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I am a cannabis scientist, ask me anything THC, CBD, or any other cannabis related questions, AMA Science

Hi Reddit, Gair Laucius, Chief Science Officer from High Purity Natural Products here, I am here to answer your questions about cannabis, CBD, THC, or any other cannabinoids you want to ask about.

This AMA is closed! Thanks everyone for the great questions, I'm sorry I couldn't answer them all - If you'd like to know more about my company, please visit https://highpuritynaturalproducts.com/about-us/

My experience:

I am an experienced cannabis researcher with expertise in ethanol and super-critical CO2 extraction, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, and high performance liquid chromatography analytics.

I have also conducted research on Cannabis sativa with specific focus on proteins related to cannabinoid biosynthesis pathways. Extensive research experience with DNA and RNA extraction with downstream PCR and qPCR. Highly experienced in terpene and cannabinoid extraction and profiling using HPLC and GCMS.

If it has anything to do with weed, AMA!

Proof: https://twitter.com/HighPurityNP/status/1425475523858341889

Edit: 12:15PM Will be taking a short break for lunch, will return for some more questions shortly. Keep them coming!

Edit2: 1:00PM Wrapping up for now, hope to answer a few more questions later this evening. Thank you to all who asked questions!


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u/HPNP Aug 11 '21 edited Aug 11 '21 Gold Hugz

As an isolated cannabinoid, Delta-8 THC is lacking in peer reviewed research but has been shown to have a similar effect to delta-9 THC both being psychoactive (Delta-8 less psychoactive than delta-9). Delta-8 THC presents concern for me not because of the cannabinoid but because of the manufacturing process behind making it. Delta-8 is converted from CBD by using harsh chemicals and solvents and if care is not taken to remove these byproducts there is the potential for harm. As a consumer it is extremely difficult, almost impossible to verify how well a delta-8 product was manufactured. My recommendation is to not use delta-8 until more regulation can ensure safety across the board.


u/RooXOXXO Aug 11 '21

Very interesting response. Thank you.

Could the same be said for other d9 concentrates on the black market? Would you say that delta 8 is safer than those?

It seems these products are used mostly in grey states and states where medical/recreational hasn’t taken off yet.


u/HPNP Aug 11 '21

Sourcing anything that is unregulated such as black market THC is dubious at best. The benefit of purchasing products from legal recreational or medicinal dispensaries is that these programs have regulations to ensure that the products that are sold are tested to ensure safety. Products are tested for Heavy metals, residual solvents, microbials, molds and mycotoxins, and cannabinoids at minimum. The same information cannot be provided for unregulated markets


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 11 '21

The unregulated stuff in British Columbia is by far better and cleaner than the legally grown garbage.


u/Violaceum Aug 11 '21

You might want to look at the report published by the BC government about 2 months ago that says otherwise. They examined microbes and pesticides from black market cannabis and every one of them failed the standards that Health Canada makes the LPs follow. Some of them were 40x over the allowable limits for pesticides.


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 11 '21

As usual, the government findings are questionable. Where did they get it from.


u/Violaceum Aug 11 '21

Lol whoops, I guess I'm wasting my time here with facts then.


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 11 '21

So the guberment confiscates some weed from a dodgy store, tests it and that is supposedly representative of all weed everywhere. Gotcha.

I have GC test results. You haven't presented facts, just an anecdotal claim. Don't hurt your arm patting yourself on the back bro.


u/3eb489 Aug 11 '21

It’s the same in California. While there is high quality legal cannabis, it’s incredibly overpriced at the dispensaries. And at the same dispensaries you’ll find tons of low quality cannabis. It’s better to get your weed from a farmer or a plug who’s directly connected to a farm.


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 11 '21

I find most stores have 2 or 3 good things and 65 jars of meh.


u/notoriousCBD Aug 11 '21

How do you know that your unregulated flower is "cleaner?"


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 11 '21

gas chromatography


u/notoriousCBD Aug 11 '21

What are you testing for, using GC-MS, that would make your plants not clean?


u/ExpiredAmmo Aug 12 '21

unwanted peaks


u/notoriousCBD Aug 12 '21

Just because I need more of this....What are the names of the specific compounds you are using GC-MS to identify, that will also make your plants not clean?