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What Those With Cannabis Training Should Know About the Cannabis Flowering Stage

The flowering stage of cannabis production is critical for getting the best out of your harvest. Following the germination and vegetative stages of its lifecycle, the flowering stage is the point when the plant begins to produce flowers, also referred to as the buds. For indoor growers this happens when you switch your lights to a 12/12 light cycle, providing 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to the plant. During this stage, which lasts anywhere from 7-9 weeks for most strains, the cannabis plant becomes very sensitive to problems, which can affect quality and yields if left.. READ MORE »

Understanding Drug Bioavailability in Drug Safety Courses

Bioavailability is an important concept for those invested in drug safety and pharmacovigilance to be aware of. Verifying and regulating rates of bioavailability of a drug can ensure that clinically significant doses are being delivered to patients, or that toxic doses aren’t being accidentally delivered. For a drug with low bioavailability, a larger dose would be required to breach the threshold of minimum effective concentration.  Bioavailability is, in essence, the rate and fraction at which a drug reaches systemic circulation unaltered. Certain drugs, such as those administered topically, do not require systemic circulation. For these, bioavailability will be irrelevant. However,.. READ MORE »

Cannabis Edibles 101: 3 Things Those in Cannabis Industry Courses Should Know

Edibles have long been a popular method of cannabis consumption. Their most popular vessel is the baked good, where cannabis-infused brownies, cookies, and other sweets are eaten to experience the effects of the plant. However, cannabis edibles in the modern age, within Canada’s regulated market, can go far beyond that.  Today, consumers can purchase such products as cannabis-infused chocolate bars, gummies, and other candies; cannabis-infused oil that may be added to recipes; and cannabis-infused drinks, such as sparkling waters, sweet drinks, and alcohol-free wines and beers.  As a licensed cannabis retail worker, you should be aware of what these products.. READ MORE »

What Are Pharmaceutical Excipients? A Brief Intro for Those Interested in Regulatory Affairs Courses

Traditionally, pharmaceutical excipients are known for being non-medicinal components of a pharmaceutical product. Although they aren’t typically supposed to cause a reaction of any kind, they are a necessary part of a pharmaceutical product’s manufacturing phase. Excipients also help with breaking the product down in the user’s stomach, binding ingredients together, and stabilizing the product. As a student in regulatory affairs, you can learn how to ensure any pharmaceutical product adheres to federal and/or provincial regulations, and how to know when pharmaceutical excipients cause an adverse reaction. Here’s what students interested in regulatory affairs courses should know about pharmaceutical excipients… READ MORE »

Cannabis Plant Anatomy: Everything Those With Cannabis Industry Careers Should Know

From top to bottom, the makeup of a cannabis plant is fascinating to learn about. To cultivate and grow these plants requires an understanding of what they look like, how they grow, what the best practices are for proper cultivation, and what they’re made of. Here’s what you need to know about cannabis plant anatomy. The Anatomy of Cannabis Plants, Explained for Students in Cannabis Industry Training  Cannabis plants used for consumption are typically female, with large leaves, seeds of various sizes, and tall, firm stems. The plant’s buds are found atop the stems. Fan leaves, sugar leaves, and flowers.. READ MORE »

Interested in Food Quality Training? Here’s a Brief History of Processed Food

Processed food has a wide-reaching definition. The USDA defines a food as processed if it has undergone any changes to its natural state. This can include foods that have been washed, cut, heated, pasteurized, cooked, canned, frozen, dehydrated, and more.  Nearly all food is processed in some way. As humans, we have been processing food nearly since the inception of our species. As a professional in food quality control, it’s important to know what food processing means, its implications, and its history. Here’s a brief overview of the history of food processing.  Early History of Processed Foods  Humans have been.. READ MORE »

Cannabis Cultivation Explained for Those Interested in Cannabis Quality Assurance Training

Cannabis is a plant with a wide variety of uses, from medically-beneficial oils to hemp fibres that can be used to create clothing. When surveying the range of cannabis products available, it can be easy to forget that all forms of cannabis derive from a plant. This plant needs to be carefully cultivated to ensure the products are of a high quality.  The cannabis plant requires the resources that all plants do: light, nutrients, air, and water. How these elements are manipulated will change the quality and type of the resulting product. The plant can also be pruned and trained.. READ MORE »

Doping in Sport: 3 Things Those in Nutrition and Health Training Should Know

“Doping” refers to when athletes take banned substances to enhance their performance. It is a major problem in sport and athletics internationally and has been done by athletes since organized sport became a popular pastime. Even in Ancient Greece and Rome, Olympians and Gladiators consumed dangerous substances to enhance their performance.  The issue with doping is not only one of fairness, but also of safety. There are numerous health risks and complications involved with the substances typically used to enhance performance. Sports organizations and governing bodies have all taken a stance against the prevalence of doping in sport, but it.. READ MORE »

What Those with Cannabis Industry Training Need to Know About Advanced Cannabis Growing Techniques

Despite its cultural and economic power, cannabis plants are at their simplest level agricultural products. This means that they are susceptible to the same variables that impact the quality, consistency, and yield of all other plants, like water, air, light, and nutrients.  Advanced cannabis growers have been ingeniously inventing techniques to make indoor cannabis growing more efficient. These tactics are used to encourage bigger yields, more efficient plants, and more consistent quality. Read on to learn about a few methods that are being used within the cannabis industry.  Advanced Water Conservation Methods  Between the trifecta of water, air, and light.. READ MORE »

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