Medicinal cannabis is excellent for growing in greenhouses with LED lighting. Some varieties of cannabis plants which receive LED light produce substantially more active medicinal substances than those receiving equally intense lighting from SON-T lamps. A study by Wageningen University and Research showed that medicinal cannabis is easy to grow under strong light.

The worldwide demand for medical cannabis is growing rapidly, so there is also an increasing demand for safe, reliable and efficient production methods. Greenhouse horticulture experts from Wageningen University and Research therefore carried out a study in the spring of 2016 to study the impact of growing conditions on the growth and yield of medicinal cannabis. This involved measuring the quantities of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), among other aspects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is used in the Netherlands to treat various diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis. THC is used to treat disorders such as Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, therapy-resistant glaucoma and symptoms such as weight loss, nausea and vomiting.

The study was commissioned by Lemnis Oreon, developer and manufacturer of LED lighting concepts, and PB Techniek, a supplier to the international horticulture sector.

Source/Photo: Wageningen UR.