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Corporate Cannabis: The New Corporate Legacy of Legacy Cannabis Brands

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

There has been plenty to learn about the "cannabis industry" over the past decade, having little to do with understanding the plant. For that, we aren't even close, but eventually standardized testing will give us some solid answers to stand on, but the money-makers waste no time, certifying their courses, and creating divisions where there once were none...


Understanding cannabis today is about understanding the people who control it. It's far less about the plant and instead, about what is done with the plant and how it is prepared. Beyond that our scientific understanding grinds to a halt, while methods of preparation tell the real story. The story no one wants to tell... whose remnants remain to be seen in contemporary solventless regulations.


The current cannabis industry in California, and elsewhere, is a dream come true to haunt us. Many concerns about the plant and its new industry have proven to be understated, often-times finding concerning issues written right into the regulations. For this kind of dirt, we normally need to look for shady dealings and hidden practices, but for a newly regulated and still misunderstood crop, the powers that be have taken to their soap-boxes to declare cannabis consumers ignorant and uninformed. I'd argue they are calling us stupid with regulations that fly in the face of quality cannabis or common sense.


Shady or Standard Practice?

A major concern regarding chemical solvent extraction, for example, lies in the ability to use moldy, mildew-ridden, cannabis scrap material, known as "biomass" to make products from. Turns out this isn't something to be concerned about, and isn't a shady practice, no!- it's much worse than a worry, it's now standard practice.


WPFF

Ever wonder why W.P.F.F. or "Whole Plant Fresh Frozen" is a term? This hearkens back to solvent extractions and the industry standard of buying, selling, and extracting from "biomass" or scrap material, rather than from the flowers of the plant. You see, wax, shatter, BHO, vaporizer pens, and edibles have been nothing short of one big hustle, cashing in with chemical solvents. Despite a clear perspective of the picture, imagining the extent of this practice as standardization into the new cannabis codes is mind-blowing. Another true travesty for informed consumers.





Shady Practices Now Approved!

What's wild is how ambiguous these regulations are, leaving the act of remediation up to the minds and imaginations of those who "know-how," while appearing harmless to those who don't. Knowing that chemical solvents overcome a long list of practical and agricultural deficiencies, it was quite a surprise to see this as the standard and a standard set twice.



After one failed test, remediation, and a second failed and second remediation attempt, the product can still hit the shelves. Only after a third failed test is cannabis deemed unsafe for consumption and incinerated (or whatever the hell they do with it). Now written into the regulations, remediation has clearly been a standardized practice, dating back to the medical cannabis days. Quality is never a concern.


Trash To Gold

I'd drastically underestimated the prevalence of contaminated & remediated products. Check the labels, you won't see it mentioned anywhere. It's safe to assume that every edible and vaporizer cartridge on the market, began as biomass (if not solventless). Notice how there are two attempts at remediation in the regulations. After solvent extraction, if this crude oil fails testing a second time, the second remediation attempt will almost certainly work, using another method not to be mentioned in the regulations: Distillation. Melted and stripped down, THC is all that can remain. This pure THC, achieved by distillation is utilitarian, but marketed as anything but. Distillates allowed bulk producers to provide a list of new products and profit from what was once called: "Trash".


Many of the myths aren't myths at all, but factual procedures influenced only by the bottom line.


Rife For Deception

Today's dispensary has no time or interest in quality, but a changing selection making waves across the farmlands. Everyone wants to tell us what the consumer wants; everyone but the consumer. Farmers are at the mercy of uninformed dispensaries demanding a rotation of varieties and refusing to purchase the same thing twice. This industry has created more room and need for manipulations and outright lies, than factual information. Testing is set-up to favor mass production of the lowest quality kind, while charging premium prices on fancy products that are a far cry from the cannabis plant. Try to hear this message anywhere else, you wont.




Hippies Sold-Out

Even the oldest of hippy heads seem to have switched gears, gotten in line, and accepted their payments. The one's I didn't think had it in them to want or worry over material possessions, have quickly cashed in. They can't make-up classes to pay for and fake certifications fast enough. All to teach yesterday's information from an industry in it's infancy, strewn with vocabulary including sativas and indicas and other out of use terms. The first steps in building a culture of corporate un-accountability, with a fat bill fold, and no soul.


I said, "bill-fold". lol.


Hash-Magick

This is the magic of solventless hashish, as it prevents such drastic manipulation and requires a new level of retail quality that can be defined along the very simplest of lines:


-Fairly Healthy

-Pest & Disease free

-Flowers (not just trim)


The disgusting level of quality used all along, makes cannabis intended for solventless look like the best bud ever grown on planet Earth. The level of expectations couldn't be set any lower over the last decade, truly representing bottom of the barrel products. If it weren't for a culture of hashish, cannabis quality would only decrease as it has for years. Passing along some standardized notion about a plant lacking proper research, is a poignant attempt to control a corporate narrative and build a position of protection for them and theirs. A corporate cannabis message has begun to echo pretty loud and clear from deep in the heart of this "industry" and it's a lie I vehemently oppose.


Symbolic Implications


The current cannabis industry stands directly opposed to the principles inherent in the plant and the plant's emphatic effects. Nolan Gertz, stating "a society that only values its own survival and protection of the status quo, is a sick society creating good citizens, but bad people," sounds a lot like today's corporate cannabis industry and those at the heart of the matter. Even the cannabis publications refused to cover quality advances until five years after they have been around. Yes, the core industry of cannabis might be the biggest thing holding back the normalization and spread of quality cannabis products. They've been quick to ignore the issues, the truth, and promote whatever distillate brand is throwing the most money at them next.



Business Men & Brokers

When retail cannabis markets came to Colorado back in 2012, it brought a whole new realm of smokers into the domain. Smokers with little interest in the plant or its people, but keen on profiting from a new industry, jumped in. These types clashed directly with the sentiments of the herb, the principles it represents, and the commonality it exposes between us all.


Don't believe the lies, they're intended for you.

 

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