MJBizDaily’s Take on Irradiation

U.S. Consumers and Growers Remain Concerned About Cannabis Treated With Ionizing Radiation

“Cannabis irradiation poses quandary for growers, scares consumers” by David Hodes of MJBizDaily explores the reasons why some cannabis cultivators feel forced to irradiate their flower despite the potential harm it could cause their product and their customer base. Hodes talks with laboratories in the U.S., as well as European cultivators, to learn why consumers remain wary of cannabis treated with ionizing radiation and what U.S. regulators can learn from the microbial guidelines of established cannabis markets.

Germany Cannabis Exporting/Importing Requirements

Germany Set To Replace Canada as Largest Legal Cannabis Market in the World

In April 2023, after talks with EU lawmakers, Germany announced its plans for cannabis legalization. Though these plans are not as accelerated as many hoped, they pave a clear pathway for Germany to replace Canada as the largest legal cannabis market in the world within the next decade.

Included in this first round of recreational legislation are state-controlled, non-profit social clubs that can cultivate and sell cannabis to a limit of 500 members, similar to Spain’s current adult-use structure. Individuals are also allowed to grow up to three plants of their own.Germany also included plans to authorize a limited number of dispensaries in certain cities for the next five years. During that time, officials and regulators will study the impact of these shops on the country’s consumption habits and black market activity before determining the next step in nationwide cannabis legalization.

Cannabis Learning Center

Featured in "Processing" in the Cannabis Learning Center

The Cannabis Learning Center, is a free educational platform provided by NJ Cannabis Consulting that fosters the development of the cannabis industry. Ziel has created educational videos and microbiology overviews that help users understand the risks of microbes and pathogens in cannabis, and how to safely remediate them using Radio Frequency. View our learning hub in the link below. 

Challenges Importing or Cultivating Cannabis in Europe?

Familiarize Yourself with a Radio Frequency Solution for Mold Issues

Cannabis regulatory compliance is shifting away from ionizing radiation (X-ray) mold treatment toward an organic, non-ionizing and more cost-effective solution—Radio Frequency (RF).

RF uses a thermal process to kill mold and pathogens, and unlike X-ray, E-beam or gamma radiation – all ionizing technologies - it doesn’t change the molecular structure of the plant. Instead, it activates the plant’s water molecules, causing them to oscillate and generate enough heat to kill microbes with minimal impact on cannabinoid and terpene content.

This organic, non-chemical approach is an ideal solution for budding European markets, most of which follow a pharmaceutical model with standards based on European Union Good Manufacturing Processes (EU GMP). Based on this model, Germany has already established that any medicinal products treated with ionizing radiation technologies must receive an AMRadV license. The process to secure this license can take up to 18 months and costs EUR 5,000 per strain.

Click the button below to read more about European cannabis regulations, the future of Germany’s market and its impact on the EU, and why RF is the best mold treatment solution for those looking to cultivate cannabis within the EU, or exporting cannabis to the EU.

Colombia Approves Cannabis Flower for Export

Why Radio Frequency is the Ideal Remediation for the Colombian Market

With 12 hours of sun year-round, Colombia is an ideal growing environment for large-scale outdoor cultivation.  However, growing outdoors also creates risk - opportunities for microbial pathogens to flourish.  And how do you move high volumes of flower through a remediation solution efficiently and effectively?

Ziel’s radio frequency solution with APEX efficiently solves these problems, allowing cultivators to meet microbial regulatory compliance standards for export markets.  With 3X the throughput of competing technologies, you won’t experience operational bottlenecks.  And APEX also has the lowest-cost remediation solution per kilogram, keeping your operating costs down.

Colombia primarily exports to the EU, which favors non-ionizing technologies. Read more about the growing Colombian market, their microbial regulations, and why Ziel’s Radio Frequency remediation is the ideal solution for cultivators seeking to export to the EU.

Be Careful at the Bodega

Why a remediation ‘kill step’ is necessary for cannabis.

New York’s Medical Cannabis Industry Association commissioned a report on recreational cannabis products sold in over 20 illicit retail stores in New York City.  More than 40% of the products purchased failed for microbial contaminants and lead, representing an alarming health risk to consumers.

Choosing a Remediation Technology for Your Cannabis?

Post-harvest can be a frustrating time for growers. Ziel can help!

The Future of Cannabis Sterilization

“The Future of Cannabis Sterilization” written by Kenneth Morrow, takes a high-level look at what issues cultivators face after their harvest. Post-harvest processes have yet to be defined for the industry and choosing the correct remediation technology will ensure producers can meet state microbial regulatory compliance.

Radio Frequency Patent

Radio Frequency Patent Kills Microbial Life, Keeps Terpenes and THC Intact.

Patented RF technology shows promise for cannabis and hemp decontamination.

Surviving in the cannabis regulations can be a real doozie. Even vigilant cultivators occasionally have to deal with yeast, and other pathogens, which make a crop unsellable. Remediation usually means a loss of terpenes or potency, but Ziel has secured the first patent for the innovative process of microbial reduction through radio frequency technology.