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at the heart of therapeutic cannabis production


Video length: 3 min.

France 2

Article written by

F.Prabonnaud, M.Niewenglowski, J.Pires

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France 2

France Televisions

Olivier Véran went to a hospital in Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) on Friday March 26, to attend the first prescription of a therapeutic cannabis protocol. The plant’s production market is legal and regulated, as in Portugal in particular.

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Known for its wine, Cantanhede (Portugal) is now home to a new production. Cannabis grows here legally. A Canadian leader in therapeutic cannabis has invested 20 million euros to supply the European market. 200 employees work in the factory. In greenhouses, protection is reinforced. “As they will be working with the plants, they must wear full equipment, explains Cristina Almeida, quality control manager at the Tilray-Cantanhede factory. We protect plants from contamination. “These plants will indeed provide the raw material for medicines.

Mother plants are imported from Canada, where medical cannabis has been licensed for almost 20 years. They are then cloned by cuttings. The cuttings grow 14 days under purple light, then are selected. Growth lasts 10-16 weeks in greenhouses, where everything is controlled from humidity and temperature to nutrients and light. Under these artificial conditions, harvests are possible every three months. Once harvested, the flowers are then processed in another part of the plant, with highly restricted access. Flowers and oil are stored in a secure cage. The raw material will go to laboratories in Germany, to be transformed into medicine.

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