For years, the Portuguese city of Cantanhede has been known for its wine products and roasted suckling pig, a local specialty. But the city has something new: Portugal’s first medical cannabis production farm.
The cannabis plant produces cannabinoids – chemical compounds used in treating health disorders. Parts of the plant are used to make the drug marijuana as well as a number of products containing the compounds CBD and THC.
Portugal’s sunny weather is ideal for growing cannabis. The weather caught the attention of Brendan Kennedy. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian company Tilray, one of the world’s largest producers of medical cannabis.
Kennedy traveled around Europe from 2015 to 2017 in search of the perfect place for Tilray’s newest production facility. Not only did Portugal have the ideal climate, but Kennedy also liked the country’s agricultural…