Dr. Reggie Gaudino had a lot of cannabis at his disposal, but none of it fit the bill. His father, who had suffered from a stroke a few years prior, had been unable to eat, talk or walk until trying a high CBD oil which was made from a very particular, top-shelf strain of bud. When the Oregon company that made the oil buckled under new state regulations, Gaudino was desperate to make it himself. He dug into his network and found a cultivator in Washington who sold the strain to him at a premium. But when it finally arrived, he was in for an unpleasant surprise.
“I rolled up a joint and the first hit made me cough so much I almost threw up,” recalled Gaudino. “I put it through our lab and it came up as so dirty that there was no possible way I could turn it into a medicine for my father.”