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Cannabis cultivation: the location influences the quality

Berlin – Cannabis is playing an increasingly important role in pharmacies. In recent years, new suppliers have joined the ranks. They all grow cannabis in pharmaceutical quality. The location and type of cultivation have an influence on the end product.
Cannabis plantations ensure patient supply of flowers, extracts, or finished medicines containing THC and CBD. In order to make this supply even more secure, more emphasis is to be placed on cannabis from Germany. Domestic cultivation is intended to avoid supply bottlenecks. For example, companies such as Tilray and Demecan are focusing on cultivation in Germany. Demecan was founded in Berlin in 2017. A short time later, the company acquired a facility in Saxony from Wayland, the insolvent cannabis company. This 100,000-square-foot hall will be used for indoor cultivation of medical hemp starting in the fall.

Indoor cultivation offers many advantages. Environmental conditions are easier to control due to the enclosed space. Whether temperature, humidity or light – all components required for optimal growth can be technically adjusted. Pest infestation and mixing with other plants can be almost completely avoided. Even irrigation is controlled – Demecan uses previously purified water from a reverse osmosis system. This also allows the supply of nutrients to be controlled.

Location can influence quality

Nevertheless, there are also companies that rely on the natural conditions of the environment for cultivation. For example, cannabis wholesaler and importer Drapalin has chosen to grow cannabis in Africa, more specifically in Lesotho at an altitude of 2000 meters. The long sunny days and high altitude affect the quality of the plants grown, the company explains. Good ventilation and the use of useful plants reduce pest pressure. A type of border planting with rosemary or lavender is particularly suitable. Fans are used for air circulation. Due to good genetics, the plants are very resistant to fungi, he said. The flowers of Drapalin are not irradiated.

Complete outdoor cultivation, on the other hand, is difficult to achieve, as the environmental conditions alter the cultivation and thus the quality of the end product. Cannabis sold in pharmacies must meet certain standards – this applies not only to the level of impurities, but also to the content of THC and CBD. This must always correspond to the declaration of the respective variety in the case of medical hemp.

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