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Maintain Meticulous Records for the...

September 12, 2018

With the cannabis industry’s strict regulatory environment, keeping accurate, detailed records has never been more important. But besides just keeping your state’s regulators happy, these records... Read More

Keep the Power On with a Backup Gen...

August 3, 2018

It’s easy to take a constant stream of electricity for granted. Every time we flip a switch or turn on a machine, the power seems to magically flow into our devices. But once in a while that... Read More

Capillary Mats: Improve Your Grow, ...

February 28, 2017

You might not think too much about the mats on your greenhouse floor. However, the right mats can make all the difference. And in some cases, they can help you curtail costs and grow more robust... Read More

CannaCon Offers Products, Tips for ...

February 28, 2017

SEATTLE—Practically each week on the calendar this year has seen another opening of another cannabis show. A couple of weeks ago, it was CannaCon in the Pacific Northwest. The event, held Feb.... Read More

Feed Your Growing Mind at a March C...

February 14, 2017

In an industry saturated with conferences and expos, the cultivation sector will have two grow-specific shows during the same week next month. For those wanting to focus on cultivating cannabis, the... Read More

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A Natural Way to Kill Bugs and Boos...

February 14, 2017

Dig this: Fossilized remains of long-dead critters can lend new life to your cannabis plants. We’re talking about diatomaceous earth (DE), the fossilized remains of phytoplankton or diatom... Read More

Understand Light’s Effects on You...

January 31, 2017

For plants, and cannabis in particular, light is the primary source of energy. Nutrients, water and growing medium are also important, but a plant will never grow if it doesn’t get enough light.... Read More

Ready to Grow Big? Try Dosers

January 31, 2017

You've been growing cannabis on a small scale for years, and now you're ready to step up to a larger grow. But are you really going to commit hours of labor into hand-mixing fertilizer blends and... Read More

Advise Your Dispensaries on New Pot...

January 31, 2017

You should already know about the different types of hash available, how they’re made and how they may benefit the customers of dispensaries that you sell your product to. But now, consider some... Read More

Treat the Special Needs of Indicas ...

January 17, 2017

The terms “Indica” and “sativa” mainly describe how cannabis plants grow and how they’re structured. Plants with indica characteristics tend to grow bushy and relatively short, and produce... Read More

Living Soils Increase Sustainabilit...

January 17, 2017

Fungus. Microbes. Compost. Worm castings: These are some of the ingredients you might find in a living soil. They may be unpalatable to human tastes, but they're great eats for cannabis plants. In... Read More

Keeping Your Plants Free of Harmful...

January 17, 2017

Growing healthy cannabis requires patience and an understanding of plant health. Occasionally pests, fungus and other problems need a targeted application of pesticide or fungicide. Whether you’re... Read More

Increase Your Grow Space with SCROG

January 3, 2017

If you don’t have a lot of space for your cannabis grow, you might be searching for more real estate. Instead, think about how to make the space you do have work for you more... Read More

Start Indoors for Outdoor Growing S...

January 3, 2017

More states are allowing professional cannabis growers to cultivate outdoors instead of only in enclosed areas. However, if you’re in the planning stages of a outdoor grow, it’s still a good... Read More

New Fire Guidelines To Increase Emp...

January 3, 2017

The cannabis industry deals with constantly changing regulations, and the focus of these regulations is typically public safety. But a new set of guidelines, arriving later this year, will have the... Read More

Knowing Your Water Rights Can Keep ...

December 13, 2016

Water rights have lately become a major issue in the cannabis industry. It will continue to be an important factor as more states go from medical-only to full legalization, more cultivators join the... Read More

Pre-Employment Screenings Protect Y...

December 13, 2016

As a cultivation owner or manager, you want to hire the right employees for the job. But how do you know whether or not they have criminal records and other “red flags”? Does your state or local... Read More

Know Which Hash Is Best for Your Cu...

December 13, 2016

We’ve come a long way from the concentrates that our parents dabbled in. Today, we have an entire smorgasbord of hashes to choose from. Smoking hash has many benefits over smoking flower. It can... Read More

Take the right steps to increase yo...

December 6, 2016

If you currently run a small grow operation, you may one day consider becoming large-scale. But commercial cannabis growing is big business, and it requires a commitment to getting things right from... Read More

Breed Plants with the Best Traits

December 6, 2016

When growing cannabis, it’s easy to get inundated with lots of scientific jargon and insider terminologies. We talk about indicas, sativas, cannabinoid ratios and terpenes, but how do all of these... Read More

Sex-typing plants early saves time ...

