Cannabis Tissue-Culture Propagation: Ensuring Genetic Consistency
Ulrich Reimann-Philipp, Ph.D. and Andrea L. Small-Howard, Ph.D.1
1GBSciences, Inc., Las Vegas, NV.
Patients seeking medical relief through use of the plant Cannabis sativa need legal access to safe and effective products. While twenty-four states have passed legislation to allow patient access to medical cannabis, these state-regulated medical cannabis programs do not include comprehensive guidelines or monitoring agencies to ensure safety and consistency of the cannabis supplied in their state. In order for cannabis to become a true medical option, patients and their doctors need assurance that: 1) the cannabis is free from microbial contaminants and pesticides, and 2) the cannabis product has consistent levels of active ingredients for accurate dosing. Cannabis tissue propagation addresses both of these medical concerns, but it is only the beginning of a comprehensive process designed by GB Sciences for ensuring safety and consistency of cannabis production in the GrowBLOX™ technology suite. Tissue culture allows for non-sexual reproduction of desired cannabis genotypes in a sterile environment, and the potential to cryogenically bank the genotypes. The following report describes GB Sciences progress in adapting tissue culture methodologies for future commercial cannabis enterprises using their proprietary TissueBLOX system. .
Keywords: Cannabis sativa, tissue culture, plant propagation