New research by Washington State University will explore the best ways to grow cannabis

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The school wants to make cultivating cannabis greener

All over the world, growers use a number of techniques in order to manipulate or modify the growth patterns of their cannabis plants. Such techniques help produce stronger, bushier plants that provide a higher final yield. Although it may seem like a daunting task, growth modification techniques are relatively easy to master. Still, more studies seem to be on the horizon to help all parties involved in this activity. Washington State University (WSU) wants to do its part and that is why its researchers are developing best practices for marijuana cultivation.

All growers are always trying to get the maximum yield from their marijuana crop. And in this eagerness to achieve it, we usually make mistakes that, rather than increasing the production, reduce it and make it worse. That’s why WSU researchers are looking to find several tricks to get more marijuana production, almost for sure.

While greenhouses full of marijuana are legal in several states across the country, there are still poor cultivation techniques that have not been updated to the current era. “There’s a lot of hearsay in this industry,” said Mark Lange, a professor and interim director of Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry. “Many people still follow ‘growing bibles’ developed in illicit basement operations. With the industry expanding and academic institutions growing hemp for scientific purposes, research-based information is necessary.”

In conjunction with his team of experts, Lange seeks to help establish standardized best practices. Once they are established, he wants to put them into the hands of the thousands of marijuana growers, focusing primarily on those who grow large crops in greenhouses.

Through two scientific papers, Lange and his co-authors take on important aspects of marijuana production so that plants can be grown consistently and efficiently. Peer-reviewed, the papers include detailed step-by-step protocols that anyone can follow.