December 6, 2016

You invest several months’ worth of time, money and labor into nurturing a cannabis plant from a seed—only to discover that it’s a male. It’s a frustrating scenario for any... Read More

Provide Compliant Packaging to Your...

November 30, 2016

Developing standout packaging is key to building a strong brand identity and helping differentiate one product from all of the others. But in most states, packaging is highly regulated. Knowing the... Read More

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‘Utility patents’ pose threat t...

November 30, 2016

Cannabis is one of the most diverse species in the world. But Mowgli Holmes, PhD, warns that diversity is under threat from wide-reaching plant patents that can yank many strains out of the hands of... Read More

How Flavonoids Add to the Entourage...

November 30, 2016

Just when we were starting to get a grasp on cannabinoids and terpenes, cannabis enthusiasts threw at us a new class of chemicals: flavonoids. To date, chemists have identified about two dozen... Read More

Getting the Basics Right for a ‘G...

November 22, 2016

The greenhouse is a valuable tool for any professional grower. As with indoor grows, using a greenhouse puts you in control of the environment. But greenhouse gardens receive intense, full-spectrum... Read More

Hemp’s Rise Will Lower Equipment,...

November 22, 2016

Hemp, for all intents and purposes, is just another variant of Cannabis sativa. What distinguishes hemp from other cannabis is its THC content. By most definitions, hemp produces less than 0.3% THC.... Read More

Take Advantage of New Hydroponic Te...

November 22, 2016

Glen Thomas was researching the best systems for growing cannabis when he encountered a space-age solution. “I stumbled on some old NASA technologies from the 1970s,” said Thomas, an inventor... Read More

Choose the Right Lighting for Your ...

November 15, 2016

Lighting your professional indoor cannabis grow can be done in a variety of ways. And you have many more choices now than you did just a few years ago. To produce the intense light to mimic the... Read More

Change Agent

New Society to Offer Certification ...

November 15, 2016

If Alan Babcock has his way, the industry will have an independent certification program to help practitioners earn credentials for their knowledge and experience, and industry professionals will... Read More

Train Your Palate to Taste Quality ...

November 15, 2016

Every cannabis connoisseur has that moment, that motion they make with their mouth after they take a deep, delicious puff of well-grown buds. They may smack their lips, flap their tongue or inhale a... Read More

Get Ready to Grow in a Greenhouse

November 8, 2016

Greenhouses are nothing new in growing; they’re not a new thing for cannabis, either. But as our industry strives for efficiency, sustainability and, of course, greater profit margins, greenhouses... Read More

How to Train Your Eyes to Detect Qu...

November 8, 2016

When we first encounter some freshly stocked buds, our eyes are usually the first sensory organs to engage. Whether you’re a budtender, a professional grower, a trimmer, a store manager or even... Read More

Stand Out with Craft Cannabis

November 8, 2016

Nuanced aromas and sophisticated flavor profiles may have once been the sole purview of fine wines and craft beers. Not anymore. The emergence of craft, or boutique, cannabis is creating a new... Read More

Canna-Growers Cultivate Their Knowl...

November 2, 2016

DENVER—With your grow facility’s schedules and state compliance issues to handle, you might not even consider attending a national event that gives you the opportunity to network with other... Read More

Take Care of the Fundamentals

November 2, 2016

DENVER—Jay Kitchen, master grower with UptownGrowLab, had one piece of advice for beginning cultivators at the recent CannaGrow Expo held here. “Start small,” he said. “Keep it... Read More

Train Your Nose to Smell Quality Bu...

November 2, 2016

Smell and taste go hand-in-hand. You’ll find a lot of overlap between smelling and tasting quality buds, but there are a few particulars specific to the act of catching a whiff. Before we get into... Read More

Ballot Measures to Affect Cultivato...

October 26, 2016

On Nov. 8, citizens in five states will vote on the issue of recreational use of cannabis, but along with that general question each initiative also includes key proposed regulations affecting... Read More

Put a Lid on Your Grow’s Smells

October 26, 2016

If you grow cannabis, you’re going to generate smells; that just comes with the territory. These fragrances pack quite a wallop in anyone’s nose, whether you cultivate the plant or... Read More

Unlocking the Mysteries of ‘Genet...

October 26, 2016

Remember playing with the copy machine as a kid? You’d make one copy, copy that copy, and so on—until you ended up with a completely faded image. (Assuming you even had an image left at... Read More

Use Light Deprivation to Grow Green...

October 26, 2016

  Outdoor cannabis plants have a completely natural day-and-night photoperiod, while indoor plants have lamps that are turned on and off with a timer. However, growers with greenhouses have... Read More

Boost Your Buds with Wet or Dry Tri...

