Innovations

NZ: Govt. to invest $ 2.5 million in a tech start-up working in the cannabis space

The Government will be investing $2.5 million in a tech start-up working in the cannabis space. The grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will be paid over five years to ag-tech firm BioLumic, which develops technology to aid in the agriculture of crops. "The result of the…

A software to find them all

Cannabiz Media has created a database software to do research and find information about operators throughout the cannabis and hemp supply chains in the US, Canada and now across the globe. “We aim to simplify business development for companies and individuals looking to expand within the cannabis and hemp industries,” says Ed…

US (RI): Rhode Island looking for tech to track MMJ

Rhode Island is hoping that blockchain technology can enhance the state’s efforts to track the medical marijuana industry and identify bad actors, according to a notice…

The science of industrial scale pharmaceutical cannabinoid production

With the very recent loosening of restrictions on cannabis research across the world, the pharmaceutical industry is playing catchup following decades prohibition. More than…

Leveraging chemotyping techniques for data-driven classification of cannabis

Cannabis chemotyping might seem, at first glance, to be a trendy new buzz phrase in the industry. Efforts, though, have been underway for decades to establish an objective classification system to distinguish angiosperm specimens of the family Cannabaceae based on their suite of chemical constituents.…

Uruguay and Argentina join the cannabis research conversation

South America is famous as a cannabis production region, and across the world, cannabis companies are flocking to the area to take advantage of the cheap production opportunities. Latin American governments seek greater recognition, not just for their growing season, but also for science and innovation.…

Spanish company develops first THC-free cannabis plant

A Spanish company, Hemp Trading, has developed a new cannabis strain that has no THC. This development became possible after the company partnered with UPV (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia) university in Spain. The new cannabis plant is expected to have numerous therapeutic benefits. This…

US (WA): Washington State University releases first analysis of cannabis genetic and chemical charatcteristics

Research from Washington State University could provide government regulators with powerful new tools for addressing a bevy of commercial claims and other concerns as…

Breakthrough technique for studying gene expression takes root in plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a popular method for…

Creating cannabinoids through biosynthesis

Right now, traditional agricultural practices are the main production method of natural cannabinoids. It takes months to create a final product, whether trimmed flower or an…

Beyond THC and CBD

Complex as cannabis may be, with more than 100 cannabinoids identified to date, most of the attention is usually placed on two particular compounds: THC and cannabidiol (CBD). These are arguably the…

US (IA): Iowa City company offering drones to make farming more efficient

Iowa City based company Rantizo is making waves in the farming community with their new drone systems aimed at making crop dusting more efficient. "One of the overarching issues is population is growing but there are fewer people working in agriculture," Michael Ott, the CEO for Rantizo said. "We need to…

UK: Launching a new platform to facilitate the licensed import of MMJ across Europe

The first platform to facilitate the licenced importation of medical cannabis into Europe has formally launched in the UK. Astral Health will act as a gateway to the European cannabis market, providing a simple and efficient system for the licenced import and distribution of approved medical cannabis…

CAN: Company invests in Kiwi research to improve cannabis crops

The world's largest grower and supplier of medicinal cannabis has invested more than $2 million in a small Kiwi agri-tech company. Canadian company Canopy Rivers' investment…

Canopy Rivers backs UV crop yield enhancement system

BioLumic and Canopy Rivers have announced a strategic investment from Canopy Rivers. BioLumic extended the Finistere Ventures-led Series A financing round to include Canopy…

Hemp seeds safely reached the space station

Hemp seeds found their way safely aboard the International Space Station last week. But is this the first time cannabis has been in space? Back in October last year we…

Cannabis gene science through AI platform

Evogene is an Israeli seed company that uses research and development to improve crop performance. The company uses plant genomics and biotechnology to create plants and…

US (CA): US firm commences development of AI based hemp cultivation monitoring systems

Sugarmade has announced a new corporate initiative to develop cultivation monitoring systems for hemp and other agricultural commodities. "The Artificial Intelligence (AI)…

New research gives insights into effect of light cycles on cannabis flowering

While many appreciate the therapeutic and recreational benefits of cannabis, few are familiar with the process that governs cannabis flowering, or the conditions that are required for optimal growth. When cannabis reaches the flowering stage, vegetative growth slows and flower buds begin to appear. As…

The need for standardization in MMJ testing

There has been a move towards the legalization of cannabis for medical and/or recreational use across many countries and US states in recent years, leading to greater demand…

