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After 8 years as a laboratory scientist I have turned my passion for knowledge to content writing.

A Science-Based Guide for Understanding Grow Light Terminology and Lighting Options

Plants growing under an LED grow light

Grow Lights for Cannabis

When growers do not have the option of growing cannabis outside, they will have to decide on the best cannabis grow lighting for indoor growing. Growers have a challenging task when deciding what grow light to use for cannabis indoors. Grow lights can also be needed for growing cannabis in…

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Hurgobin B, Tamiru‐Oli M, Welling MT, et al. Recent advances in Cannabis sativa genomics research. New Phytologist. 2021;230(1):73–89. doi:10.1111/nph.17140

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One of the most interesting and exciting aspects of cannabis is its propensity for genetic variability. Believe it or not, there is still much disagreement about how many species of cannabis…

When I was growing up my parents would always tell me “What you see on TV is not reality and it is not the truth.” This seed of skepticism has always been planted deep within me and naturally extended to the internet as it came into being (yes, I’m that…

Plants have the amazing ability to move water and transport nutrients through stems, roots, and the environment around them [3]. Structures of the plant tissue like xylem and phloem facilitate this movement. Water potential, evapotranspiration, and stomatal opening and closing make the movement and regulation possible. Transport methods like diffusion…

In the article Chemistry 101, I explain the basics of chemistry that are especially useful for cannabis growers. In my article Botany 101, I explain the basics of plant life in general and how plants came to be. …

Understanding chemistry can be very useful. If you are a cannabis grower or cannabis processor, you’ve undoubtedly been using a lot of chemistry! Even biologists need to use chemistry in order to explain physiological processes like photosynthesis and nutrient metabolism and cellular signaling. Understanding chemistry will also help you to…

The US Drug Enforcement Administration explains that “Spice” known also as “K2” is a synthetic version of the psychoactive cannabis cannabinoid THC. Spice looks like ground herb and people buy it to smoke and get high. …

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an amazing network of cellular receptors and signals (ligands) like neurotransmitters. This can be abstract and difficult to conceptualize, but the endocannabinoid system is present throughout the whole body, including the brain, skin, bones, organs, and connective tissue. …

cbd for anxiety
cbd for anxiety
CBD keeps gaining popularity, but it isn’t getting any safer or any more reliable.

CBD for anxiety has gained massive anecdotal popularity. Have you ever wondered if it really is an effective option, or if this is just marketing and conjecture? To be clear, CBD is not approved for use to treat or prevent anxiety. The FDA has not authorized it for any medical…

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