October 19, 2016

  Trimming is one of the least appreciated aspects of cannabis; it’s also one of the least understood. The average person may think of trimming as a simple snip job that removes the buds... Read More

Keep Humidity at the Perfect Level

October 19, 2016

The place where buds dry and or cure is one of the most sensitive. Drying cannabis is fairly straightforward—if that's all you're doing. But a cure can take anywhere from two weeks to two months,... Read More

Find Old, New Cultivation Technique...

October 19, 2016

Many of today’s advanced cultivation technologies and techniques have been used for years in agriculture. But they have also been discovered by professional cannabis growers and will be on display... Read More

Add Reflective Surfaces to Your Gro...

October 19, 2016

Cannabis plants need extremely intense light to produce prodigious quantities of firm, dense buds. Professional growers often use high intensity discharge (HID) metal halide bulbs for the vegetative... Read More

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Understanding Humidity Could Preven...

October 12, 2016

Humidity is one of the blessings and curses of any grow environment. If it’s too humid, your plants get soggy. If it’s too dry, your plants will wither. If you get the humidity “just right,”... Read More

Learn More at the CannaGrow Expo

October 12, 2016

If you’re an industry professional or you’re just looking to learn about the latest discoveries in cannabis growing science, the CannaGrow Expo (Oct. 29-30 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport... Read More

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Increase Yield and Quality by Contr...

October 12, 2016

Many professional growers successfully cultivate cannabis outdoors, but these plants are subject to the weather. They may receive too little or too much rain, very little sunlight on overcast days,... Read More

Want to Grow Outdoors? Know The Law...

October 12, 2016

Every professional grower looks for ways to continually improve their product, while also cutting down on the expenses needed to grow the best crop possible. Growing outdoors has obvious benefits,... Read More

Cultivators to Network at CannaGrow...

October 5, 2016

  Events that provide networking and professional development opportunities are vital in most career paths. In the expanding cannabis cultivation industry, these events can be extremely... Read More

Aphids: The Other Irksome Insect Pe...

October 5, 2016

Spider mites got quite the bad rep in the cannabis industry, and for good reason: They’re basically bedbugs that chew up our plants. Besides damaging our crops, we can easily carry their eggs home... Read More

Understanding Sample Testing, Part ...

October 5, 2016

By now, you should have a basic understanding of sample testing, from the methods to the selection process. If not, just jump back to Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3. Now comes the fun part: at-home... Read More

Greenhouse Basics for the Beginner

October 5, 2016

As the professional cannabis market expands, the popularity of using greenhouses grows as well. Greenhouses offer many options to partner with nature for creating a great product. This saves you... Read More

Go with the (Air)flow

September 28, 2016

  Good, clean airflow is critical to robust and healthy cannabis. The plant loves carbon dioxide and is producing oxygen as it consumes CO2. A constant flow of both these elements helps each... Read More

Understanding Sample Testing, Part ...

September 28, 2016

In the first two parts of this series, we described sample testing with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC) methods. Now that you understand the basics of lab... Read More

Need a Gun? Not with a Medical Mari...

September 28, 2016

If you hold a state medical marijuana card, regardless of who you are and regardless of whether you’re in a state with legal MMJ, you may not be able to buy a gun. You can thank a recent ruling... Read More

Understanding Sample Testing – Pa...

September 21, 2016

By Randy Robinson In Part 1, we described the basics of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) sample testing. Today, we’ll discuss another common technique: gas chromatography (GC). As... Read More

Lighting the Way to Greater Efficie...

September 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES—Many professional growers face the same dilemma when looking to expand or open a new cultivation space: deciding on either a warehouse, a greenhouse or an outdoor grow. One of the... Read More

Banishing Pollutants from the Grow ...

September 21, 2016

Every day, your grow room may be subject to a barrage of airborne contaminants that can wreak havoc on your crop. Powdery mildew, botrytis and bud mold—along with a host of other infestations—can... Read More

Has There Been Enough Research Abou...

September 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES—It’s an all-too-familiar refrain: “We just don’t know enough about the effects of cannabis.” From the DEA to Hillary Clinton, bureaucrats and politicians use the lack of... Read More

Buying Peace of Mind with Cultivato...

September 14, 2016

The possibility of losing an entire crop to theft, equipment failure or fire is a sobering thought to any professional grower. Without the proper insurance, such a loss could spell the end your... Read More

Understanding Sample Testing — Pa...

September 14, 2016

If you spend any amount of time with professional cannabis growers and processors, you’ll start hearing about sample testing. For example, “These buds tested at 20 percent THC.” Or “These... Read More

Remoisten Buds

How to Safely Remoisten Buds

September 7, 2016

It happens: You’ve got some amazing flowers, so you grow a ton of them and now have plenty on hand. But when you’ve got a lot of one strain, there’s a good chance it’ll dry out before you... Read More

Make No Rush When It’s Time To Fl...

