Cannabis Events 2019

2018 was a busy year for cannabis, with important events like the legalisation of adult use of cannabis in Canada and the legalisation of hemp in the USA. These events undoubtedly had a profound effect on how cannabis is viewed around the world. The number of countries implementing medical cannabis laws is growing, even in the Asian region, as countries such as South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia are implementing medical cannabis legislation.

2019 is looking to be even bigger. If we look at the ever-growing number of cannabis related events happening this year, we can see a trend of exponential growth of business conferences, expos and hemp events. With so many event happening all over the world, it is essential to have an overview of all the major events happening each month in different countries.

If you are interested is specific regions, below are the links to posts that cover EU, Canada, USA and Latin America.

For a general overview of all the world cannabis events, you will find them below in chronological order. This way, you can choose which events to attend all year around (the dates are in DD.MM.YEAR format).

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There will certainly be many more cannabis events announced during the year and I will add them accordingly. If I missed any relevant 2019 events, please let me know in the comments, so I can add them to the list.

USA Cannabis Events 2019

2019 is going to be one of the busiest years for cannabis in the USA, as is confirmed by the increasing number of cannabis related events happening in different parts of the country.

Last year’s legalization of hemp will have a huge impact on the number of hemp related events and will undoubtedly be a crop that many farmers looking at for its economic benefits and multipurpose use. There is an increase in business conferences and CBD related events, while the scientific conferences are still a few, but very professionally organized.

California is still the leader in the number of cannabis events, but other states are following and we are seeing events popping up all over north America. I you are interested in other cannabis events happening on the American continent, check out the Canadian Cannabis Events 2019 and Latin America Cannabis Events 2019 posts.

Below is a list of all the major USA 2019 cannabis events in chronological order (the dates are DD-MM-YEAR) with links to events official website. This is not a full list, as there will be many more events happening, especially during the second half of the year. I will be updating this list regularly to include all the missing events.

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With such a huge influx of cannabis events it won’t be difficult to find an event that suits your needs and is close to where you live. 2019 will be a great year for cannabis and hemp and I am looking forward to seeing how this industry develops over the next few years.

If I missed any relevant cannabis events, please let me know in the comment section, so I can add them to the list.

Canadian Cannabis Events 2019

Last year’s legalization of adult use of cannabis will undoubtedly have an effect on the number of cannabis related events in 2019. Canada is becoming a world leader in medical as well as recreational cannabis production and is in a way showing to the rest of the world, how to implement a professional and standardized cannabis market.

Most of the cannabis events are business related, with expos also having their part in the normalization of cannabis as a consumer product. There is a striking lack of scientific conferences, which should be addressed, as these types of events are the basis for scientific credibility of the cannabis plants potential therapeutic applications.

Below is a list of all the main 2019 Canadian cannabis events published so far. I am sure that more events will be announced as the year progresses and will add them as soon as their websites are live.  

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Cannabis Events 2019 in Canada

Below you will find more information about the specific events, in chronological order.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Winnipeg, 23-24.2.2019, Winnipeg

The HempFest Cannabis Expo provides an environment for industry pioneers, as well as new and existing consumers to learn more about one of North America’s fastest growing industries, and one of the world’s most valuable plants. Come to connect with fellow consumers, patients, industry members, entrepreneurs, job seekers and local leaders.  Leave with new relationships built, stories shared, the latest innovative products, and a ton of new knowledge on how the cannabis plant can benefit you and your community.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Edmonton, 2-3.3.2019, Edmonton

HempFest Canada has a variety of exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations that are guaranteed to spike the interest of every kind of cannabis lover!

Cannabis and Hemp Expo Calgary, 9-10.3.2019, Calgary

With the advancement of legalization, the Cannabis & Hemp Expo is an important step in showing the world the professionalism and maturity of the expanding industry. Join industry leaders from across Canada in an interactive forum educating on the latest technology, research and benefits of cannabis. Don’t miss comprehensive networking opportunities while exploring industry related exhibits as we build the foundation for the future of Cannabis in Canada.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Halifax 4:20, 20-21.4.2019, Halifax

Cannabis and Hemp Expo Edmonton, 27-28.4.2019, Edmonton

With the advancement of legalization, the Cannabis & Hemp Expo is an important step in showing the world the professionalism and maturity of the expanding industry. Join industry leaders from across Canada in an interactive forum educating on the latest technology, research and benefits of cannabis. Don’t miss comprehensive networking opportunities while exploring industry related exhibits as we build the foundation for the future of Cannabis in Canada.

O’cannabiz conference and expo, 25-27.4.2019, Toronto

The country’s premiere cannabis business conference & expo, O’Cannabiz is a gathering of the complete Canadian and International industry conducting high level networking under one roof. It is a full-spectrum cannabis B2B event that connects thousands of expert companies and brands integrated in the full 360 degrees of the industry. These include: lighting, nutrients, greenhouse construction and supplies, peer-reviewed agri-practices, lifestyle, medical and legal issues, marketing, the hiring of professionally trained growing staff, best financial and investment advice, quality control and market analyses. It is, in short, a buffet of best-business practices. And it’s your best opportunity to source… shop… network… and grow.

The Canadian Cannabis Summit, 30.5-1.6.2019, Calgary

The Canadian Cannabis Summit is the first conference in Western Canada to bring together medical and therapeutic professionals, policy makers and law enforcement, investment and business strategists, innovation, technology and community leaders.

Gain a competitive and comprehensive perspective of the emerging cannabis industry essential for budding or seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and professionals.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Hamilton, 1-2.6.2019, Hamilton

CBD Expo Canada 2019, 7-8.6.2019, Vancouver

Powered by CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, CBD Expo Canada is the first and only show tour dedicated entirely to CBD that is not a competing producer of CBD products to it’s exhibitors. The event will feature more than 90 exhibitors, along with a large lineup of educational presentations and panel discussions from experts in the research, production, distribution and sale of CBD products. CBD Expo Mountain will also feature a Tech Pavilion, which will focus exclusively on data-driven companies full of automation in the CBD industry. Open to the public, everyone is invited, from casual consumers to cannabis and hemp derived CBD entrepreneurs and professionals.

Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo Toronto 2019, 7-9.6.2019, Toronto

Featuring over 200 exhibitors from across North America and Europe, main stage talks by cannabis thought leaders, live cooking and growing demos, and a cannabis career fair, the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo is your chance to learn more about the fast-paced world of cannabis.

