Chris Bond

Chris Bond is the manager of the McKay Farm and Research Station at Unity College in Maine. His research interests are with sustainable agriculture, biological pest control as well as alternative growing methods. He is a certified permaculture designer and certified nursery technician in Ohio and a certified nursery professional in New York, where he got his start in growing.

Articles by Chris Bond


SweetSpot SweetSpot SweetSpot SweetSpot


Like every crop, marijuana has its own sweet spot when it comes to the optimal levels of nutrients, electrical conductivity (EC), and...

Already Vaped Bud Already Vaped Bud Already Vaped Bud Already Vaped Bud


Vaping doesn’t scorch cannabis like smoking does, meaning the used flower coming out of your pen is somewhat reusable. So, instead of...

MMJ Research MMJ Research MMJ Research MMJ Research


Throughout a majority of the 20th century, most institutions shied away from conducting cannabis research. That, however, is changing.

Tips For the Home Grown Beginner: What Do I Need To Do To Start Growing My Own Weed? Tips For the Home Grown Beginner: What Do I Need To Do To Start Growing My Own Weed? Tips For the Home Grown Beginner: What Do I Need To Do To Start Growing My Own Weed? Tips For the Home Grown Beginner: What Do I Need To Do To Start Growing My Own Weed?


Growing your own weed for the first time can be an exciting and overwhelming process. We take a look at what you should consider before you...

The Entourage Effect The Entourage Effect The Entourage Effect The Entourage Effect


Many in the cannabis community talk about the entourage effect, but what is it exactly and is there proof that such a thing exists? Chris...

4 Challenges of Scaling Up a Legal Cannabis Business 4 Challenges of Scaling Up a Legal Cannabis Business 4 Challenges of Scaling Up a Legal Cannabis Business 4 Challenges of Scaling Up a Legal Cannabis Business


Running a business is hard; running a cannabis business is harder. Scaling up said cannabis business, however, is fraught with even more...

10 Key Tips for Growing Marijuana Using Hydroponics 10 Key Tips for Growing Marijuana Using Hydroponics 10 Key Tips for Growing Marijuana Using Hydroponics 10 Key Tips for Growing Marijuana Using Hydroponics


Getting started using hydroponics to grow marijuana can be tricky. Here are ten tips to make it a little bit easier.

5 States Still Opposed to Legalizing Marijuana 5 States Still Opposed to Legalizing Marijuana 5 States Still Opposed to Legalizing Marijuana 5 States Still Opposed to Legalizing Marijuana


We take a closer look at which US states are unlikely to pass any kind of cannabis legalization bill anytime soon.

Are Cannabis Plants Monecious or Dioecious? Are Cannabis Plants Monecious or Dioecious? Are Cannabis Plants Monecious or Dioecious? Are Cannabis Plants Monecious or Dioecious?


Knowing that there are male and female flowers on marijuana plants is important for the successful cultivation of cannabis.

How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Bud Rot in Your Cannabis Grow Room How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Bud Rot in Your Cannabis Grow Room How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Bud Rot in Your Cannabis Grow Room How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Bud Rot in Your Cannabis Grow Room


Bud rot starts inside of a bud, so it is not easily seen until it has started to spread. It favors dense colas and densely leafed plants....

How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Powdery Mildew on Your Cannabis Plants How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Powdery Mildew on Your Cannabis Plants How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Powdery Mildew on Your Cannabis Plants How to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Powdery Mildew on Your Cannabis Plants


In small amounts, powdery mildew is mostly a cosmetic issue, but if left untreated for a long enough period of time, it can kill your...

Bacteria? Virus? Fungi? Diagnosing Common Cannabis Diseases Bacteria? Virus? Fungi? Diagnosing Common Cannabis Diseases Bacteria? Virus? Fungi? Diagnosing Common Cannabis Diseases Bacteria? Virus? Fungi? Diagnosing Common Cannabis Diseases


Like marijuana plants that have fallen victim to a pest infestation, diseased cannabis plants will have visual symptoms as well.

