SOCIAL JUSTICE & CANNABIS LAWS

Social justice advocates are fighting for decriminalization of cannabis. Are cannabis laws too punitive and do they target people of color? Twenty four states and many municipalities have either partially or fully decriminalized flower. As with most cannabis laws, they vary from state to state. Possessing a small stash for personal consumption might mean no arrest, no prison time nor criminal record depending on where you are.

LEAN IN, LISTEN UP AND LEARN:

  1. What major human rights organizations champion cannabis legalization.
  2. How coast-to-coast cannabis legalization tamps down on the black market and protects cannasumers from the dangers of illicit product.
  3. What states still ban cannabis AND hemp.

…theyre focusing on putting people away, locking people up in prison, making sure that they throw away the key for anyone who is a serious offender instead of trying to come up with proactive programs… . 

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

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CULTIVATORS LOOK FOR A PRECISE, EASY WAY TO KEEP CANNABIS SAFE

Controlling moisture in dried flower can be a challenge for cannabis companies. Lose too much moisture to evaporation and the chemical composition of cannabis flower degrades as it dries out. But over-humidifying buds creates a breeding ground for mold and microbes

THE SOLUTION TO MOLD & EVAPORATION PROBLEMS IS TWO-WAY HUMIDITY CONTROL

Bovedas two-way humidity control adds or removes pure water vapor as needed from the headspace of a cannabis container to maintain a constant, predetermined level of relative humidity (RH).

Boveda and cannabis at Nectar.

Just slip in Boveda with a cure, inventoried product and packaged flower. Both Boveda 62% RH and Boveda 58% RH keep dried flower in the RH sweet spot. This RH level inhibits mold growth, protects potency and maximizes the economic value of flower.

Top cannabis brands use patented Boveda two-way humidity control, including Aurora, Humboldt Legends and MedMen. And now Boveda is building relationships within the cannabis space in South America, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia, too. “These partners see the value of two-way humidity control. And how much good Boveda brings to the cannabis industry,” Lance Lambert said.

Indeed, Boveda is partnering with cannabis professionals on all continents, except Antarctica. But if anyone at McMurdo Station is looking to keep cannabis from drying out, shoot Boveda an email.

The ultimate in cultivator terror? HOW NEVER TO BE NAMED IN A MOLD RECALL

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: COST & DANGER OF CASH-BASED CANNABIS

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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COST & DANGER OF CASH-BASED CANNABIS

If you see a CASH ONLY sign at checkout—like a greasy burger joint—do you immediately think, this dive must be a front for a money laundering operation? But U.S. dispensaries only take cash—no credit cards. And many cannabis businesses have difficulty accessing traditional banking services. Does the cash-based industry perpetuate the back-alley stigma of cannabis?

LEAN IN, LISTEN UP AND LEARN:

  1. How cash-only policies adversely affect cannabis companies
  2. Why publicly traded banks don’t want to do business with cannabis
  3. Why a credit union could make financial sense for a cannabis biz

“This plant wasn’t meant to be illegal in the first place.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

DROP THESE CANNABIS FACTS WHEN YOU LEAVE A PENNY AT THE REGISTER:

  • The STATES Act (AKA Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States) “ensures that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders.” Plus allows compliant businesses to operate in states that have legalized cannabis and creates an exception for cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act. (1:25)
  • SAFE Banking Act of 2019 (short for Secure And Fair Enforcement in Banking) would allow financial institutions to do business with legitimate cannabis-related businesses and service providers. (4:07)
  • Publicly traded banks (think Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) are hesitant to provide financial services to the cannabis industry. Because cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, perhaps banks don’t want to anger the government that bailed them out in the late 00s. (6:46)
  • Bipartisan support is growing for SAFE and STATES Acts. (8:15)
  • Roughly 2/3 of U.S. citizens think cannabis should be legal on some level. (8:44)
  • Hemp and cannabis prohibition has only been around since the early 19th century.(17:56)

“It isn’t even a pro-cannabis conversation, it’s a pro-safety conversation.”

Imagine paying $75,000 a month in taxes IN CASH. Or vaulting large deposits on premises when your business is flush with dough.

Security is costly for a cash-based industry, like cannabis. Cameras, alarms, key-in systems, guards and armored cars are the cost of doing business when traditional banks won’t do business with you.

BOVEDA IN DC FIGHTING FOR CANNABIS BIZ RIGHTS

Longtime supporter of legal cannabis, Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer is pictured with Boveda’s head of herbal, Lance Lambert. Lance joined several of Boveda’s trade association partners on the hill in Washington, DC. to garner support for the STATES Act, the Safe Banking Act and the 2018 Farm Bill.

Lance was in DC as a member of the Board of Directors for ATACH (the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp). The grassroots organization promotes the expansion, protection and preservation of businesses engaged in the legal trade of industrial, medical and recreational cannabis and hemp-based products.

(And you thought Boveda was all about preventing cannabis companies from losing profits to moisture evaporation.) Boveda backs fair business practices and international standards to ensure the legal cannabis industry can thrive.

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS: WE ARE A PART OF AN EVOLUTION

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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Cannabis: We Are a Part of an Evolution

The taboo of cannabis is evaporating. Local and national governments are recognizing the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis. Most people want cannabis decriminalized, if not made legal outright. Is decriminalization just a pacifier or a precursor to fully legalizing flower?


LEAN IN, LISTEN UP AND LEARN:

  1. PURPLE POLITICS: Politically conservative states are legalizing medicinal cannabis.
  2. WEEDING OUT: Why drug testing for cannabis doesn’t belong in legal states.
  3. CANNABIS CURVEBALLS: Countries’ cannabis laws that take the world by surprise.

“I always get nostalgic thinking about how difficult it was to even have a conversation about cannabis, you didn’t even bring that up out loud…”

-Todd Shapiro on the Cannabis Catch-Up

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

“Let’s face it, energy goes where the money flows.”

Continue the conversation in your community with these cannabis talking points:

  • Previous anti-cannabis state governments are now approving CBD-only products, setting an example for rest of the United States. (2:40)
  • Consumption in right wing states is on the rise. (3:22)
  • Cannabis finds a place in Nevada, and it’s not in the hiring process. (5:24)
  • Cincinnati approves that residents of legal age can possess up to to 100 grams of flower. What size Boveda to use for that much bud to prevent terpenes and moisture from evaporating? (8:00)
  • According to a 2018 Seedo study, New York City has the highest consumption rate of cannabis in the U.S. market, at 77.44 metric tons per year. Seedo manufactures an automated plant cultivation device. (9:05)
  • Nigeria surpassed Iceland as the country with highest number of cannabis consumers. (10:00)
  • There’s a promising and profitable future for cannabis cultivation in African countries. Think landrace and heirloom flower varietals, like Durban Poison. (12:24)

Durban Poison hailed from the South African port city of Durban. A thick coating of sticky trichomes covers the plant. Curing and storing strains like Durban Poison with 2-way humidity control is essential to protect trichomes. Boveda coats a cannabis flower’s trichomes with a monolayer of purified water—one to two molecules thick—that act as a protective shield. Boveda prevents evaporation of terpenes and moisture in cannabis to protect potency and experience.

  • Scotland gives the green light for cannabis farming. (14:38)
  • Richard Nixon’s drug policies, D.A.R.E and Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” program set the cannabis conversation back. Today, research and education are righting minds to evolve communication about cannabis.  (17:36)

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: REMOVE CANNABIS FROM SCHEDULE I, THEN REGULATE IT

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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Remove Cannabis from Schedule I, then Regulate it

Why is the U.S. federal government so cautious about cannabis? Cannabis is still a Schedule I controlled substance. Some want cannabis moved to Schedule II. Others want to remove flower’s controlled substance label and adopt cannabis safety standards.

Cannabis is so interesting. At what point will the governments everywhere across the world wake up?

-Todd Shapiro on the Cannabis Catch-Up

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

TURN UP WITH CANNABIS CONVERSATION STARTERS AT YOUR NEXT GET-TOGETHER:

  • There’s been a shift from education and advocacy to business and investing now that Canada is legal and more big players are getting into the cannabis market. (3:02
  • More people are more interested in investing in touch versus no-touch cannabis companies. For example, a medical cannabis producer and distributor like Aurora Cannabis is a touch cannabis company. Boveda is a no-touch company because it doesn’t grow, process or handle cannabis. Boveda complements the cannabis industry by preventing evaporation and moisture weight loss during curing, storing and retailing. (3:40)
  • Researchers like Dr. Sue Sisley are leading the first federal study on the effects of cannabis on veterans with post-traumatic stress. (6:36)
  • Cannabis-Med.org/studies provides overviews of clinical studies with cannabis or single cannabinoids for different diseases. You can search cannabis studies on specific medical conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and sleep disorders. (7:02)

Megan Baker (left) of Papa & Barkley Co., a Cannabis company based in Eureka, California, showed Shirley Avedon of Laguna Woods different products intended to help with pain relief. From www.npr.org.

“All of us stereotype and generalize demographics in general,  we just do it day-to-day. When you meet older individuals, we sometimes think they’re still in the proverbial ‘green closet.’ We think they aren’t educated, but they are.”  (9:57)

  • The U.S. is so far behind Canada and Mexico when it comes to recognizing cannabis’s potential—both medically and financially. (12:22)
  • Way back in 2001, Canada launched Medical Marijuana Access Regulations to allow individuals with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses to have legal access to MMJ. (12:41)
  • California was the first U.S. state to legalize cannabis for medicinal use. Proposition 215, also known as the “Compassionate Use Act,” passed in 1996. (12:57)
  • Even in legal rec markets, people still buy cannabis on the black market if they don’t have access to dispensaries. (15:39)
  • Buying black market cannabis is dangerous. Pesticides, mold or heavy metals can contaminate black market flower. If humidity isn’t controlled, evaporation of terpenes and moisture compromises experience and potency. (16:55)


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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: DO LPS TAKE ON TOO MUCH POST-HARVEST?