September 7, 2016

Every professional grower knows to flush cannabis plants with plain water before harvesting. But when’s the best time to flush, and how much time should be spent doing it? Flushing is a simple... Read More

Cannabis First Seed Problem

States Struggle with the First-Seed...

September 7, 2016

How can you start growing cannabis when it’s not legal to obtain the first clone or seed? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so easy. Each state that has legalized medical marijuana has struggled... Read More

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Taking the Temperature of Your Grow

August 31, 2016

In grow rooms, we’re always checking the temperature. We need to keep the grow space at that sweet spot to ensure our plants not only survive, but flourish, too. If it gets too hot, we risk causing... Read More

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Strengthening Your Plants with Low ...

August 31, 2016

Very much the same way bodybuilders stress their muscles to build more and stronger fibers, you can stress the fibers in the stem to create a more vigorous plant. A weight lifter builds muscle by... Read More

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Aeroponics: A Growing Trend…or St...

August 31, 2016

In the cannabis industry, professional growers are always on the lookout for breakthroughs that have the potential to put them ahead of the competition. One method of cultivation that has been... Read More

Federal Appeals Court to DOJ: Back ...

August 24, 2016

  In United States v McIntosh, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made a decisive ruling that helps bolster protection for dispensaries and medical marijuana professionals. The ruling... Read More

Are You Ready for a Large-Scale Fac...

August 24, 2016

Large-scale facilities are still in the infancy stage, yet quite a few professional cannabis growers have dollar signs in their eyes as they consider expanding. The power of large-scale facilities is... Read More

Rotary Gardening: High Tech for Hig...

August 24, 2016

Available space will always be the ultimate limiting factor in any grow. The capacity for storage, equipment, resources and plant counts are always defined by how much space you have. A standard... Read More

Data: The Key to Keeping Your Dispe...

August 24, 2016

Every day, your dispensary generates a wealth of data that can drive better decision-making and help build a better business. How you gather and use this data—as well as how you encourage data... Read More

Federal Appeals Court to DOJ: Back ...

August 23, 2016

In United States v McIntosh, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made a decisive ruling that helps bolster protection for dispensaries and medical marijuana professionals. The ruling... Read More

Cannabis and Social Media: Are Site...

August 23, 2016

Editor’s note: This three-part series explores the status of cannabis and social media today and what you can do to make sure that you don’t see your hard work on social media evaporate with... Read More

Jacking Up the Terps: Bolstering Yo...

August 17, 2016

  Terpenes are all the craze in cannabis right now. We recently discovered that terpenes, not cannabinoids, are largely responsible for what kind of high we experience. Sleepy, energetic or... Read More

Oilseed Extract Fertilizers

August 17, 2016

What’s the best natural fertilizer for cannabis? That depends on who you ask; every grow facility has its own preferred types. They can be compost or a solid mix of organic ingredients, or they can... Read More

Salt in Cannabis Plants: Friend or...

August 17, 2016

Salt in cannabis can be either good or bad, depending on a number of factors: the levels of other elements, whether there’s already excessive salt, the soil types, the water types and so on.... Read More

The Nuances of HID Light Reflectors

August 17, 2016

What’s so special about HID reflectors? Aren’t they just there to hold the lamp and help direct more light to the plant? Well, yes. They do those things, but they can also be much more valuable... Read More

Time to Expand or Add a License?

August 16, 2016

Business is good, perhaps even booming. So you begin considering expansion of your retail cannabis business, either opening another store or expanding your existing one. It seems like a simple... Read More

Cannabis and Social Media: A Rocky ...

August 16, 2016

For businesses to succeed in the 21st century, they must harness the power of social media. Even plumbers and farmers promote their businesses through social media. Cannabis businesses are no... Read More

Look for Industry Experience in an ...

August 16, 2016

Understanding insurance coverage can be tricky, particularly in the emerging cannabis industry. As a business owner, you must know what kind of coverage meets your unique needs. As your operation... Read More

What You Need to Know About the New...

August 12, 2016

Overtime pay: It can be costly to dispensary operators, and most try to structure their staffing and scheduling to avoid it if possible. But new regulations from the Department of Labor that take... Read More

Store Manager Watching Video Halts ...

August 12, 2016

Sometimes it pays to keep an eye on business, even when you’re at home. Damon Martinez, manager of the Have a Heart cannabis store on the north side of Seattle, was watching the store’s... Read More

Effective Ways to Buy from Patients...