On June 7, the day before the consumer weekend begins, we invite cannabis professionals to participate in Lift & Co.’s Industry Day, when exhibitors and others in the industry can network and engage in business development before the general public hits the show floor.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Saskatoon, 22-23.6.2019, Saskatoon

GrowUp Conference 2019, 12-14.9.2019, Niagara Falls

Grow Up Conference and Expo is focused on the education, collaboration and growth of the cannabis growing industry. Meet licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials and growing enthusiasts – all in one magnificent location.

Montreal Cannabis Expo, 3-4.10.2019, Montreal

Quebec’s leading business Expo for the cannabis industry. This is a perfect opportunity to join in the discussion about how Canadian businesses can thrive in the fast-growing medical marijuana business. Showcase and sell your products and services to businesses actively working in the industry. This is a must-attend event for anyone working in cannabis, or looking to get involved in the space. It is a great opportunity to meet other cannabis professionals and thought leaders, and kick-start meaningful conversations, relationships and deals.

The event will showcase exhibitors that work with the medicinal use of cannabis. Industry workers can share information, solutions and get their questions answered and find resources and best practices to utilize Cannabis to treat health issues including chronic pain and other ailments.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Calgary, 12-13.10.2019, Calgary

If I missed any relevant Canadian cannabis events, please let me know in the comment section.

Latin America Cannabis Events 2019

This is a preliminary list of all the major Latin America 2019 cannabis events, including expos, scientific and business conferences. As many events usually take place later in the year, this list will be updated when the websites go live.

February

Cannatech Panama, 13-14.2.2019, Panama

April

Cannamexico 2019, 25-26.4.2019, Guanajuato, Mexico

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June

Cannabis Business Latin America, 25-26.6.2019, Santiago, Chile

July

CannabiSalud 2019, 13-15.7.2019, Mexico City, Mexico

Below you will find more information on the specific events and links to their official websites.

Cannatech Panama, 13-14.2.2019, Panama

CannaTech brings the world’s highest calibre players in the fields of science, medicine, finance, agri-tech, innovation and government policy together with a singular focus on medicinal cannabis and all the opportunity within. CannaTech showcases the companies and ideas at the forefront of the global cannabis industry.

Join us at CannaTech Panama for high level networking and sophisticated cannabis conversation with cannabis leaders and experts from around the globe. Become a part of the CannaTech family – and the wider global cannabis ecosystem.

Cannamexico 2019, 25-26.4.2019, Guanajuato, Mexico

The debate on the legalization of cannabis should be on the agenda of the national future.

Centro Fox has assumed the historic responsibility of being a place of convergence of ideas and treatment of public policies that contribute to the development of our country, raising the voice in vanguard issues with a view to the future of Mexico.

Do not miss this April 25 and 26 the watershed event that will unleash the potential of an industry in Mexico!

Cannabiz Latino HUB, 2.5.2019, Bogotá, Colombia

1st Cannabis Investment Summit in Latin America!

Cannabiz Latino HUB is a platform built to promote and explore the investment opportunities in the fast-paced, growing market and network with an exclusive audience – the very best of the industry.

Cannabiz Latino HUB is set to be the conference of choice for regional and global sovereign wealth funds, family offices, private and institutional investors, high-level fund managers and economists.

Cannabis Science Symposium of the Americas, 2-4.5.2019, Bogotá, Colombia

Cannaciencia is the cannabis science Symposium of the Americas, a two day scientific experience that gathers the world most renowned cannabis scientists, academics, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, industry insiders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and cutting age technology. This Symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art education and training on the world advancements in the medicinal cannabis field.

ExpoCannaBiz Cartagena, 9-1.5.2019, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Cartagena mostly known as The Heroic City, has been selected to host ExpoCannaBiz Business & Conference. For the first business Expo for Cannabis industry in Colombia and South America.

This expo is the opportunity to connect your company with hundreds of professionals in the Cannabis World, investors and hundreds of exhibitors, in a big event made for industry professionals by Cannabis professionals.

Cannabis Business Latin America, 25-26.6.2019, Santiago, Chile

The Global Event on the Development of the Cannabis and Hemp Market

CannabiSalud 2019, 13-15.7.2019, Mexico City, Mexico

CannabiSalud is a two-day conference with information on the medical use of the cannabis plant specifically geared towards medical professionals like doctors, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists.

The cannabis plant has been thoroughly studied in the last decades and research has been able to demonstrate its therapeutic benefits to the endocannabinoid system and other important systems of the human body.  Scientific studies in animals and humans have shown potential benefits in different conditions like: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, neuroinflammation, psychosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, different types of cancer to name a few…

Other LATAM cannabis events

I am sure we will see many more cannabis events happening in Latin America as the year progresses. I will update the list regularly and if you are aware of an event that I missed, pleas do remind me in the comment section.

European Cannabis Events 2019

The most comprehensive and updated list of all the major European 2019 Cannabis Events; cannabis expo, scientific, business and hemp conferences.

Cannabis is gaining worldwide attention, as more countries are beginning to implement medical cannabis and recreational laws. The European cannabis market is steadily growing and the interest in gaining knowledge about cannabis in at an all-time high (no pun intended).

The number of cannabis event in Europe in 2019 has increased, as some organizers are expanding their conferences to different European countries (ICBC, Cannabis Europa), and other biennial conferences are returning this year (IACM, GRC).

With so many choices this year, the planning, promoting and quality of organization will be critical components of a good cannabis event. Last year, some events were cancelled, due to financial problems, mainly lack of sponsors, and schedule problems. Before determining the date of an event it is essential to check for similar events happening in EU as well as in other countries.

Below you will find a list of all the major cannabis 2019 EU events. Some events still need to update their pages, other will be announced later in the year. I will try to keep the list updated as much as possible, so you will have the most comprehensive guide on European 2019 cannabis events.

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You can find more detailed information about the specific events in the following section where I have divide all the events into 4 categories for a more focused search. The categories are:

  • Cannabis Business conference EU 2019
  • Cannabis Expo EU 2019
  • Cannabis Scientific Conference EU 2019
  • Hemp Conference EU 2019

Cannabis Business Conferences EU 2019

Future Cannabis Strategies Europe 2019, 29-30.1.2019, London, UK

Future Cannabis Strategies Europe will bring together strategic business leaders from across the wider European Consumer-Facing Cannabis products category, this includes CBD/ Cannabis Products & Devices, Beverages, Tobacco, Cosmetics & Nutraceuticals, together with solution providers for 2 days of insight, discussion and debate into how manufacturers can:

  • Understand consumer trends & demands from European cannabis derived product consumers
  • Identify opportunities to introduce Cannabis/ Hemp infused products into existing products
  • Review recent product innovation to understand how market trends are adapting
  • Introduce the ‘Cannabis Products Directive’ to explain how this affects and regulates the industry across Europe

Cannabis Europa 8.2.2019, Paris, France

On the 8th of February 2019, the brightest and best from the medical cannabis industry will convene at the historic Maison de la Chimie in Paris for a one-day event. With attitudes towards cannabis changing in France and movement towards regulation stirring, now is the time to visit the City of Light.