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE TODD SHAPIRO SHOW: EP 1171

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DO LPS TAKE ON TOO MUCH POST-HARVEST?

Post-harvest can make or break a consumer’s experience with flower. Does the care between the grow and consumption get the credit, or attention, it deserves? Maintaining quality product throughout the supply chain is a challenge. Some licensed producers are re-evaluating whether they should do it all. Or farm out or automate some post-harvest operations.

Lean In, Listen Up and Learn:

  1. How automating humidity control can protect the quality of cannabis post-harvest.
  2. Which operations can vertically integrated producers streamline as they scale up.
  3. How growing cannabis differs from raising other commodities, like vegetables and tobacco.

“It’s not just throw seed in the ground and go with it, you know?”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

TURN UP WITH CANNABIS CONVERSATION STARTERS AT YOUR NEXT GET-TOGETHER:

  • Large producers and home growers strive to stay within an ideal relative humidity for harvested cannabis. If the RH rises above 65%, cannabis is at risk for mold contamination. (1:30)
  • Many people compare cultivating cannabis to growing tobacco; however, the two plants are quite different. (2:05)
  • Terpenes (the essential oils that provide aroma and taste) start to evaporate when the relative humidity drops below 55%. When terpenes and moisture evaporates post-harvest, a cultivator can lose money. (2:30)
  • Mold issues are more common post-harvest than in the grow. That’s why cultivators, processors and retailers strive to stay within an ideal relative humidity range throughout harvesting, drying and curing crops. (3:15)
  • The cannabis community learns about warning signs, health risks, and safety precautions concerning mold contaminations from Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks. (4:40)
  • Cannabis grown and processed in dry—or humid—regions has a natural battle with humidity. (5:45)
  • Devastating fires can destroy everything—from HVAC systems to pots for planting. A grow operation can lose $100k+ from a disaster, like a fire. (6:45)
  • Pesticides, herbicides, companion crops and lady bugs are used to eradicate aphids in many crops; however, this is not true with cannabis. (8:55)
  • By adding departments and automating systems, growers can enhance some post-harvest operations. Processes cannabis producers spin off include trimming, humidity control and branding. (10:10)
  • For the best outcome, both large producers and home growers should put equal attention on drying, curing, storing, as well as growing. (11:00)
Cannabis trimming

MedMen, a leading national cannabis firm based in Los Angeles, refines and standardizes operations to retain the consistency of the therapeutic and psychoactive benefits of its cannabis. Curing and storing buds within an ideal RH range, preserves the terpene content of the flower. To prevent terpene evaporation and moisture loss, MedMen integrated Boveda 2-way humidity control into operations.

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS OKAY? EVEN FEDERAL AGENCIES DISAGREE

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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CANNABIS OKAY? EVEN FEDERAL AGENCIES DISAGREE

Confused by state-specific cannabis laws? Even herbal opinions differ from one U.S. federal agency to another. Educate yourself about the government complexities of cannabis. And the hiccups that can come with coast-to-coast legalization. (Mail order actually slowed the Canadian roll-out of legal adult-use of cannabis.)

Listen and learn:

  • Which government agency is considered friendly to the hemp movement?
  • Does a job in the cannabis industry affect application for U.S. citizenship?
  • Which country is second to the United States in cannabis consumption?

“We saw a pivotal shift over the last couple of years.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

“The FDA we know are friendlies [to the cannabis industry] but when dealing with immigration, it’s a different conversation.”

  • The FDA is holding public cannabis hearings on the scientific and medicinal value of CBD. (16:42)
  • One argument against cannabis legalization that has proved untrue is an increase in automobile accidents. State legalization has neither increased nor decreased traffic fatalities, according to a study by a Kansas State University graduate student Andrew Young. (11:55)

WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ABOUT EMBRACING CANNABIS

  • Legal cannabis in Guam recently made headway. (1:00)
  • Israeli scientists are leaders in worldwide cannabis research. (17:52)
  • In Germany, use of medicinal cannabis is growing and is on par with U.S. cannabis consumption. (8:06)
  • The UK’s GW Pharmaceuticals is the largest exporter of CBD. Its Epidiolex medication is the first FDA-approved medication derived from cannabis biomass. (18:31)
TIME magazine named GW Pharmaceuticals One of 50 Genius Companies for its work in advancing cannabinoid science.

TIME magazine named GW Pharmaceuticals One of 50 Genius Companies for its work in advancing cannabinoid science.

“The Green Rush is bleeding over to other categories—it’s hot right now!”

  • Kim Kardashian threw a CBD-themed baby shower. (CBD is beyond mainstream even though there still hasn’t been much testing on cannabis or CBD in the U.S. because the plant is still illegal at the federal level.) (4:20)
  • Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2017 was GREENERY—coincidence? (In this episode, GREENERY was cited as the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. That distinction went to ULTRA VIOLET. Cannasseurs, however, can still put their designs on UltraViolet OG for a dream-like euphoria and some much needed ZZZs.) (5:13)
Pantone's color of 2017 was Greenery.

“Greens help our heartbeat to slow down, help us to breathe and pull ourselves away from a world tied to flatscreens and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world,” Laurie Pressman, vice president at the Pantone Color Institute, said in an article in The Washington Post.

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: DOES RELIGION INFLUENCE CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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EVAPORATION OF TERPENES & MOISTURE STRIPS VALUE FROM A HARVEST

Post-harvest is tricky. All of the hard work cultivators put into their grow-op can be compromised once the flower is sold and leaves their hands. What was once a top-shelf, premium bud can quickly and easily become sub-par at any point during its journey from the soil to the customer. So how can cultivators control their harvest once it’s in the bins, out for distribution, or on the shelf? The answer is to manage evaporation throughout the supply chain.

EVAPORATION: FLOWER’S QUALITY AND VALUE ARE AT RISK

How Evaporation Affects Quality
When cannabis begins to dry out, the terpenes of the flower start to evaporate. This results in a low quality product and poor customer experience with a brand.

How Evaporation Means Lost Profits
Additionally, when the flower’s moisture weight begins to evaporate, the economic value of the whole harvest drops and affects the producers bottom line.

OVER-DRYING: THE POST-HARVEST OVERSIGHT THAT CAN COMPROMISE CRAFT

“People focus on growing the plant but they forget about the post-harvest which is integral to the process,” Matt Christopherson, VP of Business Development & Partner at Twister Trimmers, said.

Matt Christopherson from Twister Trimmers speaking about post-harvest.

“It doesn’t make sense walking away from something you took eight weeks to grow passionately.”

Matt Christopherson, Twister Trimmers

Everyone knows mature buds must be dried and cured before they can be smoked or vaped. But there’s a fine line between achieving an optimal cure and over-drying a harvest. When too much water dissipates from flower, its quality and potency suffer. This ultimately puts the cultivator at risk resulting in a poor quality product and a damaged brand reputation in the market. Not to mention—the drier the flower, the lighter it weighs. So you do the math.

Cultivators can’t afford to slip in today’s highly competitive cannabis field—trip up and savvy consumers move on. Producers must combat moisture evaporation like the plague that it is. The results speak for themselves: the brand is saved, the investors are happy, the customers are happy.

EVAPORATION IS STANDING BETWEEN A PERFECT HARVEST & THE END USER

In the nascent cannabis industry, those in newly legal rec markets would buy just about anything—at first. As markets matured, so did consumers’ palates. Customers now recognize when flower is not up to par, they buy more of what they like and skip brands that disappoint them.

Since 2012, adults in Washington state have been able to legally buy and consume cannabis. And some Washingtonians are none too happy about the product they’ve purchased. Origins Cannabis, a premier dispensary in Seattle and Redmond, wanted to find out why.

Origins ran a campaign asking people to bring in empty containers from flunky flower—whether they bought it at Origins or not. The consumers filled out a quick iPad® survey to review the product.

“It would help us understand what they didn’t like,” said Jon Sherman, who runs Origins along with business partner Andrew Cornwall.

Jon Sherman from Origins Cannabis speaking about his company.

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

– Jon Sherman, Origins Cannabis

Drew Emmer of Boveda isn’t surprised. Boveda holds the patent for portable two-way humidity control used in moisture-sensitive products, including cannabis. A third party study found that cannabis stored with Boveda retains 15% more terpenes than flower stored without Boveda, Emmer explained. Losing too much moisture degrades flower—its terpene retention, efficacy, potency and weight.

Drew Emmer from Boveda speaking about cannabis.

“What was once considered a ‘seed to sale’ supply chain is now actually ‘seed to satisfaction’.

– Drew Emmer, Boveda

Selling harvested cannabis is no longer the end of the road for cultivators. Prior to the legal cannabis industry, utmost high demand for cannabis didn’t leave much necessity for addressing customer satisfaction or other post purchase factors. Now that the industry is becoming legal, regulated and competitive; cultivators now need to take into account customer satisfaction and post purchase factors.

THE IDEAL: 55-65% RH PREVENTS TERPENE & MOISTURE LOSS

Optimally, flower should be kept at a water activity (aW) level between 0.55 and 0.65, according to a recommendation by ASTM International standards. Cultivators and retailers can achieve this by storing flower in a container at a relative humidity level (RH) between 55% and 65%.

THE REALITY: 90% OF FLOWER IN THE MARKET IS SOLD TOO DRY

Boveda regularly sends secret shoppers into dispensaries to buy off-the-shelf flower. Boveda then tests the samples to discover their water activity (aW) level.