August 12, 2016

If you’re in a state that allows or virtually requires you to purchase bud from your patients and caregiver clients, you may find that acquiring product can be as time-consuming and difficult as... Read More

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Investment i...

August 10, 2016

Scotts Miracle-Gro has continued to follow up on its promise to make cannabis a major area of focus for the company. Earlier this summer, the firm announced an agreement to purchase Dutch lighting... Read More

Predatory Insects: Mother Nature’...

August 10, 2016

Aphids, spider mites, white flies and fungus gnats are the bane of a professional cannabis grower’s existence. If you are searching for a more natural alternative to harsh pesticides to deter... Read More

Vertical Growing: A Spatial Gardeni...

August 10, 2016

Modern physics tells us that light is both a wave and a particle. Whichever way we view it—either as a ball moving in a straight line or as a wave oscillating through space—light stops traveling... Read More

Drying and Curing: Best Practices f...

August 10, 2016

Harvest begins when you cut down the plants and let them dry. Once dried, the buds should finish in curing jars so that the full potential of the plant can be released. In ideal conditions,... Read More

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HID Grow Light Ballasts: Magnetic v...

August 10, 2016

Anyone who‘s familiar with high intensity discharge (HID) grow lights is well aware that they produce extremely intense light. In fact, a 600 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) bulb produces about... Read More

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Investment i...

August 9, 2016

Scotts Miracle-Gro has continued to follow up on its promise to make cannabis a major area of focus for the company. Earlier this summer, the firm announced an agreement to purchase Dutch lighting... Read More

Trained Nurses Can Be a Critical As...

August 9, 2016

The endocannabinoid system, which responds to cannabis when a patient ingests it, is one of the most extensive receptor systems in the human body—yet many health care practitioners know very little... Read More

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What is...

August 9, 2016

How do you know if your dispensary or rec store is successful? You’re open during normal business hours and you have a steady flow of customers. You also sell enough product to warrant ordering... Read More

Hiring Budtenders

What You Need to Know to Hire a Gre...

August 5, 2016

Running a dispensary or rec store requires you to do dozens of things, often simultaneously: buy product, process cash, make sure you’re in compliance with state and local regulations and a myriad... Read More

Patient Incentives

The Art of Patient Incentives and D...

August 5, 2016

As dispensary owners and managers, we are making a difference every day. There is unique satisfaction in getting to know a patient and offering cannabis knowledge to help them. There are many types... Read More

Change Agent

BEING A BETTER MANAGER
Your Role...

August 5, 2016

BEING A BETTER MANAGER - As a cannabis store owner, manager, assistant manager or supervisor, you are a change agent. You are constantly called on to initiate, implement and manage change. The change... Read More

Magnifying Your Harvesting Skills

August 3, 2016

When harvesting approaches for your cannabis crop, it’s important to know exactly when to cut your plants. Knowing this is crucial to overall taste, density and potency, and attention to detail and... Read More

How Can You Tell If Your Water is C...

August 3, 2016

Clean water. The U.S. population spends nearly $12 billion every year on bottled water. Brita, probably the most famous water filter manufacturer, is currently worth $350 million. Americans love... Read More

Share, Learn and Don’t Be Sec...

August 3, 2016

TACOMA, Wash.—New or prospective cannabis cultivators should learn as much as they can and not be afraid to share their knowledge with others, the Cultivation Panel told its audience here at the... Read More

High Pressure Sodium Bulbs: The Cho...

August 3, 2016

Professional growers are well aware that cannabis requires a change in the duration of the light cycle to trigger flowering. But cannabis also requires a change in the bandwidth of light it receives... Read More

Assessments, Software Can Help Disp...

August 2, 2016

  Your dispensary risks paying a steep price if you fall out of compliance with state law. You can be locked in months-long administrative holds, your products and bank accounts can be... Read More

Laying Out Your Dispensary with the...

August 2, 2016

Why is your bud counter where it is? How come your T-shirts and pipes are over there? And what’s up with your lobby area? Chances are that the layout of your store has evolved over time. Maybe... Read More

Is a Delivery Service for You?

August 2, 2016

With the expansion of legal cannabis, a delivery service might be the next logical business step for dispensaries or new entrepreneurs. Although delivery would provide a vital service to many... Read More

Marketing Your Dispensary Without C...

July 29, 2016

When retailers want to increase sales, they just advertise on television, radio or the internet, or do something like putting leaflets on cars. But it’s not so easy if the retailer sells... Read More

Should You Use a Patient Intake For...

July 29, 2016

Does your dispensary use a patient intake form for all new customers? If not, maybe you should. Intake forms can be a powerful way to quickly learn about the patient so you can provide personalized... Read More

Learn, Share and Don’t Be Secreti...

