Scientists say cannabis could help treat Covid-19 and those with ‘long-covid’

Scientists say cannabis could help treat Covid-19 and those with ‘long-covid’


By Dan Taylor, Trilogy Marketing Coordinator

ELLICOTT CITY, Md- Scientists are seeing a direct correlation when it comes to cannabis helping patients with COVID-19 and what’s been called “long-covid” or people who experience symptoms for months.

According to a report in Leafly, frequent cannabis users who inhale the product, were able to suppress what’s called “cytokine storms”. This occurs in patients with COVID and can lead to severe respiratory distress and organ failure.

Although many patients recover from COVID just fine, not everyone does. Some of the “Long COVID” or “long haulers” have symptoms that include heart issues, fatigue, PTSD, and decrease appetite. But the article also points out that there were mixed results in several other separate studies that suggested cannabis use increased infection rates or caused more people do die from the respiratory disease.

Scientists say in this latest study by MDPI, a particular enzyme receptor called ACE2 binds to SARS-CoV-2, but certain cannabinoids found in cannabis, help block or reduce the virus’ ability to infect people.

Authors of the study do caution that these studies are in their early stages and that more research needs to be done

Read more on how cannabis may be able to reduce your chances of infection by limiting some of these factors.



By: Dan Taylor, Trilogy Wellness Marketing Coordinator 

A new report shows that the U.S. cannabis industry is exploding with full-time jobs, averaging some 280 per day. 

A newly released, joint-investigation by Leafly and Whitney Economics, discovered that as of January 2022, there more 428,059 full-time cannabis employees nationwide. Whitney Economics is considered the country’s top cannabis employment study. 

Federal prohibition prevents the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics from counting state-legal cannabis jobs. 

That means there are more cannabis jobs than firefighters, insurance agents, and bank tellers in America. 

It marks the fifth year in a row where cannabis jobs grew more than 27% in a $25 billion dollar U.S. industry. 

Those jobs in the canna industry included not only growers and processors, but human resources, sales, marketing, public relations, and lobbyists. 

In 2017 alone, both Leafly and Whitney Economics found that full-time cannabis jobs in the U.S. were at  more than 120,000. That’s more than triple what it is today. 

If California were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest economy. The state is leading in cannabis sales and jobs. Some 83,000 people are fully employed in California’s canna industry. The state brings in more than $5 billion in annual cannabis sales. 

The appetite for Americans to buy legal cannabis is also high when it comes to common household foods such as beer, wine, milk, and orange juice. The report found that cannabis ranked fourth among such products. 

Maryland Stands Out: Cannabis Arrests Rates Dip Below National Average in Progressive Trend

Maryland Stands Out: Cannabis Arrests Rates Dip Below National Average in Progressive Trend


By: Dan Taylor, Trilogy Wellness Marketing Coordinator

ELLICOTT CITY, Md- As social justice comes to the forefront during Black History Month, a report shows that Maryland is below a nationwide trend when it comes to the disparities of cannabis arrests of African Americans. But some Maryland counties are well above the national average.

A study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union, shows that African-Americans are 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than whites. And in some cases, states and local counties are double if not triple the national average.

Maryland is among twenty-six states that are below the national average. According to the ACLU, in Maryland, African Americans are 2.1 times likely to be arrested for cannabis possession. However, some Maryland counties are trending in the exact opposite direction.

In Carroll and Frederick counties, African Americans are more than double the national average, with Black folks are seven times more likely to be arrested in Carroll and six times more likely to be arrested in Frederick for cannabis possession.

States such as Montana and Kentucky, showed African Americans were almost ten times likely to be arrested for cannabis than whites.

The ACLU discovered that more than six million cannabis related arrests between 2010-2018. Law enforcement made almost 700,000 cannabis arrests in 2018. Those arrests accounted for 43% of all drug arrests.


Trilogy Team Tours Evermore Grow and Processing Plants

Trilogy Team Tours Evermore Grow and Processing Plants

By: Dan Taylor

Trilogy Marketing Coordinator

BALTIMORE-No two commercial cannabis grows are made the same. This became evident as our Trilogy Wellness team had the chance to tour Evermore’s grow and processing plants.

Some of the terms and procedures that I had learned at the Kind Therapeutics grow site, became familiar with me the second time around at Evermore. But each grow and processing site takes a different approach.

A lot of indoor grows are something that the public would never know about. It turns out that when I lived in north Baltimore, I was a stone’s throw from the grow. Most grow operations want to keep it that was as to not draw attention from the work being done.

Evermore flower has always tended to be a bit fruity than most strains which peaked my interest years ago after obtaining my medical card. Gary Nusinov, Senior Vice President of Cultivation at Evermore, said he and the head growers like more of the fruity flavored cultivars. You can see it in their strains with names like Blueberry Dumplingz, Lucky Orchard, and Peach Zeason.

Genetics and Pheno Hunting:

What sets Evermore apart from most growers in Maryland, is their focus on genetics and pheno hunts to find the perfect cultivars to grow. The company wanted to break-in to that space. The result is some of the most consistent and robust cannabis east of the Mississippi.

Head growers, Tom Klasssen and Austin Weiskittel, set out in 2016 when Evermore opened, to produce some of the best breeding work in the state. It paid off as an in-house breeding project has helped the company produce some incredible genetics. Klasssen says he hopes to keep banking genetics in an effort to one day after a vast genetic library as he puts it.

Klassen says that they have nine flowering rooms where they plant and harvest one every week.

