CANNABINOIDS OF THE FUTURE – BOON OR DISASTER? by D Gold

Hi Everyone,
 
About a month or so ago, Graywolf asked me to write an article on the history of cannabis extraction, as I witnessed it.  He also asked me what I thought the future of cannabinoid chemistry might be.  Well …. Thanks a bunch Graywolf!  Keep me up thinking an extra hour every night for a month contemplating what the hell might be next.  Not actually complaining, mind you.  I do love it!
 
My first thoughts on the future was that the future is here, the future is now, we done done it all already.  When the basement Alchemist can perform the same experiments and procedures that previously only happened in university laboratories, or were carried out by government-funded scientists in Israel or Spain or at Harvard, we have come a long way. There’s not much that our intrepid Alchemists have not figured out. (Note that I left out those so-called researchers at University of Mississippi government “farm”. They have been about as useful in advancing the science as … you supply the metaphor). 
 
But then, something dawned on me that hit me pretty hard.  There is a massive universe of unexplored cannabinoid chemistry out there that may eventually yield incredible medicines and euphoriants.  It is likely a vast untapped mine of chemical wonders, and right now it is being abused, neglected, prostituted, besmirched, and possibly worse.  In fact, the way that this vast potential resource of wonderfulness is currently being treated will most likely lead to disaster.  Unless some young brave Alchemists step up and develop the research as it should be.
 
What the hell am I talking about? Synthetic cannabinoids! Spice! K-2! That horrible crap that the media has labeled as “synthetic marijuana” that makes big news as people freak out on unknown chemical mixtures that may or may not actually contain some synthetic cannabinoids.

Extraction Craft Source Turbo Ethanol vacuum recovery unit

Whoop, whoop, lu lu lu lu lu lu lu!  Ah just loves new toys!

Ya’ll brothers and sisters looking for support extracting or winterizing with ethanol, will be delighted with Extract Craft’s recent offering of their Source Turbo, vacuum assisted ethanol recovery system.

It is a counter top vacuum assisted refluxing still, about the size of a blender, that uses vacuum to reduce the temperature necessary to boil away the ethanol, so as to preserve more of the monoterpenes, as well as limit changes in their properties.

Hee, hee, hee, they sent us a unit to torture and our preliminary testing supports their enthusiasm.

Eloquentsolution just happened to have several choices of winterized BHO handy, so we selected about 150 ml from a mixed flower extraction for the trial.

let-the-magic-begin

More at:

Extract Craft Source Turbo Ethanol vacuum recovery unit

Normal and Isobutane rated GRAS by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has rated n-Butane and Isobutane as GRAS, or generally recognized as safe.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title21-vol3/pdf/CFR-2012-title21-vol3-sec184-1165.pdf

Food and Drug Administration, HHS

§ 184.1165 n-Butane and iso-butane.

(a) n-Butane and iso-butane (empirical formula C4H10, CAS Reg. Nos. 106– 97–8 and 75–28–5, respectively) are colorless, flammable gases at normal temperatures and pressures.

They are easily liquefied under pressure at room temperature and are stored and shipped in the liquid state. The butanes are obtained from natural gas by fractionation following absorption in oil, adsorption to surface-active agents, or refrigeration.

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(b) The ingredients must be of a purity suitable for their intended use.

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(c) In accordance with §184.1(b)(1), these ingredients are used in food with no limitations other than current good manufacturing practice.

The affirmation of these ingredients as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as direct human food ingredients is based upon the following current good manufacturing practice conditions of use:
(1) The ingredients are used as propellants, aerating agents, and gases as defined in § 170.3(o)(25) of this chapter.
(2) The ingredients are used in food at levels not to exceed current good manufacturing practice.

(d) Prior sanctions for these ingredients different from the uses established in this section do not exist or have been waived.

[48 FR 57270, Dec. 29, 1983, as amended at 73 FR 8607, Feb. 14, 2008; 76 FR 59249, Sept. 26, 2011]”

Spam Not

Skunk Pharm Research blog site, is intended as a public information forum, devoid of brand bias, beyond what we develop ourselves through empirical testing.

It is not a platform for readers to market their proprietary products and denigrate their competition in article comment columns, but that issue has started rearing its ugly head.

I’ve started sending those direct marketing posts to the spam locker, and want to make sure everyone is clear on ground rules.

Ground rule one, is that no illegal cannabis products may be offered.  We don’t wish to be charged as part of any interstate “federal conspiracies.”

Rule two is that if your product is the goodest product ever, it is so for specific reasons beyond personal opinions, and it is those reasons that you are welcome to post.  You are not welcome to personally attack your competition or use demeaning epithets.

Rule three is that talk is cheap and truth is shorter than fiction, soooo don’t make claims that you are not prepared to substantiate with empirical data.

Rule three point one is that if it is  consumable, be prepared to supply the MSDS sheets as required by law, and any applicable certifications.  You don’t have to divulge proprietary formulas, but you do have to reveal what it contains.

GW

How to Purge Ethanol from Cannabis Oil Using the CAT MCS78 Hotplate Stirrer by CAT Scientific

Well now, here’s a technique for removing ethanol using a hotplate stirrer, rather than a rotovape, which was developed and shared by CAT Scientific!  Hee, hee, hee, bon appetite!

How to Purge Ethanol from Cannabis Oil Using the CAT MCS78 Hotplate Stirrer by CAT Scientific

Tattered Old Graywolf Retires Again????

Ah came to believe that you should retire as soon and often and possible, at a relatively early age, but it wasn’t until age 62 that I was able to comfortably retire from my professional career in industry.

Medical cannabis processing became a hobby, which blossomed into Graywolf, followed by Skunk Pharm Research with kindred spirits Carla and Joe.

Alas, next came time  creating WolfWurx with my son, then Pharmgold with partners to market WolfWurx designs, but ah’m happy to announce my 9-9-2016 second retirement from Pharmgold at age 73.

Hee, hee, hee, so far the time has been absorbed by Mom’s funeral, time with family over the hill and far away, and a vacation in WA DC marveling at the museums, as well as resuming mah dawg training and photography hobbies.

The best news is that it should afford me more time to play with Skunk Pharm Research projects and this site.

Watch this space for good things to come:

Royal Jelly

Hee, hee, hee, snicker, snark, snort………..!  Enter Royal Jelly!

A mixture of Clear concentrate and purified THCa crystals, stirred, not shaken, and left to clarify overnight.

Check it out at:

Royal Jelly