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We are observing and complying with all additional recommendations and regulations set forth by the State of Colorado with regards to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A competition looking for the Best Growers in Colorado, The Grow Off, has recognized our NuVue Pharma Grow-Team for the second year.
The grow team at NuVue Pharma managed to beat dozens of growers throughout the State, taking home 3rd place in both the potency and yield category for a recreational grow in Colorado.
What is the grow off?
The Grow-Off is a cannabis competition that tests the participant’s growing skill. Winners are determined from actual lab results. This is a contest to see who can truly grow the best. Awards are based on the highest cannabinoids, terpenes, and, in some states, yield. A true test to literally find the Best Growers in Colorado.
All teams begin on a level playing field. This competition begins with the same genetics, unknown to the growers, and continues for six months to gauge the ability of the cultivators to set themselves apart in yield, potency, and terpene content.
NuVue Pharma placed in the medical competition in 2017 for potency and yield also. Our team is the only team to receive an award in both the medical and recreational marijuana growing competitions.
An estimated 20% of American veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. A common statistic that we hear is 22: that’s the daily average number of veteran suicides, most due to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and the difficulty of transitioning back into civilian life.
Dr. Sue Sisley is a VA physician who has dedicated her professional life to treating veterans with PTSD, and has secured the first federal grantto study marijuana as a potentially federally-approved treatment for the disorder. Currently, Zoloft and Paxil are the only two federally-approved drugs to treat the disorder, and due to the high number of veterans who’s PTSD is classified as “treatment resistant,” those aren’t entirely effective. The study will take three years and will monitor the effects of marijuana on veterans who haven’t responded positively to other treatments.
In June 2016a state judge ordered that PTSD be added to the state’s list of approved conditions to qualify for medical marijuana rights. In several other medical states, PTSD is already an approved condition. In New Mexico, it is the most common condition for medical patients–almost double the number of patients using cannabis to treat their chronic pain. However, here in Colorado, it is not on the approved list. While many veterans know from experience that cannabis provides them with therapeutic relief for mental and physical ailments, more research is still needed in order to convince everyone.
At our dispensary in Pueblo Colorado, NuVue Pharma, we are dedicated to developing the most effective medicine for all who would benefit from it. We admire the veterans who have sacrificed everything to serve our country, and as a thank you, we offer 10% off of every purchase, everyday to those who served.
With increasing research into the medicinal properties of marijuana comes an increasingly long list of conditions it can treat.
New research coming out of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies focuses on how THC impacts the beta amyloid protein prevalent in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease. This protein is responsible for the “nerve cell death” that causes the symptoms of dementia. The study found that cannabinoids not only remove the beta amyloid proteins and reduce the inflammation that occurs in the brain as a result of their growth, but actually prevent their growth.
According to the Institute, “while these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and could provide clues to developing novel therapeutics for the disorder.”
This theory will need to be tested in clinical trials, but it is exciting to see that marijuana may be the answer to Alzheimer’s disease, as scientists have never been able to identify a cause or a cure for the over 5 million people in America alone who have the disease.
This sports car looks like a Mazda Miata, all except for the door panel of George Washington smoking a joint. The prototype for the “greenest car in the world” was taken from a Miata, but the body is 100 percent hemp.
The hemp fibers were woven together, molded, and hardened with a resin before being covered in that eye-catching red paint.
To read about it’s drive through the Mile High City, or watch the video as owner, Bruce Dietzen, slams his fist into the hood of his cannabis car.
In this 20 minute documentary, by National Geographic, we see the medical benefits some children are seeing from cannabis. The video is hard to watch, but NuVue Pharma believes it is harder to ignore the issue. Take a moment to open your heart and mind to the struggles these families, whose children are suffering, have to endure by watching National Geographic’s Cannabis For Kids. Link below. VIDEO: Cannabis For Kids
Colorado House Bill 1373 received unanimous approval from all 35 state Senators on Tuesday, May 3rd. This bill is of unique historical importance in the fight to recognize marijuana as medicine. It will require all public schools in the state to treat medical marijuana the same as any other medication, allowing students access to the medication they need during school hours.
Currently, students must choose between breaking school policy to take their medication on campus, leaving campus and missing class in order to take their medicine during the school day, and suffering negative health consequences from not accessing medication for the entire school day.
The text of the bill states that it “allows a student to use medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity and requires each school district to adopt a policy allowing the medical marijuana use.” The medicine must be administered by a primary caregiver in a nonsmokeable form (such as a tincture, patch, pill, or edible). The bill was first introduced March 16th of this year and is currently awaiting Governor Hickenlooper’s likely signature.
