High Plainz Strains
Bananaghani, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Shortcake
Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Kind Care Of Colorado
Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Ice Cream Cake, Island
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Chemmy Jones, Cherry Diesel, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Toxic, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Medellin, Muffinz, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Wedding Crasher
Lakeshore Cannabis
Bubba Berry, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Peking Duck, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, Triangle Og
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Chem 4, Georgia Pie, Lucky Charms, Miracle Alien Cookies, Rain Dance, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sugar Rush, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Galleta, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Grape Oz, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz, Zookies
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Item 9, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Snickerz, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Yuk Mouth
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cookies N Cream, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Og, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Cake Pop, Gorilla Glue, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Raspberry, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Super Charger, The Soap, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Galleta, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Melonz, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Roots RX
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Sueno
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Garlic Cookies, Gg 4, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, Triangle Og, White 99, Wookie Fruit
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Cherry Diesel, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, The Sauce, Triangle Og, White Runtz
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananas, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Docs Cake, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Toxic, Triangle Og, Wookie Fruit
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gelato 41, Infinity, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Toxic, Triangle Og, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Layer Cake, Meow, Og, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
The Dispo
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Gary Payton, Island, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle, The Sauce
The Green House
Grape Oz, Lava Breath, Peking Duck
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Grape Oz, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Dosi, Galleta, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Island, Mac 1, Melonz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Zookies
The Underground Station
Big Bubba Diesel, Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, The Sauce
Tumbleweed
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Galleta, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Grape Oz, Infinity, Koko Puffs, Lemon Pepper, Lions Mane, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Og, Ooh La La, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sueno, Sundae Float, Toxic, Unicorn Poop
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Item 9, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, White 99
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Durban Kush, Sueno
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Og, Raspberry
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Bananas, Fubar, Galleta
Berkeley Disensary
Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Lava Breath, Sour Melon, Unicorn Poop
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, Lucky Charms, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Toxic, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Big Bubba Diesel, Chemmy Jones, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Galleta, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Ice Cream Cake, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slurricane, The Sauce
Denvers Kush Club
Strawberry Shortcake
Doctors Orders
Garlic Breath, Purple Papaya Punch, Snickerz
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Shortcake
Emerald Fields
Biker Oz, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Galleta, Island, La Kush Cake, Melonz, Og, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Og, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon
Green Pharm 2
Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Milk, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Koko Puffs, Sage N Sour
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Papaya Punch, Sundae Float, Triangle Og

February 9, 2022

Lighting considered key to making cannabis cultivation operations more sustainable

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By Bart Schaneman, Editor
February 9, 2022 - Updated February 9, 2022

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(Photo courtesy of Veritas Fine Cannabis)

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(This is the third installment in a series examining sustainability in cannabis cultivation. Read Part 2 here.)

Cannabis cultivators seeking to make their operations more sustainable should begin with their lighting systems.

“Lighting is the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to making cultivation operations more sustainable,” said Andrew Mahon, owner and head of cultivation for Denver marijuana company Veritas Fine Cannabis.

One common theme among sustainability-minded growers: To improve sustainability via lighting, marijuana and hemp growers who cultivate in greenhouses should consider LED lights.

They use less energy and last longer than more common lights such as high-pressure sodium lighting.

“When you’re looking at the impact of lighting, it’s really the driving factor of indoor producers’ success and one of the highest cost centers in their cost of production,” said David Kessler, chief science officer of Billerica, Massachusetts-based Agrify Corp., which makes hardware and software for indoor cannabis cultivators.

“There is really no excuse moving forward for people to not use LEDs.”

There are also other low-tech options for greenhouse marijuana and hemp growers, such as quantum-dot film that is placed over the protective layer of a greenhouse and modifies the light spectrum.

The effect is said to enhance plant growth and yield.

LEDs on the rise

For many years, high-intensity discharge (HID) lights have dominated cannabis grow rooms.

They’re cheaper, for one. And, for a long time, growers felt as if LED technology hadn’t caught up in terms of its ability to produce larger yields.

But improvements to LEDs have led to growers reporting competitive results.

The one catch? They’re expensive – up to six times the cost of HID lights, according to some estimates.

The cost is worth it, said Graham Farrar, president and chief cannabis officer of Glass House Brands, based in Santa Barbara, California.

“LED lights are much more efficient in the conversion of energy to light,” he added.

Not only that, but LEDs emit less heat than HID lights, which means less energy to cool grow rooms.

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Farrar also points to LEDs’ longer life spans.

HID lights typically need to be replaced frequently and are manufactured with toxic metals such as mercury. LEDs can last for years depending on usage.

To Farrar, LED lights check all the boxes: They use less resources, they’re good for the environment and for business.

Rebates

Veritas is currently experimenting with LEDs, although most of the company’s grow room still uses high-pressure sodium lights.

Mahon said the “cat’s out of the bag” about why the company should switch to LEDs. But before he spends thousands to make the switch, he wants to run tests to ensure the quality level is comparable.

The company just finished trimming its first harvest.

Once it’s cured, the crop will be sent to a lab to check for potency and terpene content and overall yield.

Mahon anticipates saving thousands on HVAC costs, for one.

The biggest hurdle to getting more buy-in on LEDs is cost.

Mahon estimates LEDs can cost from 20% to 150% more than HPS lights, depending on the company selling them.

That’s where cannabis companies should seek out rebates from local energy companies.

“Energy companies are on our side with this,” said Elizabeth Lee, occupational health, safety and environment manager at Veritas.

(See this guide about how to avoid common mistakes when seeking out LED rebates.)

Marijuana companies using LEDs can submit invoices to energy providers and receive rebates for the purchase price, according to Lee.

“As long as cannabis is grown indoors, I don’t see lights ever going away,” she said.

“In the future, we’re going to have to move to LEDs to grow in a more sustainable way.”

Quantum dot

For companies that don’t want to spend the money on LEDs, Kessler suggests that both marijuana and hemp greenhouse growers could benefit from how quantum-dot technology works with natural light.

The best part of this technology is that it’s electricity-free.

Kessler admitted that it was still in the early stages – so the jury was out about its overall effectiveness – but, in theory, quantum-dot technology could be used with supplemental lighting to make natural lighting more efficient.

Quantum-dot film would be great for hemp since hemp is grown at a larger scale in larger greenhouses, he added.

In the end, Farrar in California says his goal is to run his business with the least impact to the environment as he can.

“The cannabis industry all starts with the plant, and our plant comes from our planet,” he added.

“So it’s important that we do this right. Sustainable for the environment and sustainable for the business can be the same thing.”

Bart Schaneman can be reached at bart.schaneman@mjbizdaily.com.

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