13 DECEMBER 2017
  TIME: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
4015 Via Laguna
Santa Barbara, California
  Please bring a plant for the plant exchange!


  None scheduled this month, see last article of COMPOST for opportunity to volunteer on a beautification project this Monday, Nov 27.


Garden Club Member

TOPIC: Cannabis - How It's both a Medicine and a Recreational Drug.

Dr. Black provided a slide show and description of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which binds to cannabinoid receptors that are expressed throughout the central nervous system. He discussed the molecular descriptions of Cannabidiol (CBD) vs Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and how those affect the cannabidoid receptors.

Map of Guatamala and Belize

Bill also talked about trichromes, the tiny crystals that cover the leaves and buds of cannabis, which are factories of cannabinoidss, terpenes, and flavinoids.

trichomes on a bud

Many other types of plants besides cannabis produce trichomes, including many aromatic herbs like mint and rosemary. These plants produce essential oils in their trichomes which are used to deter insects and protect the plants from other stressors, just like cannabis plants!

trichomes close-up

Bill also spoke briefly about terpenes. Terpenes are compounds that contribute to the flavor and scent of marijuana. While you may not know what terpenes are, you’ve certainly smelt them. Terpenes are the aromatic oils that cause many of the different scents and flavors in marijuana. They’re responsible for smells ranging from earthy to fruity, citrusy to pine, and everything in between.

Terpenes are not just found in marijuana. They are actually very common in plants and essential oils. They give characteristic scents and flavors to plants like basil, sage, hops, sandalwood, lavender, and cloves. Terpenes are responsible for most of the scents in perfumes, candles, and incense too.

Terpenes are known to interact with THC and CBD, the main active compounds in marijuana. But research is showing that terpenes actually have effects of their own. The wide-ranging effects of terpenes include reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and aiding with sleep. Medical and recreational users alike can enjoy the diverse effects of terpenes. In the future, terpenes could become a key factor in matching users with their ideal strain. Since there are over 200 different terpenes in cannabis alone, they are still poorly understood and much about them remain to be uncovered.

The science behind cannabis use is relatively immature due to the government including cannabis as a schedule 1 drug. Now the science is beginning to develop rapidly. There are many articles online. Here are a few which deal with various issues associated with cannabis:
Trichomes: The Complete Guide
What Are Trichomes and Why Do They Exist on Cannabis?
Marijuana and ADHD
THC vs. CBD: What’s The Difference?
What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana?
10 Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)
The Science and Benefits of Terpenes

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe


Holiday Luncheon Invitation

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe
from information reveived from
Christine Gress

Ray Kolbe has undertaken a project in Carpinteria: The Santa Monica Creek Trail Beautification Project.

Santa Monica Creek Trail Project area

The beautification project is designed to improve habitat for pollinators. This year the first section, beginning at Via Real and ending just past the El Carro Lane entrance, will undergo soil improvement, seeding, and plantings of predominantly native species of wildflowers and shrubs. This project is all volunteer and donations. So far, the project has received generous donations from S & S Seeds (native wildflower seeds), the Men’s Garden Club of Santa Barbara (committment for additional seeds), Agromin (compost), Yes Yes Nursery (native plants), Abe Nursery (native plants), and Seaside Nursery (native plants). We are working to acquire donations for additional shrubs and plants.

On Monday, November 27, volunteers are needed to begin conditioning the soil. We'll be loosening the soil with picks, shovels, and rakes. It's important to break up the soil before applying compost for maximum benefit. This is an opportunity to help beautify the community. Volunteer by attending this event, or by calling Ray Kolbe at (805) 705-3429 for more information.

  • When: Monday, November 27, 9am
  • Where: End of El Carro Lane, at Santa Monica Creek trail entrance, Carpinteria
  • What: Soil conditioning
  • Bring: Gloves, shovel, pick, and rake

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe