THCV Update: Doug’s Varin Strain

Doug's Varin Strain

Doug’s Varin Strain

Steep Hill Halent has finished analyzing kief from Doug’s Varin strain. Below are 2 lab reports; the first is unheated, and the second decarboxylated.

In the unheated sample, the THCA:THCVA ratio is a whopping 5:4, with 19% THCA and 15% THCVA. This means that each gram of this kief contains 190mg of THCA and 150mg of THCVA. This ratio is the lowest we have seen in this strain as other samples previously tested had slightly more THCVA than THCA.

Also note the 1.5% Myrcene. This large amount of Myrcene allows THC and THCV to enter the brain more quickly and in larger concentrations. Normally, with that level of Myrcene content, one would expect the kief to have a strong couch lock effect, but as it turns out, the extremely energetic effects of THCV negate the couch lock effect entirely.

When consumed, Doug’s Varin is exceptionally robust in its energetic properties, and also highly appetite suppressive. It is also very clear-headed, similar to Super Silver Haze, except Doug’s Varin delivers a more energetic reaction over a shorter duration as compared to Super Silver Haze.

The mother plant of this exceedingly rare strain has now been stabilized by three different expert horticulturists, who ultimately plan to release this strain for use in treatment of P.T.S.D., Parkinson’s, and other ailments for which it is exceptionally suited.


Doug’s Varin Kief

Download full PDF report — Doug’s Varin Kief


Doug’s Varin Kief – Decarboxylated

Download full PDF report — Doug’s Varin Kief [Decarboxylated]

Read more — THCV: The Sports Car of Cannabinoids

Rev. Dr. Kymron deCesare Chief Research Officer Steep Hill Halent

NextMarket Podcast: A Look at the PotTech Landscape with Steep Hill Halent’s Dave Lampach

NextMarket Podcast with Michael Wolf
Guest: David Lampach, Steep Hill Halent.

“While Mike doesn’t use pot, he’s been fascinated to watch the unfolding of a new legal market for it in his home state of Washington after voters approved the legal sale of pot at retail in 2012.

So when he was pitched a chat with Steep Hill’s CEO Dave Lampach, he said why not? After all, there’s a good chance legal market will be a multibillion market in the coming years, and there’s a gold rush in terms of new VC and investor money pouring into the pot-tech space.”

A big thank you to Michael Wolf for making this happen. Listen to more NextMarket podcasts at:

Purple Phenotypes in Cannabis

gdp2Granddaddy Purple trichomes

Purple Phenotypes refer to plants that express ‘purple’ chlorophyll. Some plants developed this as a survival strategy in low-light environments.

For the most part, purple phenotypes may be divided into two basic categories. In the first category, the plant automatically starts producing the purple color at a specific time in the plant’s life cycle. In other words, it is a pre-programed event that the plant consistently activates; many growers are familiar with this.

The second category of purple phenotypes is triggered by temperature. When nighttime temperatures drop to (or below) 55 °F for at least 3-4 days, it triggers the production of the purple chlorophyll. This is why, especially for sativas with lengthy flowering times grown outdoors, some cannabis strains start changing color in late October and early November. These winter months are colder with shorter days. Once the purple chlorophyll production process has started, if temperatures rise, the purple chlorophyll remains. Some of Steep Hill Halent’s clients have learned that chilling indoor grows with an air conditioner while their plants are resting during their dark time works well to express this purple color characteristic.

Purple phenotypes basically come in 3 different colors: purple, red-brown, and bluish purple (indigo). Distinguishing the difference between these colors is useful in typing phenotypes.


Purple Urkle [flower] HPLC Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Profile. Note high concentrations of Myrcene, indicating indica, or couch-lock effects.

Download full PDF report — Purple Urkle

Read more — Indica or Sativa: Here’s How to Know

HIGH TIMES Panels and July Update

Rev. Dr. Kymron deCesare (Chief Research Officer) speaks on the HIGH TIMES Health Panel

Addison deMoura (Founder and COO) speaks on the HIGH TIMES Dab Panel

We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who had a chance to stop by our booth last weekend at the HIGH TIMES cup, also to the HIGH TIMES staff for hosting the convention. Also, we hope you had a great Independence Day!

We had a chance to showcase our brand new QuantaCann 2 and can’t wait to begin shipping these units out to the public. Our management team had a chance to take the unit to Jamaica over the last week for some consultation work, we’ll see about getting photos up. Safari, anyone?

- THCV Update: Doug’s Varin Strain
- Mycotoxins, Molds, and Cannabis
- CBN: The Ambien of Cannabinoids
- Purple Phenotypes in Cannabis

HT141Rev. Dr. Kymron deCesare consults with patients attending the convention.

HT142QuantaCann 2 on display.

HT144Mathew Shoemaker (Sales Associate) answers questions for HIGH TIMES attendees.

HIGH TIMES: Exclusive Contracted Testing Laboratory


We are pleased to announce that we have completed arrangements with HIGH TIMES and are proud to be the exclusive contracted testing laboratory for the HIGHTIMES 2014-2015 Cannabis Cups.

This partnership brings together two of the cannabis industry’s premier organizations: the largest media agency and publishing company as well as the largest analytics and quality assurance laboratory. We thank HIGH TIMES for the opportunity, and our family of clients, collective dispensaries, and product producers who make our work possible.

In a effort to raise awareness and set a standard in cannabis testing, we will be providing liquid chromatography cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles for each sample, as well as mycotoxin screening, and residual solvent analysis for solvent concentrates.

We look forward to connecting with you at the cup. Stop by our booth to submit samples for testing, pick up some fresh fruit and water, and learn more about cannabis analytics.

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