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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.