July 29, 2016

TACOMA, Wash.—New or prospective cannabis cultivators should learn as much as they can and not be afraid to share their knowledge with others, the Cultivation Panel told its audience here at the... Read More

Where Can You Cultivate?

July 27, 2016

Legal Brief States that have legalized medical or recreational adult use of cannabis have set out comprehensive guidelines dictating where cultivation may be done and under what conditions it may... Read More

Swimming in a Sea of Green

July 27, 2016

Do you have permission to grow a boatload of plants, but you have only a small space to grow in? Never fear, the sea of green is here! The sea of green (SOG) technique was developed as a way to... Read More

The Simple Complexity of Nutrients

July 27, 2016

Understanding nutrients in cannabis has a simple complexity to it. Simply speaking, it’s a matter of getting the right type of nutrient to the plant at a particular time. For example, “N-P-K”... Read More

Metal Halide Bulbs: Workhorses of t...

July 27, 2016

Most professional cultivators are aware that cannabis requires one bandwidth of light during the vegetative stage and another during the flowering stage. As a result, many growers use metal halide... Read More

Taking Large Cash Payments? What Yo...

July 26, 2016

If you’re in the cannabis industry, chances are you deal with large amounts of cash as a part of your daily work. But are you aware that the IRS requires you to file a special form anytime you... Read More

Spinning Trash into Community Relat...

July 26, 2016

The next time you’re in Oakland, Calif., on a Saturday morning, keep an eye out for James Anthony. He’ll be the one in the yellow vest picking up trash. So why would one of the cannabis... Read More

Training Is Key to Security for Cas...

July 26, 2016

Running a cash-only business is risky. And the key to mitigating that risk, according to Derek Porter, is staff-wide training. “Strictly enforced security regiments with the overall staff:... Read More

Taking Large Cash Payments? What Yo...

July 20, 2016

Legal Brief If you’re in the cannabis industry, chances are you deal with large amounts of cash. But are you aware that the IRS requires you to file a special form anytime you receive a cash... Read More

Recycled Organic Living Soil: There...

July 20, 2016

As gardening technology advances, it’s easy to get caught up in a lot of the newest, fanciest methods for growing. Hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics offer cutting-edge approaches to growing... Read More

Compost Teas for Healthy Soil

July 20, 2016

While many professional cannabis growers use compost as a plant nutrient, not as many brew it in water and air to make tea. But compost teas are gaining ground as a powerful additive. They jump start... Read More

Fertigation Helps a Grow Thrive

July 20, 2016

When you think of fertilizing, you probably also think of adding the nutrient to the soil of each plant. But for many professional growers, that’s too time-consuming and inconsistent. Instead, they... Read More

Using a Reverse Osmosis Filtration ...

July 12, 2016

The terms “hard water” and “soft water” describe the amount of salt and alkalinity in the water supply. If there’s a buildup of potentially harmful salts or other contaminants, the plants... Read More

Miracle-Gro for Cannabis? Scotts Is...

July 12, 2016

Scotts Miracle-Gro, the $3 billion purveyor of pesticides, fertilizers, soils and grass seeds, has decided that cannabis is a huge opportunity and has begun to buy up businesses that sell to the... Read More

HID Grow Lights: Beyond the Fundame...

July 12, 2016

Because photosynthesis is dependent on light, all plants must have sufficient light to grow. Also, the growth rate of any given species is dependent on both the intensity and duration of the light it... Read More

Minimum Risk Pesticides

July 12, 2016

Pesticides remain a hot topic for professional cannabis growers, especially considering all pesticide use on cannabis remains a state issue. The Environmental Protection Agency, our federal regulator... Read More

Lighting Your Indoor Grow

July 8, 2016

Many professional growers use a combination of high intensity discharge (HID) metal halide and high pressure sodium bulbs to simulate the different bands of the light spectrum that plants would... Read More

Amino Acids: What They Mean to Your...

July 8, 2016

We hear about amino acids all the time, especially regarding health and fitness. Bodybuilders maximize their amino acid intake to build muscle. Long-distance runners require amino acids for hard... Read More

Cannabis First Seed Problem

Simple Soil for Extraordinary Resul...

July 8, 2016

Professional growers have many options for soil, but it’s best to make a soil mix yourself. Doing this will help you understand what types of soil that cannabis thrives in and how the soil should... Read More

How Beneficial Insects Control Pest...