A field study of five dispensaries throughout the western U.S. revealed that most flower available to consumers is too dry.

THE FINANCIAL GAIN: EVAPORATION COSTS PROFITS

There’s an opportunity for cultivators to set themselves apart in an industry that is only getting more competitive. According to Boveda’s field study, retailers could actually gain up to $5,500 in additional revenue per 100 pounds if they added humidity-control measures to their products.

3 WAYS TO TAKE CONTROL OF EVAPORATION THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN

1. Control Evaporation At Curing

Preventing too much moisture from evaporating starts long before flower hits the shelf.Curing is a craft in and of itself. The challenge is to revive without over, or under humidifying dried product.

Curing slowly at an optimal humidity level:

  • Gives buds time to fully develop their chemical profiles
  • Leads to higher potency of therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Refines the pure essence of beloved strains

2. Manage Evaporation In Inventory & Distribution

Cultivators are processing more flower to meet greater demand. As a result, more product is stored in inventory. And evaporation is the bane of binned cannabis. As moisture content is lost, so are the terpenes and cannabinoids that make the strain what it is. So carefully grown and cured cannabis may be compromised before it even leaves a facility.

3. Add Humidity Control Into Packaging

Some growers use vacuum-sealing technology to create an airtight environment, which can leave bud dense and difficult to smoke. Other vertically integrated producers add humidity control to every vial, jar or bag before sending flower to market.

Packing flower in a container with proper humidity control:

  • Continues to refine aroma and flavor
  • Retains terpenes and cannabinoids
  • Controls evaporation once product leaves the cultivator

WELL-HUMIDIFIED FLOWER GIVES COMPETITIVE EDGE

Cannabis is a thriving business. Successful cultivators focus on technique, innovation and final product. When cultivators take proper steps to control the humidity of their end product all the way through the supply chain, their companies will output consistently quality product. And quality product attracts consumers, fosters trust and builds brand loyalty.

What’s at stake is everything aforementioned.

EVAPORATION IS DEPRIVING CONSUMERS AND COSTING LPS MILLIONS

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Does Religion Influence Cannabis Legalization?

The prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s had support from certain religious sects. These days, some faith-based groups favor cannabis prohibition. Hear how people’s religious beliefs can shape their opinion about legalizing cannabis.

Listen and learn:

  • Which religious groups have come out in support of medical cannabis?
  • Are traditionally conservative countries starting to reconsider previous bans on cannabis?
  • How to weed through CBD products.

“We talk about religion and politics and money—the three things you never discuss on a first date.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

“We’re always learning something new and keeping everyone up to date about the fast growing cannabis industry.”

Cannabis in Church?

Some religious groups are taking a stance on medical cannabis now that it’s more widely accepted. In Utah, the LDS Church (also referred to as the Mormons) was initially against cannabis legalization. Now the LDS Church supports medicinal cannabis. (7:52)

In South America, Chile and Colombia are leading the way toward legal cannabis. Traditionally, South American are Roman Catholic. (10:18)

According to a post in The Catholic Herald in response to Canada lifting cannabis prohibition, “With the exception of cannabis use for medicinal purposes, consuming marijuana violates the virtue of temperance and should be avoided, said Mgr Frank Leo, general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

“We have these few countries around every continent that are kind of coming around and I think they’re going to be the ones that are the alphas and are going to be most successful because they’re going to be many steps ahead.”

Cannabis in Africa?

Zimbabwe recently issued its first license to grow medical cannabis. South Africa is on track to become one of the African continent’s biggest cannabis markets. (9:32)

Cannabis in Asia?

South Korea launched a medicinal program. And Conservative Thailand legalized medical cannabis. Both are great examples of how attitudes about flower around the world are rapidly changing. (10:29)

“Cannabis is like any other industry. There’s so many different opportunities in the fastest growing (pun intended) industry in the world. Get on board NOW. If you missed dot-com, don’t miss this opportunity if you’re passionate about cannabis and really want to make a difference.”

Cannabis on your resume?

There are opportunities in the cannabis industry, whether you want to touch the plant or not. Cannabis job creation is a huge benefit of legalization that no one can argue against. (19:23)

Workers at Nectar cannabis trimming and placing cannabis.

Want to touch the cannabis plant?

  • Master extractor
  • Master growers
  • Quality control inspectors
  • Edibles chefs
  • Dispensary managers
  • Irrigation specialists

Want to get into the cannabis industry, but don’t have expertise with the plant?

  • IT management
  • Physicians
  • Marketing directors
  • Human resource managers
  • Product and logistics managers
  • Software developers
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Digital media managers
  • Paralegals
  • Writers
  • Global leaders in 2-way humidity control (Hey, that sounds like Boveda.)
Boveda employees.

…and about the CBD Craze

CBD (cannabidiol) is being added to everything from skin care products to energy drinks. (10:53) This non-psychoactive cannabinoid is becoming extremely popular as a treatment for a variety of illnesses and ailments. However, the FDA has asserted authority over CBD, stating it cannot be promoted as a medicine.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the U.S. Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production in the United States. Hemp typically contains high amounts of CBD.

“The U.S. Farm Bill addresses hemp from an industrial standpoint, in textile form. Not so much on the food grain side to be used in drinks or edibles, etc. So the regulation of CBD is something that’s still being worked.”

Want to try this new, old treatment?

Keep in mind what you want CBD to relieve—pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc. Then determine which delivery system—vaping, ingesting oils or capsules or massaging balms—are right for you.

How to Shop for CBD?

Do your research and make sure you’re getting CBD from a reliable resource whether you shop online or locally. Should you really buy a CBD product from a gas station?

Ask to see a product’s COA (certificate of analysis) before you buy that CBD product. If an online CBD retailer or shop can’t—or won’t—share the COA, take your CBD business elsewhere.

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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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 nor the only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.


3 THINGS TO WATCH FOR AS CANNABIS GOES TO FLOWER. Learn how height, humidity and under shade can affect the health of a home grows yield from indoor cultivator/Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly.

BONUS: Dis home grow comes out of the closet and into a grow tent!


We made it—the cannabis bloom. It’s the growing stage that I (and every other cannabis grower) worked hard for.

However, now that the girls and I are here, I can tell you, I prefer the vegging stage. Felt less risky. During this essential blooming stage, there were three big issues that stressed out this cannabis helicopter mama more than during any other stage of growth.

1. BEWARE A HOME GROW’S EVER-GROWING HEIGHT

Heed the warnings—bigger plants, bigger problems.

Daily, I’ve rotated the girls at least once for their entire lives. Why? Ensures more complete light exposure.

Much of the weighty bud grows on those upper apical branches closest to the light. So at about four weeks into flowering, my girls grew increasingly top-heavy. (Like green Icaruses (Icarusi?) flying too close to their sun!)

All of my forum and gardening friends assured me this growth would stop after about four weeks in bloom, but yet, I worried.

TIPS TO EVEN OUT HEIGHT OF YOUR HOME GROWN CANNABIS PLANTS

Even though my girls were different varietals, I was lucky all my girls grew to about the same height.

Cannabis growing in a tent.

Pictured is a friend’s garden. She grows in a tent. Despite the creative measures she took to adapt to the crazy vertical growth seen here, just look at the results. Yet, if this home grower hadn’t tied down her OG Kush, it would have stood at least a foot taller than the others! A foot! (Is this strain secretly crossed with Jack’s beanstock genetics?!)

All of these tent-grown cannabis plants were:

  • Germinated on the same day
  • Fed and watered the same way
  • Topped one right after the other

So, if you’re cultivating your home grow in a tent like this:

  • Research the growth patterns of the cultivars you choose
  • Try to match height and speed of growth among your cannabis plants
  • Lightly tie down branches that grow too tall  (In the picture, you can see she used soft pipe-cleaners to pull one branch down in a soft bend. Then she used a soft drawstring from a shirt to hold it away from the light. Cannabis home growers are a creative bunch!)

2. BEWARE TOO MUCH HUMIDITY

Extra bulk + lack of airflow
= increased heat and humidity
= greater potential for mold and powdery mildew

As my cannabis plants grew, I was concerned about humidity control. During the vegging stage, a fan could push air right through my plants’ branches. Now flowers and their precious sugar leaves bloomed in the crux of each branch and on the apically dominant stems, which added bulk and weight to my cannabis plants.

During the blooming phase, my fans couldn’t push enough air through all that bushy growth.  (The woes, eh?)

Nothing says “come grow on me” to pests and microorganisms like warm, humid areas where the wind doesn’t blow.  

Microscopic nasties are reproducing powerhouses. Before you will see microorganisms, those little organisms exist as no-see-’ems for a long time. So by the time you actually see powdery mildew forming on your cannabis leaves, it’s already built a strong army.

Better to keep the environment inhospitable to them from day one to keep microorganisms from invading your cannabis.

TIPS TO INCREASE AIRFLOW TO PREVENT MOLD AND POWDERY MILDEW IN YOUR INDOOR GROW

  • Gently defoliate often to make room for airflow
    Some growers do one major shed of leaves. But this late in flower, I didn’t want to risk shocking and stressing my cannabis plants. So I snipped a few leaves every few days or even weeks to avoid shocking my plants at full bloom. (This is the privilege of only having a few plants.)  
  • Keep fans on constant air flow
DEFOLIATING FOR AIRFLOW: BEFORE AND AFTER

DEFOLIATING FOR AIRFLOW: BEFORE AND AFTER: Here’s a full grown male I heavily defoliated over several days to avoid shocking the poor guy. Defoliation made room for air flow.  

