Portfolio Category: Cannabis Tech

Color Remediation Column BHO Extraction

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extraction techniques have been widely used by cannabis manufacturers seeking to produce high-quality concentrates. Innovators in BHO extraction have created an impressive variety of products with different textures and terpene- or cannabinoid-rich chemical profiles, spurring the continued growth in the concentrate marketplace. Recently, cannabis entrepreneurs working with BHO have started to…
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Women Making Waves on the tech side of the Cannabis Industry

Forbes Magazine concurs, while women earn 57 percent of undergraduate degrees [in the United States], only 18 percent of them are in technical fields. The numbers are even lower for women of color. Despite efforts to encourage school-aged girls to get involved in STEM and STEAM, there remains a dearth of women in technical careers.…
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New Congressional Legislation Would Lift Restrictions on Important Cannabis Research

In a move that should expand scientific research efforts into the medical benefits of cannabis, on September 9th, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee sent new marijuana-related legislation to the House floor for further debate and consideration. H.R. 3797, labeled “The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019,” would permit certified scientists to…
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Technology Easing Security Concerns in Cannabis

Whether they are growing, processing, manufacturing, distributing, or selling, businesses handling cannabis, and the cash exchanged for it, are highly vulnerable to theft. They deal with valuable products sold in thriving illicit markets, creating temptations some people with bad intentions might find hard to resist. Consequently, security is a vital issue at cannabis facilities. Potential…
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Pakistan to Legalize Hemp Cultivation and Production

Despite starting its hemp industry nearly from scratch, Pakistan still expects to reap significant economic rewards in short order. They will fund intensive scientific research to diversify their hemp-based product lines as quickly as possible and forecast profits of at least $1 billion in the first three years after the initial hemp crops are planted.…
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Scaling Up: Commercial Hemp Oil Extraction Machines

The demand for CBD products is booming. Even the COVID-19-induced economic contraction has not been enough to slow the explosive growth of the hemp industry, which hopes to ride the coattails of cannabidiol to the Promised Land. The cannabis research firms, BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, estimate that by 2024, U.S. consumers will spend…
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Toxic Contaminants in Cannabis Extracts: What are the Dangers?

Chemical substances are sometimes added to cannabis extracts used in vaporizers. Some of these substances increase vaporization efficiency by diluting the thick, gooey cannabis extract. Others are used to change the appearance of the extract, to make it appear unadulterated if a fluidizing agent has been used. Pine Rosin Earlier this year, researchers from Portland…
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CBD Marketplace Plagued by Labeling Inaccuracies, Still

The market for cannabidiol (CBD) products is growing, driven by the public’s insatiable demand for anything that includes the letters ‘CBD’ on its label. CBD is highly attractive because of its innumerable health benefits, and its ease of availability is an added convenience. Unfortunately, the demand for CBD products has grown so fast that quality…
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What is a Trichome?

Cannabis and hemp plants are fertile producers of a dazzling array of chemical compounds, many of which have therapeutic effects in the human body. At the heart of this production system are the trichomes, which cover the surface of female cannabis plants throughout their blooming stage. Trichomes are tiny, translucent, crystalline structures with bulbous heads…
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New Federal Initiative Promises Better Quality Control in Cannabis Testing

Most legitimate cannabis and hemp companies form relationships with third-party testing laboratories. Independent chemists test their products for cannabinoid content, terpene content, and contamination levels, and the data collected is made available to retailers and consumers. In theory, independent labs should offer an additional degree of transparency to the industry, guaranteeing that product labels are…
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