July 5, 2016

One of the hottest issues in the professional cannabis industry is the use of pesticides. Because of the current status of cannabis as a Schedule I drug, there are no FDA approved pesticides for... Read More

Using Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions

July 5, 2016

A hydroponic nutrient solution is a liquid mixture that contains all the pre-dissolved nutrients a plant needs to thrive. Although a “one-solution-fits-all” formula would make things much simpler... Read More

Common Fungal Diseases: Treatment O...

July 5, 2016

There are several ways that professional growers can treat fungus diseases such as powdery mildew, bud rot and root rot when one or more of them attack the cannabis crop. Whenever using one of these... Read More

How To Handle Cannabis Waste Legall...

July 1, 2016

Whether professional growers are producing dried buds or collecting resin for extraction, the steps of harvesting and processing create by-products and waste that must be disposed of according to all... Read More

Adjuvants: The Magic Ingredient in ...

July 1, 2016

As much as we may love flexing our green thumbs and nurturing our precious plants, sometimes we need to eliminate other plants from our professional cannabis grows. We typically think of these... Read More

Common Fungal Diseases: Three Types...

July 1, 2016

As a system of biodiversity, professional cannabis gardens offer challenges. No matter how perfectly you set up your grow room and how much attention you give it, you will eventually find yourself up... Read More

Dueling Industry Conferences

June 28, 2016

Analysis Once again, the cannabis industry endured back-to-back conferences during the weeks of June 13 and 20. First came the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York on June 15-17.... Read More

Biofilms: What They Are and What Yo...

June 28, 2016

A major threat in either hydroponics, soil or organic-based media is the biofilm, which is composed of microorganisms. A biofilm can carry pathogens that can infect not only your plants but can... Read More

Determining Plant Density

June 28, 2016

When designing a new indoor garden, some professional growers might be tempted to fill it up with as many plants as they can possibly fit in any given space. However, visions of massive yields can... Read More

Becoming a Master Cannabis Grower

June 21, 2016

Large-scale professional cannabis cultivation isn’t for everyone. Just as with running any business, the master grower must be ready to dig in and work hard. One grower we spoke with estimates a... Read More

The Art of Indoor Gardening: Size, ...

June 21, 2016

There are many professional growers who successfully cultivate medical-grade cannabis outdoors in quantities sufficient to keep their dispensary customers in stock throughout the year. But when you... Read More

Testing Cannabis in Exciting New Wa...

June 21, 2016

Professional growers have more access than ever to standardized testing procedures from cannabis laboratories. The test results allow growers to improve their methods of cultivation. This partnership... Read More

Growers Requirements for Labeling

June 17, 2016

Whether growing for a patient or a dispensary, growers should make sure they are aware of and comply with any state laws and regulations for the proper labeling of the product. The industry, which... Read More

Three Types of Hydroponic Growing

June 17, 2016

Interested in growing some of your cannabis hydroponically? There are three distinct techniques that are popular with experienced growers: deep water culture, ebb and flow, and the nutrient film... Read More

FOGCO’s Odor Control Solution

June 17, 2016

Increasingly, cannabis cultivators and processors are receiving complaints from neighbors and warnings from local regulators about odor control. Denver is a case in point: The city recently passed an... Read More

Super Cropping: Stress as a Tool

June 14, 2016

Typically, cannabis growers think of stress as a bad thing. When plants are transferred to new containers, when they're pruned, when they experience intense cold or heat or over fertilization—all... Read More

Seeds vs. Clones: Pros, Cons and Be...

June 14, 2016

To read Part One: Seeds, click here. Clones are carbon copies of the genetics in your plant arsenal. If you are excited and knowledgeable about your mother stock, then you have a great system in... Read More

Are You Ready To Go Greenhouse?

June 14, 2016

The high costs of warehouse growing has left many professional cultivators wondering whether or not greenhouses are a better choice. When faced with providing artificial lighting and massive cooling... Read More

The Science of Light Deprivation fo...

June 10, 2016

Light deprivation is the procedure of coercing plants to blossom at the time of the year that would not typically be a period of flowering in the sun’s normal light progression. You can control the... Read More

Seeds vs. Clones: Pros, cons and be...

June 10, 2016

  When you choose to grow cannabis on a professional scale, one of the first decisions you will encounter is whether to select clones or seeds. There is a time and place for both. Seeds... Read More

Companion Planting and Cannabis

June 10, 2016

In 2002, activist and biologist Janine M. Beynus popularized an experimental farming technique called "prairie farming." In this technique, crops are grown alongside other non-crop plants (mainly... Read More

Product Liability: What’s the ris...

June 7, 2016

Sometimes life isn’t fair. Without realizing it, growers may be liable for product liability claims, even if they try to do everything right in the grow. Recently, the first civil lawsuit based on... Read More

Using Natural Pesticides and Repell...

