Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis Cultivation

DURATION: 8 Hours

Nº OF PARTICIPANTS: 20

This course is aimed for medical Cannabis industry professionals in Europe, specifically, those who are directly involved in plant cultivation but also those who wish to complement their role in medical cannabis companies with a comprehensive understanding of the process of commercial cultivation.

  1. Introduction to Cannabis Horticulture Fundamentals
    • Cannabis botany – genetics, anatomy, cannabinoids, and terpenes.
    • Plant Cultivation Techniques (outdoor, indoor, greenhouse).
    • Grow Media – Rockwool, Coco, Soil.
    • Light, CO2 and Nutrients.
    • Grow Room Design – ventilation, lighting, hydroponics, CO2 supplementation, plant density.
    • GACP vs GMP.
  2. Cannabis Propagation
    • Seeds.
    • Cloning.
    • Micropropagation.
  3. Understanding the Vegetative Cycle
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Vegetative Cannabis.
    • Vegetative Plant Requirements – Light, CO2, Nutrients.
    • Common Challenges during the Vegetative Cycle – Reducing and Managing Risk.
    • Maximizing Yields.
  4. Understanding the Flowering Cycle
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Flowering Cannabis.
    • Flowering Plant Requirements – Light, CO2, Nutrients.
    • Common Challenges during the Flowering Stage – Reducing and Managing Risk.
    • Maximizing Yields.
  5. Nutrient Management and Troubleshooting
    • Understanding pH and EC.
    • Fertigation Techniques.
    • Essential Nutrients for Optimized Growth.
    • Troubleshooting Nutrient Disorders.
    • Leachate Monitoring.
    • Leaf Tissue Analysis.
    • Essential Equipment.
  6. Integrated Pest Management for Cannabis Pests and Diseases
    • Introduction to most common Cannabis Pests.
    • Positively identifying pests.
    • Introduction to most common Cannabis Diseases.
    • Positively identifying disease.
    • Approved Products for Cannabis IPM – curative action.
    • Structuring an effective IPM program – crop monitoring and preventative action.
    • Understanding and Minimizing Risk.
    • Essential Equipment.
  7. Cannabis Plant Harvest
    • Understanding Plant Ripening Phase.
    • Cannabis Harvest Indicators – in process testing.
    • Harvest Techniques.
    • Understanding and Minimizing Risk During Plant Harvest.
    • Post-harvest processing.
    • Essential Equipment.
  8. Drying and Curing Cannabis
    • Introduction to the drying and curing process.
    • In process controls for a consistent end-product.
    • Environmental monitoring.
    • Assessing the impact of the drying and curing process.
    • Essential Equipment.
  9. Summary and Q&A
    • Recommended Educational Resources.
    • Future Training Opportunities.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the theory and practice of cultivating cannabis from “seed to harvest,” that is, from an initial starting material of seeds or clones, until a finished dry and cured product.

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