In front of the audience, duo Matt and Sam Marino of North Dakota-based Homeland Hempcrete broke up the mixing process in the pond, then poured hemp concrete into a short wall frame where the material had solidified.
Matt, founder and president of Homeland Hempcrete, said the concrete screed serves as an insulating filler in buildings.
“This wall is framed very similarly to how a traditional wall is framed,” he said. “So, it’s just a microscopic measure of a standard hemp concrete installation.”
Nicole Phoenix, CSC’s director of education, said a conversation with Matt on LinkedIn led to a visit to Homeland Hempcrete and the larger three-hour, cannabis-focused open house at CSC’s new Independence campus in Ohio.
On Hemp Day, many professionals in the cultivation of hemp, hemp and cultivation gave demonstrations, such as one hemp concreting and another about composting from Rid-All Green Partnership; educational materials; hemp-derived products; and networking opportunities with current and potential CSC students and alumni, and the public.
The five-year college curriculum includes classes on industrial hemp and CBD, gardening, dispensary operations, processing and more, and graduate certification. In addition to traditional classes and hands-on education in the cooking and extraction of cannabis, CSC aims to refine practical cannabis cultivation education after recently obtaining a cannabis research license from the state of Ohio; The college has a hydroponic room of approximately 500 square feet that currently includes horticultural plants but will house hemp.
“You can come in [and see]“Oh, that’s a tide. This is the water drip system. This is deep water culture,” said Phoenix. “Students can go in, see it, learn it, play with it, smell it.”
Hemp Day marked the latest in a series of nearly monthly open houses the school has hosted since COVID-19 cases and restrictions eased from their peak, and in January the school moved from multiple floors of Independence Tower to its new single-story home—a story built less than half a mile down the street.
“We had a lively cannabis community in our school, and we struggled to bring it back, and just having these events is fun and interactive,” Phoenix said.
Matt said Homeland Hemprete hopes that attending events like Hemp Day at CSC will raise awareness of hemp concrete among current and potential hemp growers, processors and builders, as the material provides benefits such as sustainable service as a carbon sink.
He added that there are gaps in the industrial supply chain of cannabis, such as farmers’ reluctance to grow it unless the processor is willing to buy it.
Sam, who is involved in various aspects of the Homeland Hempcrete business, said some treatments are supplying builders with too-large solids to make hemp concrete.
“I’m like, ‘That’s way too big. “We don’t stick that to the wall,” she said. ‘et al – none, like [with] Small pieces and a bunch of fibers in it. And we don’t want that either.”
“I know there are always people looking for opportunities, and there are a lot of them out there,” he said. “You just have to figure out what is interesting to you and start asking questions and start learning, because we are all learning now. This has been trial and error for years.”
Registration of medical patients
Also on Cannabis Day, Dr. Bridget Cole Williams, MD, owner of Green Harvest Health, conducted medical consultations on cannabis. (The use of cannabis for adults is not illegal in Ohio.)
Originally from Detroit, Cole Williams has spent part of her career as a physician at the Cleveland Clinic. About 15 years ago, she had a patient who survived breast cancer and was newly diagnosed with diabetes. The patient praised cannabis, although Cole Williams did not believe in its benefits at first.
“I saw her transform in front of me,” Cole Williams said. “So, there, that’s it. So when [medical cannabis] Becoming legal in Ohio, I knew I wanted to [prescribe] But I also wanted to do what my patients had always asked – personalized medicine – and time. Go figure, right? Not the 15-minute diagnosis, the pill, the diagnosis, the pill. So, I created something that I like to think is more elegant.”
Cole Williams is also life coaches and Sell CBD from Green Harvest Health offices in Pickerington and Berea, Ohio, and in December 2021 released the book, “Courage in Cannabis: An Anthology of Inspirational Stories Written by Heroes.”
She began teaching at CSC in 2019 on topics such as cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, and patient experiences. She now works as an educational advisor for outreach to the college.
About Cannabis Day, Cole Williams said: “It’s like walking down memory lane because I see all these people who have had some influence on my experience with cannabis. It’s a small community.”
Everyone on the Kana bus
Parked in front of the CSC on the day of cannabis was Fumoir . Green Roomshop in a restored 1993 public school bus painted aqua.
Dana Ferrell, the bus’s current owner, finished work on it in May.
But the Fumoir Green Room wasn’t always a bus. Ferrell began selling boutique products through the business three years ago, starting with vendor offerings.
Ferrell says about the vendors who source The Green Room Fumoir’s various products, which include CBD products, coffee mugs, hookahs, and candles.
Among the vendors participating in the Cannabis Day was Blue Planet ChocolateChocolate Factory of Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Laura Armstrong and Annie Potts are chocolatiers in training at Blue Planet and a recent graduate of CSC with degrees from the college’s cannabis dispensary and Executive Program tracks, respectively. On Hemp Day, they reached out to college students, teachers, and the public, selling the company’s various chocolate bars that contained cannabinoids like CBD, delta-8 THC, and cannabinol (CBN), and additional ingredients like melatonin and valerian root.
Regarding Hemp Day, Armstrong said, “I think networking is the best part, and then just getting to know other people at other companies.”
Potts said she believes more opportunities are becoming available to current and potential cannabis professionals in Ohio, although on the THC-rich side, the state is still limited to being medical only.
“I think once they figure out how to organize and control it [cannabis]I think all states are going to … realize the revenue they’re missing out on and how much it’s going to benefit the state, because that’s no different for people who drink drinks,” Potts said.
Shagreen Valley Cannabis Company (CVHC), a cannabis processor, extractor and manufacturer that works with several other cannabis companies such as Blue Planet, is the laboratory that CSC is involved with in hands-on education.
Fenix owns CVHC along with Benjamin Moidell, CVHC Partner and CEO, who spoke with Cannabis Business Times On Hemp Day about the importance of education.
Moidell said behind his company’s booth, which has a range of cannabis and cannabis-related posts on he-she.
He said he was impressed by the turnout and noted the number of alumni who attended, adding, “It’s really great to see the former students of the school actively involved in the cannabis industry and add value.”