SpaceX’s Next Space Station Delivery Incorporates a Stash of Cannabis

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On Sunday, a SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station pulling almost three tons of cargo.

SpaceX’s next ISS resupply mission is planned for March 2020, and keeping in mind that that trip probably not include any super-buff “mighty mice”, it’ll be packing something similarly one of a kind: cannabis.

On Tuesday, agri-tech organization Front Range Biosciences declared plans to send cannabis to the ISS.

No, it’s not a space-shipping weed to get astronauts high. Rather, it’ll send plant cultures of hemp, the legitimate cannabis strain with low levels of compound THC.

The cultures will stay in an ISS incubator for 30 days while BioServe Space Technologies (a Front Range project partner) monitors them remotely from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

After their 30 days in space, the cannabis cultures return home to Earth so the Front Range can perceive what impact, assuming any, microgravity and space radiation had on their gene expression.

“There is science to support the theory that plants in space experience mutations,” Front Range CEO Jonathan Vaught said in a release.

“This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to earth and if there are new commercial applications.”

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