9:15 am – 10:00 am – The Solvent v. Solventless Dialogue
Many passionate people naturally are biased when it comes to what they do, what they say. They feel and know that their ways are best. That’s why they chose them. For those new to the industry, it can be challenging to sift through all of that passion and get to the facts parceled from opinion. Such is the case regarding the choice of extraction solvent. The debate still rages on. Is butane okay to use? Can CO2 produce the same caliber of wax or shatter as butane, complete with a representative chemovar native to the flower? Or, are mechanical, traditional methods like hash and rosin going to come full circle, like humankind’s return to organic farming despite the biotech and other options for faster, cheaper crops that might come with extra ecological baggage? Our panelists range from those paying homage to tradition to those looking to harness technology for future cannabis industry generations.
10:15 am – 11:00 am – Even Renegades Need Rules
You don’t need us to tell you that the rules in the cannabis and hemp industries are in a state of flux. Hemp regulators have had blinders on that train them on THC. Cannabis regulations vary by state and present about 30 different experiments going on in tandem. Like tossing a handful of noodles against a wall, hoping something sticks and we can evolve to standardization without stripping the ability to get creative. While many people may have started out without any regulatory structure, modern consumers expect quality. It’s no longer enough that, after 80+ years of indoctrination and Reefer Madness gibberish, cannabis is legal. And while the feds have yet to recognize cannabis as anything other than dangerous, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us should sit idly by. This panel is for those who wish to find compliance, keep compliant, and raise the flag of cannabis medicinal safety.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Keynote
12:15pm – 1:00pm – Remediation Methods for Eliminating Product Contamination
The cannabis industry has a glut of negative stories all too handy for naysayers to build their foundations upon. Here’s the thing. Our manifesto should mandate an industry free of product contamination, whether we’re describing Federally illegal cannabis or legal hemp and all of their downstream derivatives. The plants are grown and products manufactured in these increasingly ubiquitous communities need to be ethically-produced to be contaminant-free to be validated as medicinal. Product safety and compliance require care, diligence, expertise, and technology. This panel regards innovative methods and equipment for ensuring that products start out and remain clean.
1:15pm – 2:00pm – The Extraction of Mushrooms
The psychedelic revolution is happening all around us. Netflix documentaries, news stories and all of the research is pointing us toward the power in fungus. Magic Mushrooms and their powerful medicinal compounds like Psilocybin and Psilocin are changing the way people think about mental health treatments and personal spiritual journeys. This panel will pull back the curtain and open the lab to the experts doing the work to capture these powerful molecules. Panelist will dive deep into various methods of extraction in terms of solvent washes and acid/base reactions and review what works and what doesn’t. Also touch on the challenges of psilocybin/psilocin extraction like degradation and lack of testing resources. There will be ample time for Q&A during the presentation so bring your questions.
2:15pm – 3:00pm – How to Improve Bioavailability
For many people, smoking and vaping just aren’t their bag. It might be way easier for them to consider cannabis products should they be able to be even more discrete. Or, they might just desire the specific type of experience to be found through eating versus inhaling THC. For these people, foods and beverages present a welcomed option. The downside is, of course, that our bodies metabolize THC into something else, and therefore, not much actually reaches the bloodstream. Thus, many product manufacturers seek ways to safely increase the bioavailability to ensure the most medicine gets to consumers. These methods may include nano emulsification, glycosylation, acetylation, or alternative ingestion forms like gums, ethanolic tinctures, etc, all in the name of a faster and stronger absorption of THC, CBD, or any other molecules that might degrade through the metabolic pathway following oral ingestion This panel discusses methods and matrices for increasing your product’s bioavailability.