In the Field: Is Your Soil Ready?

Indoor growers and those that have total control greenhouses have a never-ending cycle where they are constantly doing everything from transplanting to harvesting.  In the field, we do things a little differently. In the field, we have to do them right, because we may only get one shot. The costs associated with large outdoor plantings, the […]

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How to Choose a Compliant Hemp Testing Laboratory

One of the most dangerous and widespread issues in hemp testing is how inaccurate or varied the results can be. You don’t have to dig deep to find an onslaught of evidence that shows precision is the exception to the rule. Jama’s study, for example, showed that only 17% of lab results accurately profiled cannabinoid concentration in edibles. That means a sizable portion of samples contained more THC than the results indicated. And as a result of mistakes like these, hemp companies will accidentally mislabel their products. This can have serious consequences for customers who mistakenly ingest these mislabeled products and experience unwanted psychoactive effects. Situations like these are not uncommon, which is why hemp companies must carefully choose a third-party laboratory. The laboratory should not only meet certification requirements, but also exceed them while showing expertise in testing each of the major hemp product types. But it’s not always easy to discern between the leaders and the newcomers. Laboratories may have fancy websites and marketing that can mask serious inefficiencies behind the scenes. That’s why I want to cover exactly what qualifications and parameters hemp companies must consider before choosing a lab they can trust. Qualifications If you’ve ever reviewed resumes, you probably checked to see that the candidates have the minimum required education or certifications. But when you notice that […]

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Hemp in 2020: What’s a Farmer to Do?

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, industrial hemp poses a real problem for farmers. Many farmers are anxious to include hemp in their crop rotation. Faced with falling commodity prices and uncertainties due to trade and tariff issues hemp seems like a lifeline. But the reality is that the hemp grown this summer for CBD […]

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USDA Clears Hemp Seeds for Import Into US

Not All Hemp Seeds Are Equal

The primary reason hemp farmers have crops with more than 0.3% THC is that the hemp seeds are flawed. Farmers fail because of bad genetics not because of bad farming practices. The seed vendors are at fault not the farmers. The first and most important rule is “Know Your Seed Vendor”. Farmers are at a […]

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Cooking with Chef Carosi: Green Crack, Sour Cream, & Hemp Heart Waffles

Not only did I want an attention-grabbing name for an under-appreciated, almost extinct breakfast staple that has been lost to the prepackaged convenience foods crowd, I also wanted a great-tasting waffle to eat for breakfast. Long gone are the days of getting up in your pajamas on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons and eat […]

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Control Your Chaos

The legal cannabis industry doubled in revenue from 2015 to 20201, there are multiple challenges associated with this growth.  Many companies are looking at sources of chaos in the industry such as regulations, financial and technical growth challenges.  But the successful companies will also be considering their most influential source of chaos…their people.  In times of major change, […]

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What Hempers Want Most from LinkedIn

I recently presented at the Texas Hemp Convention on the topic of LinkedIn and it was truly an eye-opening experience. I’ve been helping hemp-related firms implement LinkedIn for about 5 years now, but I wanted to know more about how hempers are making effective use out of LinkedIn. Using LinkedIn itself, I reached out to […]

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Cooking with Chef Carosi: Cannabis Bacon Fat Peanut Butter Cookies

Over the years I have infused cannabinoids into a tremendous amount of things, from high octane alcohols, to MCT oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, creamery butter, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil, but the most exciting of all the fats I have use to help bind to all of the readily available cannabinoids […]

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Beyond Making a Purchase, Make a Partner: How to Purchase a Distillation Machine

Training periods.  Staff turnover.  Time management.  Learning curves.  Expediting processes.  Maximizing equipment effectiveness.  These all are matters that businesses face, in general, and businesses seeking to do hemp and cannabis distillation are no different.  If anything, they’re more susceptible to these types of business issues.  It’s critical for companies seeking to perform distillation to not only seek the right equipment provider, but even […]

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