necessary to achieve 62% within your storage container. And it lasts for months.

This is important because Boveda within a patient’s storage device means they can store their medicine indefinitely. Time isn’t the enemy of medical marijuana, but too little or too much moisture is. Because our 62% product is available in various sizes, it can be used in many different storage containers.

The path to wider legal acceptance may come in steps. And standardized storage is the easiest and most patient-centered step.

Charles Rutherford