Some Relief from the IRS

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“A taxpayer who paid the State of Washington marijuana excise tax should treat the expenditure as a reduction in the amount realized on the sale of the property,” says the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting). Per the memo from Thomas D. Moffitt,Chief of Branch 2 of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel, “We interpret the State … Read More

Terpenes and Tasting

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Whenever you open a fresh bag of cannabis, you probably note a variety of smells that come forth. It might smell like skunks, flowers, or berries. The cornucopia of aromas found in the many phenotypes of cannabis out there are numerous and varied. Terpenes are not limited to just marijuana. Terpenes are naturally pre-sent in a wide variety of plants … Read More

Cannabis Flavor/Scent Wheel

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Organoleptics is based in ISO methodology and FDA regulation for conducting scientific testing in which sensory evaluation is used to evaluate quality of product. For cannabis, it is a complex test designed to provide a quality evaluation metric that looks well beyond the THC quantity of the plant, and considers a multitude of variables to identify and express the merits … Read More

Solvent Quantity, Yield, and Purity

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Graph of solvent quantity vs yield

Anyone who uses solvents to extract Cannabinoids on a large scale will tell you that the solvents are expensive. Not only is it cost-effective to recover and reuse the solvents, it is wise to use only as much solvent as is necessary, and not more. Using excess solvent lengthens the purge time and reduces the capacity of your equipment. Of … Read More

Cannabinoid Crystallization

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At Confidence Analytics, we strive to understand more about Cannabis every day. Not only do we perform experiments to improve our procedures and data quality, but we have the opportunity to try new and exciting techniques in the laboratory. This week, Molecular Biologist Levi Boss and Chemist Zachary Iszard bring you some preliminary results on a project that fascinates them: crystallization and … Read More

Home Remedies

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Neem oil. 91% Isopropyl alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide. Capsaicin extracts. These are the treatments growers recommend when you ask them how to cure your mold, mite, and mystery problems. Do they work? Some swear by their recipe, but do we have the data to show their efficacy? Your trusted friends from across the spectrum of hobby gardeners to agricultural producers swear they’ve … Read More