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Cannabis Cultivation

Three Cannabis Cultivators Fined $209k for River Pollution in California

Three cannabis cultivators are facing a $209,687 fine for discharging sediment into a northern Californian river.

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Harvest Hemp Early for Maximum CBD, Scientists Say

Hemp cultivators should harvest their plants before they reach full seed maturity if they want to maximize the amount of CBD that can be extracted, a new study published in Royal Society Open Science suggests.

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Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Within Leaf Cells Could Reduce Need for Inorganic Nitrogen Fertilizers

The most efficient examples of nitrogen-transfer relationships between bacteria and plants were found in the glandular trichomes of dicot plants like hops and cannabis.

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Cannabis Cultivators Brace for Fertilizer Shortage as Russian War in Ukraine Continues

Without easy access to fertilizer, the cannabis industry is warning of increased production prices, lower crop yields, and likely an increased price for cannabis at the point of purchase.

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Understanding Sources of Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp: Benefits of a Risk Assessment Strategy – Part 4

In the fourth and final part of their new series, Rob Thomas and Tony Destefano explore potential elemental sources in the production, packaging, and delivery of cannabis consumer products.

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Commercial Cannabis Labels Often Don’t Match Chemical Reality, Study Finds

The traditional classifications of sativa, indica, and hybrid-type cannabis might not actually tell consumers very much about what is in their product, new research suggests.

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Understanding Sources of Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp: Benefits of a Risk Assessment Strategy – Part 3

In the third part of their new series, Rob Thomas and Tony Destefano examine the critically important step of extracting cannabinoids from the biomass, the flower, and other parts of the cannabis plant.

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Understanding Sources of Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp: Benefits of a Risk Assessment Strategy – Part 2

In the second part of a new series, Rob Thomas and Tony Destefano discuss whether a risk assessment strategy could help industry members to better understand all the potential sources of elemental contaminants along the cannabis supply chain.

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Heavy Metals Analysis in Hemp Extract Products

Speaking at Analytical Cannabis’ recent extraction symposium, Diane Pickett and Serena Giovinazzi of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Food Safety detailed new results from their laboratory’s research into heavy metal contamination in hemp extracts.

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