(Globe Newswire) Vancouver — Christina Lake Cannabis Corp. is pleased to announce that the company is on track to successfully complete its third cultivation season with a predicted healthy crop of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rich cannabis plants.
CLC’s proven ability to effectively cultivate cannabis outdoors over its first two grow seasons has optimized its yields for cost-efficient production to develop premium distillate oil with greater commercial sales value. A primary corporate objective heading into the 2022 grow season was to increase the quantity of THC-rich oil it extracts from dried biomass, which is largely dependent upon the genetic composition of a given strain. CLC’s master growers believe, based on the status of the 2022 crop, this objective should be realized.
“As a rising outdoor Licensed Producer in Canada, we recognize that maintaining this market position heavily depends on our ability to innovate and be a leader in developing new methods for efficiently growing and extracting cannabis on a large scale. Between results-driven workflows, the geography in which our property is situated, brilliant genetic engineering by our master growers, and state-of-the-art equipment, I believe we are on our way to achieving our vision of optimized cultivation techniques and extraction of THC-rich oil from our plants on a consistent basis.” — CLC’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, Mark Aiken
2022 Cultivation Recap
- CLC began the process of transferring 25,000 plants from its onsite greenhouse facility to its 22-acre outdoor growing facilities during the final week of May 2022.
- The spring season in the Christina Lake region of British Columbia brought cooler than average temperatures, but quickly progressed to becoming a consistently hot and dry summer – ideal for growing cannabis in an outdoor environment.
- In total, CLC is on track to cultivate a total of 41-core and experimental proprietary strains of cannabis.
- The choice of genetics this year was based upon the data and learning from CLC’s previous two crops.
- 24,000 25-gallon (95-litre) pots were utilized to contain the Company’s top three proven proprietary cannabis strains that have already undergone successful commercial-scale growth, as well as 38-experimental strains from its genetic library that are still under observation to identify the genetic formulations with benefits to include durability for outdoor growth and increased potency of THC.
- CLC’s advanced drone technology allowed the Company’s Master Growers to track the growth of the plants daily and quickly adapt to any growing challenges that may have required additional attention.
- CLC’s Master Growers used various cultivation techniques (i.e. adjusted feeding programs) during the region’s temperature swings to ensure the plants stayed healthy and continued to thrive all season long.