In Canada and around the world, legal cannabis manufacturers face many issues: Numerous government regulations, high security needs and a lack of reliable information about how to grow their crops.
Growing cannabis has become illegal for numerous years that scientific research regarding how to best produce this crop is limited. Much of the skills regarding how to grow cannabis lacks validation, is clouded in secrecy and is mostly connected to hidden and illegal production facilities of history.
On the other hand, scientific study has been improving production practices for other crops, including medicinal plants, for decades, creating a large body of scientificaly-validated information.
With changing government regulations in Canada, and the many medicinal advantages of cannabis grow consultant, it really is time and energy to move the legal cannabis plant production industry in to the world of high-tech laboratories and scientific practices.
We should search through accumulated grower knowledge, while publicly documenting and improving production practices. Evidence-based research will help growers produce more consistent, high-yielding and-quality products and help inform policy makers as they regulate this industry.
As researchers who study the best way to produce high-value plants (e.g. medicinal, nutraceutical, edible and ornamental plants) under controlled environments – including indoor medical cannabis – we know this can require collaborative research among cannabis growers and researchers.
Our lab on the University of Guelph is among the best on earth for horticulture research, particularly for controlled-environment plant production. Lately, we have now been applying this information to our collaborations with legal cannabis growers. With legalized recreational cannabis use on the horizon in Canada, more licensed growers are seeking this type of expertise.
Current state of cannabis production
Growing cannabis could be a lucrative business. Spending on legal cannabis in North American medicinal and recreational markets is projected to achieve US$21.6 billion by 2021.
In Canada, there are currently 73 authorized licensed medical cannabis producers, most of them large-scale producers. Using the recreational use and sale of cannabis scheduled for legalization in our country next year, it ymfaab foreseeable that numerous more large-scale producers will enter in the market.
Previously, indoor cannabis production was largely restricted to smaller-scale operations. Under these conditions, growers accumulated enormous degrees of experience and knowledge. But much was kept as trade secrets and most still must be scientifically validated.
Even just in today’s modern medicinal cannabis production facilities, growers are often dependent on online forums – so-called “grow guides” – and advice from salespeople for information about crop production. Without the proper training, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction.