The Spanish province of Salamanca is exploring the benefits that cannabis cultivation could bring to its economy, as well as the medical properties of the plant. It is expected that the project will be backed up by the Agricultural Technology Institute and the Food Science Research Institute and it will be done in six phases with an estimated time for completion of 36 months.
Cannabis is one of the products that many people are unaware of all its properties, especially its application as a medical treatment for some illnesses. Therefore, the region wants to promote industrial research of this plant and to evaluate the potential of cannabis cultivation for the sustainable development of the Spanish province of Salamanca.
This cannabis project will have the collaboration of the Food Science Research Institute of Spain, having as director Dr. Dolores del Castillo, a respectable figure in food science worldwide. In addition, very soon could be joined by the Agricultural Technology Institute of the Castilla y Leon Government.
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Salamanca’s cannabis project will have six different phases
All this will be done in six different phases, which will take place during the 36 months that the research on cannabis will last in the province.
The milestones of this ambitious project will be as follows: Chemical characterization of botanical species and varieties of cannabis, selection of species and varieties for regular consumption as an ingredient, quality and safety of honey from bees living in hemp fields, quality and safety of eggs and meat derivatives, characterization of the chemical composition of the structural parts of the plant, selection of plant parts for use as a sustainable natural source of ingredients for the promotion of animal and human health, a proposal for application in food, health and cosmetics, and finally dissemination of results.
During these phases, general objectives will be sought: to guarantee food safety and to characterize the cannabis cultivated in the region and products generated from it for animal and human consumption, which would help to increase the popularity of the plant and to increase people’s knowledge about it.
The project will seek the stimulation of Salamanca’s economy
Next, the project would be framed in the Social Challenge 2 of the 2020 Horizon, and it will contribute to the valorization of the food chain, the sustainability of the agricultural sector and the policy for the reduction of the emptied Spain through the stimulation of the economy of Salamanca.
“This project is being developed by private funds, although the collaboration of institutions from the Junta de Castilla y León is expected soon. In addition, we also hope that there will be a change in the legislation because the current legislation on cannabis cultivation dates from the 1960s, so it is obsolete and creates tremendous legal uncertainty for those who want to buy the products,” said Antonio Castaño, promoter of this project. He also added that “we have to submit to a certain seed and this only certifies that you will not get high levels of cannabinoids but does not guarantee that the THC will not rise in the crop. All this cultivation we have is carried out in large part thanks to the Hempvalley company, which helps me financially so that everything goes well,” concluded Castaño.
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