In My Grow Show: Ep. 62 Cannabis and our Pets

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Dr. Eileen Gillen helps me understand how cannabis affects our pets. 

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Caterpillars in your cannabis/marijuana garden and how to fight them.

by Alex Robles

One of the biggest pest problems when we’re growing cannabis outside or in a greenhouse, is caterpillars.  These little demons will devastate a crop and break your heart. Caterpillars are the voracious larvae of butterflies and moths and are part of a large family of insects known as Lepidoptera.  Now when I say large, I mean 21,000 members strong in that family.

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Using Neoseiulus Cucumeris in our cannabis/marijuana garden.

by Alex Robles

Neoseiulus cucumeris was the first phytoseiid mite found to feed on thrips, in 1939.  It was forgotten about or looked past until the 1980. We become a lot more concerned with pests becoming resistant to chemical controls. Those chemicals were also starting to get into groundwater and affect the environment and our health in a negative way.  So that’s the cucumeris became such a popular general biological predator for pest management.

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Notes on the “Endocannabinoid System”

by Alex Robles

Definitions:

    • Endogenous (Endo) – having an internal cause or origin.  growing or originating from within an organism.
    • Cannabinoid – A class of chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body.
    • Endocannabinoid – Anandamide and 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol) are the two best known endocannabinoids that are made naturally by the human body.
    • Phyto – of a plant; relating to plants, made by a plant.
    • Phytocannabinoid – THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are the best known phytocannabinoids that are made by the cannabis plant.

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