The Tree of Life, CSCA is working on a scientific research program on the effects of controlled growing on adult responsible cannabis users. This program makes it possible for consumers to rely on accurate information about the growing process, the quality and the chemistry of the cannabis which will be produced exclusively for the members of the association.
The scientific research program will be performed under a special exemption from the Dutch Opium Law to be issued by the ministry of Public Health.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA, Institute of Criminology) and the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC) have set up the research plan.
According to the plan, the members of the Tree of Life, CSCA will first choose the strains that will be grown in a controlled, standardized way. The cannabis will be cultivated free from pesticides and unwanted additives. The growing location will be set up following the most advanced technical standards and safety regulations. The growing operations will be performed by certified growers who will rigorously apply good agricultural practices’ protocols. The growing conditions will be constantly monitored.
Samples of the end product will be transmitted to a University or Pharmaceutical lab that will perform all required quality tests and compound analysis. The analytical results will be published on the product label. For more information a digital leaflet will be accessible through a QR code. Members’ surveys and evaluations will assess whether the controlled growing and the way the product information is presented fulfil to the needs of the consumers. Following the evaluation, new cannabis strains might be grown and the product information will be adjusted according to the members’ feedback.
The research program will last 3,5 years and will be concluded by a final report that hopefully will contain new valuable insights for cannabis users, scientists and policy makers.