The Most Important Event on the Development of the Cannabis and Hemp Market in France. Through a mix of case-study presentations, interactive roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and hands-on workshops you will gain a diverse and inspiring perspective on the digital future. The multi stream format allows you to move freely between the conferences and choose the sessions of most interest and relevance. Create your program from the case studies and interactive round tables.

ICBC Barcelona 2019, 14.3.2019, Barcelona, Spain  

Join us at the Auditori de Cornellà in Barcelona to learn about doing cannabis business in Europe and network with the top companies and agencies in today’s new marketplace.

ICBC Berlin 2019, 31.3–2.4.2019, Berlin, Germany

Learn about doing cannabis business in Germany and network with the top companies and agencies in today’s new marketplace.

Cannabis Business France 2019, 9-10.4.2019, Paris, France

The most important event on the development of the cannabis and hemp market in France.

MJBizDaily’s European Cannabis Symposium, 6.5.2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

MJBizDaily’s European Cannabis Symposium gathers leaders in the business, research and legislation of Europe’s medical marijuana and hemp market for an intensive one-day event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Marijuana and hemp professionals will get an overview of industry structures and standards as well as insight into emerging investment and business opportunities.

Learn about the latest in tech, scientific research and potential impacts on global markets. Engage with case studies and explore different market structures across the European Union while preparing for potential future scenarios and impacts, including block chain, pharmaceutical advancements and investment trends. This is where serious players in the European market will gather to network, learn and connect.

ICBC Zurich 2019, 15-16.5.2019, Zurich, Switzerland

The International Cannabis Business Conference will be held on Thursday,16 May. Early Bird tickets include all speaker sessions and exhibitor area and entry to an exclusive private after-party on Thursday night.

Cannabis Europa 24-25.6.2019, London, UK

Mark your calendars, Cannabis Europa is back with its flagship two day event in London on the 24th and 25th June 2019

Cannabis Expo’s EU 2019

Athens Cannabis Expo 2019, 11-13.1.2019

The purpose of the event is to inform the public about all the products and innovations that exist in the world of cannabis and the latest achievements in the medical, pharmaceutical and industrial use of cannabis. Come to get to know all the innovative companies that are active in the cannabis sector with many different products and services such as CBD (Cannabidiol), cosmetics, cocktails, seeds, medical, vaporizers, clothing and many more.

Canapa Mundi 15-17 February 2019, Rome, Italy

What is Canapa Mundi? It is the International Fair which has been bringing in Rome hemp fragrance and taste since 2015: the biggest event in Italy in exponential growth, the only officially recognized as International. In 2017: 7.500m², 120 stands, 23,000 attendances, 6,000 accredited professionals. In 2018: 9,000m², 150 stands, a relevant increase of visitors is expected.

Spanabis Barcelona, 15-17 March, Barcelona, Spain

Spannabis is the reference trade show for the cannabis sector worldwide.
Sixteen years of culture, innovation and cannabis industry, hand in hand with the most outstanding brands of the moment.

Konopex Ostrava,19.-21. 4. 2019, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The expositions dedicated to cannabis, seeds, indoor and outdoor techniques, as well as expositions focused on garden technology and other medicinal herbs will be prepared for you.

You will learn a lot of interesting information and news about the use of cannabis in medicine, construction, industry, or among animals. Vaporizers and smokers’ enthusiasts will also be there. Here you will find everything you want to know and need to buy for the coming growing season.

You can also look forward to a rich accompanying program, including lectures, conferences, conferences or hemp exchanges where you can discuss and trade with renowned experts. Last but not least, there are workshops, competitions and afterparty for you.

Hanfexpo – Erste Wiener Hanfmesse 2019, 26-28.4.2019, Vienna, Austria

For the first time a hemp fair will take place from 26-28 April 2019 in the MARX HALLE in Vienna. More than 140 exhibitors from Austria and abroad will present the latest trends on the hemp market, all in a 13,000 m² large venue. On display will be a large number of products for cultivation, care, fertilisation and the protection of plants. In addition cosmetics, clothing, food and literature with countless other novelties and sensations that are waiting for you around the hemp plant. A special focus is on the field of medicine with numerous lectures to round off the varied programme.

Expogrow 2019, 26-28.4.2019, Irun, Spain

The 8th edition of the EXPOGROW cannabis fair is held on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 of APRIL 2019, maintaining the same venue, the FICOBA Irun fairground (Guipúzcoa – Euskadi).

During these 7 editions, EXPOGROW has consolidated itself as “Much more than a Cannabis Fair” and now wants to go further. The last weekend of April 2019 is going to become ” LA GRAN FIESTA DEL CANNABIS” that you can not miss.

CannaTrade, 17-19. 5 .2019, Zürich, Switzerland

Welcome to CannaTrade, Europe’s oldest hemp fair! The history of CannaTrade begins in 2001, when the international cannabis trade fair CannaTrade was held in the halls of the BEA Expo in Bern for the first time from the “Swiss Hemp Days”. In 2008, CannaTrade moved to Basel for two editions and until 2016 it took place every two years in the Stadthalle Dietikon / Zurich. It has been held annually since 2018, in Hall 622 in Zurich-Oerilkon.

Mary Jane Berlin 2019, 21-23.6.2019, Berlin, Germany

Mary Jane Berlin starts it fourth edition in Berlin – with over 9,000 m2 of hall space and 5,000 m2 of outdoor space is “Mary Jane Berlin” the leading German Cannabis exhibition with more than 250 international exhibitors and 25,000 visitors. “Mary Jane Berlin” is not only an exhibition but also a festival. In combination with our exhibitors, Beach Area & Badeschiff, food stalls, live concerts and lectures about cannabis’ therapeutic effects an extensive cultural and entertainment program is offered. As a visitor of Mary Jane Berlin, we inform you about the variety of THE green power plant – as food, cosmetic, building material, medicine and much more!

