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Clean & Green

There are many reasons to champion the legalization of cannabis. At KopSun we feel the most important is California’s new Bureau of Cannabis Control. This regulatory agency is responsible for commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and temporary cannabis events. This ensures safe cannabis for consumers.

Pre-legalization, one would purchase a “lid” from a friend of a friend, then stick her nose deep in the bag and inhale to determine if the stuff was good. She (and we) really did not know what good was, and we definitely were not asking questions like “Is it drenched in pesticides?” “Is there mold or other harmful contaminates?” “Are you environmentally friendly?” “What’s the THC, CBD, CBN mg’s?”  Nope, it was just like wine in the pre-Napa appellation days, when there was no look-swirl-sniff-taste sequence to wine tasting. Heck, there was no cork! It was a twist-and-gulp affair. Pre-legal connoisseurs blissfully assumed since cannabis was a plant, it must be organic, hence nothing bad could ever be in it. Of course, today we know better. Lots better.

First, technically, the term “organic” is reserved for legal use by the USDA to describe agricultural products that meet a strict definition. The definition includes farmers not using particular pesticides, steroids, and other chemicals and additives to spur faster growth in plants and animals. Some pesticides, though, are allowed. Because cannabis is still a Federal Schedule 1 drug (on the list with heroin and LSD, among others), this new industry cannot use “Organic” on its labeling. “Clean” is the euphemism for organic in cannabis terminology.

Today, every single cannabis plant growing on a legal, compliant farm is tagged and entered into the track-and-trace system. In a twist on from cradle to grave, that tracking number follows the plant from seedling to sale.

To illustrate, all cannabis leaving farms must be transported by a licensed Distributor to a state-licensed lab. There the lab issues a pass/fail in regard to contaminates and gives mg readings for cannabinoids and terpenes. If all goes well, the batch receives a Certificate of Analysis (CoA), which is required to transport product for Manufacturing and Retail.

Here’s what the Certificate of Analysis tests for:

  • Cannabinoids (THC, CBD, THCVA, CBG, CBGA, THCV)

  • Terpenes

  • Moisture Percentage

  • Microbiological Screen

  • Pesticide Residue Screen

  • Residual Solvent Screen

How do we get the Clean Green?

Good question! Here’s the easy answer.

1. Only purchase from a fully licensed, compliant dispensary. This ensures only access to tested, passed, and properly labeled products.  Currently in Santa Barbara County, there are only three dispensaries that meet KopSun’s standards: Canopy Health and Wellness, 118 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Collective, 2609 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, and Organic Green Collective, 5902 Daley Street, Goleta.

Both require a Physicians Reference, and both require a 24-hour waiting period for first time customers.

There are other dispensaries and delivery services in the county, but they have yet to meet KopSun’s requirements as fully licensed and compliant, so we cannot recommend them at this time.

2. Know Thy Source: The splendor of living in Carpinteria, aka the Cannabis Capital of California, is that we personally know who is growing.  CARP Growers is a collection of local farmers setting best standards practices in both social and corporate responsibilities. They are excellent stewards of the environment and exceptional community champions. They grow the cleanest cannabis in California, and KopSun feels fortunate to have them here.

Disclaimer: Each of us have unique bodies that will react differently to what’s put into it, i.e. food, alcohol, medicine, and cannabis. You need to decide what’s best for you. Go slowly and start with micro-dosing. Be patient.