Marijuana In Space Station Can Provide Important Data For Space Biology

Article by Lorraine Lorenzo, International Business Times

Science Marijuana In Space Station Can Provide Important Data For Space Biology By Lorraine Lorenzo

Ever since Canada fully legalized the use of both medical and recreational marijuana and the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill federally legalizing hemp, the future of weed has reached new highs.

First, marijuana’s growth projection has increased exponentially. According to Wall Street’s cannabis analyst, Vivien Azer, the U.S. sales of marijuana will rise to as much as $80 billion by 2030. Canadian companies Canopy Growth and Tilray will both contribute to this growth in 2019.

Another projected high is out of this world, literally, as companies are now planning to grow marijuana in space.

According to Forbes, the bioengineering company, Space Tango, has started planning on growing hemp plants onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Hemp is a close cousin of marijuana that’s known for its medical benefits without the psychoactive effects. Space Tango, on the other hand, specializes in research and manufacturing of microgravity environments.

Per Dr. Joe Chappell, a member of the Space Tango advisory team who has worked on various ISS projects, space is a stress-free environment where the plants can easily flourish.

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