Europe CBD Expo London 2019, 12-13.7.2019, London, UK

Welcome to Europe’s largest CBD Expo, 4000 square meters, 81 exhibitors including producers, manufacturers and distributors. This Expo is solely for CBD products, helping businesses connect and understand the CBD industry.

Respectable researchers, scientists, ag-tech, pharma experts, regulators, investors, entrepreneurs and 80 exhibitors will share their knowledge about the flourishing medicinal cannabis industry at Europe CBD Expo, Britain’s first-ever international Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Trade Show and Conference.

The B2B event will take place on Friday, 12th July at The ExCeL London, followed by consumer day on 13th July.

Companies, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, clinicians, nurses, consumers, will meet at Europe CBD Expo to connect and learn about opportunities in the booming medical cannabis market as well as show the latest products, technologies and research in the field and the latest in regulatory development across the legal cannabis markets.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions from experts in the research, development, and distribution of cannabinoids and medicinal cannabis products.

The Trade Show will feature 80 hand selected companies that have met the Expo’s strict participation criteria, an independent laboratory testing of Cannabinoids and Medicinal Cannabis levels, full unique terpene profile and test for microbiological contamination, heavy metals and pesticides, as well as reputational and ethical criteria.

The Conference will focus on discussions by the world’s leading names and industry experts in the cannabis and cannabinoids spheres.

CannaFair 2019, 23-25.8.2019, Dusseldorf, Germany

The cannabis industry in Europe and Germany has experienced a noticeable upswing in recent years.
Now the time is ripe for a cannabis fair in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s biggest state and one of the most populous areas of Europe. The CannaFair would like to contribute to this upswing trend from 2019 onwards and offer all cannabis companies the best possible platform to present themselves and their products.

Product Earth Expo 2019, 23-25.8.2019, Coventry, UK

Product Earth Expo is the UK’s Only Cannabis and Hemp, Music, Exhibition, Seminar and Camping festival. Aimed at educating the public, sharing innovation and promoting the progress of the UK Cannabis and Hemp Industries. The 2 day camping weekend includes seminars, live music, DJ’s and exhibitors.

North Grow Expo , 6-8.9.2019, Herning, Denmark

Cultiva, 10-13.10.2019, Vienna, Austria  

Canapa in Mostra, 25-27.10.2019, Naples, Italy

The industrial and medical cannabis fair.

Cannadouro 2019, 23-24.11.2019, Porto, Portugal


The 3rd CANNADOURO EDITION will be held on 23 and 24 November 2019 again at the Alfandega do Porto, the old customs of Oporto, considered the best Congress Center in Europe awarded the Business Destinations Travel Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The exhibition space of this year’s edition will again be occupied by national and international companies related to the current uses of cannabis and that represent all the innovative and business capacity of this sector in a strong worldwide expansion.

The conferences continue to be a commitment by Cannadouro to promote the public debate and within civil society regarding the use of hemp in all its aspects: industrial, recreational and medicinal.

Cannabis Scientific Conferences EU 2019

STCM Conference 3.0 2019 «Medical Cannabis Today and Tomorrow» , 19.1.2019

After the very successful conference 1.0 of the year 2013 and 2.0 in 2016, the STCM conference 3.0 2019 aims again at presenting current basic scientific, clinical, legal and regulatory facts and trends, serving as base for an objective discussion of the re-medicalisation of Cannabinoids and Cannabis products. In addition, the market regulation for recreational use is discussed. The conference addresses to medical professionals, scientists, caregivers, patients, patient organisations, politicians, regulatory authorities, media people, and the broad public.

The 2nd International Annual Congress on Controversies on Cannabis-Based Medicines,23-24.5.2019, Barcelona, Spain

Med-Cannabis2019 follows the success of the first Congress held in Vienna and will continue to address the many controversies surrounding cannabis-based medicines. Strong public and patient demand has led to the decision to allow cannabis products for medical use in most European countries. There is a lot of basic-science and clinical research on the potential use of cannabis products for chronic pain and cancer management as well as controversies on the potential harms.

This Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, trialists, methodologists, industry professionals, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and national cannabis agencies to update the current state of knowledge and of controversies and to outline some visions of the potential of cannabis based medicines.

Cannabinoid Function in the CNS (Gordon Research Seminar) -Dissecting the Roles and Functions of Plant-Derived Cannabinoids, 20–21.7.2019, Castelldefels, Spain

The Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. This edition of the GRS on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS will focus on plant-derived cannabinoids.

Cannabinoid Function in the CNS – Gordon Research Conference, July 21 – 26, 2019, Castelldefels, Spain

Better Maps for the Retrograde Route: Molecular, Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms Opening Novel Avenues for Cannabinoid Research to Leap from Bench to Bedside the major objective of the 2019 “Cannabinoid Function in the CNS” Gordon Research Conference is to showcase unpublished research data addressing the burning questions of cannabinoid research thereby stimulating the life science community to focus on solving these pending challenges

The IACM Conference 2019, 31.10-2.11.2019, Berlin, Germany.

The IACM Conference 2019 will be held on October 31 – November 2, 2019, at Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany.

Portugal Medical Cananbis 2019, 8-9.11 Lisbon, 22-23.11.2019, Porto, Portugal

Portugal Medical Cannabis 2019 is organized by the Portuguese Observatory of Medicinal Cannabis. The OPCM is a non-profit association of scientific nature, which aims to study cannabis and its derivatives for the benefit of patients.

The event will take place in Lisbon — November 8th and 9th — and Porto — November 22nd and 23rd and will include Conferences, Workshops for Health Professionals and Parallel Sessions for the general public.

Hemp Conference EU 2019

Hemp & CBD Expo: Birmingham, 2-3.3.2019, Birmingham, UK

The Hemp and CBD Expo will be held in Hall 18 of the Birmingham NEC, one of the UK’s most prestigious and dynamic venues. We aim to provide a fantastic weekend event over the 2nd and 3rd of March. The professional environment coupled with the opportunity for both education and enjoyment means our event is sure to be a hit, no matter what your reason for attending. Both B2B and B2C guests are encouraged to join us at what will be the first dedicated Hemp and CBD event the UK has ever seen!

Hempfest: Milan, 3-5.5.2019, Milan, Italy  

4.20 HEMP FEST has become the first International Cannabis Expo of Milan, Italy’s most important market within the industry. In the 4th edition of 4.20 HEMP FEST, you’ll be to enjoy three days of music, art, culture, hemp food, talks and conferences with international companies and new products of the sector.

Many more events will be announced later this year and I will add them to the list. If I missed any relevant cannabis 2019 events please let me know in the comments, so I can add them to the list.

Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis 2018

2018 was an eventful year for Canada; not only did they legalize recreational use of cannabis but the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis took place for the first time outside of Leiden. This was a great opportunity to share valuable information about all aspects of medical cannabis to Canadians and anyone else who was willing to join us in from the 28th of October to the 2nd of November in Ottawa.

For those who are not familiar with the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis, it is a 5-day intense course on all aspects of medical cannabis presented by some of the most renowned cannabis experts. As Dr. Arno Hazekamp, the founder creator of this course, likes to put it; it is a guided tour into cultivation, research and development of medical cannabis, a meet and greet with diverse professionals, and a place where you can ask questions, share insights and learn from other cannabis enthusiasts.

Ottawa, here we come!

The timing of the Masterclass was strategically planed, just a 2 weeks after Canada just legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Now, one expect that this meant you could legally buy cannabis in specialized shops – one would be wrong. To my surprise, the local government decided to only allow the selling of cannabis trough online stores, as brick and mortar stores would be allowed to operate only from April 2019. Despite these limitations, as predicted by many, there was a shortage of cannabis and cannabis products, and most shops, that actually were allowed to sell, run out of products in just a few days. We have seen this scenario happening in many times and yet nobody seems to learn from it.

The venue was the Novotel hotel, situated in downtown Ottawa right next to a labyrinth 4-story mall, where I got lost a few times, and the delightful ByWard market, full of restaurants, delicatessen and grocery stores. The weather was a bit gloomy, not ideal for sightseeing but good enough for keeping us in the classroom, where the learning commenced.

The program

The Masterclass is divide in to 5 main sections or the 5 P’s; Plant, Product, Patient, Physician and Policy. Each presentation was talking about one of the 5P’s

From top left to right: Dr. W. Brent R. Pollock , Nick Pateras and Dr. Ernie Small

This year we had the opportunity to listen to learn from some of the most influential cannabis experts (Dr. Ernie Small, Dr. John McPartland, Dr. Jahan Marcu), with a particular emphasis on Canada, as many presenters were locals (Prof. Lakshmi P. Kotra, Dr. Caroline MacCallum, Dr. W. Brent R. Pollock ), who provided us with specific insights on the Canadian cannabis situation (Mike McGuire, Dr. Bruno Battistini).

From left to right Dr. Bruno Battistini, Dr. Chris Spooner and Dr. Caroline MacCallum

Of all the great presentations and presenters, I will mention just two that stayed in my mind; Dr. Mike Dixon and Dr. Chris Spooner.

From left to right: Tal Lupo , Yewande Okuleye and Mike McGuire

Dr. Mike Dixon took us on a journey into the future, as alluded in the title of his presentation “Applications of Space Exploration Technologies in Medical Cannabis Production”. Most of us already know, that for producing standardized medical cannabis (cannabis flos), it has to be grown in a closed environment where you can monitor all the environmental aspects and achieve homogenous growing conditions. This is due to the fact that phytocannabinoids and terpenes are secondary metabolites, that the plant produces as an adaptation to environmental factors. Mike has taken this to another level with the help of space technology to finely tune and monitor, every aspect of plant growth and the impacts these changes can have on plant morphology and the production of secondary metabolites. Light, CO2, oxygen, nutrients, water, temperature, and air quality, are all important factors, that can be modulated, to achieve stability and maximal yields of the desired constituents. It was fascination to see, how different wavelength of light, in different areas of the plant, had such a profound effect on the production of certain cannabinoids, terpenes and terpenoids. I am confident, that the implementation of this type of technology will greatly improve the standardized medical cannabis quality.

From top left to right: Joscha Krauss, Gregor Zorn and Dr. Mike Dixon

Dr. Chris Spooner presentation “Integrative Cannabinoid Therapeutics” gave us an insight into the endocannabinoidi system as a master regulator of our body’s homeostasis and how, via different mechanisms, we can help it in its important task. Several studies have shown that nutritional deficiencies can impair ECS function and integrating omega-3 fats, vitamin d and methylated B vitamins, can improve the overall efficacy of this crucial system. The gut microbiome also has an essential role in health, as these beneficial microorganisms have important roles in various aspects of our health. It is refreshing to see a doctor with such a holistic approach and I wish more physicians would embrace this kind of integrative treatment, that has been successfully used for centuries but was systematically eradicated and replaced by modern age allopathic treatment.

From top left to right Miri Ogintz, Prof. Lakshmi P. Kotra and Roy Upton

The information that all the presenters delivered was highly appreciated by the class of 2018 and they also had the possibility of continuing the conversation with the speakers, further deepening the knowledge of all the interesting cannabis subjects.

Filed trip to Smith Falls

The last day of the Masterclass is reserved for a visit to a licensed producer. Usually the visit was to Bedrocan’s facility in the Netherlands, but this year, being in Canada, we visited Canopy Growth and its facility in Smith Falls, just an hour away from Ottawa.

Bruce Lipton, the CEO of Canopy Growth at Smith Falls
The visit to Tweed

Bruce Linton , the CEO of Canopy Growth, introduced us to the Canopy’s beginnings, its current situation and future plans. We had a tour of the various rooms, where cannabis is cloned, grown and made into its final products. We also took a tour of the Cannabis museum, where I found myself teaching the guides about the ECS, cannabinoids, terpenes and their interactions.

Being the last day of the Masterclass, we had a farewell dinner, where besides having a great time, the students of 2018 also got their certificates, officially adding them to our Masterclass family.

Conclusion and MMC 2019

Once again, the Masterclass 2018 was a fantastic event, a gathering of old friends and new acquaintances, full to the brim with interesting information, people and a time to enjoy likeminded professionals with cannabis as the glue that held it all together.

What about the future? The Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis will return in 2019, this time expanded to both continents.It is still too early to divulge the details so be sure to follow this blog and the Masterclass page for updates.

THCV – The skinny cannabinoid (part 1)

THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin

Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules“ is the title of a paper by Andre et al. which eloquently shows the complexity and immense therapeutic potential of this plant. Cannabis sativa L. is most known for its cannabinoids and is the only plant that produces them in such high quantities. [1]

Besides phytocannabinoids (plant-cannabinoids) there are a vast number of other compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids, strereoids and fatty acids that all together have a synergistic effect on the efficacy of cannabis therapy. [2]

In the past, most of the research has been concentrated on the psychotropic compound delt-9-tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), while other „lesser “cannabinoids have been mainly overlooked. One of the overlooked minor cannabinoids is THC’s little brother, (THCV).

