German Public Health Insurer Takes First Look at Cannabis Coverage

Techniker Krankenkassen (or TK as it is also frequently referred to) is one of Germany’s largest public or so-called “statutory” health insurance companies. It is companies like TK that provide health insurance to 90% of the German population. TK is also on the front lines of the medical cannabis discussion. […]

Quality Plans for Lab Services: Managing Risks as a Grower, Processor or Dispensary

This article is the first in a series that will look into the risks any user of laboratory services (growers, processors or dispensary owners) will face from the quality systems in place in the laboratory. I will discuss specific risk areas in clear and understandable language so as to not […]

The Four Pillars of Cannabis Processing

Cannabis extraction has been used as a broad term for what can best be described as cannabis processing. A well-thought-out cannabis process goes far beyond just extraction, largely overlapping with cultivation on the front-end and product development on the back-end1. With this in mind, four pillars emerge as crucial capabilities […]

Environmental Monitoring and Greenhouse Controls

Cannabis Cultivation Virtual Conference: Part 2 Environmental Monitoring and Greenhouse Controls By Dr. Nadia Sabeh, Founder/President of Dr. Greenhouse Controlling the environmental parameters of the indoor farm is essential to managing the productivity and health of your crop. This presentation will discuss the critical roles that VPD, airflow, CO2, and […]

Exploration and Optimization of Drying and Curing

Cannabis Cultivation Virtual Conference Part 4 Exploration and Optimization of Drying and Curing By Dr. Allison Justice, Vice President of Cultivation at Outco This presentation discusses: Prized French wines are aged for years in oak barrels, as are famous whiskies. Tobacco is air-, fire-, flue- or sun-cured. Cannabis, however, is […]

Cannabis Micropropagation, Cost Analysis and Viruses

Cannabis Cultivation Virtual Conference Part 6 Cannabis Micropropagation, Cost Analysis and Viruses By Dr. Hope Jones, Chief Scientific Officer of C4 laboratories This presentation will educate the global cannabis industry (including hemp) on tissue culture micropropagation by providing a summary that will show some of the essential concepts behind tissue culture. […]

EVIO Labs Expands Ahead of California Testing Deadline

In a few short weeks, the regulations in California’s cannabis market will expand to include more laboratory testing. The previous exemption for selling untested product will be eliminated come July 1st, meaning that every product on dispensary shelves will have to be tested for a number of contaminants. Pesticide testing, […]

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Blossoms

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program may be young, but the industry in that state is off to a burgeoning start. Back in 2016, the state legalized medical cannabis. In 2017, the PA Department of Health began accepting applications for licenses and announced the first 12 winning applications. On February 15th, 2018, […]

German Health Insurer Issues First Look at Impact of Medical Cannabis

If anyone (read Auslanders) had any illusions that the German take on medical cannabis was going to be casual or unscientific if not painstakingly documented, think again. Techniker Krankenkasse (or TK as it is referred to by the locals) is one of Germany’s largest public health insurance companies. In other […]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 4

In Part 3 of this series on HACCP, Critical Control Points (CCPs), validation of CCPs and monitoring of CCPs were defined. When a HACCP plan identifies the correct CCP, validates the CCP as controlling the hazard and monitors the CCP, a potential hazard is controlled in the manufacturing and packaging […]