3. BEWARE OVERLY SHADED UNDERGROWTH

Defoliating a cannabis plant also lets light reach growth further down its branches. More light on these lower branches encourages more flowering. Otherwise, you get lots of bud on the outskirts but not much down below.

Ah, those great photosynthesizing fan leaves can cast a great shadow. My girls have grown bushy—especially at mid-plant. From the soil to half way up, leaves that used to see the light during veg but rarely feel lumens now. So strategically—and sparingly—snip off some of those fan leaves. AND LET THERE BE LIGHT TO ALL!  

But what’s the potential loss of energy from those fan leaves? Trust me, the risk of too much humidity and mold growth is worth losing a few leaves.

DEFOLIATE FOR LIGHT: BEFORE AND AFTER: Careful defoliation means more light penetration.

DEFOLIATE FOR LIGHT: BEFORE AND AFTER: Careful defoliation means more light penetration.

BONUS: COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET TO HOME GROW IN A TENT

As a fiscally responsible new home grower, I don’t let the cost of my growing my own medicine exceed my means. I research, research, research before I buy. I waited until I could afford an actual grow tent. Now I can pull my great green goddesses out of their cannabis closet and into their new home, a Mammoth Pro 100 grow tent.

Cannabis stalks in a tent.

CANNABIS GIRLS CAMP OUT IN A TENT. I swear they almost look like they’re giggling don’t they? After the move into the grow tent, my girls continued blooming for a few more weeks.

BENEFITS OF GROWING CANNABIS IN A TENT VERSUS IN THE CLOSET:  

  • Frees up storage space
  • Contains the grow
  • Provides complete reflection on all sides and ceiling
  • Blocks light with secure light-proof zippers
  • Retards fire
  • Comes with vents that mitigate odors at all stages of growth
  • Eliminates the need for black-out curtains (No more climbing up on a chair to hang the heavy black curtains over my closet each night!)  

DOES A HOME GROW SMELL?

Now the tent didn’t entirely eliminate the smell of the grow. (By now my apartment has a certain green aroma.) During this full bloom phase, two of my building’s maintenance workers came in to do some repairs. Neither mentioned the tell-tale fragrance.

However, some friends, who are also home growers, burst out laughing the minute they closed my apartment door behind them. The odor of cultivating flower might only be noticeable for those in the grow know. Or maybe I’m already nose blind.  

Even if Im nose blind to my home grow, I’m having a blast and preparing for the final stage of growing my own medicine. Catch up with you soon! Harvest time is almost here.


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 or 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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Majority of U.S. Wants Legal Cannabis

95 percent of U.S. citizens now live in a place where cannabis is legal—either for medicinal or recreational use or both. And the vast majority of the population favors nationwide legalization. Who wants cannabis legalized and why?

Listen and learn:

  • How are the generations—Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen Zs—banding together over legal cannabis?
  • Is cannabis prohibition any different than alcohol prohibition in the 1920s?
  • How will people with past criminal convictions for cannabis benefit when it’s legal?

“There is no ‘cookie cutter’ cannabis user any longer.”

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“As it becomes more mainstream worldwide, the cannabis culture has changed quite a bit.”

  • As new cannabis strains and consumption methods are developed there are more options to meet an individual’s herbal medicine needs. (5:26)
  • From Baby Boomers to Gen Zs, support for cannabis legalization is up among all ages. (6:42)
  • Cannabis, like alcohol, needs to be used safely and in moderation. (8:00)
  • Cannabis potency has strengthened over the years, so it’s important to pace yourself. (10:04)

“Start low, go slow. Take an even pace—keep in mind cannabis is different stuff than you might have consumed when you were younger.”

STORING CANNABIS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

After you choose your strain from the dispensary, make sure you retain the potency and experience you paid for.

  • Keep your herbal medicine in an airtight cannabis storage container, like a jar, CVault® or Cannador.
  • Stash your stash in a dark place to avoid oxidizing your herb.
  • GET YOUR CANNABIS OUT OF THE FREEZER OR FRIDGE! Store your cannabis at a stable temperature between 60 and 70°F (15-21°C).
  • STORE CANNABIS BETWEEN 55 AND 65% RH (relative humidity):
    – Prohibits mold growth in cannabis
    – Keeps MJ from drying out
    – Protects trichomes
    – Prevents terpenes from evaporating

How does humidity affect your cannabis?

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The easy, precise and long-term way to prevent terpene evaporation and moisture loss is to store flower with 2-way humidity control. Boveda responds to temperature changes and keeps cannabis within the 55 and 65% RH safe range for up to six months.

“Education versus prohibition is what keeps kids away from cannabis.”

The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019 would legalize cannabis nationwide

Reintroduced into the House and Senate in February 2019, and if passed would:

  • Remove marijuana from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act
  • End federal criminalization of cannabis
  • Expunge records
  • Reinvest in communities most impacted by War on Drugs

WHERE LEGAL CANNABIS STANDS NOW

  • Ending prohibition on cannabis is reminiscent of the prohibition of alcohol in the late 1920s—it took educating the masses to gain support. (12:09)
  • More state governors are for cannabis legalization than ever, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. (14:36)
  • Israel leads the world in medical cannabis research and already has a thriving medical program. A so-called right wing candidate for Prime Minister is actually running on a pro adult-use platform! (15:12)
  • Some communities, including Boston and San Diego, are erasing past cannabis-related convictions for some citizens. (16:45)

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Canada’s open, but how about its dispensaries?

Six months into legal rec in Canada, and brick-and-mortar dispensaries are only now opening in Ontario. (Kush tour, anyone?)

Canada was the first G-7 nation to approve adult-use sales of cannabis. How does Canada shape up to more mature MJ markets in the U.S.? How does the Canadian flower market influence other countries? And where does the cannabis industry go from here?

Listen and learn:

  • Whose citizens buy the most cannabis in North America—Canada or the U.S.?
  • Is cannabis legalization still a hot topic of debate in the U.S. or is it old news?
  • What’s the progress on U.S. federal cannabis legalization?

“Times do need to change and it takes everyone participating to do so.”

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“To be able to say you were the first in line on the first day (of legal sales)…it’s a great story to tell your grandkids.”

Pinpoint cannabis news you want to know more about:

  • The first four brick and mortar cannabis stores in Ontario are open with more on the horizon. (0:50)
  • 2019’s on-site retail cannabis sales in Canada are reminiscent of 2014’s dispensaries in Colorado. (1:57)
  • Adult-use cannabis legalization in New Jersey is on the back burner—but for how long? (3:41)

“Until we start treating it like the norm, and stop making it this taboo topic, it [the cannabis stigma] won’t end.”

  • In New York state, one of the largest potential legal cannabis markets, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to legalize adult-use cannabis sooner rather than later. (4:20)
  • On the federal level, The STATES Act would end cannabis prohibition. The bill cleared a key Congressional committee, which was a boon to the cannabis industry. How the STATES Act would free up banking opportunities for cannabis companies and consumers. (5:54)
  • In cannabis and sports—is cannabis a performance enhancing drug? (8:31)

“It’s awesome to hear about the cannabis studies going on. It reaffirms that this is a plant that needs to looked at from a medical perspective as much as people look at it from a recreational perspective.”

  • Medical cannabis is a hot topic for players in the NFL (National Football League) and the National Hockey League (NHL). Mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes have formed great partnerships with the industry. In fact, MMAs Conor McGregor hit a vape pen upon his retirement! (15:31)

Baby boomers, active adults, seniors, veterans, etc.: “It’s almost like CBD 2.0—mainstream is really picking up on it.”

  • What are the new ways to enjoy cannabis? Cannadips™ are micro-dosed THC and CBD infused pouches. Used sublingually, Cannadips are fast-acting, spitless and odor-free. (16:46)
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WHY DOES DRY FLOWER MATTER?

More of us are using cannabis for both wellness and recreation. How do you know if that cannabis you’re about to consume will work for you? First off, make sure that flower is NOT too dry. All buds have to be dried before they’re consumed, but it’s the overdrying of cannabis that kills its effectiveness and potency. Are you being ripped off with parched flower?

Does your cannabis stay this fresh?

Boveda creates a protective coating of moisture around trichomes, which preserves their cannabinoids and terpenoids. Storing buds with Boveda maximizes the quality and efficacy of your cannabis.

Choose dispensaries that protect their product with Boveda. And pick up some Boveda while you’re shopping strains. Then slip in Boveda with flower after you buy it. A Boveda four gram preserves up to 1/2 ounce of flower in a smaller space, like a pill container, small jar or bag. Your buds deserve Boveda.

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Boveda in a glass jar with cannabis.

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Boveda Wins O’Cannabiz Best Cannabis Accessory People’s Choice Award

“Congratulations!

You took home the award and we took home the Boveda!” 😃

– Shared on social by @bayard.marc about Boveda’s O’Cannabiz win

Thank you, people of cannabis!

It was thrilling to meet so many Boveda fans at the 2019 O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo in Toronto. During the three-day event, we gave out a lot of Boveda samples to make sure everyone’s flower was well-hydrated and stayed super fresh.

THE ICING ON THE TRICHOME? Industry professionals voted. And they selected Boveda as the top accessory for cannabis So, it wasn’t just a popularity contest. People who care about the craft—cultivators, home growers and retailers—say Boveda is tops for properly curing and storing cannabis.

“This award means a lot to Boveda, and shows that we are already making a difference in the legal Canadian cannabis industry. LPs in Canada want to produce the highest quality bud and maintain that quality from cure to consumption, and we’re here to ensure that.”

Scott Swail, Canadian Account Manager for Boveda

WHY BOVEDA WAS NAMED TOP CANNABIS ACCESSORY

As the industry expands and matures, protecting the craft of the business and quality of the flower is more important than ever.