The two cannabinoid families

There are two major cannabinoid “families” that dominate the cannabis plant and the difference is only in 2 carbon atoms. The pentyls have a phenolic sidechain of five carbon atoms, while the propyls have only three. This difference is due to two different acids being used in the synthesis of phytocannabinoid precursors. If olivetolic acid is combined with geranyl pyrophosphate, we get cannabigerolic acid (CBGa). CBGa can then be converted to other cannabinoid acids depending on the acid sythethase that is present. THCa sythethase transforms it into THCa, CBDa synthethase into CBDa and CBCa synthethase into CBCa.

If instead of olivetolic acid, divarinolic acid is combined with geranyl pyrophosphate, we get cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVa). The same acid synthetases that convert the pentlys also convert the propyls; THCa sythethase transforms it into THCVa, CBDa synthethase into CBDVa and CBCa synthethase into CBCVa

The discovrery of THCV

THCV was fist isolated in 1970 by Gill et al. by extracting it from a licensed cannabis tincture, that was available in UK at the time. The tincture was legally imported and made from Pakistani grown cannabis. The tinctures main constituents were THC (2,4%) and THCV (2%), an interesting 5:4 ratio, that can also be found in newer chemotypes (Doug’s Varin). [3]

As a side note, the propyl analog of CBD, cannabidivarin (CBDV) was isolated, as so many other cannabinoids, form hashish, by Vollner et al., in 1969. [4]

High THCV chemovars

THCV is inherently rare in the usual cannabis “strains” and it has been difficult to find chemovars with high percentages of this cannabinoid. Higher levels of this cannabinoid have been usually found in certain Asian and African landraces.

GW Pharma has developed their high THCV strain from selective inter-breeding of high 1:1 THC: THCV landraces (China, South Africa) and named (California orange, Malawi Gold) chemovars. By a selective process of self-pollination and cross breeding of the phenotypes with the highest levels of the propyl cannabinoids, they obtained a genotype with 96% of total propyl cannabinoids. [5]

One of the most well-known chemovars, with a high THCV, is the appropriately named Doug’s Varin. In tests done by Steep Hill Labs, they detected 19 % THC-A and a whopping 15% THCV-A. The main terpenes were beta-myrcene 1,5%, pinene 0,53 and limonene 0,48. They also performed an analysis on decarboxylated kief of this chemovar, and they measured 24,25% THCV and 21,13% of THC. The only measured terpene in the decarboxylated kief was beta-myrcene (0,38%), which shows us, how the monoterpenes are lost during this process. [6]

Recently, some chemovars have tested higher THCV values such as Jack el frutero (6%), Jack the Ripper (6%), Pink Boost Goddess (5%), and Black beauty (3-4%).

There might be other chemovars containing higher percentages of THCV, but sadly, a lot of analytical laboratories, still do not test for the presence of this cannabinoid.

THCV part 2

In the second part of this 2 part THCV article, I will be tackling the important question of THCV’s psychotropic effects (or lack thereof), its potential therapeutic applications in various diseases and if it really is the “skinny” cannabinoid.

References:

  1. Andre et al. Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules . 2016, Frontiers in plant science
  2. Roger Pertwee. The Handbook of Cannabis. 2014, Pages 14-19
  3. Gill et al. Preliminary experiments on the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabis. 1970, Nature 228:134–136
  4. Vollner, L., Bieniek, D., and Korte, F. (1969). Haschisch XX. Cannabidivarin, ein neuer Haschischinhaltsstoff. Tetrahedron Letters, 3, 145–147.
  5. P. M. de Meijer, E & M. Hammond, K. The inheritance of chemical phenotype in Cannabis sativa L. (V): regulation of the propyl-/pentyl cannabinoid ratio, completion of a genetic model. 2016, Euphytica. 210.
  6. THCV Update: Doug’s Varin Strain. 2014 http://steephilllab.com/thcv-update-dougs-varin-strain/

European Cannabis Events 2018

***UPDATE – EU Cannabis Events  2019 can be found here***

It is going to be a busy 2018 for cannabis expos and conferences in EU. I have compiled a list of some of the major Cannabis events in Europe this year. For clarity, I have divided them into 4 categories:

    • Cannabis Scientific Conferences
    • Business Conference
    • Expo & Conference
    • Hemp conferences

In each category, the events are listed by date. Which cannabis event are you going to participate in?

Cannabis Scientific Conferences Europe 2018

MAY

Cannabis Europa, 22 May, Barbican, London, UK

Cannabis Europa is the foremost arena to share knowledge and shape the future of medical cannabis in Europe. This is a uniquely European conference. There is no universal model for cannabis regulation and Europe has a clear opportunity to take a global leadership position. The conference is your opportunity to connect with influential leaders in science, policy and business. Gain unrivalled access to the most inspirational and forward-thinking figures in the industry. To navigate the future of European medical cannabis, industry leaders and regulators alike must share insights and innovations if we are to develop a truly successful, patient-focused sector.

JUNE

The International Annual Congress on Controversies in Cannabis-Based Medicines, 25-26 June, Vienna, Austria

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in The International Annual Congress on Controversies in Cannabis-Based Medicines (Med-Cannabis2018) which will take place 25-26 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

A strong public and patient demand has led to the decision to allow cannabis products for medical use in most European countries. There is a lot of basic-science and clinical research on the potential use of cannabis products for chronic pain and cancer management as well as controversies on the potential harms.

This Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, trialists, methodologists, industry professionals and representatives of the European Union and the European Medical Agency to update the current state of knowledge and of controversies and to outline some visions of the potential of cannabis based medicines.

ICRS Symposium, 30 June – 5 July, Leiden, The Netherlands

The 28th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium on the Cannabinoids

Leiden, The Netherlands
Arrival date: June 30
Meeting: July 1- 4, 2018
Departure date: July 5

ICRS2018 will be our 28th annual Symposium. Another brilliant year of scientific progress!

Expo & Conference Europe 2018

JANUARY

Athens Cannabis Expo, January 12-14, 2018 | Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena (Tae Kwon Do) | Athens

The 1st International Cannabis Expo in Greece is happening! The purpose of the event is to inform the public about all the products and innovations that exist in the world of cannabis and the latest achievements in the medical, pharmaceutical and industrial use of cannabis. Come to get to know all the innovative companies that are active in the cannabis sector with many different products and services such as CBD (Cannabidiol), cosmetics, cocktails,  seeds, medical , vaporizers, clothing and many more.

