Friday, 04 April 2014 16:58 Published in Blog

Spider mites, aphids, thrips, and white flies can be pesky issues to deal with when doing indoor cultivation and the means growers use to deal with them aren’t always patient friendly. They say an ounce of prevention for a pound of cure, and that’s the ideal method for preventing infestations while keeping the interest of the patient in mind. However, some producers neglect to perform such preventative measures and resort to using pesticides and insecticides assuming that if these products are used early enough in the cycle then the final product will be unaffected.

This is not always the case, especially if one plans to utilize the whole plant for other purposes such as concentrate and edible production. Since the plant is being concentrated any kind of pesticide that is soluble in the solvent of choice has the potential to end up in the resulting product. For example we recently tested some shatter that came back positive for the presence of fenoxycarb. Fenoxycarb is an insect growth regulator that mimics a juvenile growth hormone causing larvae to never fully develop into adults. This compound has been banned under California’s Proposition 65 due to its carcinogenic properties and ability to cause reproductive toxicity. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:19 Published in Blog
As president of Envirocann, a budding cannabis certification agency, April Crittenden brings a wealth of knowledge regarding environmental stewardship and the USDA National Organic Program. April was the Senior Quality and Compliance Supervisor at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) where she worked for almost a decade. In that role she crafted client communication systems, helped develop and implement the pesticide residue testing program, as well as oversaw all complaints and investigations. Prior to her years devoted to organic certification, April studied at UC Santa Cruz where she received a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She also has certificates in Permaculture, NOP & ACA trainings, and has obtained the following IOIA Inspection Certifications: Crop, Basic Post Harvest Handling/Processor, and Pesticide Residue Sampling. When April isn’t working to expand access to organically grown cannabis, she loves to snowboard, go hiking, play with her dogs and spend time gardening. Envirocann is a third party certification organization, focused on the quality assurance and quality control of cannabis production and products. Through on-site inspections and lab testing, Envirocann Certification verifies that Best Management Practices (BMP's) are used to grow and process cannabis and ensures environmental compliance to local and state regulations. Our mission is to empower farms, add value and transparency to cannabis production, and tell the story of farms, companies, and products, which are backed up by objective scientific data. It is our goal for our clients and their products to be recognized by consumers as the best, representing quality, integrity, and excellence.