June 7, 2016

“Natural” means different things to different people. Typically, when we think of “natural” we imagine roots in the dirt, water flowing over riverbeds, flowers blooming wild in a field or... Read More

How to Reduce Your Water Bill

June 7, 2016

Plants need three things to flourish: light, nutrients and water. Professional growers know that cannabis plants require lots of water. Water can quickly become a major expense item, and wasted water... Read More

Nutrients for Fertilizing Cannabis ...

June 3, 2016

Cannabis plants require nutrients and micronutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, iron and many others. These are delivered to the roots through the water in the soil. But... Read More

The Fine Art of Knowing When to Har...

June 3, 2016

To harvest or not to harvest; that is the question! Any grower who is serious about their craft is willing to spend the long hours necessary to provide cannabis plants with the necessary TLC to reach... Read More

The Way Nature Intended: Considerat...

June 3, 2016

It is no secret that cultivation facilities use a lot of energy. Data coming out of Boulder County, Colorado, estimates that electricity costs make up 20 percent of the wholesale price of flower for... Read More

Man vs. Machine: Why you should rec...

May 31, 2016

Conventional cannabis wisdom says, “Hand trim if possible, machine trim if volume requires it." And as you might expect, there’s truth to this truism. What may take a human trimmer a day to do... Read More

Soil and Cannabis: What you need to...

May 31, 2016

Growing cannabis plants is similar to growing other plants, at least when it comes to nitrogen (N);   phosphorus (P); and potassium (K).  It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of N-P-K in... Read More

Cloning Cannabis: Fundamentals for ...

May 31, 2016

Cannabis cloning is the process of creating an exact copy of a favorite plant. You can grow without ever having to plant a seed; this means you will never run out of bud again. Cloning guarantees a... Read More

Grower Profile: Emerald Twist

May 27, 2016

While some companies use a production line method of cannabis growing that focus solely on outcome and yield, Emerald Twist is focusing on paving the way for eco-friendly practices. Not only does... Read More

How to Reduce a Grow’s Electr...

May 27, 2016

In a perfect world, large-scale cannabis grows would use sunlight. Sunlight is clean, renewable and, best of all, it’s free. Grows could be housed in greenhouses or outside in wide, open fields.... Read More

Pesticides, Pot and Federal Laws

May 27, 2016

The cannabis pesticide issue has affected Colorado more than any other legalized state, medical or otherwise. It started in March 2015, and five months into 2016, it’s still ongoing. But why... Read More

Company Profile: Nexus Greenhouse &...

May 24, 2016

Nexus Corporation is one of several horticultural greenhouse companies that have recognized the tremendous opportunity in cannabis and made the transition to serving cannabis growers. In Nexus’s... Read More

LED or HPS: The Debate Continues

May 24, 2016

When it comes to indoor cannabis cultivation, lighting is everything. Naturally there are thousands of other variables that a cultivator has to consider, such as genetics and nutrients. But without... Read More

Tips for Finding and Hiring Experie...

May 24, 2016

The cannabis industry today is booming and, although it is worth billions of dollars, the current market is still quite small. Passionate and experienced growers are out there looking for ways to... Read More

Grow Weed So Purple It’s Prac...

May 19, 2016

If you've been puffin' the ganja long enough, you've come across purple buds. KF7, Purple Pineberry, Grape Ape, Mile High Purps – just to name a few. Some of the buds from these strains bear... Read More

Show Coverage: CannaGrow and the Ma...

May 19, 2016

Cannabis is conference crazy. Rarely a week goes by without a tradeshow, conference, workshop or seminar. In May, two of these events -- CannaGrow in San Diego and the Marijuana Business Conference... Read More

Hand Trimming: A Guide to Improving...

May 18, 2016

Looking for better quality product? Trimming may be the place to start, and the first decision is to hand trim or machine trim. Conventional wisdom says that hand trimming will yield better... Read More

Cannabis Compliance: What Pesticide...

May 16, 2016

The aim of every grower is to produce a high-quality, high-yield crop. But the succulent, green and vibrant plants are not only appealing to consumers, they can be appealing to bugs, too. And growers... Read More

Tissue Culturing: What is It? And W...

May 16, 2016

If we want to preserve an excellent strain, traditionally we save the mother plant. We’ll cut clones from her branches, plant them, and perpetuate her genetics for as long as she... Read More

Managing Plant Health for Optimal Q...

May 16, 2016

Long-time grower, Cannabis Cup winner, and cultivation consultant Jennifer Martin, shared her tips for managing plant health at the CannaGrow conference May 8th and 9th in San Diego. Following are... Read More

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