As of March 31st, 2016, there are 343 children under the age of 18 registered as medical marijuana patients in the state. The most common condition treated by medical marijuana use in children is seizures (as opposed to severe pain in adults). With the passage of this bill, these children will have their patient rights guaranteed in the public education system and no longer have to suffer from compromised access to their medication during school hours.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has been in conversation with the FDA on medical marijuana research and its status as a Schedule 1 drug.
A letter from the DEA dated April 4th (and released by the Huffington Post April 5th) addressed recent questions from several of the Democratic Senators cosponsoring The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, a proposition introduced in March of 2015 to shield from federal law those abiding by their state marijuana regulations, expand research, and make marijuana a Schedule II drug. While that bill is stuck in Senate limbo, the DEA may be looking to make that schedule change anyway.
The bombshell in the letter isn’t that the DEA is considering a recommendation on rescheduling marijuana (mainly because there is no indication what that recommendation will be) but that there are “hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016.” In addition to marijuana, CBD is being evaluated for scheduling determination as an isolated drug.
A Schedule 1 Drug by definition has no medical benefit (as well as a “high potential for abuse”; therefore, changing its schedule has always depended on medical research. In addition to an inventory of the current marijuana available for federal research at the University of Mississippi, the letter discusses the potential to “increase the number of permits for the bulk manufacture of marijuana for research purposes,” in anticipation of the need for additional study and genetic variety in federal research.
It looks like the DEA is interested in expanding federal research beyond a single grow facility and 265 registered researchers. Looking at the breakdown of the marijuana available for research (the facility produces Placebo and Low, Medium, High and Very High THC varieties, each of which contain strains with very low to very high CBD content), it’s not hard to see that genetic variety is sorely needed in order to expand medical study to encompass each component of the endocannabinoid system.
The long-overdue removal of marijuana from Schedule 1 would signal the federal acknowledgement of marijuana as medicine and turn a major page in the story of medical cannabis. At NuVue Pharma, we’re watching to see if that day is coming in 2016.
The debate on commercial marijuana in the city and county of Pueblo is heating up at a time when more marijuana businesses are thriving and driving the area’s economic recovery.
In 2015, almost 40% of all commercial building permits in the city and the county were for legal marijuana businesses. Over a thousand new jobs have been created in a city that has been in sore need of a new production industry for decades. Legal marijuana has provided the revenue necessary for Pueblo’s revitalization, over $2 million in tax revenue in 2015.
But if you’ve been to the grocery store in Pueblo lately, you’ve probably seen the people with “No Marijuana in Pueblo” signs asking for your signature. The organization Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo submitted last week petitions to prohibit commercial marijuana production facilities and recreational dispensaries in both Pueblo County and the City of Pueblo. According to their site, the move is in reaction to: “The highest crime rate in the state, constant dangers through over use of electricity and illegal hash oil production, draining the community dry of our natural resources, and EIGHT (so far) massive pot busts in our own neighborhoods.”
This group is conflating legal, taxpaying marijuana businesses with home grows, licensed extraction facilities with illegal hash oil production, and falsely attributing Pueblo’s elevated crime rate with legal marijuana.
If you use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, know someone who does, or care about the rights of your neighbors under Colorado Amendment 64, there is something you can do about this. The organization Growing Pueblo’s Future is fighting back. They have raised almost $100,000 to campaign against the ballot measures and ensure patient’s rights, security for law abiding businesses, and a chance for Pueblo to enjoy a robust economic recovery.
If Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo wants to bring the issue back to the people, the people need to be paying attention. Keep following our blog for updates on this issue as it unfolds. Next week, we should find out if the petitions qualified to get the issue on the ballot. What do you think is right for Pueblo?
As a vertically-integrated cannabis dispensary chain, NuVue Pharma is dedicated to maintaining absolute quality control over its products from seed to sale.Unlike most other cannabis dispensaries, NuVue Pharma has its own state-of-the-art hydroponic indoor grow and cannabis extraction lab, enabling our complany complete mastery and oversight over product quality and its development.As a testament to this, NuVue Pharma develops its own proprietary medical and recreations cannabis seed genetics so you won’t find many of our strains anywhere else in the world, much less Colorado.
We want to take you along for the journey as NuVue Pharma begins to sprout and grow roots in Pueblo, Colorado. Follow us here as we track the growth of our first crop from seed to harvest.
To start a garden, you must first decide what to grow. Like selecting the ideal heirloom tomato variety for your soil, climate, cooking needs and taste, there are many factors that go into choosing marijuana genetics.
