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Factors determining yield and quality of illicit indoor cannabis (Cannabis spp.) production.

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2011 Oct 10;212(1-3):158-63. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.06.006. Epub 2011 Jul 7.

Factors determining yield and quality of illicit indoor cannabis (Cannabis spp.) production.

Abstract

pm1Judiciary currently faces difficulties in adequately estimating the yield of illicit indoor cannabis plantations. The latter data is required in penalization which is based on the profits gained. A full factorial experiment in which two overhead light intensities, two plant densities and four varieties were combined in the indoor cultivation of cannabis (Cannabis spp.) was used to reveal cannabis drug yield and quality under each of the factor combinations. Highest yield was found for the Super Skunk and Big Bud varieties which also exhibited the highest concentrations of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Results show that plant density and light intensity are additive factors whereas the variety factor significantly interacts with both plant density and light intensity factors. Adequate estimations of yield of illicit, indoor cannabis plantations can only be made if upon seizure all factors considered in this study are accounted for.
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