Lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu, hee, hee, hee, moooore toys arriving to test!

Wowza, it just doesn’t get any better than this!!  D Gold just sent us SN0001 ISO-4 Kilomaster for testing and look at the fine bottle of Grey Wolf Vineyards and Cellars ZinCab that came along for the ride!!

I see a candle holder in that bottles future, after we’ve passed around the contents in salute of course!

More after we’ve put this big boy through its paces, so watch this space!!

OMMP Card Renewal

That time of year again, but changes for me this time.  Being an old geezer on medicare, I have twice been dumped by my personal care physician because medicare doesn’t pay but about 53% of market rates, and my newest one won’t sign my physician’s statement for cannabis.

Soooo I decided to follow my own advice and had my medical records sent to Portland Alternative Clinic, where they reviewed my records, performed an exam, and signed the statement for $120.

The goodest news, is that they pointed out to me that by including proof of military service, I got my card for only $20, vis a vis $200.

I’ve sent a number of patients there over the last decade, but my first time around and I was impressed with how efficiently I was processed.  If any of ya’ll ever need that service, here is the contact info:

Portland Alternative Clinic, Inc.

9045 SW Barbur Blvd Suite #106

Portland, OR 97219

Phone: (503) 477-5643       Fax: 503-200-1147


Vacuum pump evaluation


Vacuum pumps are the workhorse of our industry. They are used for everything from extractors to buchner funnels. So we are doing a multi installment article on pumps, what they are rated for and what they are suitable for.

Types of vacuum pumps generally found around the lab:

  •   Rotary vane
  •   Diaphragm
  •   Scroll
  •   Turbo-molecular pumps

Rotary vane pumps can be useful for just about every task in the lab. Back-streaming is a major concern; whether it’s a cheapy from Harbor Freight or a shiny new Edwards. One additional drawback to these pumps is contamination of the pump oil and the need for regular oil changes. Diaphragm pumps can be a blessing or a curse. While back-streaming is not a concern with diaphram pumps; when used on rotary evaporators they are impressive but, use one on a short-path and it will likely need a complete rebuild. Which is why this article was written, there is no universal pump!

We are evaluating pumps from multiple manufacturers on multiple processes and have displayed the results in the attached table. This table will be updated as we use more pumps or we find new processes to use them on. All of the pumps listed have either been purchased by one of us, loaned to us or have been used by one of us Pharmers in our travels. We will accept new entries, from any manufacturer, after this article is originally published to keep the table continually updated. Also because we like new toys to play with (especially new pumps).

We hope y’all will share your experience, tips and tricks in the comments section as always.

Pump Evaluation Chart

Updated 5/15/17

Skunk Pharmers Speak at Portland State University

Dr Kate, Pharm D, will present a paper to the Portland State University chemistry department on THC-a, with support from Carla, Joe, and JD discussing growing, extracting, and processing.  The presentation is scheduled for 3:00PM May 4, 2017, room to be announced.

DIY Seed Separator

Hee, hee, hee, here is a slick DIY seed separator by one of our clever UK brothers:

From Russia with love!

For all ya’ll readers whom speak Russian, here are some links to our recent interview with the Russian film crew who came to Portland to film the recent cannabis science seminar.

Cannabis Hyperemesis

Given the growing interest in cannabis hypermesis, I ran across the following article that I found interesting and would like to share.

For ya’ll brothers and sisters who haven’t heard of it yet, in a nutshell it is a condition by which chronic cannabis consumers develop ongoing nausea and a desire to stand in the shower.

The article draws the conclusion that pesticides may be the culprit.

My purpose for sharing, isn’t to promote this specific theory, but to point out that residual insecticides have been demonstrated to be an issue by the Oregonian survey, and that they all produce effects as well.

One key point was brought up, and that is that is that azadirachtin is a natural plant created Terpenoid itself.  The plant world makes terpenes and terpene based terpenoids for a plethora of reasons, ranging from attracting pollinators, to killing predators, to attracting predators of predators, with many other functions in between, but in concentrated form we use them for everything from tooth paste flavor and medicine to sterilizing toilet bowls and stripping paint.

In the case of azadirachtin, its Rat LD-50 is 3540 mg/kg, so it is generally considered one of the least toxic, but how about chronic exposure to any of the terpenes or terpenoids?

From my perspective, whether you spray the insecticides on the cannabis plant, or concentrate them from their own natural terpenes and terpenoids, they all have physiological effects, so are worthy of study with regards to hypermesis.