Cannabis growers strive to create a perfect environment for their plants. They prepare a growth medium that encourages health and the abundance of their bounty; many shun pesticides and chemicals. Then they turn their focus to the plants and their daily evolving needs.
Sometimes growers do their jobs too well. That tender loving care nurtures other organisms that may or may not encourage the health of plants. This is nature. This struggle is real for cannabis growers–legal or otherwise. One fungal disease called Powdery Mildew is the bane of their existence. Fuzzy white blemishes on cannabis plants can take down a plant overnight, quickly take over a crop and even ruin an entire harvest.
Whether growing cannabis indoors or out, ongoing battles with microorganisms, varying cannabinoid ratios and fluctuating terpene levels all result in inconsistent outcomes. And inconsistent outcomes are what growers, as well as medicinal marijuana patients, strive to avoid.
Consistency in medicinal cannabis is vital to:
- Ensure predictable therapeutic benefits
- Avoid drug interactions, especially for senior patients new to medical cannabis
- Predict the length of effect for chronic pain patients who must maintain a clear head while on the job
How can producers better control their outcomes? A Canadian Medical Marijuana Licensed Producer (LP) thinks it has the answer. ABcann uses technology to organically grow cannabis that is chemical and pesticide-free.
ABcann strives: “To deliver consistent, standardized medicinal cannabis that the public and patients can consistently rely on.”
There’s an adage that says, “The farmer’s eye fattens the cow.” In other words, if a farmer invests time getting to know each animal she raises, that farmer will produce better results. And ABcann really knows its marijuana.
How ABcann perfected large scale
Everything that enters ABcann’s premises is tested for contamination and swiftly made sterile. Every drop of water, every grain of soil and every single aspect has been considered.
ABcann has also developed technology that produces cannabis harvests that are identical in both yield and potency. ABcann partnered with the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, to create computer-controlled optimum growth environments.
Studying the plant using precise tracking systems, ABcann and CESRF developed an exact “recipe” for successful growing. By replicating that same process with precision, they can replicate outcomes. And tailor its process for specific stains. Plant output soars using ABcann’s technique, which pays off in every single harvest.
“Everything from air quality, CO2 levels, oxygen levels, water quality and volume, light spectrum and cycles, temperature and humidity, plant nutrition and the curing process is monitored and adjusted by computers,” according to an article about ABcann’s proprietary growing system.
How standardizing cannabis will benefit patients and healthcare providers
Medical professionals who advise cannabis patients often discuss varying strengths of batches and harvests to assist those patients with titrating dosages. Standardizing herbal medicine will take out the guesswork for physicians, counselors and patients. ABcann’s consistent cannabis products will allow a patient’s dose to remain consistent if needed. No matter what harvest the medicine came from, the cannabinoid consistencies and ratios will be the same.
Achieving precise cannabinoid and terpene ratios sets up ABcann for success in the cannabis oil market too. Now that Canadian LPs can acquire a license to make and sell cannabis oils, they will become mainstay medicine for many Canadian patients. Some patients will undoubtedly bounce from one inconsistent producer to another. The patients who start with ABcann will stay with ABcann. The quality, consistency and ample supply of ABcann medicinals are crucial to manage illness.
How standardization will help meet the demand for legalized cannabis
Canada is on the verge of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational users. It’s estimated the number of cannabis users will jump from about 120,000 legal medical users to several million adult recreational users. This influx of users vying for an already shaky supply of herbal medicine worries current patients. High demand is why ABcann’s standardized cannabis production is so important. Controlled growing, curing and harvesting will make it possible for LPs to supply cannabis at scale.
How Boveda protects cannabis with controlled precision
Increased demand will mean increased supply. Increased supply will mean more patients, providers and producers must learn how to properly store marijuana. ABcann relies on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control. Boveda uses natural salts and purified water to control the amount of moisture it absorbs from or adds to the flower then locks in a precise relative humidity (RH) level.
ABcann packs its orders with Boveda. Inserting Boveda into a container, such as a prescription bottle, CVault® or Re:stash™ keeps the flower fresh and preserves its therapeutic effects.
Without Boveda, marijuana dries out too much, which breaks down its terpene content. Terpenes are the organic compounds responsible for the plant’s unique medicinal properties as well as the distinct taste and aroma found in its essential oils.
Adding too much moisture in the form of wet cotton balls, damp paper towels, orange peels, etc. over humidifies marijuana. Medical marijuana patient shouldn’t risk using moldy flower.
If ABcann, the high-tech LP that precisely controls every aspect of growing cannabis preserves the consistency of its marijuana with Boveda, shouldn’t everyone?
Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.