Research focused on planting practices is often conducted by trained professionals, expert researchers, or groups with vested interest. Furthermore, plant growing is often done in lab settings that lack the realism of the outside environment. Given that researchers are able to create controlled experimental set-ups while home gardeners must work with what they have (in terms of space, products, and tools), this creates major differences in plant outcomes between the two groups (Pertwee, 2014).
There is little to no information available on how home gardeners and their gardening practices affect pharmaceutical plant growth, anatomy, and yield. After consenting to participate in this project, home gardeners will be providing researchers with data on the soil, fertilizer, lighting, pH, watering levels and intensity, humidity, plant height, morphology, lighting, fertilizer, and temperature conditions of their plant.
Collecting this data will allow researchers to find trends and patterns in gardening tendencies of citizens. Data will also allow researchers to do statistics and draw preliminary insights and questions on how different environmental variables can individually or collaboratively affect pharmaceutical plant characteristics. As well, knowing common planting conditions among citizens allows for the creation of a normalized pharmaceutical gardening guide within the context of Canadian society.
We hope this guide will help home gardeners optimize plant yield and avoid common mistakes when growing pharmaceutical plants. By working closely with citizens to collect data and publicize findings, pharmaceutical plant expertise will no longer be exclusive to academics or trained professionals and can now be possessed by those from the general community (Penn, 2013).
Penn, R.A. (2013). Establishing expertise: Canadian community-based medical cannabis dispensaries as embodied health movement organisations. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25: 372-377. Link.
Pertwee, R.G. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.