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Seven Top 10's with CULTA Lab Director Michelle Sprawls

Michelle Sprawls working in the CULTA lab

In honor of 710 Day, the July 10th day of recognition for "OIL," CULTA's Laboratory Director Michelle Sprawls shared her seven top 10 list of favorites. If you want to follow in her footsteps, this is a great guide to understand what makes a true scientist tick. Now, turn up that TOOL and start studying!

  1. Top 10 concentrates:
    1. Cosmic Cowboy Aqua Live Resin Sauce by CULTA
    2. Love Lace Aqua Live Resin Shatter by CULTA
    3. Swizzle Live Rosin by Green Dot Labs
    4. Strawberry Banana Goo THCA by Blue River
    5. Clementine Aqua Live Resin by Sano Gardens
    6. I-95 Live Resin Badder by Green Dot Labs
    7. 92 Grapes Diamonds and Sauce by CULTA
    8. Tangie Aqua Live Resin Sugar by CULTA
    9. Dosido #22 Rosin by CULTA
    10. Greasy Grapes Live Resin Badder by CULTA
  2. Top 10 best websites to learn about the science of extraction:
  3. Top 10 best cannabis R&D programs in the world:
    1. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Cannabinoids Research Multidisciplinary Center
    2. Icahn School of Medicine – Mount Sinai
    3. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
    4. Madrid’s Complutense University – Beckley Foundation
    5. University of Colorado Boulder - Center for Research and Education Addressing Cannabis and Health (CU REACH) & (CUChange Lab), University of Colorado Boulder
    6. Learning and Memory Lab at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology
    7. University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
    8. International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute
    9. The Dutch Association for Legal Cannabis and its Constituents as Medicine (NCSM)
    10. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
  4. Top 10 cannabinoids you are most interested in:
    1. CBC – Cannabichromene
    2. CBL – Cannabicyclol
    3. THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin
    4. CBDV – Cannabidivarin
    5. CBV – Cannabivarin
    6. CBGM – Cannabigerol Monomethyl Ether
    7. CBE – Cannabielsoin
    8. CBT – Cannabicitran
    9. THCp – Tetrahydrocannabiphorol
    10. CBDp – Cannabidiphorol
  5. Top 10 female scientists:
    1. Syra Madad
    2. Brianna Bibel
    3. Dr. Sue Sisley
    4. Mae C. Jemison
    5. Professor Irit Akirav
    6. Katherine Freese
    7. Jane Cooke Wright
    8. Murphy Murri
    9. Amber Sprawls
    10. Vanessa Zepeda
  6. Top 10 bands to listen to while in the lab:
    1. Tool
    2. System of a Down
    3. Jimi Hendrix
    4. Disturbed
    5. Rage Against the Machine
    6. Hed P.E
    7. Green Day
    8. Parliament-Funkadelic
    9. Erykah Badu
    10. Eminem
  7. Top 10 reasons you love working at CULTA:
    1. The STAFF!!!!
    2. A chance to give back to the patients and ensure quality medicine
    3. Supports women, minorities, and diversity of their employees
    4. Supports the Last Prisoner Project
    5. Contributes to charities like the Maryland Food Bank
    6. Participates in Adopt a Highway in Cambridge
    7. Opportunities for personal and professional growth
    8. Encourages and supports continued learning outside the workplace
    9. Locally owned
    10. Shortest commute I’ve ever had to work!

About Michelle Sprawls

Michelle graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S in Microbiology and is certified in Closed Loop Hydrocarbon Extraction Machinery, Adsorbent Filtration & Chromatography for Closed Loop Hydrocarbon Extraction, and Chemistry for Hashmakers.

Michelle started her career in cannabis as a budtender at The Clinic Medical Marijuana Center. She later went on to be the first female extractor to lead at Green Dot Labs; one of the most renowned concentrate laboratories in Boulder, Colorado.

When she joined the CULTA team in April of 2018 as the extraction engineer, she used her knowledge of concentrates to hit the ground running. Michelle is known in the Maryland market for exceptional butane oil extracts. She now runs an a mostly female managed lab team at our Cambridge, MD, processing facility.