Jeffrey Landstrom (Jeff@mydxlife.com)
In the previous blog we set out an agenda to take a look at “How Manufacturers, Distributors, Consumers & Regulators have historically interacted with cannabis, and how they might in the future with the help of MyDx.” So in keeping with that idea, let us start with manufacturers, or in this case, growers who have traditionally interacted with the cannabis plant before it gets passed along to the distributors.
But before we dive in . . . lets warm up by starting with some basics, some facts that might be particularly helpful for those in are audience who might not be particularly familiar with cannabis, how it is grown, the chemicals involved, etc.
Most of the chemicals in the cannabis plant fall into three categories: cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. Each of these compounds can significantly modify the therapeutic benefits of the plant. There are hundreds of different chemical combinations each producing a different effect.
As the Cannabis plant matures, the chemical cannabinoid profile changes. Using different nutrients and environmental conditions also affects the chemical profile. Some people believe the grower and his energy also effects the chemical composition. What’s important to note is as the chemical profile changes, the desired physiological effects also change. For example, the older a sample is, the more CBN (which is a degradation product over time) is present, which produces a couch like high.
Currently, the gold standard for most cultivators of the plant (at least for the average grower) employs a qualitative method of studying the trichomes that are found on the plant’s bud. The color of this Trichome usually then dictates when the grower is ready to harvest.
Using MyDx as a tool, growers would be able to combine the art of growing with the science of nanotechnology to determine the ideal harvest window by looking at the chemical profile in Real Time.
Growers would be able to measure samples of their crop throughout the growing season and make adjustments (nutrients, lighting, etc.) in order to micro-tune the chemical composition of the strain they are producing. This would also enable them to identify a more ideal harvest window instead of the generic dates that are dictated for each seed you buy (eg. 60 day flowering time). More importantly, they would be able to grow the same strain multiple times, and achieve similar results in chemical composition more consistently based on real time tracking. The end result being a more consistent product that elicits the desired affects when consumed.
So, what do you think? How would you use MyDx in order to produce a superior product? Share with your family, friends, and let’s get the conversation growing!