Standardizing the profile of medical compounds in cannabis using space exploration technology
The Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility at the University of Guelph in Canada is among the world’s leading venues for research and technology development devoted to biological life support (ie. plants in space) for human space exploration. The requirements for high fidelity environment control for reliable and safe food production in space are among the most critical issues to resolve as food determines how far from Earth we can go and how long we can stay. These same plant production technologies have equally useful applications here on Earth, especially in the phyto-pharmaceutical field of medical cannabis. The University of Guelph has recently initiated a campaign to support the establishment of the Guelph Centre for Cannabis Research (GCCR). The prospect of raising cannabis to the status of a conventional pharmaceutical commodity requires breeding and horticultural management strategies, including environment control recipes, that ensure the standardization of the profile of medical compounds. The research activities proposed for the GCCR will address these issues among a wide ranging program to include topics from policy and regulation through to pest, pathogens and waste management.
Introduction and Opening Remarks By: Jason Moscovici