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Sniffing Out the Skunk in Cannabis with TJ Martin of Abstrax Tech | BTS #74 In this behind-the-scenes episode we caught up with TJ Martin of Abstrax Tech to discuss their research into Cannabis extracts and the chemistry that impacts the plant's aromas and flavors. We talk about their discovery of a family of sulfur compounds in Cannabis that are largely responsible for the skunk smell of Cannabis. We also discussed their prior research into vape pen additives and what kinds of compounds may be emitted from heated vape pen additives.



To learn more about Abstrax Tech, visit www.abstraxtech.com



Abstrax is a flavor and fragrance manufacturer that specializes in cannabis and hop raw materials, terpenes, and aroma compound research to innovate terpene driven product formulations that shape consumer packaged goods. Abstrax specializes in botanical research, ingredient manufacturing and formulation science with a specific focus on terpene research.



T.J. Martin graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from CSU Polytechnic Pomona. He gained experience with a wide array of analytical techniques and research applications by collaborating with groups in the fields of chemistry, solid state physics, green chemistry, materials science, and polymer science. Currently T.J. is the VP of Research and Development at Abstrax where he creates custom flavor solutions and research fundamental and applied facets of cannabis science via Abstrax Labs.



Research Articles Mention in This Episode:



Identification of a New Family of Prenylated Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Cannabis Revealed by Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography



Iain W. H. Oswald, Marcos A. Ojeda, Ryan J. Pobanz, Kevin A. Koby, Anthony J. Buchanan, Josh Del Rosso, Mario A. Guzman, and Thomas J. Martin. ACS Omega 2021 6 (47), 31667-31676. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.1c04196



Characterization of Vaping Emission Products from Commonly Used Vape Juice DiluentsHuanhuan Jiang, C. M. Sabbir Ahmed, Thomas J. Martin, Alexa Canchola, Iain W. H. Oswald, Jose Andres Garcia, Jin Y. Chen, Kevin A. Koby, Anthony J. Buchanan, Zixu Zhao, Haofei Zhang, Kunpeng Chen, and Ying-Hsuan LinChemical Research in Toxicology 2020 33 (8), 2157-2163. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00174
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Sniffing Out the Skunk in Cannabis with TJ Martin of Abstrax Tech | BTS #74 In this behind-the-scenes episode we caught up with TJ Martin of Abstrax Tech to discuss their research into Cannabis extracts and the chemistry that impacts the plant's aromas and flavors. We talk about their discovery of a family of sulfur compounds in Cannabis that are largely responsible for the skunk smell of Cannabis. We also discussed their prior research into vape pen additives and what kinds of compounds may be emitted from heated vape pen additives.



To learn more about Abstrax Tech, visit www.abstraxtech.com



Abstrax is a flavor and fragrance manufacturer that specializes in cannabis and hop raw materials, terpenes, and aroma compound research to innovate terpene driven product formulations that shape consumer packaged goods. Abstrax specializes in botanical research, ingredient manufacturing and formulation science with a specific focus on terpene research.



T.J. Martin graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from CSU Polytechnic Pomona. He gained experience with a wide array of analytical techniques and research applications by collaborating with groups in the fields of chemistry, solid state physics, green chemistry, materials science, and polymer science. Currently T.J. is the VP of Research and Development at Abstrax where he creates custom flavor solutions and research fundamental and applied facets of cannabis science via Abstrax Labs.



Research Articles Mention in This Episode:



Identification of a New Family of Prenylated Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Cannabis Revealed by Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography



Iain W. H. Oswald, Marcos A. Ojeda, Ryan J. Pobanz, Kevin A. Koby, Anthony J. Buchanan, Josh Del Rosso, Mario A. Guzman, and Thomas J. Martin. ACS Omega 2021 6 (47), 31667-31676. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.1c04196



Characterization of Vaping Emission Products from Commonly Used Vape Juice DiluentsHuanhuan Jiang, C. M. Sabbir Ahmed, Thomas J. Martin, Alexa Canchola, Iain W. H. Oswald, Jose Andres Garcia, Jin Y. Chen, Kevin A. Koby, Anthony J. Buchanan, Zixu Zhao, Haofei Zhang, Kunpeng Chen, and Ying-Hsuan LinChemical Research in Toxicology 2020 33 (8), 2157-2163. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00174
Cracking the Cannabis Enigma with Elana Goldberg CEO of The Cannigma | BTS #73 In this behind-the-scenes interview we speak with Elana Goldberg, CEO of The Cannigma, an educational website focused on bringing readers scientifically-backed and reliable information about Cannabis. In our discussion we talk Elana's history as a content creator and journalist working for The Jerusalem Post, the early days of The Cannigma and how the platform has evolved, lessons learned regarding Cannabis content creation and science reporting, core understandings about Cannabis that stand out to Elana after years of creating Cannabis content, and more! We also spin out into a discussion about Elana's interests in mindfulness meditation and how Cannabis can sometimes be a tool for mindfulness.



Learn more about The Cannigma here: https://www.cannigma.com



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Want a Successful Cannabis Business? Be a Crock Pot, Not a Microwave! with Alisia and Chris Ratliff | BTS #72 In this behind-the-scenes episode we join up with Alisia Ratliff once again, this time joined by her husband Chris as we catch up and learn about the work they are doing in their consulting agency, Victus Consulting Ventures. We dive into a number of topics including the science of surfactants for Cannabis products, lessons learned from years of Cannabis business consulting, issues facing Cannabis cultivators that try to scale, and more!



