Medical cannabis is the wave of the future. Globally, places are increasingly using cannabis buds to treat patients ailing from a wide range of illnesses. Everything from curable disorders, such as writer’s cramp and diarrhea to ore deadly ones, like cancer and AIDS, have all been proven to be treatable with medical cannabis. However, cannabis advocates have identified consistencies with the weed produced (i.e. cannabinoid levels).To put it simply, the chemical makeup of weed differs from plant to plant, which is a major dilemma when it comes to pharmaceutical products. Associates at Universal Botanicals Inc believe that they are on the right track to rectifying consistency problems with their new state of the art growing system, according to the website for Alternative Medicine Maryland, a Black-owned medical cannabis outfit vying for one of the coveted licenses to operate in Maryland.
Currently, the Universal Botanicals facility in Canada is one-of-a-kind in North America. The company’s endeavors have received praise from Professor Raphael Mechoulam, referred to by many as “the Father of Medical Marijuana Research.” The Alternative Medicine Maryland site describes what Universal Botanicals does:
Universal Botanicals has created an unprecedented automated pharmaceutical-grade ecosystem which can accurately control and monitor every aspect of the plant’s growing cycle including lighting, humidity controls, CO2 levels, temperature, irrigation, and soil nutrition. Every small detail of the environment is precisely regulated including automated lighting spectrums that are set to accurate levels to mimic the natural properties of daylight from morning to dusk. This level of precision sets Universal Botanicals’ process apart from traditional cultivation processes and produces a bio-chemically consistent product batch after batch. As the technology perfects the optimal grow environment for a particular strain, the computer system can replicate that environment so that each lot is bio-chemically standardized and can thus be formulated into medication with constant medicinal properties.
If Universal Botanicals is able to perfect its method, it could mean a new day when it comes to cannabis consumption. “A big part of this process and method is to remove the stigmatism of the recreational market and emphasize that this plant does have medicinal properties,” said Hoffman. “There is a place for this plant in the medicinal realm and we want to make it as medicinal as possible and give people faith in the product.”