Launching the Cannabis Consortium

Freshly coming out of prohibition times, the cannabis plant has a lot of things to say, if only one is careful enough to listen. Because of prohibition, it was extremely difficult to conduct research on cannabis. However, without diminishing the goodness of those studies, their number was rather small. This is one of the main reasons why nowadays there is a bit of uncertainty when it comes to growing cannabis for the medical market. The influence of the pharmaceutical industry over horticulture pushes growers to get the most out of each and every plant, in order to maximize their potential and to keep this constant throughout every grow.

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The Cannabis Consortium
That is why Growmasters has established a consortium of companies, the mission of which is to conduct research and to share as much knowledge as possible on the cannabis plant. “We managed to bring together some of the best horticultural companies,” Mohsine Elkhanza, Growmasters’ founder, explains. “Just to name a few, KG Systems, Koppert Biological Systems, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Spex Al, Clean Light UV, Watermasters, Green Simplicity, Ridder, Certhon Horticulture, will all be ‘under one roof’ and will collaborate to advance the cannabis industry.”

Conducting research
Mohsine is very much aware of the advantage that the Netherlands has when it comes to horticulture, and similarly aware are LPs around the world resorting to those companies. “All the companies that are part of the Consortium have a history of successful cannabis projects,” Mohsine points out. “However, most of these operations occur in the US or Canada. Therefore, there is a huge lack of structural feedback. Although the heart of innovation with regards to horticulture lies in the Netherlands, these companies cannot conduct extensive research – specifically on cannabis cultivation – because of restrictive Dutch legislation.”

Therefore, Mohsine decided that it was time that the best Dutch expertise reunited, to address together the lack of research. “Thus, we want to do our own research, and as Growmasters, our role is to facilitate this dialogue.”

Mohsine further explains that one of his partners has offered their Horti Center in Macedonia to conduct this research. “For many years, this was a training center for managers in the vegetable industry,” Mohsine remarks. “People from all over the world came there to learn growing in the Dutch way. Therefore, this is the best place to carry out this initiative.”

Everything related to cultivation
The research that the Cannabis Consortium will conduct will tackle the most pressing issues within the cannabis industry, such as: water, light, climate control, and organic growing. “We will investigate what is the best filter, for instance, and how to determine taste through water,” Mohsine explains. “With regards to lighting, we work with LED specialists who know everything about which light the cannabis plant needs, and how long it takes to achieve a high-quality end product.” Climate control is also extremely important in a highly regulated industry, such as the medical cannabis one. “We can rely on one of the best companies within our consortium that has been collecting data for many years,” Mohsine points out. “In this way, it is possible to study what is the best climate for growth, flowering and end-drying phases.”

Sharing knowledge to improve the industry
However, the Cannabis Consortium plans do not end there. Indeed, Mohsine takes care to remark that they will be organizing trainings and classes, in order to share the acquired knowledge, and help the cannabis industry to advance. “We want to share our knowledge and experience with other professionals through Growmasters classes,” Mohsine says. “Everyone who is interested can participate and learn about our scientific research. This is of the utmost importance: only by joining forces and sharing what we all know, we can allow the cannabis industry as a whole to improve, thus providing patients with the medicines they need.”

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