Boveda prevents terpenes from evaporating by creating a protective coating of moisture around trichomes.

In fact, storing cannabis with Boveda prevents the loss of 15% of flower’s terpenes.

Releasing pure water vapor, Boveda’s patented technology slowly and precisely prevents evaporation of water weight as well as terpenes. As a result, pros can get the most out of every harvest when they cure, store and package flower with Boveda.

Consumers get the most out of a cannabis experience when flower is protected by Boveda. Boveda optimizes potency, efficacy, flavor, aroma and taste. So no harsh, dry buds when you use Boveda. Nice.

WHO ELSE BESIDES BOVEDA TOOK HOME AN O’CANNABIZ AWARD?

Some of the biggest names in cannabis were also winners along with Boveda at O’Cannabiz, including:

Check out all 2019 O’Cannabiz award winners.

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Evaporation Deprives Consumers & Costs LPs Millions | Ep. 15

CULTIVATE WITH DREW EMMER & SCOTT SWAIL

For you and your journey in the cannabis industry.


The cannabis industry is facing an Evaporation Crisis. Everyone knows cannabis must be dried to be effective. But how dry is too dry?

Learn about the dangers of overly dry cannabis from Medical Cannabis Cup winner and Canadian cannabis educator John Berfelo and Boveda research and development lead Brian Rice. 

  • Why water weight evaporation is a big, costly problem for cannabis producers
  • How overly dry flower affects MMJ patients wellness and relief
  • How much evaporation costs producers in lost profits every year
  • Why rehydrating cannabis flower can’t bring back potency—or customers if you disappoint them with bad flower 

“When product gets to the marketplace that isn’t as high quality as it could be for the consumer, everyone loses.”

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WHATS GOES AWAY WHEN MOISTURE EVAPORATES FROM CANNABIS

International cannabis standards from the ASTM cannabis committee recommend maintaining a water activity level between .55 and .65 for dried flower. That equates to a curing, storing and packaging environment for dried flower between 55% and 65% RH.

CANNABIS STORAGE BELOW 55% RH COMPROMISES THE QUALITY OF BUD, INCLUDING:

  • Terpene levels
  • Aroma
  • Taste
  • Color
  • Potency
  • Efficacy
Smelling Flower

WHAT EVAPORATION COSTS CANNABIS GROWERS

For a customer, overly dried flower can provide a harsh, less effective cannabis experience. And bad flower often sends that customer shopping for a new LP. There goes future sales and brand loyalty.

“You have to come up with a way to address quality. The quality of what’s getting to the consumer or patient is, by Boveda’s investigation, it’s really deficient. People are really missing out. The dry cannabis issue is a dire crisis for people not getting the most out of the product they’re buying,” Drew said.

The cost of cultivation is what it is. If producers don’t control humidity from curing through to sale, moisture will evaporate and affect that flower’s weight. Since the overly dry flower now weighs less, it now will sell for less. And that means lost profits for every yield.

“People all over who are growing cannabis are losing money due to evaporation.”

-Scott Swail

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WHAT EVAPORATION COSTS CANNABIS CONSUMERS

Most importantly, when terpenes are lost to evaporation, they’re gone. “All of that good stuff is going out into the atmosphere and you’re not getting it back,” Scott said.

Drew agreed. “You’re going to lose a significant amount of the medicinal value in the product—you can’t get that back.”

As a medical cannabis patient, John Berfelo relys on high quality product. However, if his flower is overly dry, the very essence of what makes cannabis effective literally disappears into thin air.

“As those terpenes evaporate, I’m losing that freshness. I’m losing that relief.”

– John Berfelo

If you grind flower, [for pre-rolls and joints] you create more surface area which in turn creates more exits for that goodness to come out the flower,” Drew added.

Boveda with Pre-rolls.

And overly dry buds dont just zap relief and experience. Evaporation wastes a cannabis consumers money, too. “For example, you’re spending minimum of $45 an eighth (in Canada). You essentially get ripped off because you’re getting underweight cannabis,” Scott added. “If you have proper storage and proper humidity control, that gets eliminated completely.”

HOW BOVEDA PREVENTS EVAPORATION IN CANNABIS

Above all, LPs can prevent water weight evaporation. Using proper humidity control and storage ensures flower is protected from becoming overly dry. Research proves that Boveda helps cannabis retain its moisture.

“It’s a solvable problem. This Evaporation Crisis for cannabis doesn’t have to linger beyond these first nascent years of the business.”

-Drew Emmer

At such a critical time for the cannabis industry, make sure what’s getting to your consumers is both safe and potent. Maintain proper humidity control from curing through to your customer’s enjoyment of your product keeps them coming back to you for more. Protect your craft and your reputation with Boveda humidity control for cannabis. Boveda prevents evaporation of water weight.

WHAT ELSE YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EXPOSÉ OF HOW EVAPORATION AFFECTS CANNABIS PROFITS:

  • 2 minute Cannabis Industry Update with Lance Lambert. (1:09)
  • The Cannabis Evaporation Crisis. (4:50)
  • Jon Berfelo’s cannabis quality experience. (6:00)
  • How can you tell if weed is too dry? (7:50)
  • What does water activity/relative humidity have to do with cannabis? (9:45)
  • What is moisture content in cannabis? (10:20)
  • Why should you care about the moisture in your cannabis! (12:25)
  • Why are terpenes important in cannabis? (13:10)
  • How evaporation of water weight causes terpene loss. (14:10)
  • The unintended consequence of cannabis regulation in Canada. (15:25)
  • What ASTM standards mean for cannabis companies. (16:20)
  • How to address the quality of your cannabis. (20:00)
  • Cannabis throughout the country is too dry. (22:05)
  • Did Health Canada attribute to the Evaporation Crisis with the “keep cannabis dry” label instructions? (24:30)
  • How to solve the dry cannabis dilemma. (25:10)
  • How dry cannabis affects a cannabis brand’s reputation. (26:50)
  • Can you rehydrate cannabis flower? (28:00)
  • Rehydrating flower can’t restore destroyed terpenes and trichomes. (31:00)
  • Why proper humidity control is essential from curing to consumption. (32:30)
  • What is the global loss due to evaporation. (35:50)
  • How to prevent evaporation in cannabis. (36:40)
  • Why evaporation is a world-wide issue for cannabis consumers. (39:20)
  • How cannabis companies can stop over drying flower. (41:00)
  • Why Boveda is the easy way to stop evaporation in cannabis. (43:10)
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By Rachelle Gordon
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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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ASTM Cannabis Standards for the Greater Good


Licensed producers of cannabis are facing a pivotal moment in history. As the legal industry takes off, consumers are looking for brands they can trust. So it’s critical for cultivators to offer a consistent, safe and effective product.

Cannabis standards keep product safe for both legal rec consumers and medicinal patients. And new regulations help growers refine and maintain best practices. Plus they encourage everyone to play by the same rules throughout the supply chain, from seed to satisfaction.

Adopting new standard operating procedures may be inconvenient in the short term. But new cannabis regulations also create opportunity for those passionate about the craft behind this healing plant. Employing best practices preserves a brand’s product and protects its reputation. When a customer knows she should come to you—and only you—for quality product, that builds brand loyalty. And that’s how you set yourself above the glut of LPs.

HOW EVAPORATION HURTS CANNABIS

Any good grower knows that buds must be dried post-harvest. It’s the overdrying of the cannabis flower that degrades product, destroys terpene and cannabinoid content and diminishes profits for the cultivator due to evaporation of moisture weight. So a careful grower must manage that relative humidity (RH) level wherever flower is present—in bins, bags, jars, stainless steel containers, packaging, etc.

In the pre-legal rec days, home growers blew through their yields, so storing cannabis long-term wasn’t really an issue. Legacy cultivators added citrus peels, tortillas, wet paper towels, etc. to revive flower after drying. These practices are neither safe (Mold, anyone?) nor precise. (Do you know how much moisture a banana peel gives out?) And using organic materials to revive cannabis isn’t practical for large-scale vertically integrated cultivators, packagers and dispensaries. 

WHY SOME PRODUCERS INTENTIONALLY OVERDRY CANNABIS

Overdrying flower cuts its weight. A cultivator pays fewer taxes on a lighter yield. And since the THC ratio is based on weight, cultivators dry flower down to dangerous levels to increase its THC ratio. Then the producers revive the flower’s weight just before the sale.

The problem with this however, is that drying cannabis below 55% RH, destroys terpenes that can never be returned to the flower again. Also, manipulating cannabis weight for short-term gain, will likely result in more stringent government restrictions for everyone in the long-term.

Furthermore, this short term-ploy may not have as many short-term benefits as cultivators may think—they’re opening themselves up to the financial hit of moisture weight evaporation.

WHO BENEFITS FROM CANNABIS STANDARDS?

But the Evaporation Crisis isn’t just a problem for cannabis producers. It’s also an issue for labs that test and research cannabis. The federal prohibition of cannabis that curbed cannabis research also affected protocols for lab testing. Hard to gauge the medicinal effectiveness of cannabis when scientists are running experiments on overdry flower, yes?

Testing cannabis samples for compliance is required of cannabis producers and retailers in legal rec and medical markets. And those labs need guidelines for consistent testing methodology, including the proper water activity (aW) levels surrounding cannabis samples.

THE FIRST GLOBAL CANNABIS STANDARDS

Enter ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials), a trusted standards resource across industries. ASTM was founded in 1898 to respond to the safety needs of the booming railroad industry. Nowadays, the organization releases industry standards for everything from “toys to jet fuel.” 

In 2017, ASTM members created the first committee specifically for cannabis: Committee D37. This group’s job is to establish voluntary consensus standards for the cannabis industry. The committee comprises more than 290 active members from 12 countries. Non-industry experts, like chemical engineers, food scientists and biologists, join cannabis professionals, such as regulators, cultivators and retailers to establish the voluntary standards.

