CCSP – FAQs

What is the CCSP?
How do I fit into the CCSP?
What do you want from me?
How long will I be participating in this project?
How should I grow my plant?
What Cannabis seeds do I need to participate in this study?
When can I start planting?
What are these tools you gave me and what are they for?
When should I start collecting data?
What am I supposed to be taking photos of? What do I do with these photos?
What is the timeline of participation for this project?
I forgot to do my survey or take my photos this week. What should I do?
Am I allowed to keep my plant (and tools) after my participation is over?
How do I know when my plant is ready for harvest?
My plant isn’t doing too great. Is this bad?
My plant is dead. What do I do?
How wilI I get my lab results?
How can I contact researchers for whatever reason?
How can I ask questions to the FAQ?
Safety Precautions To Consider



What is the CCSP?

CCSP stands for Cannabis Citizen Science Project and is also know as the “Crowdfunding Best Practices in Cannabis Cultivation” project. Visit our Background Information page for a detailed description of the intent of this project, as well as some supporting references.



How do I fit into the CCSP?

You will be caring for your plant as you usually would and providing us information on what you do. It will be your job to use the tools provided for you, courtesy of us, to measure different characteristics of your plant and the environment. This information can be sent to us through the surveys we send you, as well as uploading pictures of your plants to the surveys. These surveys should be done once a week.



What do you want from me?

We want to know your gardening practices and conditions! Please give this to use by doing your online surveys and uploading photos of your gardening conditions every week.



How long will I be participating in this project?

We expect your participation to last approximately 15 weeks as that it the average time it takes for your plant to mature enough for harvest. That being said, you are free to withdrawal from this experiment at any time and face no penalties. All data collected up until withdrawal will be retained by the lab.



What Cannabis seeds do I need to participate in this study?

You can use Cannabis seeds from any source or strain to participate in this study. This can include any home-grown seeds, commercially bought seeds, seeds your received from a friend, and so on. All seeds are welcome! Only one seed is needed for participation and it must be unplanted before the start of this study. This seed and its growth will be the focus of observation.

If you decide that you are going to purchase Cannabis seeds in order to participate in this study, you will not be reimbursed for this cost.



How should I grow my plant?

You can grow your plant however you would like! There are no specific rules that you have to follow. You are completely in control of how your plant is taken care of. That being said, you are not restricted to your own self for information on how to grow your plant. If you want you may refer to the internet, books, friends, family, or even lab members for advice on how to grow your plant. Just remember to keep us in the loop about what your gardening conditions by completing your weekly surveys and photo uploads.



When can I start planting?

As soon as you receive your plant, you may begin planting.



What are these tools you gave me and what are they for?

These are tools to measure the gardening conditions of your plant. In your kit you should receive:

  • (x1) Measuring Tape – To measure the height of your plant, as well as the length and width of your biggest leaflet.
  • (x1) Hygrometer/Humidity Meter – To measure the humidity of the air that your plant is growing in.
  • (x1) Thermometer – To measure the temperature that your plant is growing in.
  • (x1) Paper Ruler – To measure the dimensions and shape of your leaves.
  • (x1) Measuring Cup – To measure the volume of water you are giving your plant.
  • (x3) Test Tubes – To put soil in to measure pH; To place bud and leaf sample in for protection during mail transit
  • (x10) pH Strips – To measure the pH of your soil (not measured every week, should be done tri- weekly, refer to schedule below for more details).
  • (x2) Mailer Bag – To mail your bud sample to the lab for analysis (labelled with the analysis lab address); To mail your leaf sample to researchers (labelled with the researchers lab address)
  • (x2) Stamps – To put on your mailer bag to mail your plant sample
  • (x1) Cytiva Whatman™ 3MM Chr Chromatography Paper – To collect plant DNA to send to researchers



When should I start collecting data?

You should start collecting data from the moment you have placed your plant in its growing medium. From that day on, data should be collected every week. For example, if you germinate your seed on a Tuesday but didn’t plant your sapling in soil until Friday, Friday should be considered your official start date. From there, you should be doing your online surveys and uploading photos of your growing conditions every Friday.



What am I supposed to be taking photos of? What do I do with these photos?

You will be taking photos of your plant and the gardening conditions of your plant. These photos should be uploaded to your weekly survey.

  1. Photo of your largest leaf against the paper ruler
  2. Photo of the overall plant
  3. Photo of any fertilizer or nutritional supplement you used on your plant



What is the timeline of participation for this project?

We expect this project to last approximately 12-15 weeks. Project duration is unique to every participant as things like plant decline, plant death, or shorter or longer maturation periods may reduce or extend the duration of the project. Here is a general schedule:


(START) Week 0 = sign consent form, germinate seed, establish plant in growing conditions, complete introductory survey
Week 1 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 2 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 3 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 4 = upload photos, complete weekly survey, collect pH data and upload photo of reading
Week 5 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 6 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 7 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 8 = upload photos, complete weekly survey, collect pH data and upload photo of reading
Week 9 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 10 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 11 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 12 = upload photos, complete weekly survey, collect pH data and upload photo of reading
Week 13 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
Week 14 = upload photos, complete weekly survey
(END) Week 15 = upload photos, complete weekly survey, complete plant harvest survey, mail plant sample to lab for analysis

*NOTE: plants are ready for harvest generally sometime from week 12-15. Whenever you plant is ready for harvest is when you should mail your samples in for analysis as well as complete a plant harvest survey.



I forgot to do my survey or take my photos this week. What should I do?

All you have to do is complete the surveys and photo uploads as soon as possible. Do not wait until the following week(s) and combine multiple weeks of data into one upload/survey. This ensures that the data is still collected for the appropriate week and your project schedule doesn’t become skewed. You will not be penalized, punished, or in trouble if you forget to provide us data.



Am I allowed to keep my plant (and tools) after my participation is over?

Yes, yes, and yes.



How do I know when my plant is ready for harvest?

Your plant is ready for harvest when it reaches its flowering stage. This stage is characterized by your plant producing buds and flowers on it. If you plant only has leaves, it has not yet reached its flowering stage.



My plant isn’t doing too great. Is this bad?

This is not bad at all. It is 100% okay if your plant is declining. You will not be penalized, punished, or in trouble if your plant is not thriving. If you find yourself in this situation, all that we ask is that you still provide us information on your plant and your gardening conditions every week. It would even be really great if you could provide us extra details about your plant’s decline in the “additional info” section of our online surveys.



My plant is dead. What do I do?

If your plant dies, just let us know. This allows us to record and end your participation so that we don’t keep bothering you with emails. You will not be penalized, punished, or in trouble if your plant dies. In terms of your dead plant, you may get rid of it in whatever way you choose.

How will I get my lab results?

The lab will send the results to us and we will email you your results. Although this sounds more complicated than it needs to be, is it only to protect your confidentiality and privacy.

How can I contact researchers for whatever reason?

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your the project, participation, project instructions, or gardening advice, feel free to email us at csp@ryerson.ca. We check your responses frequently!



How can I add questions to the FAQ?

Please contact us at csp@ryerson.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

Safety Precautions To Consider

Physical safety precautions when growing cannabis:
Home Cultivation and ACMPR Safety resources

Gardening Precautions:
Pesticide Safety, EPA’s pesticide guide

Health Precautions
Cannabis as a psychoactive

Children and animal safety
Children and Pesticides, Animals and Pesticides

Ontario Cannabis Law

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