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118 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Biochar: Building Soil and Memory with guest Cuauhtemoc Villa
Biochar is an often overlooked soil amendment that can be a game changer for container gardening, hügelkultur and regenerating farmland. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with living soil educator Cuauhtemoc Villa about the vast and varied role biochar can play in cultivation, best practices for making it yourself and how to deploy it in your garden at any scale.
144 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
Understanding and Breeding S1 Seed Varieties with guests Caleb NSpecta and Ryan Lee
There are few things as rewarding as germinating an exploratory pack of S1 seeds to see all the different phenos within. S1 seeds are both a breeder's intermediary tool, and a grand adventure in themselves. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with Caleb Nspecta and Ryan Lee about what S1 seed lines are, their characteristics and uses, and how to make them
120 minutes | May 21, 2022
Ep91 - Getting Friendly with Worms with guest Chandler Michalsky
Worms are an everyday companion in the garden, and most of us barely know them at all. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with living soil educator Chandler Michalsky about worm physiology and activities, how to use their nutritive castings as an extraordinary natural fertilizer and some insights on how to raise worms for all your cultivation needs.
127 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
Biodynamic Cannabis: Cultivating Awareness with guests Blaire and Daniel AuClair
There are as many methods of growing cannabis as there are cannabis cultivators. For generations, some farmers have used cannabis cultivation as a means to express their spiritual connection with both the earth and spirit. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with Blaire and Daniel AuClair about biodynamic growing techniques, specialty foliar preparations infused with intention and the importance of cultivating awareness alongside their cannabis.
132 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
Episode 89 - Autoflower Shortcomings (and a few solutions!) with guest Dan Jimmie
We love autoflowers here, but there is no doubt that some aspects of growing autoflowering cannabis plants can be incredibly frustrating. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los chats with autoflower breeder Dan Jimmie about all the things they dislike about autoflowers, and solutions for a few of them. This is a really honest and comprehensive discussion about the failings of autoflowers from cultivators who love them.
105 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Fusarium and Pythium Root Rots in Living Soil with guest Cora McGehee
Fusarium and Pythium root rots attack our plants and we never really know until they wilt, and it is too late. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with plant pathologist Cora McGehee about identification of these pathogens, best practices for prevention, and their mechanisms for action, so cultivators can take action to protect their gardens.
139 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Indoor Raised Bed with Horizon Soil Technique First Cycle Assessment with Leighton Morrison
How does a horizon-style living soil bed function in real life? On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los and soil biologist Leighton Morrison assess the first run of Shango's indoor raised bed implementing regenerative cultivation techniques and the horizon soil strategy as explained in Shaping Fire episode 54. Included are soil layer measurements, fungus gnats, a failed green mulch and the best plants Shango has ever grown.
100 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Special Shaping Fire Episode: Shango Los as guest on the Curious About Cannabis Podcast
On this episode of Shaping Fire, we share with you an episode of the Curious About Cannabis podcast. Shaping Fire host Shango Los was recently special guest on the show. Shango and CAC host Jason Wilson discuss using outdoor regenerative cultivation techniques indoors, the rocky transition from medical to recreational markets for cannabis patients, how to form local growers collectives and how Shango formed the one on Vashon Island, the rise of autoflowers, and some behind the scenes thoughts about the Shaping Fire podcast.
125 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Psilocybin Mushrooms and Brain Chemistry with guest Miyabe Shields PhD
More and more, folks are embracing the mental and physical benefits found in using psilocybin mushrooms in either small or large doses. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los invites Dr. Miyabe Shields back to explain how psilocin stimulates the serotonin and other systems, how differing doses reach specific threshold points and using this knowledge to heal humans.
128 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
Naming Our Monsters: Is this Post-Prohibition? with guest Dr. Dominic Corva PhD
Cannabis normalization is a patchwork of mismatched laws across the country. And this uncoordinated approach creates inefficiencies that cost money, liberties and lives. Only by naming these challenges and facing them straight-on will we have any chance of fixing the American cannabis experiment. On this special episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with Dr. Dominic Corva PhD about the impact of state-licensing on long-time cannabis farmers in California, the awkwardness of prohibition and licensed sales existing at the same time, cannabis prohibition as a public health issue, the profitable injustice of non-violent cannabis prisoners, the latest on electrical usage by industrial agriculture cannabis farms and the rise of the citizen scientist.
