Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 1

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Defined Farm-to-fork is a concept to describe the control of food safety starting in the fields of a farm and ending with deliciousness in my mouth. The more that is optimized at every step, the more food safety and quality are realized. Farm-to-fork […]

10 Treatment Methods to Reduce Mold in Cannabis

As the operations manager at Los Sueños Farms, the largest outdoor cannabis farm in the country, I was tasked with the challenge of finding a yeast and mold remediation treatment method that would ensure safe and healthy cannabis for all of our customers while complying with stringent regulations. While outdoor […]

10 Ways to Reduce Mold in Your Grow

Regardless of whether your grow is indoor or in a greenhouse, mold is a factor that all cultivators must consider. Photo credit: Steep Hill- a petri dish of mold growth from tested cannabis After weeks of careful tending, pruning and watering to encourage a strong harvest, all cultivators are looking […]

Microbiology 101 Part One

I have been studying microorganisms for over 35 years, and the elusive critters still fascinate me! Here in Microbiology 101, I write about the foundation of knowledge on which all microbiologists build. You may have a general interest in microbiology or have concerns in your operation. By understanding microbiology, you […]

Q&A with Adam Smith, Executive Director of the Craft Cannabis Alliance

The Craft Cannabis Alliance is a values-driven industry association whose mission is to define, promote, and celebrate authentic Oregon craft cannabis. Though it has only recently launched, it already counts many of Oregon’s most important local brands among its members, and looks poised to help lead a craft cannabis movement […]

Clear vs. Pure: How Fallacies and Ignorance of Extraction Misrepresent the Cannabis Flower

Demand for cannabis extracts, in particular vaping products, is at an all-time high. People want good oil, and they want to know something about the quality of it. It is therefore time to take a step back and consider the process from plant to cartridge. What is the current industry […]