The following content is sponsored by Grown Rogue.
Growing cannabis isn’t like growing any other plant in your backyard. It requires a relentless commitment to the best practices from seed to sale—just ask Grown Rogue, an award-winning producer from Oregon state.
What Differentiates Premium Cannabis?
As with most plants, the journey to premium cannabis starts with a seed. But as it continues up the chain, a meticulous growing process, the science underpinning its medical properties, genetics, and thorough testing all play a part in bringing about the ideal consumer experience.
With thousands of cannabis strains in the world, every seed is full of possibilities. Each contains a unique genetic profile that’s responsible for its properties and potency. Experienced growers use selective breeding to uncover new and innovative strains, with assistance from genomics.
They collect thousands of seeds, and sequence their DNA. Using analytics and prediction of those sequences, researchers are able to experiment with new strains— and send the resulting seeds back to the breeder. In this way, experienced growers can discover which cannabis strains are the most consistent and reliable.
To ensure a high quality cannabis plant, every aspect of how it’s grown needs careful monitoring and refining. After selecting the right seeds, they must be regularly examined for the right balance of humidity and light. Once it becomes a seedling, it needs maximum light and steady water levels.
When leaves start to grow and the plant is vegetative, nutrients must be carefully mixed for optimal conditions. Now comes the flowering stage when the essential trichomes are formed, and where the main cannabinoids CBD and THC come from.
Finally, growers have to harvest the cannabis plants at the right time for the best taste, smell, and potency. Curing, drying, and hand trimming all preserve the important qualities of the plant.
Scientific terminology can often be confusing, but in the case of cannabis, they result in important quality distinctions. Over 80+ cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, cause diverse effects on the body. Terpenes, which can also be found in essential oils, influence the flavor and scent of a cannabis strain.
These two compounds, terpenes and cannabinoids, combine in the “entourage effect” to enhance the medical value of the cannabis flower. Phenotypes help to elaborate on the genetic histories of cannabis strains beyond indica, sativa, or hybrid. Meanwhile, experience studies which leverage the consumer experience, can be the “x factor” in finding and developing new cannabis products.
Consumers today want more than just to “get high” — they demand cannabis products to suit their different needs. For example, here are Grown Rogue’s strain selections which offer something different depending on the purpose:
- R: Relax
These strains are designed to help you unwind, indulge, or sleep.
- O: Optimize
These strains bring just a bit of energy to help you focus.
- G: Groove
These strains enhance casual conversations and abstract thinking.
- U: Uplift
These strains give you a boost for activities like a hike or bike ride.
- E: Energize
Instead of coffee, use these strains to charge up for a concert, run, or dance.
It’s clear that what consumers want from their cannabis products will drive innovation in the industry. Premium cannabis producers optimize this by combining scientific research with qualitative experience sampling, to create ideal experiences around activities like socializing, post-workout recovery, and yoga.
About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue is a cannabis brand passionate about the community, environment, and education. The company seeks to provide “the right experience, every time” to consumers looking for only the very best cannabis products.
How Decentralized Finance Makes Investing Universally Accessible
Investing has historically been expensive, cumbersome, and inaccessible for most people. Decentralized finance and Abra aims to change that for everyone.
How Decentralized Finance Makes Investing Accessible
Historically, global financial markets have been restricted to those with exactly the right contacts, in the right locations, and with vast amounts of wealth already at their disposal. Investing for the general population, however, was typically expensive, cumbersome, and inaccessible.
Fortunately, today’s infographic from Abra demonstrates how the decentralized financial market has brought about solutions to these hurdles.
Why Investing Should be More Accessible
Many factors such as theft, inflation, and political or economic shifts can erode personal wealth over time.
Being able to invest in the global financial market offers a hedge against these risks, and yet for those with modest resources and limited connections, investing has typically been out of reach.
Consider several well-known platforms or funds:
- Etrade ─ $500
- T. Rowe Price ─ $2,500
- Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index Fund ─ $5,000,000
Investment minimums range from several hundred to several million dollars—making any hope of investing impossible for most.
This is especially urgent for the global middle class, which is expected to swell 180% by 2040. Having access to more avenues to build and protect wealth will be key to sustainable economic growth for a growing majority worldwide.
But how can people actually start investing if much of the current market is still too expensive?
Fractional Investing Offers Better Access
In the past, brokers were limited to buying and selling stocks as whole units.
