The basics of the art of cannabis extraction

We love its abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis trichomes. Cannabis products like all plant-based products can get old and lose its effects. Although we like to think the technical science is precision when it comes to extracting cannabinoids and terpenes, it’s also more of an “art” for extraction technicians who want to bring out the fullest expression of the plant.


Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most famous of all the cannabinoids, known as a psychoactive compound found to naturally grow in a plant. But what actually is the THC molecule and what are its medical benefits?

THC comes with psychoactive effects. THC carries a different set of effects, benefits, and complexities than CBD.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably heard a lot about CBD. You’ve probably also heard cannabis is bad for you because of the THC. We’ve dug through the evidence to show what the science really says.

What should a person expect medically from THC? There’s plenty of information out there but few say much about THC’s benefits — unlike CBD. Here’s an overview of what medical experts say about THC and whether it lives up to its medical claims.

THC (also called tetrahydrocannabinol) was first isolated in 1969 by Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science…


This was written to a mom. This Letter is part of a three-part series on addiction. The names have been changed and the treatment centres are in Ottawa, Ontario.

Also read: Are You a Real Alcoholic? Drug user? Is Everything OK? and Letter to a Drug Addict.

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Your sons Kevin and George have a drinking and drug problem. We’ve pretended over the years that it isn’t a problem.

It’s too easy for me to blame them. I have to remember this isn’t a social problem or any one person’s fault. I must be kind to them and remember their addiction doesn’t define who they are.

Addiction is more common than you think in Ottawa — about 1 in 50 Canadians regularly abuse alcohol and close to 1 in 100…


This Letter to a former friend (Kevin) is part of a three-part series on addiction. The names have been changed and the treatment centres are in Ottawa, Ontario.

Also read: Are You a Real Alcoholic? Drug user? Is Everything OK? and Mom, You Can Help With My Addiction

Our friends and family can tell us things, when we ourselves don’t.
Our friends and family can tell us things, when we ourselves don’t.
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Politics. I wish I could have a fun debate on topics with you. I would mostly love to convince you about how wrong you’ve been over the years. I have an ego. But mostly, I know that you have a bigger ego — one I would love to pop. …


Substance abuse is a problem that needs to be seen

This is part of a three-part series on addiction. The names have been changed and the treatment centres are in Ottawa, Ontario.

Also read: Mom, You Can Help With My Addiction and Letter to a Drug Addict.

Is there a problem with alcohol or drug use?
Is there a problem with alcohol or drug use?
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Can someone live a functional alcoholic and drug dependent life without anyone noticing there’s a problem? Admittedly, my biggest drinking days happened when I was in my university years; then sometimes afterward, living the 30-something life with friends, bar hopping. I’ve always wondered how far you can go drinking and doing drugs before it becomes a problem. What’s worse is how far we let people get before calling it a problem.

There’s a 1975 study that shows between 3 to 7 percent of people who…


No, the first question isn’t: Do you know about cannabis?

If your goal in hiring a consultant is to open a legal micro-grow operation or a dispensary, then you’ll want to know more about the costs and application process. As countless numbers before you discovered the hard way, any missed or incomplete information can quickly mean delays or even an end to your application.

What you want — no, need — is a consultant who knows how to get #$@ done. Since different experts are needed at different times, you might need to ask whether the one you found is the right one for you? …


Harry Anslinger played on fears of race-mixing and jazz as the ‘devil’s’ music to create a prison-industrial complex

Source: How a racist hate-monger masterminded America’s War on Drugs

Good news, the prohibition of alcohol was coming to an end. That was also the bad news for Harry Anslinger.

In 1930, Harry Anslinger was 38-year-old and the founding commissioner of the US Treasury’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Appointed by his wife’s uncle, department secretary Andrew W. Mellon, Anslinger began with a $100,000 budget and let loose. After all, it’s the 1920s prohibition era. He had a reputation for being honest and incorruptible. Early in his career, at the age of 23 (in 1915) he found a $50,000 fraud at the Pennsylvania Railroad. …


‘Gastown Riot’ took place after riot police waded into a large crowd of people smoking cannabis.

In August 1971, Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood turned into chaos. Police riding horseback charged crowds of peaceful protesters, indiscriminately bashing at them with batons. Of around 2,000 protesters, 79 were arrested and 38 were charged. This is one of Vancouver’s bloodiest and most infamous riots.

It was a mess.

Mounted police galloping on sidewalks scattered pedestrians in all directions. Gangs of youth threw bottles and rocks at police. Police hitting youth with batons. Pools of blood, ambulances, and injuries marking several streets. …


Disclaimer: These views of the author are no substitute for medical advice. Always take care of your health and talk to a doctor. Avoid smoking cannabis, especially if you are under the age of 25, have a heart condition, or are pregnant.

It’s true, a lot of people who exercise also use cannabis.

Breathing is the key to everything. If you can increase your lung capacity, you can take in more oxygen through the lungs and into the bloodstream; giving sore, fatiguing muscles and bones what they need. …


Disclaimer: These views of the author are no substitute for medical advice. Always take care of your health and talk to a doctor. Avoid smoking cannabis, especially if you are under the age of 25, have a heart condition, or are pregnant.

Happy high chemicals, natural to our bodies.

If you can imagine two receptors:

  • CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain, tied to our mind-buzz chemicals.
  • CB2 receptors are found in abundance in the digestive system.

Both receptors are known for helping immune cells and lowering inflammation after an injury. In actual fact, CB1 and CB2 receptors are…

Milton The Great

Milton Wani lives in Montreal and has worked in studying medical cannabis and the business side of the industry.

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