Many of the leading companies in the Cannabis for Pets Industry, are taking a proactive role so that they can be both NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) and FDA compliant by removing the term CBD (Cannabidiol) from their websites, packaging, and marketing materials. This transition in terminology to Full Spectrum Hemp Oil or Fully Activated Hemp Extract has become necessary in order for Pet Supplement companies to continue to provide their customers and their pets with Cannabidiol-Rich products. The products and ingredients have not changed, just the language used to describe the Hemp component contained within the product ingredients. Most of the companies that produce a quality product will have a Certificate of Analysis available for your review. This is the place where you can see the actual CBD that is present in the product. Moving forward, more and more companies will be removing the term CBD from their websites, packaging, and marketing materials, in order for the products to remain both FDA and NASC compliant. We are also beginning to see the same types of changes taking place in the CBD products that are being sold for human consumption. The easy work around is to have access to the Certificate of Analysis (COA), from the laboratory report it is relatively easy to ascertain how much CBD is present in any particular product. Here at Full Spectrum Cannabiz we strive to make the COAs for our products in an easy to find location on the product page. In addition, we are assembling an searchable database for the COAs of all our products so that they can be found in one centralized location. If one is currently not present on the product page, you can always request one by sending an email to us at email@example.com. Please include a description of the product or products that you would like to view the COA.
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MINISTRY OF CANNABIS
Why Full Spectrum?
By Ralph Choat
Although Cannabinoids in isolate form have their place in the spectrum of Medicinal and Therapeutic usage of Cannabis, many of the ailments that can be treated with Cannabis, respond best with a Full Spectrum of the Cannabinoids and Terpenes that are present in the Cannabis plant. Therein lies the trouble when it comes to the pharmaceutical companies and Cannabis. The pharmaceutical companies want to isolate an effective Cannabinoid or Terpene and then produce it synthetically so that it can be patented. Full Spectrum Cannabis products such as those available from fullspectrumcannabiz.myctfocbd.com/ although branded and trademarked cannot be patented. I have said it before, and it bears repeating, I have my issues with Big Pharma, however I am not one to summarily damn the pharmaceutical companies. Much human suffering has been averted and alleviated because of the drugs that the pharmaceutical companies produce. Many lives have been saved, and the truth of the matter is that half of the people alive today would not be if it weren’t for the drugs produced by Big Pharma. Pharmaceutical drugs, the amazing surgeons and surgical techniques that exist, along with better nutrition, contribute greatly to the long life spans we enjoy compared to our ancestors. When the whole plant is medicine, this is when we end up at odds with the pharmaceutical companies. Here is a link to just one of many studies, this one already three years old, that confirms the efficacy of Full Spectrum versus Isolate products. https://www.cannabisreports.com/news/2015/03/09/cannabis-study
CAN CBD PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH ARTHRITIS? by Ralph Choat
The term Arthritis doesn’t refer to a specific disease, there are over one hundred different types of joint disease that are referred to as Arthritis. According to WebMD, the five most common forms of Arthritis are; Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, and Lupus. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of Arthritis because it is caused by the wear and tear that is put on our bodies through work and aging. It is estimated that well over 50 million people in the United States suffers from some form of Arthritis. Although there are many different symptoms associated with the different types of Arthritis, in a large percentage of cases, the persons joints are inflamed, and there is also pain and stiffness.
As with most of the ailments that mankind suffers from, there are no cures, only treatments, Arthritis is no exception. I am not one to totally bash the pharmaceutical companies, every year millions of lives are saved, improved and extended because of pharmaceutical drugs. However, most people are familiar with the litany of side effects that can accompany the use of pharmaceuticals, particularly when it is for long term treatment. There is the oft asked question, ‘Is the cure, worse than the disease’?
The Human Endocannabinoid System is a fairly recent medical discovery, scientists have discovered that we have Cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies and that the Endocannabinoid System plays a role in the management of many of the physiological functions of our bodies. Pain regulation and the inflammatory response are two of the physiological functions that the Endocannabinoid System regulates. CBD is a Cannabinoid that can be extracted from the Hemp plant and science is confirming now, with study after study, what was once merely anecdotal or testimonial evidence. CBD can help with the treatment of pain and inflammation, it can be ingested or turned into a topical solution and rubbed into the afflicted area to provide relief.
