Dale Hunt, PhD, JD, Ethan Russo, MD, and Robert C. Clarke, cannabis industry professionals, have combined their expertise and joined forces to form the first cannabis company to focus on intellectual property (IP) protection specifically for independent plant breeders and licencing IP for access to markets worldwide. The company, named Breeder’s Best, hopes to bring to cannabis a global plant-licensing model that has proven successful in other agricultural industries.

“We have only scratched the surface of what cannabis can do to improve and enhance our lives,” Dr. Ethan Russo said. “Breeder’s Best will do that. In the coming decades, identifying, selectively breeding for, and utilising specific chemical components will truly transform medicine.” Dr. Russo is a board-certified neurologist, a preeminent medical cannabis expert, the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed medical journal articles, and a former GW Pharmaceuticals Senior Medical Advisor as well as the Sativex® and Epidiolex® clinical trial Study Physician and Medical Monitor.

“I am very excited for the opportunity that Breeder’s Best represents, which is to make cannabis safer and better through the work of cannabis artisans emphasising organic and regenerative agriculture to produce crops with greater biochemical diversity and a broader range of therapeutic benefits,” added Russo.

The liberalisation of global cannabis laws and growing public acceptance of cannabis have resulted in a rapidly increasing demand for cannabis flower, as well as cannabis-derived therapeutics and products. According to Prohibition Partners, the international cannabis industry will be worth more than $103.6 billion by 2024.

Doc Ray has been breeding cannabis in Humboldt County, California, the heart of cannabis country, for over 40 years. Doc is known for creating one-of-a-kind and highly medicinal cannabis strains for specific conditions, which began in 1984 when he created a plant to help his mother cope with the effects of cancer. Since then, he has worked as a caregiver for critically ill children and adults, developing and growing their medicine. Doc, a retired Army Green Beret, has a special place in his heart for other veterans and has developed two chemovars to help address PTSD symptoms, which he will licence to Breeder’s Best. “Breeder’s Best gives me a platform to move from obscurity into the light to ensure that the genetics I’ve developed to help people get to the people who need it on a global scale!” says Doc. The Breeder’s Best platform also ensures that what I’ve created is safeguarded and available to the world for future generations.”

Intellectual Property and Cannabis
While the cannabis industry offers significant opportunity, there is a critical gap that separates breeders’ creativity from markets that require products with unique and proven genetic profiles. Furthermore, there is typically very little IP protection to support good partnerships between cannabis brands and breeders. Breeder’s Best will bring these two key stakeholders together while legally protecting breeders’ genetic inventiveness.

“Our mission is to connect the best Cannabis genetics to the greatest needs and most promising commercial opportunities,” says Dale Hunt, founder and CEO of Breeder’s Best. To accomplish this, we have assembled an unrivalled team of experts with extensive experience at all levels of the cannabis supply chain. Breeder’s Best will be positioned to meet the demands of an increasingly professional and GMP-oriented marketplace while doing business in a way that benefits breeders and directs profitable and reliable business to growers who would otherwise be left behind as the industry matures. Breeder’s Best is poised to become the global leader in patented cannabis genetics and related products, thanks to our vision, team, model, know-how, and relationships.” Dr. Hunt has been practising intellectual property law for the past 23 years. He holds a PhD in plant cellular and molecular biology and has obtained thousands of patents and plant variety rights on behalf of his clients in over 30 countries.

“Cannabis use is finally becoming more acceptable. At Breeder’s Best, we provide independent Cannabis breeders with the opportunity to protect their unique varieties while also assisting them in placing those genetics in profitable markets. “This is a fantastic service for breeders who would rather focus on the art and science of breeding rather than the mechanics of commercialization,” said Breeder’s Best Director of Agronomy and Genetics, Robert C. Clarke. Mr. Clarke is a 40-year cannabis industry veteran best known for his books Marijuana Botany (1982) and Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany (2013).

The Cannabis plant produces over 450 chemical components, many of which have therapeutic potential. However, decades of cannabis prohibition have resulted in a lack of genetic diversity and the dominance of only a small subset of potential agents worldwide.

Breeder’s Best is a privately held Cannabis IP genetics company that has been organised as a B Corporation to demonstrate their commitment to independent Cannabis breeders and to meeting the global needs of patients and consumers for superior products.…

We are honoured that you have decided to learn how to grow cannabis indoors from The Weed Blog. Before you dig your hands into the dirt, it’s critical to understand the legality of cannabis cultivation in your area to avoid unpleasant interactions with law enforcement or serious legal consequences. Investigate your state and local marijuana laws to ensure you’re growing legally. Regardless of any local permits for cannabis cultivation, the practise is still illegal on a federal level.

