In David Sandelman’s work, little difference exists between producing blue cheese, the ripened dairy product, and Blue Cheese, the indica-dominant strain of cannabis: To create either one successfully requires careful control of the products’ temperature and moisture levels throughout the aging and curing process. Get them wrong, and the finished product could end up rancid or moldy.
Sandelman knows all about building systems that control temperature and dew point, whether for aging cheese or growing weed. He’s the inventor of Cannatrol, a soon-to-be-patented technology for propagating, growing, curing and drying cannabis buds. Currently, users of his system are large commercial growers in Colorado that supply medical and adult-use dispensaries.
But Sandelman is also developing a small-scale version of his system that will greatly simplify and standardize the bud-finishing process for home growers, too. The Green Mountain State is likely to have many such aspiring green thumbs once the marijuana legalization law takes effect on July 1, because it will allow for home propagation only and not retail sales.