Fractional investing, however, allows investors with a lower net worth to access valuable, expensive stocks. It also attracts investors that are less likely to buy and sell on a whim and instead focus on long-term growth.
Blockchain technology has been a key component in this democratization of global wealth—much like fractional investing—because people are no longer restricted by their resources, location, or lack of connections.
A New Wave of Investing
Decentralized finance is:
Users no longer need a third-party to verify their transactions.
Users can access decentralized financial markets from anywhere using their smart devices.
Every transaction is made publically viewable.
No one can make arbitrary changes or cause system-wide shutdowns.
Anyone can customize smart contracts based on regional and technical requirements.
Decentralized financial tools, using blockchain and cryptocurrencies, are providing excellent alternatives to building wealth by offering smaller investment minimums, lower fees, and faster transaction times.
The rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies introduced the world to the simple concept of fractional investing—owning extremely small fractions of digital currencies.
Now, investors can also own fractions of high-priced stocks, ETFs, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, and stable coins, through Abra’s novel platform.
Abra: the Blockchain-based Investment App
Abra is the world’s first global investment app that uses the Bitcoin blockchain to make investing more accessible. Abra makes it fast and easy to manage your investments—all from one app.
- Simple: Easy to use and globally available, Abra’s app makes investing a breeze.
- Secure: Abra is secure and private—backed by blockchain and smart-contract technology—giving investors full control of their funds through non-custodial wallets.
- Fractionalized: Invest in partial shares of traditional and digital assets, starting at $5.
- Global: Trade, store value, and invest in a range of fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, ETFs, and stocks from 154 countries.
The Future of Investing
Historically, investing in equities has been a key to building personal wealth, and Abra’s technology allows more people around the world to access the same types of investments, no matter their location or income.
A survey of Abra users shows the democratization of investing in action:
Affordability: Most Abra users have roughly US$50 in their portfolios.
Security: Abra users enjoy privacy of information and full control of their assets.
Accessibility: A top priority for Abra users, they are able to invest in financial markets and expensive equities worldwide.
With its intuitive, global platform, Abra has introduced the future of investing for everyone.
“For the first time, we can truly democratize access to investment opportunities at global scale.”
—Bill Barhydt, CEO of Abra
Everything You Need to Know About In-Situ Mining
There is a little know method of mining that does not move a rock, In-Situ Mining. Visual Capitalist outlines the process of mining in this unique way.
Everything You Need to Know About In-Situ Mining
How do you mine without moving a rock?
When most people think of mining they think of massive open pits or deep and winding underground tunnels. But there is one mining method that does not move a rock and leaves the landscape as is.
Today’s infographic from Excelsior Mining Corp. outlines a unique mining method, In-Situ Recovery “ISR”, also known as In-Situ Mining.
An Intro to In-Situ Mining
ISR is not a recent innovation in the mining sector. In fact, ISR has been used for the past 50 years in uranium mining, and 48% of the world’s uranium gets mined this way. Uranium is not the only mineral it can extract; there is also silver, copper, and sometimes gold.
ISR involves dissolving a mineral deposit in the ground and then processing it at surface, all without moving any rock. It is cost effective and environmentally friendly.
But if this method is so great, how come more companies do not mine this way?
The Right Geology
ISR is not widely used because the geological conditions have to be just right. There are few locations around the world that meet the following criteria:
- Highly permeable ore body. In the case of copper, the ore body must be naturally broken, fractured and permeable.
- Mineable. The target mineral must be soluble with the right fluid, typically a weak acid.
- Under the water table. The mineral deposit must be below the water table to allow for the movement of fluids throughout the ore body.
If geologists can find these conditions and it is a large enough mineral deposit, it is time to mine.
The ISR Process
Once the right conditions are met and drill holes are sunk into the ore body, mining can begin.
- Leaching solution is pumped through injection wells
- The solution moves through the naturally fractured rock and leaches the copper
- Recovery wells extract the copper-rich solution
- Solution is pumped to the surface to the plant for processing
- Copper is extracted from the solution to create pure copper sheets
- Mining solution is recycled back to the well field
Once an area is mined, the wells are flushed with water to clean out any remaining leaching solution. Meanwhile, the surface is returned back to pre-mining conditions, allowing it to be used for any purpose in the future.
Advantages of In-Situ Mining
The environmental advantages are clear, including: minimal noise, dust, or greenhouse gas emissions, along with minimal visual disturbance. In addition, it also lowers capital and operating costs while creating a safer environment for mine workers.
Too bad not all mines can operate without moving a rock.
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