Marijuana offers a unique opportunity for genetic variety in its two species, indica and sativa. Naturally and through the design of breeders, cannabis has proven to have boundless potential in growth characteristics and effect on human health. Landrace strains continue to strengthen their naturally acclimated characteristics to their environments in the Middle East, Central America, Africa and many other regions around the globe. Concurrently, passionate marijuana growers have bred to adjust their strains’ resilience, taste, smell, and therapeutic effect.
With the growth of the medical marijuana industry, doors are opening up for increased study of cannabinoids and their unique medical benefits. We know that the indica and sativa species offer inverse ratios of THC and CBD, and that many people find the indica, CBD-heavy experience to be relaxing and relieving of physical pain while the sativa with more THC than CBD gives many a more invigorating relief from pain. However, the conversation about strain and effects does not end with that dichotomy. By focusing so much on THC and CBD, we may not be paying enough attention to the over-100 other cannabinoids naturally present in marijuana.
Most of the medicine you will find in medical dispensaries comes from a wide variety of well-known strains and stabilized crosses. Medical patients have long known that the unique combination of cannabinoids in each strain means that each strain has a different effect, and some can be uniquely suited to alleviate specific psychological and physical conditions. You might find that Chemdawg relieves your migraines, while your uncle prefers Bubba Kush to stimulate his appetite.
Our growers have selected the finest genetics available with quality and variety in mind. NuVue Pharma is looking to lead the way in providing cannabis suited for patients with medical needs across the spectrum, from seizures to cancer, PTSD to pain.
Deciding what strains to grow will only get you halfway to starting a garden. Once you know what to grow you have to figure out how to get it.
There are a few ways that cannabis growers share and get genetics. Clones can be cut from plants during the vegetative cycle, and seeds can be bred through one of two kinds of pollination.
Most people know that the female marijuana plant produces the buds, or flowers, with the concentration of active cannabinoids, so it’s not a big surprise that cannabis is naturally a dioecious plant, meaning there are separate male and female plants. But have you ever thought about how rare that is?
Ninety percent of plants are monoecious or hermaphroditic, meaning each individual plant has both male and female reproductive organs. Cannabis stands with Ginko, Juniper, and Willow as a plant that has evolved into dioecy to prevent self-pollination and encourage genetic variety through cross-breeding.
Naturally, cannabis is bred by fertilizing a flowering female plant with the pollen produced by a male plant. The seeds produced represent a cross between the genetics of the two parents. Natural, regular, or unfeminized: whatever you call them, when these seeds sprout, they yield about half male and half female plants. Growers of natural seeds have to monitor their plants at the beginning of the flowering cycle in order to identify the first signs of sexual characteristics so that they can identify the males from the bud-producing females.
For a lot of growers, the benefits of feminized seeds are obvious: you can obtain seeds guaranteed to produce female plants. This meant that you don’t have to sprout so many seeds at a time just to get the bud-producing females that you want. You don’t have to worry about introducing pollen into your garden and compromising your sensimilia.
Anyone who’s ever purchased marijuana seeds is likely familiar with the feminized variety, but do they all know how seed producers can control the sex of the seeds? While cannabis is dioecious, it also retains the ability to exhibit hermaphroditic characteristics under stress as a survival technique. Environmental stressors, like light cycle interruptions, can trigger female plants to “herm out” and grow feminized seeds.
Feminized seeds were produced this way in the olden days, and many growers believe they yielded strains that were predisposed to intersexuality (they would “herm out” more quickly than other, more stable, strains). Over the years, the technique has been refined in an attempt to increase stability, and now breeders produce commercial feminized seeds by exposing female plants to colloidal silver (which is pure silver) or gibberellic acid (a natural hormone) to cause hermaphrodism, allowing the plant to self-pollinate.
If you missed the latest blog post, we talked about the different types of marijuana seeds available to growers. Now we’re going to focus on the other side of the genetic coin: clones.
Cloning is a method of asexual reproduction in which a grower makes a copy of a plant. Many plants clone themselves in nature: grass, blackberries, strawberries, dandelions, and daylilies. Many others, like cannabis, are equipped to grow a new plant from a cutting, given the right conditions.
This replication allows growers to perpetuate and share specific phenotypes of cannabis. One of the greatest benefits to cloning is consistency, as you can know the growth and medicinal characteristics of a plant as well as its sex. Amateur growers love clones because they can purchase a female plant of a specific strain from a trusted grow, taking out a lot of the guesswork, and professionals love clones because they can archive prized genetics. Certain cuts can survive in a grow network for years, shared by growers who value their uniquely potent buds.