86 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
The New Science on Using CBG
The cannabinoid Cannabigerol (CBG) is so new to being studied that most people are still unclear what varieties of relief it offers. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los welcomes back neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo to discuss his new study published this week compiling patient uses for cannabigerol, the specific ailments CBG works for, and the quality of patient results.
122 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Deploying Aerobic and Anaerobic Soil Amendments with guest Leighton Morrison
All life breathes in its own way. We can become better cultivators by understanding the interplay between aerobic and anaerobic microbes and bacteria. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los welcomes back soil biologist Leighton Morrison to discuss the differences between aerobic and anaerobic environments, the interplay between oxygen-loving microbes and bacteria in building soil structure, and how to breathe life into dirt to regenerate your soil.
127 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Endocannabinoid Mechanics Part Two with guest Miyabe Shields PhD
Everyone's endocannabinoid system works in ways that are unique to themselves. Our best chance at success with cannabis is to understand both the science generalizing cannabis use, while also learning how our own body functions specifically. On this episode of Shaping Fire, Miyabe Shields PhD returns for Part Two of Endocannabinoid Mechanics and talks with host Shango Los about how minor cannabinoids function, why we find cannabis relaxing, choosing between the various modes of cannabis use for the variety of relief we are looking for, and dosing thresholds for extraordinary ailments like immune disorders, cancer and others.
94 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Genomic Investigation Results with Dr. Ethan Russo
Today, Dr. Ethan Russo has published his groundbreaking research into the causes of Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome. The research team's survey and genomic investigation of patients has, for the first time, identified the genetic mutations affecting neurotransmitters and the endocannabinoid system. In this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los reviews the entirety of the paper with Dr. Russo, including all five of the genetic mutations, the results of the patient survey and why we can exclude causes such as neem.
133 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Creating Soil Amendments and Natural Pesticides from Local Plants with guest Joey Burger
Everything we require to grow thriving cannabis plants already exists for free in nature. Sure, some things are easier to buy, but for most of us, wildcrafting our local plants can provide what we need. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with permaculture and natural farming educator Joey Burger about how to unleash the power within our local plants for nutrition and pest deterrence.
106 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Endocannabinoid Mechanics Part One with guest Miyabe Shields PhD
The endocannabinoid system can seem like a magical engine sometimes and, as cannabis enthusiasts, it's good to dig in and learn how it actually functions. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with cannabinoid scientist Miyabe Shields PhD about the chemical mechanics at the basis of our endocannabinoid system, including how cannabinoid receptors function, how cannabinoids take action, why we develop THC tolerance and how to manage it, and the effectiveness of whole plant versus single molecule cannabis medicine.
113 minutes | May 16, 2021
Personalized Cannabinopathic Medicine with guest Dr. Chris Spooner
Every human body has a different capacity to intake and effectively deploy cannabinoids. Humans are often treated as if they all have the same cannabis capacity, and it is simply untrue. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with Dr. Chris Spooner about gauging a patient's preparedness for cannabis medicine, what analytics to deploy to properly assess a potential cannabis patient, and what foods to eat that strengthen your endocannabinoid system
83 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Comparing Psilocybin Microdosing Protocols with guest Adam Bramlage
Microdosing mushrooms has suddenly been embraced by much of the medical establishment, and regular folks are finding huge benefits. Psilocybin mushroom are increasingly available and good people are using them to relieve trauma, sometimes without understanding how best to use them. In this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los talks with microdosing coach Adam Bramlage to compare microdosing protocols, understand more clearly the differences between doses and how best to explore self-healing safely.
130 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Off-Season Preparations for Your Regenerative Cannabis Garden with guest Nicholas Mahmood
Your relationship with the land you cultivate is perhaps the most important variable for growing thriving cannabis plants. On this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los chats with Nicholas Mahmood of Green Source Gardens about best practices for putting your gardens to sleep in the fall, some ideas for off-season improvements, and some strategies to start your spring with abundant momentum.
119 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Tissue Culture and Micropropagation with guest Ryan Lee
The phrase "tissue culture" can get cannabis folks excited and yet not many have a good idea of what it is or how the cannabis plant can benefit from its opportunities. In this episode of Shaping Fire, host Shango Los welcomes back cannabis geneticist Ryan Lee to discuss what tissue culture is, the opportunities found in micropropagation, how to remove viruses and other impediments from important cannabis cultivars, and the wide range of other scientific possibilities that tissue culture holds.
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