Cannabis shows great promise for helping patients with Crohn's Disease

A clinical trial asking whether cannabis can help patients with Crohn’s disease found strong evidence that is does.

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Twenty one patients joined the study because their disease did not respond to standard therapies, including steroids and immunomodulators. They were randomly divided into two groups: 11 of them smoked cannabis joints and 10 were assigned to the placebo group that smoked “deactivated” joints (with the THC stripped from the plant). 

Scientists monitored the patients during 8 weeks of treatment and 2 weeks thereafter. Ten of the 11 patients in the cannabis group got better, and 5 of these patients achieved complete remission. Only 4 out of 10 patients in the placebo group got better and just 1 of these patients achieved complete remission.

Importantly, all of the patients receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.

A client recently submitted four concentrate samples for Residual Solvent Analysis (RSA). The first three samples were identical except for the purge time (72, 92, and 120 hours). The forth was also identical except for whipping at 72 hours and another 12 hour purge, resulting in a budder.

We thought you guys may be interested in seeing the results.

Follow the link above to view the complete blog post, including all four complete RSA reports, courtesy of Nugrun Concentrates.

New from our blog,
THCV: The Sports Car of Cannabinoids

More psychoactive than THC, THCV only has about half the duration but with pronounced energetic effects and has been found to reduce or even block panic attacks. Find out more at www.steephilllab.com/Media

Steep Hill Halent has made some exciting updates to our HPLC-MS reports. Our California lab now includes 4 additional compounds with each report, for a total of 27 compounds. 

New compounds:

  • CBDVA
  • CBDV
  • Alpha Humulene
  • Citronellol 

Basic information on these cannabinoids and terpenoids can be found at www.steephilllab.com/Resources; more resources regarding these compounds will be added shortly.

Each value listed on our reports now shows significant figures for improved accuracy. 

HPLC-MS reports for non-dispensary clients now feature sample images for better sample identification and chain of custody.

Over the last several months we have seen an increasing number of high #CBD samples come through our doors for testing, particularly for concentrates. Though very rare, occasionally a report will be sent out where the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and “unmeasured” add up to just over 100% total sample mass (102%, 101%, etc).

Quite fairly, some within the community have raised questions about these results and their legitimacy.

To show transparency and to further educate the cannabis community, we have addd a section to our online FAQ (17) that provides further details on these results and some of the challenges we face as a cannabis testing facility.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the kind of next generation analytics we will be producing:

This graph plots all the spectra for Blue Dream flowers, taken using QuantaCann over the last three years. Blue Dream was chosen for this example because of it’s popularity, ie high frequency in testing and the number of sample in our database. Though this is only a very rough visualization, initial observations hint at somewhat regular variations in chemical makeup within a strain with real periodicity.  

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WAMOil has been putting up impressive numbers all summer, but these latest results are exceptional:

  • Sweet Afghani CO2 concentrate - 88.4% D9THC
  • Blue Boy CO2 concentrate - 92.81 % D9THC

Whenever we see values out of the ordinary, samples are re-prepared, re-run, and re-analyzed to further validate results. 

Visit WAMOil.com for more on products. WAMOil has been a pleasure to work with over the last few months from our Washington launch, and we thank them for their support. True activism is a science!

New from our blog: 
Let’s Talk Trichomes

The total cannabinoid concentration in cannabis plants historically averaged between 1%-5% in a mature harvested plant. However, once it was discovered that cannabinoid concentrations could be increased by preventing pollination, total cannabinoid concentrations have increased dramatically in recent years, pushing these averages to 12%-16%,
Find out more at www.steephilllab.com/Media.

We are pleased to announce that we will again be working with Daniel Sailles and The Secret Cup, providing testing for all contest entries at this year’s SoCal March 22, 2014 event. Each entrant’s sample will be analyzed for cannabinoid, terpenoid, and residual solvent content. We look forward to rubbing shoulders with the finest extraction artists and concentrate connoisseurs in cannabis. We will see you all in LA!

For more information please visit: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/391464040990482/?ref=br_tf

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