Sowing the Seed
by Chet Tucker
As we conclude the basics and phases of seed to sale, we’ll begin exploring different ways to consume cannabis, including some different methods of processing and how the different forms of consumption may affect the endocannabinoid system. However, before we dive into the next articles, let’s have a “seventh inning stretch” and take a look at how we’re here and how the regulation of healthier plant based medicines continues expanding, further reducing the need for synthetic pharmaceuticals.
First, let’s look at where we are as a nation. As of June 21st, 2021, per Disa.com, there are only 5 states in which cannabis is “fully illegal”. Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Tennessee, and South Carolina are holding onto archaic “laws”. Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kentucky are states that have CBD only or some stringent medicinal program where a landslide majority of the state have zero access. Inversely, there are 19 states (including DC) that are “fully legal” whereas either medically or recreationally legal AND decriminalized. As we near half of the states in this status, we have to wonder how the gossamer’s thread hasn’t snapped.
With Oklahoma’s most permissive cannabis laws, there’s great hope that other states will understand the value of transitioning to plant based medicines. Opening up the right to cultivate and the right to choose what we consume should be a universal birthright. We’ve already legalized easily accessible substances like alcohol and a slew of pharmaceuticals that “legally” destroy the lives of our fellow men and women. So, for the safety of cannabis consumers, how should we police and regulate cannabis cultivation, processing, and consumption? It really is a trillion dollar question!
There are many forms of testing, calibrations varying from state to state, that assist in regulating the quality (or the lack thereof) of cannabis in all forms such as flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals, etc. Mostly, it’s about eliminating harmful pesticides and heavy metals that aren’t assisting in the healing properties of cannabis and can certainly have harmful repercussions. It’s critical that these baselines are not only set but regulated to ensure the safety of patients and consumers across any state. Ironically, what’s found in so much of our produce and processed foods aren’t as heavily regulated.
To boil it all down, we are consolidating from the big sweeping conglomerate of the U.S. to state to state and even further trickling down into tighter communities of production and consumption. It feels as though we are getting back to neighborly roots as we share and learn the best plant-based medicinals that aid in our mental and physical health. With that in mind, it’s important that we understand where our cannabis and processed medicinals are coming from and how well it’s cultivated or processed to retain the critical properties of a miraculous plant.