11 Common Pests That Can Destroy Your Cannabis Crop 11 Common Pests That Can Destroy Your Cannabis Crop 11 Common Pests That Can Destroy Your Cannabis Crop 11 Common Pests That Can Destroy Your Cannabis Crop


Many of the same pest species that are the bane of many greenhouse and field growers of traditional crops can affect cannabis crops just as...

Cannabis Themed Weddings Are on the Rise Cannabis Themed Weddings Are on the Rise Cannabis Themed Weddings Are on the Rise Cannabis Themed Weddings Are on the Rise
Soothing Salves: How Topical CBD Treatments Work Soothing Salves: How Topical CBD Treatments Work Soothing Salves: How Topical CBD Treatments Work Soothing Salves: How Topical CBD Treatments Work


When it comes to treating inflammation, cannabis doesn’t always have to be ingested or smoked. Instead, it can be put on the skin. Here’s...

7 Types of Lighting Systems Suitable for Growing Marijuana 7 Types of Lighting Systems Suitable for Growing Marijuana 7 Types of Lighting Systems Suitable for Growing Marijuana 7 Types of Lighting Systems Suitable for Growing Marijuana


Novice cannabis growers may think that a grow light is a grow light is a grow light. But there are many different types of grow lights out...

What To Do When You've Ingested Too Much Cannabis What To Do When You've Ingested Too Much Cannabis What To Do When You've Ingested Too Much Cannabis What To Do When You've Ingested Too Much Cannabis


The effects of edibles often takes longer to realize than with other methods of cannabis consumption. As such, it is easy to consume too...

Can a Person be Allergic to Marijuana? Cannabis and Allergies: What You Need to Know Can a Person be Allergic to Marijuana? Cannabis and Allergies: What You Need to Know Can a Person be Allergic to Marijuana? Cannabis and Allergies: What You Need to Know Can a Person be Allergic to Marijuana? Cannabis and Allergies: What You Need to Know


Cases of rashes, hypersensitivity, and even anaphylaxis due to contact with cannabis pollen, plants, or smoke are on the rise.

Cannabis Use and Mental Health: Things to Keep in Mind Cannabis Use and Mental Health: Things to Keep in Mind Cannabis Use and Mental Health: Things to Keep in Mind Cannabis Use and Mental Health: Things to Keep in Mind


When it comes to mental health, there are some cases in which the use of cannabis must be approached with extreme caution.

Can Medical Cannabis Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis? Can Medical Cannabis Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis? Can Medical Cannabis Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis? Can Medical Cannabis Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis?


Physicians are still advised to counsel against cannabis-based medication as a first response, but as research increases, evidence shows...

A Look at North America's Renewed Interest in Cannabis A Look at North America's Renewed Interest in Cannabis A Look at North America's Renewed Interest in Cannabis A Look at North America's Renewed Interest in Cannabis


Chris Bond provides reasons on why the noose on marijuana may be loosening.

A Brief History of Cannabis Use in North America A Brief History of Cannabis Use in North America A Brief History of Cannabis Use in North America A Brief History of Cannabis Use in North America


Just a few generations ago, cannabis was widely used as medicine in North America to treat numerous ailments. By the early 1930s a tax on...

Colorado State University: More Money for Medical Marijuana Research Colorado State University: More Money for Medical Marijuana Research Colorado State University: More Money for Medical Marijuana Research Colorado State University: More Money for Medical Marijuana Research


Colorado State University has received the green light to begin studying and documenting the benefits of MMJ.

Let Them Eat Cannabis Cake: An Update on the Edibles Market Let Them Eat Cannabis Cake: An Update on the Edibles Market Let Them Eat Cannabis Cake: An Update on the Edibles Market Let Them Eat Cannabis Cake: An Update on the Edibles Market


The cannabis edibles market is in a state of revolution. It’s expanding throughout the country as more states decriminalize/legalize...

Stormebud: Chasing Calm Stormebud: Chasing Calm Stormebud: Chasing Calm Stormebud: Chasing Calm


Taking medicinal marijuana for anxiety and depression, and watching his chosen profession fall upon hard times due to the economic downturn...

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