Being an international knowledge partner and supplier in the cannabis industry, Royal Brinkman has introduced innovative cultivation methods that enhance the genetic potential of cannabis plants. These cultivation methods are developed by an international team of dedicated cannabis specialists (Can-Hub) and consist of the latest emerging technologies. These methods and the outcomes of the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) medicinal cannabis trials enable Royal Brinkman to provide valuable advice and knowledge to world-wide cannabis growers.
The medicinal applicability of cannabis-based products is mostly determined by the cannabinoid percentages inside the flowers of the cannabis plant. Higher cannabinoid percentages strengthen the medicinal effect or increase the amount of active ingredients that can be extracted. A differentiation can be made between cannabis varieties based on their composition of cannabinoids.
In our latest trial, we set out to determine the positive effects that optimal water quality and most importantly increased levels of Dissolved Oxygen can have on Cannabis grown in a commercial environment. Water quality is one of the most important pillars for cultivation and has a major impact on plant health and production.
The WUR medicinal cannabis trials contained four cannabis varieties each, three THC varieties and one mixed variety that contained both THC and CBD. One of the cultivation methods, involves research of water quality on cannabinoid levels which we will focus on below.
The trials contained four varieties that were compared in two groups. A control group, used tap water with standard water quality to irrigate the crops. The second group, integrated a water treatment technology that improved the water quality of the irrigation water that resulted in healthier root zones. The treatment resulted in an increase in cannabinoid percentages in all four cannabis varieties compared to the control group as displayed in tables 1 and 2. On average, the research showed increases up to 19% in the trials WUR did. Despite that, the production weight of the dried flowers showed varied results, the total weight of cannabinoids in these flowers in all cannabis plants increased.
The results of these trials are certainly a promising indication that optimized water quality can make a big difference to cannabinoid outcomes at a commercial level.
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