Random things I learned at the Cannabis Conference in Arcata
by Wendy Read

 

• Isopropyl alcohol is a petroleum product. I won’t be using it anymore to make concentrates.

• Kevin Spelman is an excellent presenter, but was too advanced for most of his audience.

• It is not necessary to crush plant matter before soaking it in a high proof alcohol solvent when making concentrates. If you don’t crush it, you don’t need to press it, either, and will extract less chlorophyll.

• Some folks are using a sonicator bath for a more complete extraction. It’s possible that the sonicator actually fragments the cell DNA.

• The GPR55 receptor has now officially been named CB3 and CB4 and CB5 have also been identified.

• Concentrates can be called essential oils, as some essential oils are made with solvents instead of steam distilled, and may contain waxes and lipids.

• The Charlotte’s Web strain was not actually ACDC, but produces a concentrate with a similar cannabinoid profile.

• Seemingly many modalities of natural healing, like acupuncture, exercise, and green vegetables, tone the endocannabinoid system.

• The International Cannabinoid Research Society Convention is June 28-July 3 in Nova Scotia this year.

• Cannabis therapy is useful for Turret’s syndrome.

• The fake CBD oils that are for sale on the internet not only contain negligible amounts of CBD, but are making people very sick because Hemp plants bioaccumulate toxins from the soil and these toxins are getting concentrated in the oil.

• Trichomes are created by the plant to protect plant stomatas from desiccation due to wind. They are part of a protective boundary layer of warm moist air that surrounds the leaves. Therefore, allowing soil to dry out for a few days at a time without allowing the plant to wilt will increase trichome production.

• Optimal harvest time is when 60-80% of trichomes inside the bud are amber in color.

• CBD-rich seeds are still not stabilized and varieties such as Harl-Tsu, Canna-Tsu, Swiss Gold, and Cannatonic still produce a range of 25-75% CBD-rich plants. It takes at least 5 generations to stabilize seeds.

• CBDV is proving good for seizure control.

• A cannabinoid ratio determined by testing plants between 60 -84 days old, can then be multiplied by 10% to give an approximate final potency. Ex: If a plant tests 2:1 THC to CBD at this time, it will probably produce 20% THC: 11% CBD at harvest time.

• Overactivation/overstimulation of the CB1 receptor will cause it to steal parts from other GPR receptors.

• CBD inhibits the breakdown of anandamide by inhibiting the FAAH enzyme.

• There may be a relationship between Ayervedic doshas and the endocannabinoid system with fat acting as an intermediary. For ex., Kapha’s tendency to gain fat when out of balance may be what keeps them mellow, and lack of fat in Vatas may make them more anxious.

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