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How does THCa change after it’s decarboxylated?

Earlier, we discussed unknown compounds found in cannabis oil after other processes such as distillation and even decarboxylation. Don’t worry though, those unwanted side reactions can be limited with simple techniques. Let’s #AskAnExpert how THCa and CBDa change after they are distilled and what happens to their acid groups after an acidic cannabinoid is decarboxylated. What are distillation and decarboxylation? We more recently reported on the production of Delta-8-THC from other active cannabinoids. The cannabis plant, on the other hand, only produces acidic cannabinoids, such as THCa. Active cannabinoids are normally formed from acidic ones through a process known as […]

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What is trichotillomania? And how can this specific type of THC help?

Can you not stop pulling out your hair (trichotillomania)? Do you know someone who does that? This Body Focussed Repetitive Behavior(BFRB) can be reduced by a synthetic THC. Hair pulling aka trichotillomania Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from one’s own scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of the body. It comes under the umbrella of Body Focussed Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB). BFRBs represent any chronic behavior that causes a person to consistently cause physical damage to oneself. It happens unintentionally through a compulsive act to relieve anxiety. (1) According to HuffPost Canada, two to four percent of Canadians […]

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Are magic mushrooms synergistic with cannabis and your ECS?

Sometimes depression can hurt, literally. Interestingly, this has a lot to do with our Endocannabinoid Systems (ECS)—a network that consists of a few receptors and two neurotransmitters. Pain and emotions are tied together through these messengers. And, it is through the ECS that magic mushrooms and cannabis can often bind into a therapeutic (yet counterintuitive) mistake. (1) This infographic details different serotonin receptors and their effects. The ECS and serotonin (5-HT) bind at many receptors, but the focal point of magic mushrooms is 5-HT2a. (2, 3) Other receptors might be the cause of side effects like nausea, though. Photo courtesy […]

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D8 THC is made from illegal hemp waste boiled in acid— here’s why

D8 THC has made a buzz around the cannabis market recently. A noteworthy anomaly of D8-THC is its legal status in the US. Ever since the Farm Bill permitted legal hemp-derived CBD next to illegally cultivated D9-THC, processors began using fifty-year-old chemistry and technology. Due to a loophole in the Bill, massive quantities of legal hemp-derived CBD extracts, or at their subsequent D9 waste, can now soak in acid (chemical isomerization) and slowly churn into D8 THC. (1, 2) When was the last time you asked for a COA (Certificate of Analysis) on your D8-THC product? The law forced the […]

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Une nouvelle étude révèle que le cannabis laisse une empreinte carbone massive

Étude : le cannabis légal a une empreinte de 18 kilogramme de dioxyde de carbone Le cannabis légal est devenu un secteur d’activité de 13 milliards de dollars aux États-Unis et ne devrait que croître dans les années à venir. Pourtant, des chercheurs de l’université d’État du Colorado ont découvert que cette industrie pourrait créer un gros problème pour notre environnement. Une étude révèle qu’un huitième du cannabis légal peut avoir une empreinte carbone de 18 kg Des chercheurs ont analysés l’énergie et les matériaux nécessaires pour cultiver du cannabis en intérieur et a quantifié les émissions de gaz à […]

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CRISPR, the future of cannabis production, explained

Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing a lot about CRISPR. What exactly is CRISPR? And what does it mean for the future of cannabis production? The discovery of CRISPR In 1972, biochemists Stanley N. Cohen and Herbert W. Boyer were the first to cut DNA into fragments. It was one of many milestones that revolutionized genetic modification. Since then, scientists have been altering the genetic makeup of various plants and species. And this is transforming food production, medicine, and other sectors.   A lot has changed in the past decade. In 2011, two scientists, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer […]

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The secret ingredient to a tender steak? A cannabis marinade

No one enjoys sinking their teeth into a tough steak. And although you might associate cannabis-infused recipes with just getting high, a Sri Lanka study has found that the plant can also be used to help soften your sirloin. How to use a marijuana marinade? A study at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka shows that a cannabis marinade might significantly make your beef tender, giving a sheer value of 5.1 which is even lesser than the sheer value of tenderloin steak (known to be the most tender steak) at about 5.7. (1) The cannabis marinade used in the […]

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How many isomers of THC are in cannabis and beyond?

A century ago, cannabis was respected but not well understood in the scientific literature. The intoxicating ingredient, THC, was officially isolated in 1964. (1) After 56 years, an isomer of THC, Delta-10-THC, was identified in cannabis extract for the first time. But, how many different variations and isomers of THC are truly in cannabis, and how many more can exist if we go beyond the realm of quantitative data? A 2D depiction of D9-THC, top left, is next to a 3D image of an identical isomer of THC. A different isomer of the same molecule will possess a different atomic […]

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Health Canada approves chloropicrin fumigant for cannabis farms

Agriculture is a bug-filled industry that must put in work to remain clean. Soil fumigants are a major controversy in this regard. But, with outdoor cannabis cultivation license approvals now on the rise, Health Canada‘s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) approved a fumigant for cannabis farms – chloropicrin (trichloronitromethane.) Two fumigants are approved for Canada’s outdoor cannabis crops and are produced by Triest Ag Group Inc. Chloropicrin 100 Liquid Soil Fumigant – 99% Chloropicrin Pic Plus Fumigant – 85.1% Chloropicrin Despite the PMRA’s recent approval of chloropicrin for cannabis farms, the fumigant is banned in other countries. The reason for its […]

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Pesticides used on cannabis: A 2020 Recap

A lot went down in the cannabis pesticides world in 2020. Health Canada‘s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) gave new approvals for, or re-approved, nearly two dozen sprays for cannabis cultivation. In a much needed 2020 recap, let’s explore new and old pesticides used on cannabis. Here today, gone tomorrow (and back again) Some pesticides were previously removed from the PMRA’s list of approved cannabis pesticides. A dismissal that came as no surprise was the fungicide, Prestop. This writing author speculated that a batch of recalled cannabis was connected to a harmless growth of the fungicide slightly before it was […]

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