Many things are happening in the Danish cannabis industry. Just this week, the first locally produced cannabis product has been approved by the medicine agency. And a little over one month ago, a new Danish grower has entered formal production. Stenocare started in 2017 and was one of the first companies to receive permission to grow, import, and distribute medical cannabis in Denmark. “Here in the flower room, plants are getting ready to set flowers,” explains Thomas Skovlund Schnegelsberg, CEO of Stenocare. “This is the time that raw materials for medical cannabis products are created.”
Precision cannabis cultivation
Considering the complexity of growing medical cannabis, it does not come as a surprise that the cultivation facility of Stenocare is very high-tech, as well as their methodology. “We only use a special growing medium that is based on rock wool,” he continues.
Indeed, the company grows its plants in a hydroponic system. “The hydroponic approach enables us maximum control of the health and the feeding of plants. When I say feeding, it is watering and fertilizing the plant.”
Watering and fertilizing need to be carried out with the utmost precision if cycles must have the same outcome over and over. For this reason, Stenocare utilizes grow sensors. “The grow sensors that we have to send data to the central computer,” Thomas continues. “These allow the grow team to monitor the health of the roots and decide what kind of mixture of water and fertilizer that is needed for this particular stage of the cycle. Then, they can deliver that directly to the roots through drippers.”
Consistency is key
The utmost care and precision with which Thomas and Stenocare grow their cannabis is very much necessary to comply with the high standards of the Danish medicines agency. “The process in this room, and all the way to the harvest, is to make sure that the plants are identical,” he remarks. “They need to have 6 stems or branches, they need to have an even canopy so they can benefit equally from the lights in the room. This is part of the process to meet the strict requirements and quality demands of the medicine agency.”