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Ask Me Anything with Integra by Dessicare

We’re hosting an Ask Me Anything event today, Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 11am MST with Analiza del Rosario and Vee Ponce from Integra by Dessicare to answer your questions about why humidity control matters.

About Integra by Dessicare:

Desiccare has been protecting product integrity since 1994. When we started the Integra Brand and created Integra Boost, we definitely had safety in mind.

Our packs are Patented 2-WAY Humidity Regulators, which means they add or remove moisture as needed. As you know too much moisture in the buds encourages mold growth, and not enough can lead to trichome evaporation and flower degradation. The solution in our packs are plant-based and non-toxic. We also made sure our packaging is biodegradable, and we print using Food-Grade Inks.

Desiccare’s products are trusted by major businesses worldwide not only for the humidity regulators, but for desiccants, oxygen absorbers, ethylene eliminators, and many other sorbent products. We are committed to excellence in engineering, production, and customer service by delivering the highest quality products. Desiccare Inc. is ISO certified, cGMP certified, QPL certified, FDA Compliant and is compliant with Military requirements.

Analiza del Rosario, Marketing Manager since 2011 and Vee Ponce, Design and Marketing Specialist will be discussing why humidity control matters to growers. They have both been working together with Growers since the inception of the Integra Brand.

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Hi there!

What kind of materials science work goes into the 2-way humidity regulators? I imagine it can be complicated.

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Hi all! Thanks for joining us!

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What are some common misconceptions around humidity control that you run into when talking to growers?

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Solutions of glycerol and water provide a convenient and in- expensive system to control the relative humidity (RH) in small controlled- environment chambers. We had to perfect the proprietary blend to make sure our ingredient does not leak out, there are several components in the film we use. We also made sure the packaging was made with food-grade inks, FDA compliant, as well as biodegradable.

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I am seeing a lot of “stacking” or “layering” in indoor grows…how does this impact the humidity. It seems like it would be difficult to control.

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A common misconception is the idea of rehydrating cannabis that is beyond its shelf-life. Although moisture content of the flower is important, it is very important to care for your Cannabis through out the entire Grow process, especially after cut down to maintain its quality.

Another misconception is that humidity control (packs) are not needed for a harvest. Some people are attached to other methods such as using orange peels, tortillas, even silica packs (desiccants) However these methods are strictly one-way. Which means they will only release moisture at an unstable rate encouraging mold growth or absorb the moisture completely.

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Air movement is a must in indoor grows; circulating air is a vital component in a healthy grow. Fans can pull air through the plant canopy, helping to create a more consistent environment with balanced humidity levels and a more equal distribution of CO2.

Beyond the grow, two critical steps can make or break a harvest, curing and storage. A large factor impacting that is humidity control, that is why it is important to use our humidity packs during this stage.

For anyone who would like to try our product, please feel free to direct message us! :slightly_smiling_face:

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What are your thoughts on this study?

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Is there a difference in using the product or the amount of time the packs last in different climates? eg. very dry climates like Arizona vs wet climates like Oregon.

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I see that there are 2 different humidity packs a 55% and a 62%. What is the reason that I would use one as opposed to the other? Would one be used for storing and the other for curing?
Thanks,

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Climate is just one variable. Other variables are how often the jars are open, the starting point of the flower, etc.

The closer the humidity on the pack is to your area, the longer the packs will last because it is working less. As where if you have drier flower, the pack will work harder, releasing more moisture to bring up the moisture content.

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We offer 2 different humidity levels 55 and the 62. From our research, many growers who are in high humidity environments prefer the 55 (such as in Hawaii, since humidity levels are often 70+) the 55 is a solution to their problem. Mold and Bacteria, for instance, often grow on and within cannabis under certain conditions, especially when the RH is too high.

In contrast, we’ve noticed people who are in drier environments have preferred the 62%, since an overly dry environment will degrade the active ingredients in cannabis

There are also, many who prefer using both packs. The 55 during curing, to bring down excess moisture to a safe level and then will introduce the 62 during storage… As you know, curing can be a bit of a balancing act and many people have their preferences.

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We conduct many test and will continue to do so to support our products and our customers. We are not here to defame our competitor, though there are many reports that are on public records, due the lawsuit between both companies. [Desiccare Inc. vs. Boveda] Which you are welcome to research.

We are here to provide a solution to humidity problems. With regulations about to change (California) with testing cannabis, we want to make sure growers know we offer a product they can count on.​

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Thanks for taking the time to answer all our questions @Integra! Join us in two weeks time for the next AMA event featuring @RemoNutrients.

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