Cannabis Science and Technology is a leading online platform that provides the latest updates on analytical testing, cultivation, extraction, and more in the cannabis industry. In 2023, the platform conducted various video interviews with important figures in the cannabis field, from researchers to cultivators to medical professionals and more. Here we present the top 5 most-viewed video interviews of the year—catch up on information you may have missed and get a glimpse of the possibilities coming in 2024!
1. Vapor Pressure Deficit: Highlighting the Need to Maximize Cannabis Crops
The cannabis industry is evolving at a rapid rate. Growers are all looking for ways to produce the most profitable crops in an industry that lacks standardization and guidelines. One tool that has been beneficial in cannabis cultivation is vapor pressure deficit (VPD), which has been found to be very important for how nutrients are transported throughout the plant. In this video interview, Hannia Mendoza-Dickey, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Robert Manes, Curtis Mathes Corporation; and Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, University of Texas at El Paso, Curtis Mathes Corporation, discuss the significance of VPD, why the cannabis industry is moving forward with this process, and a preview of their upcoming article titled “Intensity and Spectrum: The Role of Lighting in Vapor Pressure Deficit.”
2. Areas of Growth: A Closer Look at Research on Cannabis Propagation
The field of cannabis horticulture is ever-evolving and offers many opportunities for innovation and experimentation. In this video interview, Jessica Lubell-Brand, PhD, professor of horticulture at the University of Connecticut with the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture provides insights into the findings of her laboratory’s recent studies of the “retipping” method of propagating cannabis. She also shares details on her current research with cannabis breeding techniques and how studies like these can benefit the future of cannabis growing.
3. Industry Thought Leaders: Meet the People Driving the Cannabis Industry Forward
In this video interview series, we sit down with several speakers from 2023 Cannabis Science Conference events to learn about their expertise and backgrounds in the cannabis industry. Join us to learn more about Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Jini Glaros, Dr. Miyabe Shields, and Adam Jacques. They share their perspectives on topics such as cannabis education, social equity, analytical testing, and medical cannabis.
4. The Drive for Sustainability in Cannabis Cultivation Practices
As cannabis reform and acceptance expands in the US, so does its impact on the environment. In the rapidly evolving landscape of cannabis cultivation, one organization is looking toward more sustainable and ethical approaches to cannabis growing. In this video interview, we speak with Derek Smith, executive director of the Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a nonprofit organization that promotes and quantifies energy, carbon, and water conservation in the cannabis industry. He talks about the challenges and opportunities for improving the environmental performance of cannabis cultivation, the role of data and standards, and the benefits of joining the RII community.
5. The Future of Cannabis Research: A Conversation with Dr. Sue Sisley
Dr. Sue Sisley is a physician and researcher who has been at the forefront of cannabis research for over a decade. She is best known for her groundbreaking study on the use of cannabis for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, which faced many obstacles and delays from the federal government. In this video interview, she shares her insights on the current state and future directions of cannabis research, the challenges and limitations of working with federally approved cannabis, and the importance of patient advocacy and education.