Flash Frozen Flower:

This part of our tour really captured my attention. I had always read about flash frozen and why those live resin and rosin vape carts taste so amazing. We learned from Will Reckner, Vice President of Processing & Extractions, that the top part of the plant is cut and flash frozen. This technique preserves all the terpenes and cannabinoids. Workers could be seen feeding fresh cannabis into a machine. No hanging, no drying. Workers carried massive buckets of the flower into a freezer. Reckner says Evermore says itself apart from the pack with this technique.

He says that the big difference in live resin and live rosin is butane. Butane gases are used to extract live resin. This is done is an extraction room due to the danger of flammable gases. All solvents used for concentrates are later removed in the curing process.

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Grow West Facility Tour by Adam Scher

Grow West Facility Tour by Adam Scher

In August I had a wonderful opportunity to tour the growing facilities at Grow West. The tour was very impressive and left a great impression on me. Grow West by far sets the standards in my eyes on how flower should be grown in a mass production setting.

Stop 1. Mother Room.

The first room on our tour was the mother room. At Grow West they use clippings from the mothers to start their new plants–they do not grow from seeds. These mothers are rotated every 4-5 months with new mothers replacing the old ones. They feel that after 4 months the plants start undergoing more stress from growing which effects the quality of the cuttings they are trimming to create new plants. Keeping a steady stream of younger plants is leading to better quality sprouts from the cuttings. After being trimmed, the cuttings are transferred to an “Aeroponic” tub to stimulate healthy root growth.

Stop 2. Aeroponics.

The difference between aeroponic and hydroponic is that with “aeroponics” the roots are suspended in a pocked of air above the water instead of being submerged in the water. The “aeroponic” beds have misters built in that spray the roots of the plants with water from the bin as well as enzyme that are added to help stimulate growth. I believe the grower said they prefer using aeroponics because it leads to better quality roots and faster. As you can see in the photo below, the roots of this cutting are white and healthy.

Stop 3. Young Cuttings.

When the roots of the cuttings have grown out and are healthy–its time to get potted. In the next part of the tour we were taking to a room with young cuttings.

Stop 4. Warm LED Lights.

During this early stage of growth, the plants are being grown with LED lights in a large warm room with high humidity. The growers work very hard to inspect all plants making sure there are no insect infestations, molds, or fungus. At each stage of growth the plants are giving a specially designed blend of water with enzymes to help promote growth and production of colas.

After growing about 10-12 inches, the plants are transported to the next room. This room uses LED lighting with a warm temperature but with slightly lower humidity. Throughout the growth cycle the humidity will gradually be decreased. While the plants are young, the higher humidity helps the plants to take in more water and enzymes through their leaves which will help the plant further develop. Decreasing humidity is also important as it can help prevent mold and fungus from growing. As the plant is growing and the leaves are getting bigger, there is more area for mold and fungus to grow on making it very important to control the humidity levels.

As the plants grow, they are trimmed from bottom up. This helps the plant save energy to focus on growing healthier leaves and flowering. I tried to get a nice shot but these two kept getting in the way!

Stop 5. Middle Growth Stage.

In the next room, the plants were put under a different style of lighting that removes blue spectrums. This room also happened to be very warm. The different phases of growth do best with different styles of lighting.

During this middle growth stage the plants branches are spread out using the wire that runs across the grow troughs. What they are doing is spreading the leaves out away from the center so the main stem area gets more lighting. They are also working on getting the plant to grow out wide rather than tall.

In the photo below we can see the plants are in their flowering stage. The colas on the plants were very thick and some were dripping with resin. Despite the yellow from the lights, it was quite a sight to behold. And very smelly.

Stop 6. Pre-Harvest.

The next part of the tour was the rooms in which the plants undergo the last part of their growth cycle before being harvested. In this room the plants were put under white led lights and a cooler temperature. The focus is making sure the plants are focusing their energy on growing and maintaining the colas. As you can see, the plants have grown in a short and wide manner due to having the stems spread out using the wires running across the troughs. The colors and aromas from these rooms was mesmerizing.

Stop 7. Drying, Curing & Storage.

After the plants are harvested, its off to drying and curing. During the first part of the drying process, the stems are hung from a wire with a colas dangling down. They will remain in this dry room for up to a week before the final cure and trim processes. After drying its off for trimming then finally to storage. I did not take any photos of the employees trimming. They were using a variety of techniques such as hand trimming and using a tumbler machine for their gold bags. After trimming it was off to storage. So many bags of flower! It was quite a sight to see so much cannabis being stored in a room. One part of the tour I was not allowed to take pictures of was bubble hash room. Grow West is currently working on producing bubble hash which they hope will be available soon. The employees were making hash from several different strains. The end result looks like piles of sludge. It was quite interesting. Look forward to trying the product in the future.

Stop 8. Outdoor Grow.

The last part of the grow tour was the outdoor area which will be used for concentrate production. The head grower who led the tour was not in favor of selling outdoor flower for smoking insisting there’s too many issues such as insects, molds, and fungus that are hard to manage and that only a select few of the outdoor plants would ever be good enough in his eyes for smoking. He does not believe Maryland has the climate for growing outdoor cannabis to the quality it needs to be for smoking. On an interesting note, he did mention that outdoor plants actually tend to have higher THC percentages partially due to the amount of sun the plants get.

This was a very educational and interesting tour. Learned a lot about Grow West and I came away appreciating their products much more. Overall I felt that they were a good company and it looked like the employees were enjoying working there – lots of smiles. Grow West is one of the largest employees for the town of Cumberland, they play an important role in that community. If you look behind us, you may notice a hill – that hill is West Virginia! They were located right on the border of MD & WV, I thought that was cool. There is so much more to their grow process than what I can remember. I would encourage every to try to go on the next tour and please make sure to carpool – it was a long drive but the education was worth it. SHOP GROW WEST HERE.