Cannabis Colors: Why So Many? What Do They Mean?

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Anyone who has had the good fortune to attend a HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, a similar event or a good dispensary will have noticed the wide palette of colors to be found in the various strains of weed.

If you regularly visit a grow site, you’ll see that some strains change color as they flower.

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MEDICINAL & RECREATIONAL: Same Plant, Different Standards

We are presented with a rare opportunity—to shape the demand in the cannabis market for the highest quality products. Currently, the most widely accepted standards rely on a business-based model, as opposed to a medicinal-based model. While this can produce a quality of standards entirely acceptable for recreational-based use, we are finding that in severely compromised immune systems such as those with cancer, autoimmune diseases and other neurological disorders (RSD, CRPS, fibromyalgia), this approach can have potentially detrimental effects. Our goal is to bring awareness to the different ways the cannabis plant is cultivated, extracted and processed and things we need to be aware of when making medicine specific products.

Genetics and Harvesting

The genetics of the plant itself needs to be of medicinal quality, and there must be integrity in the cultivation and harvesting process. The strongest, fastest, highest-yielding plant does not always translate into the best flower for medicinal purposes. Having high cannabinoid and essential oil content is vital. Essential oils are commonly referred to as terpenes, although they also contain various other compounds. The ACDC strain can have two percent or more of essential oils, yet is very spindly and bushy, and does best outdoors in full sun. Only a few great cultivators have successfully grown ACDC to a 20 percent CBD content flower.

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Tissue Culture & Synthetic Seeds: Buds Without Borders?

“Synthetic seeds” may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but some industry experts say — if it gets big enough — the cannabis cultivation industry might decide to use them. Could this be the far future of flowers?

Forward thinkers in the cannabis space are looking for ways to ensure that access to essential cannabis-based medicine is not defined by one’s zip code. And one answer — at least for the distant future of cannabis cultivation — might lie in tissue culturing and synthetic seeds.

Reggie Gaudino, vice president of scientific operations and director of intellectual property at Steep Hill Labs, has looked into these alternative methods for growing marijuana to see if they can potentially resolve a major stumbling block for cannabis distribution; the federal restrictions on transporting it from state to state.

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The Genes of Terpenes: Scientists Discover Pot’s Smell Predictor

By now, most even casual consumers of marijuana are familiar with “terpenes,” the compounds found in the essential oils of plants, responsible for a plant’s distinctive taste and aroma—and, with cannabis, which also play a role in how the plant affects the mind and body.

But according to a pair of scientists from the University of British Columbia, to find which terpenes a plant will produce, to determine if a cannabis plant will smell like skunk, funk or sweet apple pie, you can look at the plant’s genes.

Let us attempt to explain.

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Strain Legends: Subcool Talks 20 Years of Jack’s Cleaner

The popularity of most cannabis strains waxes and wanes in the same rapid rhythm as music and fashion. Others stand the test of time and become the stuff of legend. Add to that list Jack’s Cleaner — the strain that launched the ascendancy of TGA Subcool Seeds.

A lot of the great strains of the current cannabis era are made with the elite genetics of years past, and when it comes to fancy ingredients, a good pheno of Jack’s Cleaner from Subcool of TGAgenetics is basically some extinct black truffle oil since there were only two clones ever handed out.

The history of this strain now stretches back over twenty years, all the way to Subcool’s first computer.

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