ASTM D8197 is the first global standard to address the water activity of cannabis and is one of the first two standards that have been approved by the cannabis committee in ASTM.

Water activity equals relative humidity.

ASTM D8197: THE FIRST WATER ACTIVITY STANDARD FOR CANNABIS

  1. Establishes water activity (aW) as the standard for safe cannabis storage.
  2. Recommends all cannabis flower stay at an aW between 0.55-0.65. This is achieved by storing flower in a container at an RH level between 55%-65%.
  3. Identifies salt-based sachets as the best way to achieve and maintain the aW standard for cannabis storage.

ASTM JUST GAVE YOU THE ANSWERS TO THE HUMIDITY TEST

ASTM does not enforce its standards, participation is strictly voluntary. The organization provides standards, resources and training to help an industry establish best practices.

However, labs will likely rely on these water activity storage standards for cannabis for testing as well. So if a regulator checks your products for compliance and you also follow the ASTM standards, you’re golden.

Maintaining an RH level between 55% and 65% from curing all the way to consumption ensures your consumers will get a safe and effective product. Plus protects you from costly recalls and a damaged reputation.

Keeping buds between these humidity levels preserves the expertise you grew into your yield. And optimizes potency, efficacy, flavor, aroma and taste. When cannabis is stored at these proper humidity levels, flower also retains up to 15% more terpenes.

Jars of Cannabis with Boveda

WHAT DO ASTM CANNABIS STANDARDS MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS & REPUTATION?

  • TRANSPARENCY: You and those who handle your product employ high quality standards
  • CONFIDENCE:  Medicinal patients know product’s potency is protected
  • BRAND LOYALTY: Customers will return to your brand because it’s safe and effective

WHY CANNABIS STANDARDS ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE OVERALL HEALTH OF THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY

  • Keeps flower under 65% RH, which keeps cannabis safe from mold and recalls
  • Promotes fair trade by weight and measures with well-hydrated cannabis
  • Maintains consistent lab COA results across the industry
  • Avoids risk of under taxation by state

“If you don’t have robust standards around cultivation, manufacturing, or distribution, you don’t really know what chain of events occurred prior to that product being identified as potentially adulterated,” Jeremy Applen, vice chair of D37 committee on cannabis, said.

In other words, if everyone along your supply chain doesn’t adhere to cannabis water activity standards, you won’t know what went wrong when.

2 CANNABIS STANDARDS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

2 STANDARDS HELP WITH PROCESSING, HANDLING CANNABIS

Evaporation is Depriving Consumers and Costing LPs Millions

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SPANNABIS & BUD AROUND THE WORLD

Boveda’s Lance Lambert journeyed to Barcelona, Spain, to the 2019 Spannabis expo. Think of the World’s Largest Hemp Expo & Trade Show like the MjBizCon of Europe.

More than 30,000 cannabis professionals, aficionados and speakers attended Spannabis. From master hash makers to leading scientists and cannabis legends, everyone agreed that dry buds are a major bummer. Potency drops. Terpenes destroyed. Experience fails.

Listen and learn:

  • What the trends and custom genetics unveiled at the cannabis conference?
  • Will all of Europe legalize cannabis before the United States does?
  • What do international governing bodies like the UN think about legal rec?

“The top talent comes here to Spannabis—people who are masters of their craft.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

HEAR WHAT THE WORLD UNCOVERS ABOUT CANNABIS AT SPANNABIS

Spannabis, the international trade and consumer cannabis conference was recently acquired by High Times (0:56)

There’s more to flower than just THC and CBD.”

Lesser known cannabinoids and terpenes were hot topics at Spannabis, including CBN for some ZZZZs (3:42)

“Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system—why isn’t this more of a focal point?”

According to medical professionals, it will take 8-10 years to develop medical findings on cannabis (6:53)

Is Big Pharma concerned about cannabis? (8:24)

“Is Big Pharma the enemy? No. There are pharmaceutical companies embracing cannabis and who want to get on board.”

PREDICTION: the U.S. will federally legalize cannabis in less than 3 years (17:47)

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently changed its position, and now approves of medical cannabis as a viable treatment (19:02)

“Countries are coming around. The UN (United Nations) has been dragging its feet on revisiting its ideology on cannabis.”

Your cannabis with and without Boveda.

IS YOUR MEDICINE TOO DRY?

Solve the problem of overdried flower. Just slip in Boveda with your cannabis. In every jar. In every container. In every bag.

Boveda adds (and 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 your medicine.

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS STIGMA: NOT A THING FOR MILLENNIAL INVESTORS

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Cannabis Stigma: Not a Thing for Millennial Investors

Find out who’s investing in cannabis. Learn what to think about before putting money into outdoor grow versus indoor grow operations. Is it time for you to put your money where your stash is?

Listen and learn:

  • Which generation invests the most in cannabis stocks?
  • Is cannabis stock the next Apple or Microsoft?
  • Where will the next green rush be?

Cannabis is the hot hip investment

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties

“Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.”

Tom Angell, Marijuana Moments  publisher, Forbes.com

In which countries is marijuana legal? An overview.

“Cannabis investors are keeping their eyes  focused on countries closer to the equator.”

-Lance Lambert

SHIPPING CANNABIS? WATCH OUT FOR EVAPORATION!

The Evaporation Crisis is a huge issue for cultivators who transfer large amounts of cannabis around the world. Flower dries out too much if its stored without humidity control technology like Boveda. Low moisture adversely affects terpenes, efficacy, weight and experience. And that means bad weed.

Ready to pop on an LP? Cultivators worth backing keep their product safe and hydrated from curing through to consumption. Check if that cannabis company keeps its product fresh with Boveda. Boveda protects cannabis for the long haul wherever it goes.

MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS EPISODE:


Talking about investing in cannabis “became a thing for everyone, everywhere you went. At a party. At the dinner table. My dad … . My bus driver… . The grocer .”

-Todd Shapiro

Cannabis stocks are continuing to make big gains, trading on major exchanges and bringing in high valuations. (3:18)

Investing in cannabis is becoming more mainstream, as more people want a piece of the pie. (5:33)

Here’s this 20-something waiting tables who was investing in a couple of prime LPs.”

-Lance Lambert

According to a recent report, cannabis stocks are especially popular among millennials—they’re even out selling shares of Apple! (6:39)

The rise of a global cannabis market will affect the early adopters in North America, especially if the plant becomes a commodity. (8:37)

Ideal cannabis cultivation climates, such as California, will always produce popular products—and will always be coveted amongst purists (9:17)

Durban Poison anyone? Will Africa be the next big cannabis market?(10:06)

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: WHAT’S THE ORIGIN OF LEGAL CANNABIS IN THE U.S.?

CANNABIS CATCH-UP: CANNABIS NOT A COMMODITY YET

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What’s the Origin of Legal Cannabis in the U.S.?

Legal cannabis new? Heck, no! Its roots run far deeper than you may think. Humans have been using this herb for thousands of years. And there’s a storied history of cannabis in the United States.

Listen and learn:

  • Where was cannabis first legalized in the United States?
  • What are the challenges facing the legal cannabis industry?
  • Has cannabis gone mainstream?

“More than 50% of cannabis consumers in the U.S. are under the age of 35.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

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HERBS HISTORY WITH BOVEDA

“Cannabis found us before we found the cannabis industry.”

-Dan Cleveland, Boveda Vice President of Marketing
BOVEDA 58% RH VS 62% RH

Hard to believe that Boveda just started servicing the cannabis industry in 2007. (And it was purely accidental.)

By trade, cultivators are a crafty bunch. Out of necessity for a more precise way to preserve flower and reduce evaporation, cannabis companies started using Boveda. Boveda’s 2-way humidity control was initially developed to preserve premium cigars. Cultivators revived and stored flower with Boveda 65% RH, which is actually for Cuban cigars and cigars with thick, oily wrappers.

So the Boveda research and development teams got to work to create products just for flower. Now you choose from two RH levels specifically designed for the cannabis industry—Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH. What Boveda RH level is right for your flower?

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In 1991, San Francisco voters passed Proposition P, which urged state lawmakers to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. (3:16)  

“Some ‘mom and pops’ who have been there since legal cannabis began are now going mainstream, such as Harborside. They’ve been hugely successful.”

Nowadays, the franchise model has been applied to cannabis dispensaries. (3:50)

Issues with cannabis banking are still prevalent in the United States. (5:05)

“One thing I think will change in a more immediate fashion is the banking issue. The big state that is leading the path is California.”

Many cannabis businesses are cash only, which is problematic on several levels. (6:42)

There are racial disparities in legal cannabis. (12:34)

“It seems that there’s a bias toward the individual, not the crime itself. There should be equal opportunity for everyone in this industry, regardless of their past.”

Some communities are working to ensure people of color and other minorities have access to cannabis licenses. (13:43)

People with simple cannabis-related charges may soon see their records cleared (14:47)

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CANNABIS CATCH-UP: WHY ISN’T LEGALIZATION CONSISTENT?

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WHY ISN’T LEGALIZATION CONSISTENT?

Cannabis markets differ from state to state, province to province and country to country. Cultivators, consumers and travelers are challenged to keep up with all the flower dos and don’ts.

SO WHY AREN’T CANNABIS LAWS THE SAME WHEREVER YOU GO? WOULDN’T CONSISTENCY SPEED UP AROUND-THE-WORLD CANNABIS LEGALIZATION? (Sorry, for yelling here.)