Seeds or clones isn’t an either/or choice, as plenty growers employ both methods of reproduction in order to grow and sustain their marijuana genetics. Marijuana seeds from the same plant, whether they’re feminized or unfeminized, all share the same genotype but can express different phenotypes. The easiest way to think of this is like a litter of puppies: different expressions of the same genetic information.
Cloning allows you to make copies of each phenotype and hold on to the genetics of your favorite one: the pheno that’s most pest-resistant, has the best taste, hardiest structure, or most potent medicinal effect.
There are thousands of how-to guides to growing marijuana, but it’s important to remember that different strains have different growth patterns and needs. Seasoned growers know that each strain has its own ideal growing conditions, not just varying flower times. Taking cuttings from a strain you know well can allow you to develop your relationship with that strain: this orange crush cut thrives with strong calcium and magnesium supplements, or this phenotype of moonshine haze should be harvested the second the trichomes begin to turn milky so that it’s perfectly ripe after curing.
From a research standpoint, all available breeding methods need to be utilized in order to explore the potential for genetic variety in marijuana. At NuVue, our growers are sprouting seeds and rooting out clones in order to produce and develop quality medicine suited to patients across the spectrum of medical needs.
In this series, we’ve looked at marijuana genetics: varietal selection, types of seeds, and clones. Once you’ve got the genetics, you are on to growing.
Marijuana grown indoors requires significant controls to create an ideal growing environment. Many people know that flowering, or bud production, is triggered and maintained by the introduction of a 12 hours on, 12 hours off light cycle. Temperature, humidity and air circulation are other crucial environmental factors determining the production of marijuana.
All of the work that goes into engineering a marijuana grow facility is aimed at learning from and improving the natural conditions in which the plant thrives. There are ideal ranges for temperature and humidity, and sufficient airflow is necessary to prevent stagnation. The irony is that while the ideal conditions for marijuana plants to thrive indoors are precise, the plant thrives in an incredible variety of climates outdoors. It is for this reason that the common belief that indoor grows are designed mimic nature is not quite accurate.
Outdoor plants are grown in the summer, when bud production is triggered by the change in photoperiod. That’s when it is 12-12, which throws the plants into flower, right? Yes, but that is definitely an oversimplifcation. At and near the equator, there is a constant photoperiod of 12-12, so plants can flower outside at any time of the year in, say, southern Columbia.
More interestingly, outdoor plants actually need at least twelve hours of light per day, not exactly. This can vary from strain to strain, and some indoor growers have experimented with flowering in, say, a 14-10 cycle (fourteen hours of light and ten hours of darkness) for a specific strain in order to increase yield. This is likely due to the fact that marijuana evolved and adapted to grow all around the world, from Papua New Guinea to Morocco to Paraguay. The natural light cycle around the world varies wildly. Places further from the equator have more drastic light cycle changes. In the marijuana world, Alaska is famously anomalous: the light cycle doesn’t approach 12-12 until late September.
The variety of climates in which cannabis can thrive is truly amazing, as is the work that cultivation facilities must do, not to mimic nature, but to create an ideal growing environment.
If you follow this blog, you know that we have been tracking NuVue’s growth alongside the growth of our plants. Our last post in the seed-to-harvest series examined light cycles for both indoor and outdoor marijuana plants.
Light cycles are critical in triggering flowering, or bud production. Manipulation of the length of a plant’s day and night controls the direction in which marijuana plants are growing. At NuVue, as with most other marijuana gardens, we take our little seedlings or our little clones and we put them into a space designed for optimally vegetative growth.
Often referred to as “veg,” this necessary state of growth is one in which pot plants are focusing all of their energy on growing longer branches, bigger leaves, and just generally growing out and up. Cannabis nutrients consist of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. A grower’s nutrient mix is a special recipe, but typically growers utilize nutrients high in nitrogen during this stage.
How do you know when a plant is done with the vegetative stage and ready to move into flower?
This answer is totally dependent on a grower’s space, desired plant count, time frame, and other factors including a specific strain’s characteristics. A plant is ready to go into flower when it is just about as big as you want it to be. Changing to a critical photoperiod of 12/12 or 13/11 (confused? you really should have read this post) signals a hormonal change in marijuana plants that shifts their focus.
Cannabis plants in a critical flowering photoperiod put their energy towards blooming, the production of the resinous, THC and CBD-laden buds. A grower’s bloom mix will typically be higher in phosphorous and potassium. Different strains have different flowering times, which is the amount of time it will take for buds to form and ripen to maturity. Indica and Indica-dominant plants have a shorter flowering time—Hash Plant has a flowering time of around 5 and a half weeks—while Sativa and Sativa-dominant plants have a longer flowering time—Durban Poison is around eight weeks.
