Cannabis advocate and scientist Josh Alb have been intensely in the industry and become an expert on cannabis science.
Eventually, Alb would like a manufacturing license to focus on medical applications of cannabinoids to treat ailments.
Alb is quite the entrepreneur with his two organizations. Why Not THC is a platform devoted to science blogging. Alb signed onto a letter along with many other advocates spearheaded by advocate and attorney Jessica Gonzalez under Why Not THC. Cannademix is a more academically oriented business where Alb plants to organize more academic events in the future.
He was 17 when he first wanted to get into cannabis professionally. After getting a football injury and needing to pivot, he went to the cannabis college Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA, a trade school for the industry. Alb took a lot of courses on horticulture and business and graduated with the highest honors. He was interested in science and business from a young age. Alb was the youngest one there at 18. Being so young meant it was hard to get a good internship, which were reserved for those who were at least 21.
While attending Oaksterdam, Alb began to understand the merits and issues with legalization and cannabis science.
“Oakland could have gotten it better,” Alb said.
Alb felt the Oakland Equity Act, which was passed to include social equity, had issues. For example, providing an incubator style establishment to help train minorities as entrepreneurs and help obtain start-up capital would be ideal.
He wished there was more education on the business side for minorities and teach people how to file proper papers, cash flow, capital in terms of entrepreneurial 101. This is learned in hindsight.
Alb noted 72 plants are allowed for homegrow in Oakland. *
After Oaksterdam, Alb then worked for Alta California Botanicals in Marin County in the Bay Area, growing cannabis near the beach. It was a scenic operation to run.
Trying to live with a minimum ecological imprint is difficult yet important, he noted. Growing cannabis uses a lot of water, and the state government doesn’t allow them to use rainwater.
After growing, Alb went to dispensaries with tinctures and a whiteboard promoting the cannabis science behind. them
“This is real science,” he said.
He noted his medical cannabis helped treated 1undreds of thousands of patients obtain medicine.
Eventually, he left California and came back to Jersey.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy I came out,” he said regarding his time in California, noting he learned a lot and gained legitimacy, having worked in the heart of the industry.
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Regarding soil quality and growing, the source is always a concern Alb noted.
“Where you source your materials matter,” Alb said. He prefers growing in organic soil.
“That’s a white suburban fear,” he said regarding the idea of polluted soil producing harmful cannabis.
Alb explained many people grow cannabis in their backyards in California after medical cannabis has been legal for 20 years, and there have not been widely reported problems.
Not all homegrow is created equal, though.
“If you put it in your backyard, it’s not going to come out the way you want it,” Alb said. He also noted there is a limited time growing season outdoors in New Jersey.
Growing indoors is different. Alb said people only fill a pot with soil from the backyard is if they don’t know what they’re doing growing at all.
Moreover, individuals growing in urban settings don’t have easy access to such soil usually. So. they would naturally use store-bought soil. It’s standard to get especially fertile soil from a hardware store or similar business, he noted.
In addition, cannabis or its hemp varieties helps increase nutrients in the soil. Alb said in Nepal, they don’t have sufficient soil to grow normal crops because of the rockiness, but they grow hemp and cannabis for nutrients.
CBD’s cannabis science properties aren’t fully understood. Initially marketed by many as a panacea cure-all, now it depends on terpenes and good quality in reality
Alb lamented that cannabis science is not very developed, especially around here. He said the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in 1992. However, it is difficult to obtain a good map of the ECS, given how taboo cannabis science is.