US (CA): California resort to Israeli know-how for MMJ research

When Israeli plant scientist Nirit Bernstein got a call five years ago from a research institute asking if she’d be interested in working on the cultivation of medical…

Dissecting the cannabis genome to improve medicinal effects

For millennia, humans have grown Cannabis for fiber, food, oil and — yes — for that telltale buzz. And today, Cannabis is a booming business. Marijuana is legal in ten states…

Facebook uses cannabis and broccoli to demonstrate its AI

Cannabis buds and tempura broccoli can look oddly similar out of context, but Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology can tell the difference. Is it broccoli or is it cannabis? The difference might be clear to the human eye, but to a computer they can both be interpreted as green and quite…

"desire to fill the research void"

Harvard Medical School to dive into cannabinoids

Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of Harvard University and MIT, has made gifts to both alma maters to support fundamental research into the effects of cannabis on the brain and behavior. The total gift of $9 million ($4.5 million to each institution) represents the largest donation to date to support…

When the 'internet of things' meet the cannabis industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the extension of internet connectivity in everyday objects that weren’t typically associated with wifi, such as refrigerators, cars,…

US (WN): University of Wisconsin announces hemp research project

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have announced a plan to research industrial hemp and the best practices for growing it. The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal for the first time in decades to grow and sell industrial hemp. For the growing season of 2019 more than 1,400 people applied to the…

Studying hemp seeds in the International Space Station

Scheduled to launch on April 30th at 4:22 AM EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Tango customer payloads will be making their departure for the International Space Station for the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services-17 (CRS-17) mission. Among the amazing science customers are exploring with…

US: Cannabis tech start ups are blooming

If you happen to be searching for pot sales analytics today, on the annual 4/20 holiday celebrated by marijuana aficionados, look no further than the Pacific Northwest. Seattle startup Headset, a marijuana retail business data intelligence provider, knows that sales grew by 111 percent on this day last…

TH: Rangsit unit to launch MMJ research center

Rangsit University on Tuesday launched what it claims to be Thailand’s first medical cannabis research institution. At a press conference held on campus today, Rector Arthit…

CA (BC): The cherry wine hemp seeds have been confirmed as feminized

Future Farm Technologies reported that Cherry Wine Hemp seeds produced from Future Farm Maine’s 2018 harvest have been confirmed as feminized. This attribute makes the seeds even more desirable for farmers. “We are excited that the results came back as we had expected,” comments William Gildea, CEO of…

Challenges in MMJ technologies: Lack of investments and need of budgets and support

Israel is one of the leading countries in the research on medical cannabis. The country's knowledge on the matter was made even clear during the Cannatech. As we have showed in our photo report , the industry is looking forward to address future challenges . In the following article by Shay Arad, the…

CA: Delta company creates system to handle cannabis waste

A Delta company that has developed a portable technology for processing cannabis waste celebrated the official product launch Monday. Having already developed an innovate…

Producing cannabis without plants

Canadian companies are racing to get an edge in the new frontier of the cannabis industry — which does not involve the leafy green plant at all. An increasing number of licensed producers and biotechnology firms are moving towards synthetic production of THC and other cannabinoids in a lab, using…

US (UT): State universities to collaborate in legal cannabis research

Two leading universities in the state, University of Utah and Utah State University, are collaborating in legal hemp research. After the 2018 Farm Bill was signed in December,…

"Stay open to experimentation"

In an opinion piece by Cody Yaeger, the relationship between the cannabis industry and experimentation is explored. "The beauty of growing any plant is there are a thousand ways to proceed and obtain…

"Cannabis isn't lettuce"

Not many people can boast almost 50 years of experience within the horticultural industry. Glenn Behrman, President and founder of Greentech Agro and CEA Advisors and developer of the Growtainer® and Growracks®, is part of this very exclusive group. “In 2010 I was among the first to see potential in indoor farming. But first, I…

"Condensation and high ventilation perfect for cannabis cultivation"

Tailor-made structures for the ETFE film

F-Clean Foil is a unique film that demands a tailor made structure. This is what the engineering team at Profit Agro had in mind when they developed the new construction for the F-clean film. They introduced it to the market as their ‘Top Light Greenhouse’, but every structure and solution they supply is…

Using LED to grow cannabis

When Highland Grow first started growing, they installed traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. They quickly ran into challenges in their growing rooms. The HPS fixtures frequently caused the rooms to overheat and dry out. As a result, the plants were not producing consistently dense buds. Frank MacMaster, President of…


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