Cannabis drying expert joins the Legal Cannabis Coalition

The upcoming Dutch plan to legalize the cultivation of recreational cannabis in the form of an experiment has been eyed by many companies. Considering the level of complexity of indoor cannabis cultivation facilities, the best practice approach is to rely on experts that know all the details that need to be taken into consideration. Exactly for this purpose, the Legal Cannabis Coalition (LCC) was founded in 2019, uniting many of the best Dutch horticultural suppliers and service providers under one umbrella. “The LCC includes specialized companies that construct greenhouses, others design irrigation systems or install LED lights, but the LCC also has members with experience in cannabis R&D and medicine development. There was an important piece left to complete the puzzle,” Nick Abbingh with says. “So, the Coalition entered into a discussion with us, as we are a spin-off of the number one expert in agricultural drying in the Netherlands with 45 years of experience with drying all sorts of agricultural crops, and since several years also for the cannabis industry. Thus, we decided to join the participants of the LCC with everything related to drying cannabis.”

A tradition in horticulture and cannabis
The Netherlands is one of the horticulture centers of the world, and this can be seen by just traveling through the country, where greenhouses of all sizes pop up everywhere. “We are the best at horticulture, and we also have a long cannabis tradition,” Nick points out. “We have knowledge of both of these worlds; when it comes to cannabis, this knowledge is not literally ‘written’, as we all are aware of the difficulties of researching such a plant in the past years. But that knowledge is out there, and with the LCC we are going to share that with customers around the world.”

Drying cart

The importance of the last stretch 
The drying process is one of the last operations in a cultivation facility, yet it is as important as all the other aspects. One misstep during this phase, and the entire yield might be compromised. “You need to control the environment throughout the entire production process, and that includes the drying as well,” Nick remarks. “It is critical to dry in a very controlled fashion, so that a grower can further upgrade the cannabinoid and terpene profiles; that’s why it is of the utmost importance to have a controlled drying system, to have an oversight during this crucial stage. It is unfortunate to see that a top product from the greenhouse or growth room loses its quality due to poor, uneven and uncontrolled drying.”

Drying cell

Control over the drying process is rapidly becoming the Dutch expert of drying cannabis, and that expertise can be seen in their products as well. “We offer different drying solutions such as drying-cabinets, drying carts (stems or buds) and large-scale drying cells. We have drying cabinets that are suitable to dry up to 7 kilos of cannabis (dried). But we also have drying cells for bigger operations, which can dry up to 80 kilos, depending on the configuration. The message is that, all different solutions are scalable and can meet every need of a grower.”

The solutions of ensure full control over the drying process, but also the curing. “Everything can be controlled through software, where you can dial in how you want to dry your cannabis. Not only can a grower control per drying-phase the temperature, but also the airflow and the humidity for drying in 3 days up to 15 days. All of this can be done from a touch-screen, through your mobile phone, tablet or from your PC.”

Thus, it goes without saying that the LCC has added the drying expert they needed. “The idea is that if you want to start a cannabis farm, you contact the LCC or and we provide a one-stop shop for all you questions; from engineering and building to plant, substrate and nutrition up to the drying. Through joining forces, we are going to apply the Dutch approach to the cannabis industry as well, the same approach that has proven itself to be successful in horticulture.”

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