FEBRUARY

Cannapa Mundi, 16-18 February, Rome Italy

Cannapa Mundi is the International Fair which has been bringing in Rome hemp fragrance and taste since 2015: the biggest event in Italy in exponential growth, the only officially recognized as International. In 2017: 7.500m², 120 stands, 23,000 attendances, 6,000 accredited professionals. In 2018: 9,000m², 150 stands, a relevant increase of visitors is expected.

MARCH

Spannabis Barcelona + International cannabis Forum, 9-11 March, Spain

Spannabis 15h Edition. What appeared to be a dream is now an outstanding reality: SPANNABIS, celebrating its eleven anniversary is consolidated as the most important Spanish cannabic event of the year, hand in hand with the Expocannabis fair in Madrid & Spannabis in Málaga.

APRIL

Konopex Ostrava, 20-22 April, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The Konopex Ostrava hemp expo will grow in the unique industrial area of Dolní  Vítkovice (- we call place WEEDkovice). Where we will again open the doors to the world of cannabis. There will be prepared exhibitions for you dedicated to cannabis, cannabis seeds, growing indoor and outdoor equipment and exhibitions focused on garden equipment and other curative herbs.You will find out lot of interesting information and news about usage of hemp in medicine, civil engineering, industry and livestock. Next you can look forward to a rich accompanying program including lextures, conferences and hemp exchange, where you can discuss and trade with respected experts. Finally, there will be workshops, competitions and afterparty ready for you.

CannaTrade ,27-29 April, Zurich-Oerlikon, Switzerland

We have the pleasure to welcome you to CannaTrade, the oldest hemp fair in Europe! The history of CannaTrade started 2001, in the fair halls of BEA Expo Bern, as a result of the Swiss Hemp Days in 1999 and 2000. The following editions of CannaTrade in 2008 and 2009 were presented at the exhibiton halls of Basel. Caused by the hemp related political situation, we decided to organize the fair CannaTrade in a two-years-rhythm. Until 2016, we did this successfully at Stadthalle Dietikon/Zurich.The next edition of CannaTrade takes place in the middle of Zurich!

MAY

Expo Canamo Sevilla, 11-13 May, Sevilla, Spain

Expocáñamo brings back to Seville the hemp culture fair, where you will enjoy a dynamic and comforting experience, you will dance with the best rhythms of reggae and rap, you will see the latest in cultivation technology, you will taste a wide variety of products with hemp and its derivatives and you can enjoy endless activities for your entertainment.

Indica Sativa Trade, 18-20 May, Bologna, Italy

Indica Sativa 2018

JUNE

BALKANNABIS EXPO, 1-3 JUNE, TECΗNOPOLIS ATHENS, GREECE

BALKANNABIS EXPO will host top cannabis traders, innovators, experts, industry professionals and scientists from all over the world in a rich and diverse 3-day programme that will include:

  • a large exhibition area and international trade show
  • two international conferences (Cannabis Science & Hemp Summit) with
  • keynote and guest speakers
  • cannabis culture workshops
  • networking spaces
  • masterclasses
  • market area
  • music and other artistic performances

MARY JANE BERLIN, 8 – 10 June, Arena Berlin, Germany

Mary Jane Berlin starts it third edition in Berlin – with over 6,500 m2 of hall space and 2,000 m2 of outdoor space is “Mary Jane Berlin” the leading German Cannabis exhibition with more than 200 national and international exhibitors. “Mary Jane Berlin” is not only an exhibition but also a festival. In combination with our exhibitors, food stalls, live concerts and lectures about cannabis’ therapeutic effects an extensive cultural and entertainment program is offered. As a visitor of Mary Jane Berlin, we inform you about the variety of THE green power plant – as food, cosmetic, building material, medicine and much more!

OCTOBER

Spannabis Madrid, 5-7 October, Madrid, Spain

Spain capital city will become from 5th to 7th of October the world cannabis capital by the hand of Spannabis. Spannabis will be held in Pabellón de Cristal of Casa de Campo, just a few minutes from Plaza de España. The results of the six previous fairs that we organized in Madrid suburbs, Leganés and Rivas, generated a great attendance of professionals and visitors. Because this edition will be held near the center of Madrid, we hope to have more attendance than in previous fairs.

Cultiva Hemp Expo, 12-14 October, Veinna, Austria

Cultiva Hemp Expo 2018

Cannapa in Mostra, 26-28 October, Naples, Italy

The association CANAPA in MOSTRA is pleased to present CANAPA in MOSTRA International Trade Fair of Industrial and Medical Hemp of Naples.

Hemp, known and used in all parts of the world, is recently returning to make space through a renewed social and economic interest.

In particular, we propose hemp as an ecological resource in the agricultural, energy, medical, recreational, textile, paper, green building and in every other possible field of application, trying to undermine the socio-cultural prejudices that oppose its real and massive reintroduction in the Italian context.

The fields of use of this plant are already very many, but with the advance of technology and scientific discoveries could become infinite, moreover the continuous demand for new eco-sustainable technologies imposes the need for new research on this extremely versatile material.

The intention of the association is to bring the general public and institutions aware of this potential and to bring to mind the long tradition that links our country to hemp, particularly the Campania region, trying to provide a place for aggregation , training and exchange for workers, experts, enthusiasts and anyone who is intrigued by this re-emerging industry in continuous turmoil and expansion.

NOVEMBER

Cannafest, 2-4 November, Prague, Czech Republic

The international trade show of cannabis and medical herbs Cannafest is the biggest cannabis fair in the world. Visitors can look forward to interesting expositions of exhibitors from all around the world. As usually, there will be cultivation technology, fertilizers, seeds, smoking accessories and vaporizers on display and on sale. People could also try and buy various hemp cosmetic products, clothing items or delicious hemp food, which shouldn’t be missed.

Business Conference Europe 2018

APRIL

ICBC Berlin, 11-13 April, Berlin, Germany

ICBC Berlin 2018

EuroAmerican Cannabis Business Conference, 1–2 November 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

EuroAmerican Cannabis Business Conference is an International Cannabis B2B Conference in the Heart of Europe

Hemp conferences Europe 2018

MAY

Hemp Food, Health & Beauty, May 25-26,The Palace at Nakło, Poland

This is a special invitation for you to join us May 25-26, 2018 for Hemp Food, Health & Beauty, part of the Hemp | 2020 Business Summit Series hosted by HempToday, the leading source for global business information about industrial hemp

We join with a group of independent entrepreneurs with strong bonds, and sharing key assets through which we strengthen our individual grass-roots businesses. We look for strategic and financial partners to join us as we work to synthesize our enterprises to further develop hemp industry value chains — from farming to processing facilities and product lines, B2B and B2C communications and marketing, sales and distribution channels.