Listen and learn:

  • Where’s the cheapest place in the world to buy cannabis? The spendiest?
  • How can the “black market” still exist in markets where cannabis is legal?
  • Are there oversupplies of cannabis?

“It very much is an international market.”

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

You can find Boveda in more than half the countries in the world

As legal rec expands, cultivators and dispensaries are looking for a long-term solution to curb evaporation in cannabis. Evaporation begins as soon as growers harvest the plant. All cannabis needs to be dried, but it doesn’t need to be sold that way.

Evaporating moisture becomes an even bigger problem when cannabis is in oversupply. Excess inventory forces cannabis companies to store product. Without proper humidity control, trichomes break off and potency suffers.

“Product has been excessively dry—and that ruins the experience both for medical patients and recreational users. This has been a challenge in the Canadian market,” Lance Lambert explained.

Cultivators and retailers manage evaporation by curing, storing and packaging buds with Boveda. Boveda is the global leader in 2-way humidity control for moisture sensitive products, like harvested cannabis. Millions of Boveda are sold every year around the world.

3 Factors That Drive Cannabis Sales

SHOPPING FOR FLOWER AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Tokyo, Japan, has highest cost per gram of cannabis at $32.66, (probably due to the stiff criminal penalties for possession). (2:13)
  • The cheapest ounce of cannabis is found in Eugene, Oregon, for $20. (3:02)
  • Too much of a good thing? Markets such as Oregon are experiencing a cannabis surplus.  (4:31)
  • The average wholesale cost per pound of legal cannabis is around $1,100 USD (4:55)
  • What price cheap? Cannabis can be less expensive on the “black market” because illegal suppliers avoid paying taxes. (CAUTION: On the black market, a consumer has no idea what her experience will be, what condition the flower is in and if the cannabis is even safe.) (5:31)
  • Over-dry cannabis disappoints consumers and damages a brand’s reputation. (6:41)
  • What will it take to eliminate the black market for cannabis? (8:05)
  • Legal cannabis is a work in progress. Colorado changed its regulations 85 times in the inaugural year of recreational cannabis. (9:21)
  • Retail cannabis workers in brick-and-mortar cannabis stores in Ontario must complete an employee training designed and approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. (10:28)

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MEET A VET FIGHTING FOR CANNABIS ACCESS FOR ALL

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Sergeant Jeremy Sankey spent ten years in the Army as a communications specialist. He supported National Guard troops who were preparing to deploy on Operation Enduring Freedom. (Operation Enduring Freedom began in October 2001 with allied air strikes on Taliban and al Qaeda targets.)

After training dozens of units on varying communications equipment, Sankey was injured on the job. After extensive back surgery, he was prescribed narcotic painkillers. In 2005, Sankey was honorably discharged.

By 2014, a fellow vet introduced Sankey to medicinal cannabis, which opened up a new world of relief.

“I used cannabis for the first time for about a week without any of my pharmaceuticals just to see how I would feel,” he explained. “The transformation was drastic, I felt better after one week of cannabis than I had on several years of pills.”

“Minnesota veterans should not have to break the law in order to heal. They should not have to risk the freedom they’ve already paid for with their blood, sweat and tears.”

Natural alternative to prescription pills is unavailable to vets

“After I had used cannabis for a week and noticed the difference, I got angry. I was hurt, frustrated, confused, I could go on and on. But it comes down to this:  I took all these pills when I could have just used cannabis. We would later get my pharmacy records from the VA and the amount of pills I had swallowed was upwards of 50,000.”

Sankey decided to put his anger to good use. In 2015, he founded Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis. The nonprofit group advocates for cannabis legalization through education and awareness. Members meet with state politicians to explain how cannabis therapy helps vets.

Minnesota has a medicinal cannabis program. But it’s restrictive and expensive. As a result, enrollment is low.

“I thought that I couldn’t be the only veteran in Minnesota who was going through this,” Sankey said. “We do support legalization for adult personal use, because we think that veterans could medicate themselves better than anyone else.”

VETS IN HIDING

When visiting VA doctors, many veterans stay mum about their cannabis use. They’re afraid of losing benefits. Sankey, on the other hand, is open about his consumption.

“I don’t hide it. I have and obtain all VA policy documents in reference to veterans using cannabis for treatment. I only see them for treatment of medical issues; I don’t see them for instructions on how I can act.”   

Vets have encountered far more dangerous things than cannabis

Jeremy Sankey spoke to supporters and advocates for full legalization of cannabis in Minnesota at a 420 event in the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol in 2018.

VA and Cannabis—What Veterans need to know

Cannabis legal in your state? Doesn’t matter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA doctors cannot prescribe cannabis to their patients. Why? On the federal level, the plant remains a Schedule I substance.

Support for veterans’ access to medicinal cannabis is growing. Cannabis is effective in treating many conditions that affect vets in higher numbers, such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Yet VA doctors treat these ailments with powerful prescription medications, which can be habit-forming and have debilitating side effects. Is that really healing?

Learn more about the VA’s MMJ policies.

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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.

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HOW NEVER TO BE NAMED IN A MOLD RECALL


Moldy flower can sink a brand’s reputation as well as its business. Expensive mold recalls of unsafe product can take down a company in this highly competitive cannabis field. Brands must proactively address moisture control before capturing headlines for the wrong reasons. And putting consumers at great risk.

HOW MUCH A RECALL CAN COST A PRODUCER

Say you’re a Canadian producer that has to recall 28 kilograms (about 1,000 ounces) of tainted flower. If the median cost per gram of cannabis in Alberta is about C$12.33, that recall could cost you well over C$340,000.

And that’s just in lost sales. This number doesn’t include the expense of growing, curing, storing and packaging that flower. All of it goes to pot. And that cannabis must now be destroyed. 

COSTLY MOLD RECALLS

A product recall for mold can jeopardize a producer’s bottom line, consumers’ health and the entire industry’s legitimacy. Opening up markets invites those new to cannabis to try the medicine for its many health and wellness benefits. Purchasing a subpar product might turn off someone completely new to cannabis therapy. Exposure to moldy cannabis can lead to irritating symptoms, such as runny nose, fever, coughing and wheezing. But for seniors or people with compromised immune systems, moldy cannabis can result in severe consequences, including infection and death.

HOW USING BOVEDA HELPS SOLVE MOISTURE PROBLEMS FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

You can guard against mold and other microbial growth by properly controlling moisture with Boveda.

CURING, STORING AND PACKAGING WITH BOVEDA:

  • Keeps moisture content within the optimal range for cannabis
  • Maintains an RH level well below the level where mold develops and thrives
  • Manages moisture while your product is in your facility and distributed to outside processors or retailers

Boveda during and after curing

OVERLY DRY CANNABIS IS NO GOOD EITHER

Controlling moisture means managing hydration on the flip side, too. Overly dried cannabis puts terpenes and product weight at risk. For you, that means lost profits, lost potency and lost customers.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE MOLDY FLOWER

If you or a third party identifies mold in your product, it’s too late. Entire batches will have to be destroyed.

Moldy Cannabis

KEEP THE MOLD OUT OF YOUR PRODUCT. With Boveda, you can keep cannabis at the optimal moisture level to prevent mold growth, reduce evaporation and retain your bud’s therapeutic benefits.

BUILD MASSIVE TRUST WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS BY TAKING THIS STEP

Integrating Boveda into your processing and packaging helps you maintain the quality you grew into your crops. Properly humidifying your flower will deliver an amazing end-user experience for your customers that’s safe and mold free.

CONTROL MOISTURE IN YOUR CURE AND BEYOND TO:

  • Avoid expensive mold recalls
  • Build big trust and brand loyalty with customers
  • Safeguard cannabis consumers from health risks
  • Further the confidence in this evergreen industry
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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Who’s Exporting Medicinal Cannabis?

The Middle East. North America. Europe. Cultivators in each region are providing cannabis to the health and wellness sector in other countries. Distributing product worldwide means LPs must control evaporation to protect the potency and efficacy of this medicine. Hear about licensed producers who are “doing it right” to meet demand and ensure quality. And learn which cannabis company is a rocket ship. (Time to invest?)

Listen and learn:

  • Which countries are the leading exporters of medical cannabis?
  • What’s the projected value of the legal cannabis industry in the U.S. in 2019?
  • What cannabis companies should investors watch?
  • What do cannabis consumers want LPs to know?

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

Said on social: flower is too dry

Consumers and patients are now more educated about their cannabis. Lance said he’s read plenty of posts from consumers who said they could crush flower between their fingers. They didn’t even need a grinder! And that’s not how cannabis is meant to be consumed. Buds should be sticky and plump to preserve trichomes, not dry and shake-like.

Consumers are using social platforms to alert LPs—and all who follow them, including potential investors—about sub-par flower. But overly dry flower is completely avoidable for cultivators.

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“A lot of people are complaining about the quality of flower and theyre actually calling out Boveda to the LPs that arent using us. Thats proof that the people, the consumers—whether medical or adult-use—knowing they demand quality in the flower.”

– Lance Lambert, Boveda

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During the cure, LPs can rehydrate flower slowly and carefully back to an optimal moisture level with a 2-way humidity control packet, like Boveda. Once the product leaves their facilities, LPs can continue to protect product by controlling moisture loss. Flower that’s stored, distributed and packaged without proper humidification dries out fast. How much can moisture loss cost a cannabis operation?

HOW INVESTING IN CANNABIS DIFFERS FROM DOT-COM

Lance likened the growth potential of cannabis investments to what he experienced during the the dot-com boom with one BIG EXCEPTION. Dot-com companies were largely speculative.

“[With cannabis firms] you’re investing in a tangible. Investing in the future and it’s a true product. They have the books and the track record to show it.”

