River Remedy is committed to producing the highest quality plant-based medicine for Mississippi Patients.With over 40 strains in our genetic vault, we are thrilled to be one of the first medical cannabis operators to deliver relief for qualified patients across our beloved state.Over the last several months, we have implemented a robust set of standard operating procedures to ensure we produce premium products for patients that are both safe and effective.In the following pages, we’ve provided a combination of visuals to offer our stakeholders greater visibility into our day-to-day operations.
Mother Plants are high-quality plants with attractive genetics that continuously supply the rest of the cultivation operation with fresh plants. Our Mother Plants are sequestered in their own living space called a “Mother Room.” This is done to ensure that our cultivation team maintains a healthy stock of genetics. We always keep a stock of 10 or more Mother Plants for each of our 40+ strains.
Cuttings are taken from Mother Plants, which then become “clones.” Those clones start the process of growing the next generation of plants that are grown in other parts of our facility. The clones have the same genes as their mothers, ensuring consistent quality and characteristics across each specific strain.
After they are cut from Mother Plants, the Clones are moved to a separate room with higher humidity and temperature, where they will live for about two weeks. After the clones have established roots and have grown a few inches, they are ready to enter their “Vegetative” state in our “Veg Room.”
The Clones are moved to the Veg room and are “up-potted” to a larger grow medium. Vegetative plants will live in the Veg room for 3-4 weeks, with light intensity gradually increasing as they prepare for a transition to a Flowering room.
The Veg room supplies each flowering room with fresh plants after each harvest, with a stock of fresh Veg plants ready for the transition to a flowering room at the conclusion of each Flowering Room's harvest.
Lights are kept on for 18 hours a day, giving the plants 6 hours of “sleep” every evening. This allows the plant to grow taller and stronger before they enter its flowering phase.
Once the plants are 8 inches tall, they are tagged with state-mandated RFID-enabled METRC compliance tags.
These yellow tags allow us to consistently and accurately measure the flow of biomass throughout our facility at all times, a critically important compliance and productivity tool.
After 3-4 weeks, Veg plants are moved into one of our Flowering Rooms, where they will mature and produce the THC and Terpenes that have medicinal qualities.
We carefully measure and adjust several critical environmental conditions throughout the plant's life cycle. These variables include, but are not limited to, room temperature, humidity, CO2 content in the air, light intensity, nutrient uptake in plants, etc.
We also measure the plant’s “dry-back periods” to ensure that plants are properly fed and hydrated at optimal time intervals.
Before transitioning from Veg to Flowering rooms, flowering plants are defoliated to ensure they mature with proper airflow underneath the canopy. Defoliation is a repeatable exercise that ensures proper air circulation and mitigates the growth of mold, fungus, and pest pressure in our flowering rooms.
While light intensity changes throughout the course of the flowering process, the lights are on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours. This triggers the flowering process, and plants begin to grow “buds.”
Depending on the strain, Flowering plants grow under a higher-intensity lighting system for 8-9 weeks. Near the end of our flowering cycle, Flowering plants are weaned off of their nutrient schedule and given pure water. This process ensures that traces of nutrients in the actual flower buds are minimal, resulting in a smoother taste and consumption experience.
This allows the plant to “flush” the nutrients out of the buds and trim, allowing for a smoother and more flavorful consumption experience.
On the day of harvest, plants are cut at the base of their stalks and removed from the Flowering Rooms.
The plants are weighed individually, and we record all of the “wet weights” for the entire harvest on a strain-by-strain basis. Our METRC-integrated weighing systems automatically push these weights to our compliance software.
METRC tags are aggregated, stored, and locked in our facility for over a year as we maintain a physical record of the harvest batch.
Plants are then hung on drying racks and enter the “Drying and Curing” phase. These plants undergo a “low and slow” dry for 10-14 days. During this time, light exposure is limited to mitigate THC decomposition, and the room’s environmental conditions are carefully monitored to keep temperature and humidity levels at optimal levels.
Drying rooms are partitioned in our facility to ensure that “wet” plants are not mixed with plants that are well into their drying phase, allowing a more consistent drying process and improving the final quality of the cannabis flower and trim.
After the completion of the drying phase, plant stalks with usable biomass are broken off of the main plant stalk and stored in totes where they undergo a cure “on the vine.”
The curing process is the last stage of the drying process, where the final moisture content is released very slowly, and the chlorophyll and starch in the plants break down slowly.
This ensures a higher quality finished product, with a smoother burn and more pronounced flavors in the final product.
After several weeks, the curing phase is complete, and plants are removed from the totes and enter the trimming phase.
The flowering buds are “bucked" from the stalks and are trimmed and sorted into several categories: A Flower, B Flower, Trim, and Stems.
As a boutique cannabis cultivator, we take great pride in the quality of our final shelf-ready flower. We employ a large post-harvest crew that sorts and trims the cannabis biomass that has been bucked from the stalks.
This image shows one of our post-harvest technicians trimming flower buds, which are then placed in a larger tote that will then be sent to a third-party testing lab.
A Flower represents the larger flower buds that are hand selected and undergo a hand-trim by our post-harvest team in preparation for testing and then packaging.
B Flower represents smaller flower buds that can be used for pre-rolls or “smalls” bags – while they have the same THC content and medicinal qualities, they are simply smaller in size. Any remaining flower stems are separated from the buds before they are ground up in their next phase.
Trim represents the “sugar leaves” that are removed from the flower buds. The trim contains THC and terpenes, which are then extracted, refined, and distilled into THC distillate oil. This oil is then infused into “Processed Goods,” including vaporizers, edibles, topicals, tinctures, etc.
Stems are almost entirely fiber and do not contain any THC or terpenes. The stems are ground up and mixed with soil and other organic material that we compost in traditional flower and vegetable gardens.
After the cannabis products have been trimmed and sorted, we send the finished product to a third-party licensed testing facility before packaging and distribution.
Once the product is tested, it is then packaged in jars and cartons or bags that include the passing test results.