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For those growing Cannabis outdoors in the temperate zones, the growing season is in full swing. As outdoor plants have grown and developed throughout the Spring, the pests and pathogens that can threaten to lay waste to a Cannabis crop, have grown and developed as well. Growing Cannabis outdoors presents some of the same challenges as growing indoors, and one of the main challenges as the growing season progresses will be the persistent threat posed by various pests and pathogens. Without some type of intervention, Cannabis growers risk damage to their crop that can result in a reduction of yield or in a worse case scenario the total destruction of their crop. There is a whole arsenal of chemical pesticides that can be used to treat pest infestations or to deal with harmful pathogens. With the concerns that Cannabis consumers have surrounding the presence of pesticide residue on Cannabis, particularly Medical Cannabis, although I would posit that Recreational consumers should have the same level of concern, many growers take a different, holistic approach to pest control. A very good reason to do so is that when using a chemical approach, growers are frequently only treating a symptom and not the root cause of the infestation. Chemical controls are not only costly; they can also create pesticide resistance when the timing of their application does not coincide with the life cycle of the pest.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROLS AND PEST MANAGEMENT
Growers can put a program of biological controls in place with a focus on long term prevention versus shortsighted, short-term, environmentally unfriendly, and expensive chemical solutions. This is done by introducing beneficial plants, insects and microorganisms into the garden. Depending on the growing environment, Cannabis Growers can choose from a wide array of biological controls most suited to their particular circumstances. One method of biological control that growers can use is to introduce predatory insects and animals into the garden space. These predatory creatures attack the enemies of the Cannabis plants, while causing no harm to the Cannabis plants. Cannabis gardeners commonly use predatory insects and animals such as: various species of mite predators, midges, beneficial nematodes, green lacewings, and of course, the venerable ladybug. It is often the case that Cannabis gardeners will introduce a variety of these beneficial organisms that are used in conjunction with one another in order to target pests that threaten different parts of the plant or that are of greater threat at different stages of the plant’s growth cycle. When this is done it is called Integrated Pest Management and there are many companies that specialize in this practice. Proper pest identification and the correct implementation of an Integrated Pest Management program can be the difference between success and failure for organic Cannabis gardener.
As the name would imply, mite predators target mite infestations, some are even used for what is called, pre-emergent control. Broad mites, spider mites, and russet mites are the primary targets of the various mite predators. All living things can have some pretty scary sounding scientific names, for example, a mite predator that is commonly used for pre-emergent control of mite infestations is called, Amblyseius Andersoni. To battle spider mites in a hot and dry climate, a gardener could choose the mite predator, Galendromus Occidentalis. Some mite predators are chosen because both the larval and adult stages of the insect will consume mites, whereas others are chosen for their compatibility with other mite predators. Some mite predators are even mites themselves, one example being Amblyseius Swirskii. Sometimes a gardener will choose a species of predator because of other characteristics such as the ability to target several types of mite pests or their ability to survive even when the population of the targeted pests is low. They can do so by eating pollen or other small arthropods that are present in the garden.
BRING OUT THE HEAVY ARTILLERY
Mites are merely one of a host of dangers that can lurk in the Cannabis garden. The list of possible threats to the Cannabis garden is extensive, here is a small list: thrips, aphids, grubs, leafminers, fungus gnats, grasshoppers, caterpillars, cutworms, and root maggots. With so many potential threats it would seem no wonder as to why farmers of all types of crops have opted for using chemical controls. Here again, there are biological controls that can combat all of these threats. Ladies and gentleman let me introduce you to three of the heavyweights when it comes to biological controls in the garden. First in the lineup we have the green lacewing. Green lacewings are a particularly vicious predator that will attack a wide variety of soft-bodied insects. While in its larval stage, that generally lasts two to three weeks, the green lacewing consumes a couple of hundred pests or pest eggs per week. In general, adult lacewings are not predaceous; however, they are quite prolific in the reproduction category. In the four to six week long adult portion of their life cycle they will lay about six to eight hundred eggs and these eggs will hatch after about four days.
Next up we have several species of beneficial nematodes. Nematodes are a type of worm, most of them are microscopic, and the beneficial ones will eat bacteria, feed on fungi, or are predatory. Nematodes will feast on a host of pests; fungus, bacteria, grubs, aphids, caterpillars, and fungus gnats, to list a few. Nematodes will feast on over two hundred different species of insects from over one hundred different insect families. Nematodes primarily target organisms that reside in the soil and do so while in the larval stage. Nematodes use their own form of biological warfare and kill their prey with bacteria that resides in their gut. I will spare you the scientific names but three types of nematodes are primarily used to create the most effective control over the broadest range of pests.
The last heavyweight of predation in the Cannabis garden is the seemingly cute little Ladybug. Not to be confused with the Asian Beetle which is a garden pest, ladybugs are a separate species of beetle, scientifically known as Hippodamia Covergens. However, don’t be fooled by the cute little cartoon image, ladybugs are ruthless killers and will eat adult insects, eggs, and larvae of pretty much anything that it can fit into its jaws. Ladybugs are a tough little carnivore and will feed on scale, aphids, thrips, and many other pests. Another aspect of the effective predation of this little powerhouse is that ladybugs hunt prey in both the adult and larval stages. Gardeners find ladybugs to be one of the broadest ranged and most cost effective forms of biological control.
FREQUENT PLANT INSPECTION AND A IPM PROGRAM ARE CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS
Plants need to be inspected in the same way that they vote in Chicago, early and often. Sticky traps can be placed in the garden to capture potential pests and properly identify them before an outright infestation occurs and an Integrated Pest Management program can be initiated. Once the resultant damage caused by pests or pathogens is visible it may be too late to save the crop. Daily inspection of the plants in a garden, carefully looking the plants over for any signs of damage is the best way to ward off a potential problem before it gets out of hand.
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