– Lance Lambert, Boveda

Also in this episode:

  • In recent cannabis news, West Virginia lawmakers are considering adult-use measures. (3:40)
  • Israel recently became the third country to approve the export of medical cannabis, joining the Netherlands and Canada. (4:12)
  • Israel is considered the global leader in medical cannabis research. (4:42)
  • Cannabis legalization in the 2020 U.S. presidential election—hot button topic? (5:34)
  • New data from ArcView and BDS Analytics show that cannabis sales will rise this year by 38 percent in U.S. alone, making it a $19 billion industry. (6:09)
  • Publicly traded cannabis companies, such as Aurora and General CANN are ones to watch. (8:11)

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HOME GROW 10: EARLY FLOWERING

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 nor the only proven methods for growing medicinal grade cannabis.

While in the flowering stage, a female cannabis plant does way more than just attract male pollen. Turns out the ladies were multitasking in that dark closet of indoor cultivator/Boveda blogger Dianna Donnelly.


The morning I turned the lights back on after my green goddesses’ first night in the dark, I was joyful. Like babies greeting their mama in the morning, the girls seemed to exude gratitude. (And gave off a whole lotta green humid scent!)

To recap: to transition my girls from the veg state into the flowering stage, I cut their light time in half—from 24 to 12 hours. I wondered what my girls did that first dark night. Did they feel abandoned? Did they stress? Neither! They basically learned a whole new set of functions like it was their job! My girls are overachievers, I just knew it!  🙂

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT, CANNABIS PLANTS GET TO WORK

During daylight or lights-on phase of indoor growing, a cannabis plant’s main job is to create fuel via photosynthesis.

At night or during the lights-out phase of indoor growing, the cannabis plants use that stored up fuel to accomplish amazing things to thrive, including growing leaves and flowers.  It wasn’t long after the lights went out that my brilliant little girls got to work.

After transitioning to a 12-hour lights-on, lights-off schedule, my cannabis plants began to sprout new leaves—predominantly at the top of the main apical branches.

HOW CANNABIS PLANTS USE FUEL TO FLOWER

A cannabis plant moves water through its system through transpiration. (Similar to how we circulate blood throughout our bodies.) Transpiration is essential to the plant’s survival.

Here’s how transpiration works:

  1. Cannabis plants draw moisture, and thus nutrients, from the soil into the roots.
  2. The moisture travels up via vessels called the xylem (blood vessels) into the cannabis plant’s branches and leaves.
  3. Moisture is exuded through small pores in the leaf called stomata.

During the lights-on phase, transpiration is like a one-way vertical highway. The moisture/nutrients hightail it to their final destination—the plant’s leaves.  

During the dark, transpiration slows but doesn’t stop. The stomata close, which signals to the plant to stop exuding moisture. Instead the plant stores moisture and nutrients and diverts them throughout the plant. The cannabis plant uses that stored energy to build, repair and finally produce flower.

If roots are the brains of a cannabis plant, do the leaves themselves control transpiration? (Or is there some botanical teamwork at play here?)

There’s much debate among cannabis growers about why a leaf’s stomata open and close, including:

  • Does stomata closure trigger transpiration to slow down. Or does the slow down of transpiration trigger the closure?  (The old chicken-egg debate.)
  • Does the lack of light/heat from the sun or grow lights trigger the closure?
  • Do stomata open again when the plant’s hungry for CO2?

All parents experiment on their first born—even plant parents.

LIGHTING LESSONS FOR FUTURE HOME GROWS

Knowing what I know now about transpiration after dark, I should have experimented more with lighting from day one.  Perhaps shorten the lighting time gradually to avoid stressing my cannabis babies from too much change, too fast. This would have nudged my cannabis plants to re-set their circadian rhythms sooner than the flowering stage.  

Since stomata shut down in the dark, this 24-hour-long day-into-night light bath was counterproductive. Because night never came, my plants’ energy faucets never turned off. My ladies never had off-time to slowly redirect stored energy throughout their bodies.

This is a whole lotta unnatural! So for future cannabis crops, I’ll set my vegetation mode lights on timers. For 18 hours, my ladies can photosynthesize their hearts out in full light. Then it’s lights out for six hours to let the girls’ energy flow set the stage for a fine bouquet of high quality flower.

WHAT CANNABIS PLANTS LOOK LIKE IN THE EARLY FLOWER STAGE

As a grower who uses her eye to check the health of her crop, I inspect each angle of my beauties several times a day. Within days, my cannabis ladies were changing. Shooting up. Directing their growth energy to specific places. And sprouting hairs!  

AFTER 10 DAYS

HOME GROW FIRST HAIRS SWEET PURPLE

White hairs called pistils quickly morphed into clusters of tiny sugar leaf flower petals whose growth was almost visual to the naked eye. These pistils are considered the plant’s botanical reproductive organs that hope to capture the male plant’s pollen and grow seeds.

AFTER 20 DAYS

HOME GROW EARLY BLOOM 20 DAYS

At the tops of each apically-dominant stem, my girls suddenly had faces!

AFTER 25 DAYS

HOME GROW FLOWERING 25 DAYS

Do my big, healthy leaves leave you dumb-founded and in awe of nature and cannabis?

HOW HOME GROWING IS HEALING FOR ME (WELL BEFORE HARVEST)

Every single morning fills me with joyous scents and visual changes that help turn my morning frown upside down.  I use cannabinoids for depression and anxiety. But growing cannabinoid-bearing plants is also healing to me.

Horticultural therapy and home cultivation regulation go hand-in-hand toward better mental health as evidenced by yours truly.

– 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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Test Your Cannabis Knowledge

Weed. Pot. Grass. Reefer. Ganja. It’s out with old stigma-laden mj slang, and in with responsible rec language. Let’s get cann-positive!

Listen and learn:

  • What is cannabis called around the world?
  • Is there a difference between “marijuana” and “cannabis?”
  • What do the cool cats in the cannabis industry say?

The Cannabis Catch-Up is sponsored by Boveda, the leader in two-way humidity control for buds. Subscribe to the Boveda Cannabis YouTube Channel. Or listen to Lance Lambert’s insights live every Monday at 4:20 pm EST on The Todd Shapiro Show (SiriusXM Channel 167).

Open up your cannabis dictionary of a brain!

  • Where did the term marijuana come from? (0:45)
  • Does cannabis only refer to mmj? (1:00)
  • Around the world with cannabis language—from bhang in India to sensimilla in Mexico. (1:20)
  • Terms like “chronic” have been replaced by “loud” or “fire.” (2:08)
  • Does “dope” now refer to hard drugs, like heroin? (2:29)
  • How does Boveda use 2-way humidity control to protect cannabis? Can you use Boveda to control humidity in other products? (7:53)
  • And is nationwide reform imminent now that 62% of Americans support cannabis legalization? (16:40)

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LISTEN AND LEARN:

  • Are cannabis genetic pioneers being shut out of today’s industry?
  • What does the introduction of a cannabis decriminalizing bill mean for U.S. legalization?
  • Is Donald Trump now irrelevant if he opts to legalize cannabis in order to win over voters?

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Did you know you used to be able to pay your taxes with hemp?

In the 1960s, Northern California growers perfected cannabis cultivation methods, planting landrace strains and developing genetics. (6:58)

After the DARE program was introduced, adult-use cannabis became even more vilified in modern society. (7:30)

Senator Chuck Schumer recently announced the investment of $100-$150 million in New York hemp by Canopy Growth, a large Canadian licensed producer. (8:55)

The passing of The Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp (11:29)

Congressional bill H.R. 420, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would legalize adult-use cannabis nationwide and regulate it like alcohol and tobacco. (11:37)

182 million people worldwide use medical or recreational cannabis, according to the UN World Drug Report 2017. (That’s more than double the population of Mexico.) (14:30)

“I take the seed from Colombia and Mexico. I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road.”

In this episode, comedian Seán Cullen referenced Steve Earle’s song Copperhead Road when discussing early backroad grow operations.

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CULTIVATE WITH SCOTT SWAIL & GUEST HOST LANCE LAMBERT

For you and your journey in the cannabis industry.


So many cultivators. So many voices. So many regulations. Cannabis brands all along the vertical turn to Wick & Mortar to develop awareness, loyalty and engagement in this crowded evergreen industry.

  • How effective branding can help you regain marketshare
  • What cannabis social media strategies reach the new cannabis customer
  • How to avoid the most common cannabis marketing missteps
  • How to stay true to your values while you build your brand

Catch Cultivate’s interview with Wick & Mortar Founder and CEO Jared Mirsky at the Lemon Haze Convention in Tacoma, Washington.

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

GOOD NAME + GOOD PRODUCT + GOOD PROFIT

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When your branding is spot-on, make sure you get the full economic value from every yield. Cultivators revive flower with Boveda to deliver an accurate and precise increase in humidity. Increasing the overall weight of a harvest increases revenue, too.

Your buds will retain the smell, flavor, color, efficacy and potency you built your reputation on. Consumers will notice, come back for more and yelp well about you.

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  • What is Wick & Mortar? (0:44)
  • Why would a cultivator, processor or dispensary re-brand itself? (2:00)
  • What are the challenges of marketing and advertising cannabis content on social media? (4:45)
  • How to use LinkedIn to build your cannabis business (6:58)
  • How Wick & Mortar landed Aurora Cannabis (8:25)
  • How to package, brand and advertise in the highly regulated cannabis industry (13:03)
  • Why querying other colleagues and customers for feedback on LinkedIn increases exposure (15:02)
  • How a little guy can compete with a big cannabis brand and win (17:12)
  • How to evolve a cannabis brand and what other brands can learn from Rebel Spirit (20:50)
  • How legacy growers hold on to brand loyal customers (23:04)
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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