December 5, 2015

Microbes Ingesting Solvents?

Part 2 of Cannabis Testing Lab Results Summary Series You may be asking yourself why I might postulate that bacteria are ingesting solvents out there in the hard reality-based objective world of Washington’s State-legal Cannabis Lab-Testing Industry?  Aside from the possibility that the little things probably also enjoy alcohol (at low levels), it is an impression that arose while looking at the lab testing result data on both Residual Solvents and Microbial Screening. My previous post on Moisture testing and it’s surprisingly low rate of failing cured bud (see HI-Blog) […]
November 18, 2015

How Wet is Your BUD? – Initial Work Investigating Lab Results

Note: Shortly after I post this, I’m going to e-mail each of the labs certified for Cannabis testing under I-502 with a link to this blog.  I will solicit their feedback, and am going to try to set up a “behind the scenes dialogue” with them in order to reduce the likelihood that some weird pattern I see in the numbers is due to a completely normal, expected artifact of how the testing and/or reporting of testing results is conducted. I do not  want to be doing a disservice to […]
November 8, 2015

Cannabis Strain Naming in Washington

Ruderalis, Indica, Sativa, Scuzzy Oregonian Dirt-weed …. all have their place in the scientific naming of Cannabis (there I go, alienating all of those fine Oregonian growers … WELL PEOPLE, it was not we Washingtonians that decided to go all unfair market practices by not charging tax for OUR State-legal Cannabis.  What are you, Commies or something?…. I just don’t like cheaters). Regardless, the subject of my focus today is more mundane – the commercial naming conventions for the strains that are purported to be in the child-proof packages available from your […]
November 6, 2015

First Friday Posting – My Final Word on Oregon

The following chart plots the month-on-month sales change for Washington Retail stores from Sept. to Oct. as a function of the latitude of the location of the store.  A 2nd-degree polynomial fit was made to the data (for someone that runs a business under the name “Straight Line Analytics”, you’d think I might use linear fits more often …. just another window into the confusion that permeates my being). The more to the left you go, the further south the store is (there’s that confusion again).  The further to the right […]