One knows times have changed when California Agriculture, the official magazine for the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division features High Times-worthy photos of cannabis flowers on the front cover. In fact, cannabis is the sole focus of the quarterly, peer-reviewed publication.
Since 2017, the University of California’s Cannabis Research Center (CRC) has been hard at work. A 12-person research team, supported by 50 undergraduates, has been conducting groundbreaking research, some of which was presented to the public on Sept. 15 at the Hopland Research and Extension Center.
Team members presented their findings, including the results of a cannabis production survey, which was taken by 350 California cannabis farmers largely located in the Emerald Triangle region. Dr. Van Butsic, assistant cooperative extension specialist and co-director of the Cannabis Research Center, acted as presenter for the event.
Butsic was involved in the grower survey, as well as an additional survey which focused on cannabis water use. He was also one of the researchers responsible for the production of the cannabis edition of the California Agriculture magazine, which tops out at nearly 100 pages and covers a variety of topics: the inclusion of opinions from non-cannabis members of the agricultural community; the costs of mandatory cannabis testing; perceptions of cannabis among Humboldt County timber and ranch owners; an analysis of retail cannabis prices and the characteristics of farms applying for cannabis cultivation permits.
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