Pbs043_Cannabis Derived vs Synthetic Cannabinoids

As the cannabis industry continues to expand exponentially, companies are looking for ways to produce cannabinoids cheaply & quickly. This has led to a boom in synthetic cannabinoid production - but will legacy cannabis consumers accept cannabinoids made in a lab? We discuss the pros and cons of synthetic cannabinoids, and how they stand to reshape the cannabis industry.
One Article Discussed
[1] “The Battle is Set: Man-made vs. Natural Cannabinoids” from Marijuana Business Daily

Pbs042_NEWS Vaping Crisis, New Culprit & Oregon Ban

More states have taken action to protect public health against the growing vaping illness reports. Governor Kate Brown has banned the sale of flavored vaping products in Oregon - but a new study by the Mayo Clinic suggests that flavoring agents & oils may not be the sole culprit. We’ll review what the Mayo Clinic found in the lung tissues of those sickened by vaping, and how it could impact the bans going into effect.
Two Articles Discussed
[1] “New Study Provides Clues Behind The Vaping Illness Outbreak” from The Fresh Toast
[2] “Oregon bans flavored vape products, including those with marijuana, for six months” from MJ Biz Daily

Pbs041_NEWS Update on Vaping Crisis & State Bans

Nearly every US State now has at least 1 reported illness linked to vaping. State regulators are taking action, with some banning vaping outright until the causes are found. These bans will have profound impacts on all segments of the cannabis industry if enacted. We cover 2 articles discussing the current status of state vaping bans & the potential fallout on producers, processors, and retailers alike.
Two Articles Discussed
[1] “Did your State Ban Vaping?” from Leafly
[2] “A Vape Ban would Crush Oregon Cannabis Oil Extractors” from Willamette Weekly

Pbs040_How to find Better Opportunities in Cannabis

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing market segments in the world - that means a boom of jobs, and lots of applicants joining the Green Rush. Whether you're already working as a budtender & want to plan your next career move, or you're not yet working in cannabis but you want to be, it can be daunting to try to break into such a new & unique industry. We'll cover tactics to set yourself up for success during job interviews, what research you should do to stand out, and where you should look for opportunities in cannabis.
One Article Discussed
[1] “Things you Should Know to Get a Job in the Cannabis Industry” from Testing & Terpenes Magazine

Pbs039_8% THC is ‘Extremely’ Potent

Federally-backed cannabis research is extremely limited, and its plant material can only come from a single farm in Mississippi at this time. That farm has come under fire for failing to represent the actual cannabis on the market - in fact, their leader says there is "no good reason" for THC percentages beyond 8%. This article examines how current federal research is failing cannabis consumers, the application of different THC percentages, and how they relate to changing consumer preferences.
One Article Discussed
[1] “Head of only Federal Marijuana Farm thinks 8% THC Marijuana is ‘Extremely’ Potent” from Marijuana Moment

Pbs038_NEWS Update on Vaping & Where We’re At

As more illnesses are attributed to cannabis vaping devices, the FDA and other governing bodies are starting to get involved. The cannabis industry needs to respond to protect consumers, and testing labs are leading the charge before new regulations make it mandatory. We’ll cover two articles looking at the current state of the vaping crisis, including actions from regulators to identify the culprits behind these illnesses and what labs are doing to increase transparency on cartridge ingredients.
Two Articles Discussed
[1] FDA discloses criminal probe into vaping health crisis, putting added scrutiny on cannabis industry” from MJ Biz Daily
[2] “Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare” from MJ Biz Daily

Pbs037_How Budtenders can Upsell & Cross-Sell

Budtenders have a duty to help customers find the products that meet their wants & needs. Getting your customer to try several products is ideal, but sometimes upselling & cross-selling can feel uncomfortable. We’ll dive more deeply into the psychology of when, how, and why to upsell in the dispensary, including a good set of considerations before you upsell, how to incentivize buyers to add purchases through science-backed tactics, and tips for when to avoid upselling to the wrong customers.
One Article Discussed
[1] “How to Upsell and Cross-Sell in Retail” from Vend HQ

Pbs036_NEWS Update on Vaping & What’s Next

Reports of additional illnesses and deaths possibly linked to vaping have surfaced in mainstream media. With Vitamin E Acetate (an ingredient in many cartridges) being identified as a potential culprit, the cannabis industry needs answers. We’ll discuss an article provided by cannabis educator Emma Chasen with the latest updates on this developing story.
One Article Discussed
[1] “Vitamin E chemical is ‘key focus’ in vaping illness investigation, health officials say” from CNN

Pbs035_To Vape or Not To Vape?

A breaking news report by the CDC details a rise in illnesses related to vaping. With the popularity of extract cartridges, this could become a major concern for the cannabis industry. We’ll review what the science currently says, what symptoms people are reporting, and what precautions consumers should take to protect their health.
One Article Discussed
[1] “Mysterious Vaping Illnesses have Industry on Edge” from Green Entrepreneur

Pbs034_CBG & Minor Cannabinoids of Tomorrow

There are whispers in the industry that the minor cannabinoid CBG could be the "next big thing" in cannabis medicine. In this episode we’ll give an overview of CBG’s currently identified medicinal properties, conditions it may help treat, and why you may not see many high-CBG products on the market just yet.
One Article Discussed
[1] “So What is CBG Anyway?” from Green Entrepreneur