To be held at HempToday’s center in the Palace at Nakło, Lelów, Poland, the Summit is an opportunity for current and future industry stakeholders to get up close and personal as we survey the vast opportunities in hemp food, health and beauty products worldwide, and explore investment and business opportunities together.

The aims of the Summit are to share knowledge and experiences, to foster business matchmaking among participants, to generate a body of content for broader distribution around the world, and to jointly explore the potential for hemp food, health and beauty products as an engine for sustainable local economic development.

We have invited entrepreneurs, consultants, investors, researchers and policy experts who’ll explore hemp’s market potential as a “super,” “nutritious” and “bio” food and health supplement, along with its promise in a wide range of topical, skin-care and beauty applications. We’ll look at value chain and economic development possibilities based on the production of hemp food and health products.

JUNE

International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association, 12 – 13 June, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Specialists from all over the world will meet at EIHA 2018 in order to exchange information regarding the latest developments in hemp applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and oil as well as cannabinoids. Applications are biocomposites in automotive and construction, textiles, food, food supplements and pharmaceuticals. We are expecting again more than 300 international participants from more than 40 countries – we are looking forward to the biggest event on industrial hemp ever!

 

How much  ∆9-THC is in cannabis flowers?

The cannabis plant produces cannabinoids in the form of acids, like delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (∆9-THC-A). It does not enzymatically produce a single molecule of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC). That does not mean, that there is no ∆9-THC in the flowering tops; ∆9-THC-A and other acidic cannabinoids get converted into their neutral forms via heat, light or exposure to oxygen.

The presence and ratio of acid: neutral cannabinoids can also be an indicator of storage and age of the analysed cannabis. Improper storage can decrease the level of acidic cannabinoids, which in turn increases the level of neutral cannabinoids. Other volatile compounds, such as monoterpenes, are also susceptible to improper storage.

By doing a quick search and calculation from 15 analysed samples of type 1 (high THC) from Analytical 360’s archive website [1], the average ∆9-THC (compared to ∆9-THC-A) was 7,1% (2,4 – 12,4, n=15). From 5-10% of the total THC is usually in the neutral form, in properly stored cannabis.

If we compare this data to a study by Wang et al. [2], where they analysed DEA confiscated samples and samples from the University of Mississippi, the average % of ∆9-THC was 33,2% (19,2 – 54,7, n=11) in the DEA samples and 28,5% (10,5 – 41, n=6) in the Mississippi samples. While the number of samples analysed is relatively small, it can still give us an indication of the storage and handling of the plant materials.

Even worse results can be seen in a recently published study by Souleman et al. [3], where they analysed confiscated cannabis flowers and hashish. In the flower samples, 80% of the total THC was in the form of ∆9-THC and only 20% of ∆9-THC-A.

Another usually used indicator of cannabis poor storage is cannabinol (CBN), the oxidative product of ∆9-THC (or CBN-A). The samples form 360 analytical had no detectable CBN, while all the DEA samples had CBN present, on average 0,79 % (0,18 – 1,44, n=11). Only 2 of the 6 Mississippi samples had detectable CBN and no information on CBN levels was included in the Egyptian study.

In the discussion section of the same study they also commented that “marijuana, has shown a higher THC content than we expected based on the world drug reports.” If we compare the 11% total THC that hey reported, to the other newer published studies 12% [4] 13.9% [5] [ 14.88% [6], we can see, that it was in the lower end of potency for today’s standards.

A more indicative report, of the potency of the cannabis present on the market, can be gathered form analytical reports from laboratories. As an example, in the 15 samples analysed by 360, the average of total THC was 18% (13,25 – 23,22, n=15).

References:

1. Analytical 360 https://cbd.analytical360.com/

2. Wang YH, Avula B, ElSohly MA, Radwan MM, Wang M, Wanas AS, Mehmedic Z, Khan IA. Quantitative Determination of Δ9-THC, CBG, CBD, Their Acid Precursors and Five Other Neutral Cannabinoids by UHPLC-UV-MS. Planta Med. 2017 Dec 20.

3. Ahmed M.A. Souleman, Alaa El-Din M. Gaafar, Omar M. Abdel-Salam, Shaimaa A. El Shebiney. Determination of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol content of cannabis seizures in Egypt. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, Volume 10, Issue 3, March 2017, Pages 311-314

4. Mahmoud A.El Sohlya, Zlatko Mehmedica, Susan Fostera, Chandrani Gona, Suman Chandraa, James C.Churchb. Changes in Cannabis Potency Over the Last 2 Decades (1995–2014): Analysis of Current Data in the United States. Biological Psychiatry, Volume 79, Issue 7, 1 April 2016, Pages 613-619

5. D.J. Potter, P. Clark, M.B. Brown. Potency of delta 9-THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis in England in 2005: implications for psychoactivity and pharmacology. J Forensic Sci, 53 (1) (2008), pp. 90-94

6. W. Swift, A. Wong, K.M. Li, J.C. Arnold, I.S. McGregor. Analysis of cannabis seizures in NSW, Australia: cannabis potency and cannabinoid profile. PLoS One, 8 (7) (2013), p. e70052

7. Lewis, Melissa & Yang, Yi & Wasilewski, Ewa & A. Clarke, Hance & P. Kotra, Lakshmi. (2017). Chemical Profiling of Medical Cannabis Extracts. ACS Omega. 2. 6091-6103.

2nd annual Terpestival™ 2016 Hopland, CA

On the 23rd of July The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP) organized the 2nd annual Terpestival in Hopland CA.

The festival’s main goal is to  was designed to educate the public on the contribution of terpenoids to cannabis plant-based medicine. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ethan Russo who had a presentation entitled “Terpenoids and Cannabinoids.” There were several interesting panels all concentrated around the importance of terpenes in the hemp plant.

Total Terpene Aggregate Results

As the name suggest, in the The Terpene Tournament™,  the terpens were the stars of the show while cannabinoid content was not so relevant. All the flowers and CO2 concentrates were tested to determine the cannabinoid and terpene content. The  average flower terpene content was 1.4%, due to the loss of terpene content from harvest time. The average terpene content in concentrates was 9,7%.

An important take-away message from the event was that cannabis shouldn’t be defined only by the cannabinoid profile. Terpenes and other aromatic molecules give cannabis its distinct taste/smell and are very important not only for their medicinal value but also for the enhancement of the connoisseur experience. You can find more info on the event here.