Perfecting cannabis with Michael Backes
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A common issue that is present in the cannabis market is the inconsistency of products. As an agricultural crop, it can be tricky for suppliers to deliver the same product to consumers time and again, and this is one of the areas that Michael Backes, our guest for today's episode, is tackling through his work at Perfect Blends!

In our chat, Michael shares his personal journey into the cannabis space, and how his history of migraines aided him in discovering the powers of medical marijuana. From there, he talks about opening his first dispensary, and the basics of what we currently know about terpenes. We also get to grips with some important terminology, before Michael shares a few tips for healthier cannabis use.

One of the simplest and most helpful takeaways from Michael is the usefulness of our noses, and as Michael reminds us, that was all he used to have to help him identify different strains! We finish off this illuminating conversation considering where Perfect is headed next and the importance of regulating the supply chain in the space before we touch in with Debbie Churgai for our AFSA segment.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A few of Perfect's innovative products!
  • Michael's issues with migraines and how this led to him rediscovering cannabis. 
  • The dispensary that Michael opened in Eagle Rock in 2006.
  • Michael shares some of his insight and research into what we know about terpenes. 
  • Tracing and verifying different famous strains in today's climate.  
  • Michael unpacks the meaning of the terms 'chemovar' and 'cultivar'.  
  • Thoughts on how to treat and care for your cannabis products.
  • Sipping instead of ripping; Michael shares the safest smoking practices.  
  • The challenges of building a better medical cannabis model.  
  • Looking to the short term-term future with Michael and what to expect from Perfect!
  • How Perfect is tackling the issue of consistency with their products.  
  • The need for more care and control over the supply chain in the cannabis space.  
  • Today's AFSA segment featuring a rundown of the organization's mission. 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Michael Backes on Instagram
Cannabis Pharmacy
Pick Me Up Infused Mini Preroll 3-packs
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Storz & Bickel
Alien Labs
Emerald Cup
Debbie Churgai on LinkedIn
Americans for Safe Access

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