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Folks in North America are beginning to enjoy a wide variety of edible cannabis products (due to prescription or legalization) without having to worry about where the edibles came from, whether they’re way too strong or if they contain other intoxicating substances. In short, legitimate companies are bringing edibles out of the lot scene at a Phish concert and into the living rooms of responsible adults.   

While many cannabis enthusiasts will feel like kids in a candy shop due to legalization, there’s just one problem – they may well literally feel like kids in a candy shop. Virtually all edibles seem to come in the form of gummies, chocolates, hard candies and so forth. Some adults may feel infantilized by all this candy; others may simply not want to consume sugary candy at all. 

Smoke-free cannabis products are definitely a fantastic option for health-conscious individuals looking to relax and enjoy themselves, but it is becoming clear as culture acclimatizes to legalization that more options are needed that don’t invoke memories of trick-or-treating. The development of savoury edibles, infused teas and flavourless additives will certainly attract a number of consumers who might otherwise skip the cannabis trend altogether. 

Gourmands looking to enjoy the relaxing, mildly euphoric effects of cannabis will rejoice at the news that flavourless cannabis additives are in development – additives that won’t mess with that perfect recipe. Whether it’s slow-cooked pork, baked eggplant, linguine alla puttanesca or green salad with albacore tuna, additives can be integrated with any meal to add a light buzz to your Friday night meal. Entrepreneurs are catching wind of the demand for this kind of product and in addition to your own culinary creations, you’ll get a myriad of delicious ideas from Olli Brands.       

Exercise fanatics on a strict high-protein paleo diet can’t be messing around with chocolates and candies, so the advent of additives and infused teas definitely provide an attractive alternative. Integrating additive with baked sweet potato, lean steak or throwing right in your protein shake will make for a relaxing post-workout reward and amplify the pleasant endorphin rush. 

Baristas, mixologists, and those with a deeper appreciation of beverages will also enjoy the option to add a flavourless Cannabis additive to their favourite drinks without altering the flavour. Enjoying iced tea, juice or a tasty mocktail with additive in it can be a refreshing and relaxing experience. Furthermore, drinking cannabis-infused herbal tea is an extremely relaxing way to get a pleasant buzz going at the end of a long day. Nursing your tea slowly while reading a book and listening to chill music could be the ultimate night in! 

As pot grows up a bit and adults who were wary of breaking the law get curious, companies will certainly get innovative in catering to this emerging market. With less hard drinking and more responsible enjoyment of cannabis, western society might be able to slow down for a minute and enjoy the present moment.  

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Hey Team! I'm sorry your mentor hasn't had a chance to respond to you yet. I hope you don't mind if I step in for a minute.

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[Mentor name], what do you think? Is there anything else you would add?

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Hey Mentors! I will be your Liaison for this session - I will communicate closely with the Teacher for this group and generally keep an eye on all of the projects. Tomorrow the students will be logging on for the first time (~12:45 pm). It would be great if you went ahead and introduced yourself on the project page. A good post would include your name, identifying yourself as the mentor, a little bit about what you do as a scientist, and maybe something fun (like pets you have or your hobbies).

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Hello Mentors,

Remember to check in on your teams this week. They are starting to post results from their experiments and are eager to get some feedback! Also, if you have not subscribed to project feed updates yet, please do so! You can do this by navigating to your team's project page and clicking on "Subscribe to feed updates" in the upper right.

-Julia Chapman, Mentor-Teacher Liaison

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Hi, I'm Rachel. I grew up in Montana and am currently an undergraduate student at Colorado State University. I study a certain type of plant that could be used to clean up polluted ecosystems. We call these plants "hyperaccumulators," because they can accumulate large concentrations of toxins. The process of using plants such as hyperaccumulators to get toxins out of the environment is called "phytoremediation."

When I'm not in class or in the lab, I really enjoy running, hiking, drawing, photography, and reading. But I also love doing plant science, and I'm excited to learn and experiment alongside you!

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Hi, my name is Callie. I am a graduate student studying Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.

I am interested in how forest ecosystems respond to disturbance. A disturbance is a change in a plant's environment, and can be caused by a fire, a tornado, someone cutting down trees, and more. I want to know whether the soil carbon respiration is changed after these disturbances, and how long it takes for trees to grow in a disturbance so that it is no different than an undisturbed forest. I spend a lot of time outdoors measuring plants and soil to answer these questions.

Some of my hobbies include photographing plants, playing with my two cats, and reading fantasy books.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my research or what it is like to be a scientist. I look forward to working with you!

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Hi! I'm Andries Temme. I work as a Postdoc at the University of Georgia. In my work as a postdoc I study the genomic and physiological basis of environmental stress resistance in plants in order to meet growing food security challenges. Next to my exciting research I enjoy running, the great outdoors and a lot of good coffee.

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I want to use common sugary household liquid X on my plants.

First of all, why do you think you'd like to use this liquid on your plants? Do plants come in contact with this material or ingredients in this material in nature? Before we decide to pour random liquids on plants just to "see if they'll grow," let's think about reasons we might want to evaluate alternative strategies to providing nutrients to plants. Things we need to consider: What do plants need to survive and thrive? Will our research question lead to an answer that will have an effect on agricultural practices?

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How will X affect growth of Y?

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