D Gold, author of Cannabis Alchemy

How many of ya’ll remember this?


When I professionally retired in 2005 and started my research into Medical Cannabis as a hobby, one of the best books I found on cannabis alchemy, was Cannabis Alchemy, by D. Gold.

It was the basis for much of my experimentation, so imagine my joy and amazement more than a decade later, when the books author, D. Gold contact us’ns at the Pharm to share amenities and chit chat.

Hee, hee, hee, it gets better!  After exchanging secret handshakes, and comparing secret decoder rings, D Gold agreed to share his observations with us, regarding the changes he’s witnessed since he became involved with cannabis.

Given that he published Cannabis Alchemy in 1971, we may infer that he did previous research before writing it, sooooo his experience ostensibly dates to before a large percent of this forum’s readership was born (present company excluded) .

To put it in perspective, even his book was published more than thirty years before I was doing anything more more technical with cannabis than making tricky little sneaker pipes or rolling joints.

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Why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

Copied from the Washington Post

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption.

Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013.

They found that, in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.

But most strikingly, the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year.

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DIY-Induction Heating a Titanium Nail

Hee, hee, hee, sometimes our readers pass on something that is just too good not to share.  In this case, a DIY induction heating system for Titanium nails, that is handy and portable.

Look what that certain rascally hard boiled frog has been up to:

DIY-Induction Heating your Titanium Nail


Centuria Foods CBDA Decarboxylation Research

The folks over at Centuria foods have been generous enough to share their data on process scale CBDA decarboxylation. They used our article on THCA decarboxylation as a starting place and were nice enough to send us the data they recorded on CBD to share with our readers!

The data is of 90 kg batches in a open 200 liter mixing tank at different time points and temperature parameters.

CenturiaFoods_Update (4).xls – Decarboxylation


Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by CAT Scientific

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Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by Steve Gold


Wowza!  Check out what Dr Kate has been up to!

Introduction to a cold extraction method for hash oil that preserves carboxylic acid form of cannabinoids THC and CBD

By Kate Welch, Pharm.D


Emulsifying BHO and Vegetable Glycerine for E-Juice

For those coveting detailed instruction on how to emulsify BHO and Vegetable Glycerin for E-Juice, check out the report put out by CAT Scientific at:

Emulsifying Vegetable Glycerin and BHO for E-juice by CAT Scientific