Cannaculture [cann-a-kuhl-cher]

noun

1.

the culture or cultivation of cannabis; cannabis-growing.

2.

the study or science of cannabis and its culture.

Cannaculture is the science, production, and study of cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, cannabis afghanica and cannabis ruderalis .  It deals with the series of events that occur in the grow room, greenhouse or farms.  Just as viticulture is to grapes, cannaculture is to cannabis. We here at the Cannabis Horticultural Association are pushing for standards defining it as branch of the science of horticulture.

Cannabis Sativa originated from Central Asia thousands of years ago and spread outwards as humans began to cultivate the crop.  Short, wild-growing varieties, such as C. indica and C. ruderalis have also been found in other regions, such as Afghanistan, which suggests that humans have played a significant role in shaping the characteristics of cannabis through dedicated breeding and cultivation. The plant has demonstrated high levels of adaptability and will sometimes mutate to accommodate a new environment after its introduction. For this reason, cannaculture can be found on almost every continent on the planet.

Duties of the cannaculturist include monitoring and controlling pests and diseases, fertilizing, irrigation, canopy management, monitoring flower development and characteristics, deciding when to harvest, curing and post production processing.  Further maintenance during down time and off seasons also require time management.  The CHA is proud to frame cannaculture as a new branch of horticultural science.  Be prepared for amazing new revelations from cannabis as this burgeoning industry rapidly expands into a worldwide commodity over the coming decades.