Cannabis Analysis

Brian C. Smith
Brian C. Smith, PhD, is Founder, CEO, and Chief Technical Officer of Big Sur Scientific in Capitola, California. The “Cannabis Analysis” column introduces the cannabis industry to the basic concepts of analytical chemistry. Seasoned scientists will also benefit from reading this column because it provides a refresher on important basic topics, introduces instrumental techniques they might not be familiar with, and is a place to discover new applications.

Cannabis Voices

Guest interviewees
Interviews with thought-leaders across a wide range of topics in the cannabis industry including analytical methods, extraction, biopharma, legal issues, and more.

Extraction Science

Lo Friesen is the founder, CEO, and Chief Extractor of Heylo. With a background in chemistry and clinical research, Lo was inspired to explore cannabis as medicine and to enter the emerging industry. Throughout the year, this column will highlight the important aspects of extraction and the science behind the different techniques.

Navigating the Lab

Patricia Atkins
Columnist Patricia Atkins is a Scientist and Global Product Manager for Spex, an Antylia company, and a member of both the AOAC and ASTM committees for cannabis. This column will deal with the challenges of different laboratory and quality practices and how those challenges apply to the cannabis industry along with tips and advice to navigate around them.

Tech Innovations

Columnist David Hodes has written for many cannabis publications, and organized or moderated sessions at national and international cannabis trade shows. He was voted the 2018 Journalist of the Year by Americans for Safe Access, the world’s largest medical cannabis advocacy organization. In the “Tech Innovations” columns, Hodes will present the latest technology developments in processing/manufacturing, extraction, and cultivation.

The Cultivation Classroom

Learn about the various aspects of cultivation in this column, featuring interviews with experts from different sides of the cultivation process as well as thoughtful commentary from co-columnists Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE, a Senior Energy Engineer at Energy Resources Integration, LLC; Zac Hildenbrand, PhD, professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, the principal founder of Inform Environmental, a partner of Medusa Analytical, and a director of the Curtis Mathes Corporation; and Hannia Mendoza, an MS Chemistry student at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Retired Column


Josh Crossney

Former columnist Josh Crossney was a contributing editor to Cannabis Science and Technology magazine and the former president and CEO of CSC Events. In the “Cannabis Crossroads” column, Crossney interviewed leading experts in the cannabis industry, offering special insight into the different areas of cannabis research and development.