Unravelling the Cannabis Genome

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With many significant scientific studies coming out on the therapeutic benefits of the compounds in cannabis there has been a growing interest in understanding how these compounds are produced in the plant. In 2011 these interests resulted in the formation of the company Medicinal Genomics, the first group to sequence the cannabis genome. Kevin McKernan […]

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Cannabis For Weight Loss?

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Recently researchers have discovered that the prevalence of obesity is paradoxically much lower in cannabis users as compared to non-users and that this difference is not accounted for by tobacco smoking status and is still present after adjusting for variables such as sex and age (Le Foll, 2013).  In abdominal obesity, the ECS is generally up-regulated in […]

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Preventing Cannabis-Induced Memory Deficits with OTC Pain Medication

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With the amount of research going into cannabinoid therapeutics, patients are more eager than ever to utilize cannabis as a medication. However one of the drawbacks of using cannabis regularly is its effects on memory, a problem which may be a thing of the past according to the findings of a study published last month […]

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SC Laboratories in Made Man Magazine

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Earlier this month SC Laboratories was featured in Made Man Magazine’s coverage of the Emerald Cup 2013. The author of the article, Joe Dolce chatted with Josh Wurzer & Alec Dixon two of the co-founders of SC Labs about our terpene display at the Emerald Cup. The display meant to exhibit the variety of aromas […]

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SC Laboratories in the Good Times Weekly

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Shortly after the new year Good Times Weekly did an article on the drafting of new regulations for the emerging cannabis industry in Santa Cruz. The article addresses some of the changes and concerns in this evolving market such as cultivation laws, the environmental impact of cultivation, and lab testingto ensure quality and safety. Specifically, […]

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SC Laboratories in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

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On Wednesday January 8, the local newspaper The Santa Cruz Sentinel came for a lab tour and to interview founders Jeff Gray, Josh Wurzer, Alec Dixon, and Ian Rice. The article discussed our position as a certifier of safe medicine and the future of the industry as more cultivators and dispensaries are aiming to abide […]

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Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Childhood Epilepsy Disorders

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Shifting attitudes Since the airing of former Surgeon General Nominee Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed” on CNN in July we’ve seen a large shift in public attitudes of how medical cannabis is perceived. How was this shift in attitude achieved? The documentary certainly hits a soft spot and follows the story of six year old Charlotte […]

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The Emerald Cup 2013

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On December 14th and 15th thousands of medical cannabis patients and enthusiasts congregated at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for the 10th annual Emerald Cup. The Emerald Cup showcases the best in California outdoor grown cannabis and solventless extracts and is my favorite cup I’ve been to thus far in my two years in the cannabis […]

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Santa Cruz Cup 2013

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Being located in such a cannabis oriented community its no surprise the city of Santa Cruz has it’s own cannabis cup, and a very successful one at that. This event has experienced quite a bit of growth in just this last year with over triple the attendees of the previous year. This didn’t surprise me […]

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Cannabinoids and Memory

Cannabinoids impair working memory through astroglial CB1 receptor modulation of hippocampal LTD (Han, 2012): The hippocampus is an area of the brain that contains a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors and is involved in the formation of memories. Long-term depression (LTD) is a form of synaptic plasticity (cell signaling between neurons) that involves persistent weak […]

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