The takeaway? Be a crock pot, not a microwave.



Learn more about Victus Consulting Ventures at https://www.victus-cv.com/
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Insects and Cannabis with Matthew Gates of Zenthanol Consulting | BTS #71 In this behind-the-scenes conversation we join for the second time on the podcast, integrated pest management specialist Matthew Gates. For this episode we focus exclusively on Cannabis pests and what Cannabis cultivators should be on the lookout for this coming outdoor season, as well as pests that indoor cultivators need to be thinking about. Our chat spins out into an interesting discussion on insect - plant adaptations and evolution that I hope you will enjoy.



Stay curious, and take it easy!



More from Matthew Gates:



https://www.zenthanol.com



Zenthanol YouTube Channel







Research References From This Episode:



Genomics of adaptation to host-plants in herbivorous insects



Simon JC, d'Alençon E, Guy E, Jacquin-Joly E, Jaquiéry J, Nouhaud P, Peccoud J, Sugio A, Streiff R. Genomics of adaptation to host-plants in herbivorous insects. Brief Funct Genomics. 2015 Nov;14(6):413-23. https://doi.org/10.1093/bfgp/elv015 . Epub 2015 Apr 6. PMID: 25846754.



Interactions between plant defence signalling pathways: Evidence from bioassays with insect herbivores and plant pathogens



Moreira, X, Abdala-Roberts, L, Castagneyrol, B. Interactions between plant defence signalling pathways: Evidence from bioassays with insect herbivores and plant pathogens. J Ecol. 2018; 106: 2353– 2364. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12987



Susceptibility Genes 101: How to Be a Good Host



Chris C.N. van Schie and Frank L.W. Takken. Susceptibility Genes 101: How to Be a Good Host. Annual Review of Phytopathology 2014 52:1, 551-581.
Inspiring a Passion for Extraction Science and Technology with John MacKay, PhD | BTS #70 In this behind-the-scenes episode of The Curious About Cannabis Podcast we drop in with natural products extraction expert John MacKay, PhD. Dr. MacKay has been involved in both extraction and analytical technology for decades and has gained a lifetime of experience that he is eager to share with others. An avid educator and lifelong learner himself, Dr. MacKay teaches about Cannabis and mushroom extraction through the John MacKay Institute of Extraction Technology where he offers engaging hands-on workshops to teach the fundamentals of natural products extraction as applied to Cannabis and mushrooms. He is also a professor through several universities where he teaches about biochemistry. John is a wealth of information and has a solid sense of humor, so I hope you enjoy this conversation!



Learn more about the John MacKay Institute of Extraction Technology: https://www.extractioninstitute.com/



Learn more about Synergistic Technologies Associates: https://www.synergistictechassociates.com/
I am Curious About Cannabis with Jason Wilson MS | BTS #69 It's time to get personal in this unique behind-the-scenes episode as I take time to talk about my own personal history with Cannabis and how the Curious About Cannabis platform came to be!



Learn more about my journey at www.jason-wilson.com



Learn more about Natural Learning Enterprises at http://www.naturaledu.com
Unraveling the Mysteries of Integrated Pest Management with Matthew Gates | BTS #68 In this episode I cross paths with Matthew Gates, an Integrated Pest Management specialist with a passion for helping cultivators understand the ecology and biology of the grow environment to limit pests and help the overall ecosystem thrive. In this conversation we begin to unpack some basic concepts about IPM while highlighting important misconceptions. We discuss the basic philosophy behind IPM, the subtleties of symbiosis and mutualisms, common mistakes made when developing an IPM strategy, and more!



Check out Matthew's YouTube Channel for more content from Zenthanol Consulting: https://www.youtube.com/user/Zenthanol



About Matthew:



Born and raised in San Diego, California, Matthew has consulted with various agricultural crops on IPM best practices since 2010 in crops such as Gerbera, Rose, Citrus, Tomato, Pepper, and Cannabis, focusing on the last crop more prominently for the latter half of this time. Related to this work is his science communication and educational endeavors on social media, where he shares useful pest prevention and curative strategies alongside academically-sourced information. Matthew is affiliated with the Cannabis Horticultural Association based in Humboldt, and regularly travels across the USA to evaluate cultivation sites for improved readiness against biosecurity threats. He is currently Staff Writer for SKUNK Magazine, has been featured in magazines such as Terpenes and Testing and 1000 Watts, and has spoken about rare and newly documented pests in the Cannabis cultivation industry, as well as novel treatments, using over 2000 academic sources composed in a personal database.



P.S.



This is our last episode of 2021! Thanks so much for being apart of our journey this year. We already have a lot of fun plans for 2022 and cannot wait to start bringing you more content after we take a short break for the winter holidays.
Erika Tingey on Making Better Decisions with Better Data with Backbone | BTS #67 In this behind-the-scenes conversation we sit down with Director of Product for Backbone, Erika Tingey. Backbone is a supply chain management software system that is fully customized to any process in the Cannabis lifecycle that helps producers make better decisions with a better view of their own data. Erika breaks down some of the things that make Backbone powerful and unique for Cannabis cultivators, extractors and product manufacturers, positioning it to be a fantastic tool for operators in the Cannabis industry that are seeking GMP compliance or ISO accreditation. We also discuss the importance of thinking critically about data collection and why it is important to understand what you need to measure and why so that operations can truly benefit from data collection rather than data collection becoming a burden.



Learn more about Backbone at https://backboneiq.com/



Stay curious, and take it easy!



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