You have complete control over the environment when growing cannabis indoors, and you can save money while producing high-quality cannabis! Furthermore, there is a distinct satisfaction in growing your own. Many cannabis enthusiasts claim that they didn’t appreciate the plant fully until they grew it themselves.

The main advantage of growing weed indoors is that you have more control than when you grow it outside. Growing indoors allows for the implementation of strategies such as introducing high levels of CO2, which results in larger buds with higher THC concentrations.

While there are numerous advantages to growing indoors, there are some potential issues that could be costly or disastrous to your crop if you are not careful. You should be confident in your ability to produce a successful cannabis harvest before making a significant financial investment. Your time and effort will be significant as well; no one wants to spend weeks in a garden just to produce compost pile fodder.

Getting Your Garden Ready

Before planting seeds, make sure you have all of the necessary materials for a successful indoor cannabis grow. We’ve compiled a list of general materials required for a successful harvest:

You must choose an area in which to expand. It could be a closet, an indoor grow tent, a spare room, or the basement.

Invest in indoor grow lights. These are available in a variety of styles, but for beginners, we recommend HPS (high pressure sodium) lights.

Find and buy seeds that interest you.

Selecting Your Seeds

When deciding what type of cannabis plants to grow, choosing the right seeds is critical. The colour, height, quality, and aroma of the plant are all determined by the seed’s quality. Avoid seeds that are cracked, soft, pale, or green. These seeds are not mature enough to begin the germination process, which may result in weak plants or, worse, no plants at all.

Good seeds will be dark brown, teardrop-shaped, and encased in a hard shell. Darker tiger stripes indicate indica seeds, whereas brown mottling indicates sativa seeds.

The most important consideration when selecting seeds is whether they are regular or feminised. Feminized seeds are typically more expensive, but most growers agree that the cost is well worth it. Feminized seeds guarantee that the plant will be female 99 percent of the time. This is significant because female plants generally produce larger buds, and if a male plant is present, the female plants’ growth will be hampered.

Regular seeds can produce both male and female plants, but using them is risky because they can drastically reduce the size of your harvest if they produce male plants. As a result, novices should strongly consider using feminised seeds.

How do you get your seeds to germinate?

Planting your seeds directly into a grow medium is the simplest way to germinate them. A seedling plug is another common method for germinating seeds. Plant the entire plug after germination, and you’ll be on the right track. If you’re growing hydroponically, you should always use seedling plugs.

Keep in mind that not every seed will thrive when deciding on the number of seeds to plant. It is common practise to assume that 10 – 20% of the seeds will not germinate, so make sure to overestimate. The time it takes for seeds to germinate depends on a variety of factors, but seeds typically germinate in 2 to 7 days.

For new growers, practising the germination process on inexpensive seeds may be beneficial because you don’t want to risk ruining a costly batch while you’re still learning how to grow properly.

The Soaking Technique

The soaking method, which is a reliable and simple process, is one of the most effective ways to germinate cannabis seeds. Fill a cup halfway with warm water, then drop in the seeds and look for the ones that float. Remove any floaters from the cup and cover it with a lid. Within 24-48 hours, the roots will begin to sprout. Transfer the roots to your grow medium once they have grown about a quarter inch. Because the small sprouts are delicate, you must exercise extreme caution during this process.

Germination Suggestions

When seeds are kept warm, the germination process is sped up. When the seeds are ready, place them about two inches deep in the grow medium. It is critical that the seeds remain moist but not soaked. If the seeds dry out, the process comes to a halt.

Older seeds germinate at a slower rate and frequently have lower germination rates than newer seeds. Even with fresh seeds, however, some strains germinate better than others. Don’t be concerned if your seeds take a while to germinate. Isn’t patience a virtue?

Watering Seedlings

Inexperienced cannabis cultivators frequently overwater their seedlings, resulting in a variety of issues such as sluggish growth, droopiness in the plant, or nutrient deficiencies. Watering your seedlings properly is essential for their growth so that they can be strong enough to support large flowering buds.

When watering your seedlings for the first time, give them 2 cups (500 millilitres) of water per seedling. Pour the water in a small circle around the seedling’s base to ensure you’re watering it rather than the dirt. Before watering again, wait until the top part of the soil is mostly dry.

As your seedling grows, gradually increase the amount of water so that the circle around the base is about the same width as the leaves. However, keep in mind that different grow mediums will necessitate varying amounts of water. Seedlings should be watered …