Scientists Are Finally Running Experiments for Growing Weed in Space

For years, stoners have wondered if a day would arrive where humanity would finally grow weed in outer space. And now that day has finally arrived.

Two Kentucky-based hemp and cannabis cultivation companies will be launching a new initiative to examine how zero-gravity conditions can affect growing marijuana products. The goal is to see growers can exert greater control over strains if they're grown without gravitational stresses. 

To achieve these goals, the companies are teaming up with Space Tango, another Kentucky-based company that creates clean room laboratories in microwave-sized boxes. Space Tango will send one of their boxes up to the International Space Station (ISS) along with the cannabis and hemp needed for the experiments. Scientists on the ISS will then grow and track the progress of the plants onboard. Space Tango has run a similar experiment with with beer company Anheuser-Busch to examine how barley grows in zero gravity.

Space Tango's boxes are a huge development, since there's limited space on the ISS. Plenty of companies want to conduct research in the zero gravity environment, but aren't able to because it would take up too much room. But Space Tango allows these experiments to happen since they don't require that much room or resources.

The hope is that scientists and researchers will learn major discoveries about how growing plants, such as cannabis, outside of the Earth's atmosphere can actually improve their development.

So who knows, some day we may all be smoking weed from space in our flying cars before going to work for our robot overlords.

(h/t TechCrunch)

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