Cannabis research tools at your disposal

Published Oct 20, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET
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Cannabis science is constantly growing and evolving especially now that legalization is taking hold and research is getting some much-needed funding from the industry and governments but keeping up with the latest and greatest discoveries can be a challenge. If you want to stay up to date, you’ll need to be ready to learn more with each new day. Those who are up to the challenge might not be sure where to start, and that’s where these five learning tools come in handy.

1. Your peers

You can’t always trust everything that you hear, but those around you can be a huge asset if you’re looking to learn more about cannabis, in particular those with several years or more of experience under their belts. If your friends and family can’t help, then you can always turn to a budtender or online forum for real-time advice and questions, and though we highly recommend verifying everything you hear, the simple, friendly conversation between two stoners can be incredibly insightful, especially for beginners.

2. Strain libraries

If it’s the best strains that you seek, then you might want to check out our strain library or one of many others that are readily available for free online because they offer the easiest way to navigate through thousands of strains to find the ones that are most suited to you. Whether you seek a better understanding of how cannabis influences your mood or a solution to irritating pain, this is one of the very best places to start because it’ll give you a wide range of options to choose from, which should increase your chances of finding one of them at a local dispensary or seed bank.

3. Medical journals

People like to hear about all of the wonderful things that cannabis can do for them and others, but nothing hits home quite like the solid facts that come from proven published cannabis research and data, which can be found in vast quantities in related medical journals. Not only is this an excellent source for the world's latest discovery, but it’s also a great way to delve into the past through the path we took to get here. All of it is backed 100% by qualified experts, and it’s paired with sharable links so that you can share the best ones along the way.

4. Cannabis books

At one time cannabis books were pretty limited, mainly to magazines and digital prints that could be found in head shops, but now you can walk into a big corporation-owned bookstore like Chapters and find an entire section dedicated solely to the plant. Whether you want to learn a new growing technique, the history of the plant, or how to make the raw flower into something a bit more enticing, cannabis books have all that and more, and they present the information in an engaging and entertaining way. With cannabis books, you can research everything from jokes to real-life science. It’s amazing!

5. Professional education

Those who feel extraordinarily motivated to learn about cannabis in a more structured and professional way might benefit most from a high-quality education either online or through a post-secondary institution. This tool is expensive and oftentimes time-consuming, but if you’re up for the task, there is no better way to learn about the ways of the plant that intrigue you the most. Whether it’s growing, consuming, processing, packaging, or marketing that you’re into, chances are pretty good you’ll find the answers you seek with professional help.

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