A customer shopping at a recreational dispensary can purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower a day. For purposes of the recreational sales limit, 1 ounce of marijuana flower is equivalent to 8 grams of concentrates or 800 milligrams of THC in edibles. A customer that is a medical patient may purchase marijuana flower up to the amount authorized on his or her patient registry card, typically two ounces a day.
Yes. NuVue encourages you to bring your friends and loved ones and shop together. Just remember that we generally limit groups to 3–5 people, and that we might have to break groups of more than 3–5 people into smaller groups if our store is very busy, as it tends to be!
Conventional wisdom has it that Indica strains are relaxing and physically sedating while Sativa strains are uplifting and heady. However, new research suggests that the Indica versus Sativa distinction may be more of a convenience than a reality; instead, the more accurate indicia of a cannabis product’s effects may be the product’s cannabinoid profile and terpene content.
Cannabis terpenes are oils secreted by cannabis plants that affect the smell, taste, and effects of the bud. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, with every strain having a unique terpene type and profile. A strain like Super Lemon Haze, for example, will have a noticeable lemon smell and taste because of its high Limonene terpene content. Terpenes also influence the effects of a strain. Using the previous example, Limonene has been shown to reduce inflammation and result in an elevated mood.
NuVue Rharma proudly manufactures concentrates at its own, state-of-the-art extraction lab, RMExtracts. With the flexibility that comes from having our own products manufacturing facility, we are able to offer a wide range of concentrates including wax, shatter, budder, sugar, terp sauce, THCa crystals, THCa diamonds, live resin, BSE, and caviar. More information about RMExtracts and the types of concentrates we make can be found on the “extraction services” page on our website.
The maximum allowable dosage for a single serving of an edible is 10 milligrams of THC. As such, we recommend that infrequent cannabis users, meaning those with low tolerances, start by consuming no more than 10 milligrams of THC in an edible at a time. However, it goes without saying that cannabis affects everybody differently, and only you will be able to determine what amount is right for you.
The word “Cannabis” technically encompasses both Hemp and Marijuana. But the difference between the two lies in how Hemp and Marijuana plants are selectively bred for the end product, specifically THC content. Hemp is defined as having no more than 0.3% of delta-9 THC concentration on a dry-weight basis, whereas Marijuana is defined as having more than 0.3% delta-9 THC concentration. Therefore, Marijuana tends to be far more psychoactive than Hemp.
NuVue offers three tiers of high-quality cannabis: Imperial, King, and Royal. Our Imperial shelf flower is the leading standard in cannabis. This shelf offers the most potent, full, aromatic, and terpene-rich buds in the business. Our King shelf is also worthy of its name. King buds are taken from the top cuts of our plants for their size, smell, color, and trichome development. Finally, our Royal shelf offers quality, well-rounded bud at bargain prices. In addition to our three shelves, NuVue offers a wide range of prepackaged bud at low cost.
We currently accept debits cards through our cashless ATM machines, but all of our locations also have ATM machines available on site in the lobby for cash withrdawals.
Yes. Out-of-state residents may purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower. While you do not have to be a resident to buy recreational marijuana, only Colorado residents can acquire a medical marijuana card. Also remember that it is illegal to transport marijuana outside of the state.
The terms “medical” and “recreational” in the context of marijuana simply refer to the two classes of consumers who can legally purchase marijuana. To shop at a medical dispensary, a consumer must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid marijuana patient registry card. To shop at a recreational dispensary, a consumer must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid government-issued ID. Medical patients are able to purchase larger quantities of product than recreational consumers, but the quality of the marijuana purchased is the same across our shelves.
Acceptable forms of identification are limited to the following:
• An operator’s, chauffeur’s or similar type driver’s license, including a temporary license, issued by any state within the United States, District of Columbia, or any U.S. territory;
• An identification card, including a temporary identification card, issued by any state within the United States, District of Columbia, or any U.S. territory, for the purpose of proof of age using requirements similar to those in sections 42-2-302 and 42-2-303 of C.R.S.;
• A U.S. military identification card or any other identification card issued by the U.S. government, including but not limited to a permanent resident card, alien registration card, or consular card;
• A passport or passport identification card; or
• An enrollment card issued by the governing authority of a federally recognized Indian tribe, if the enrollment card incorporates proof of age requirements similar to sections 42-2-302 and 42-2-303, C.R.S.
The I.D. must be in a sufficiently good condition such that NuVue is able to confirm the age and identity of the consumer.
Yes, so long as it is in a sealed container. Driving under the influence of marijuana, however, is illegal and can result in a DUI.
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