Dr Frankenstein's Scientific Cannabis Care Process. (CCP)

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The Cannabis Care Process: By. Dr Frankenstein.
  1. Assessment phase
  2. Diagnosing phase
  3. Planning phase
  4. Implementing phase
  5. Evaluation phase

Assessment phase
The idea underlying this part of the process is to identify what is abnormal compared to what is normal for the plant.
It is easier to treat problems if they are recognized earlier on in the process. Clear pictures in normal light are a must. Attention to detail and critical thinking skills are essential skills to use during this phase as they allow the grower to identify issues and prioritize the treatments that the plant requires. This is especially important if the plant has compounded problems with more than one critical issue that requires an intervention such as environmental changes, nutritional or other treatments.

Diagnosing phase
The second step of the scientific process involves the grower using their clinical skills and judgment to make a diagnosis about a current or potential conditions on the plant, taking note of it's environmental conditions, including: lighting, temperature and humidity and hydration. There may be more than one diagnosis if the plant has a complicated health condition. If a plant has a broken limb, they could also have an infection.

The diagnosis should be a detailed description of the issue and include any associated complications.

The grower must make a judgment on the possibility of the plant having developed a syndrome. This can be a potentially challenging situation to diagnose because the plant could have what seems to be unrelated symptoms but that signify a specific illness or disease.

There could be a risk of complications at some point in the future and the grower should identify these in the diagnoses. The diagnosis is the foundation for the care plan and course of treatment for the plant and should outline how ready the plant is to move towards health improvement and normal unobstructed transpiration and metabolism. The diagnosis should also take into account, considerations from the assessment phase, and include risk factors such as plant age, stage of development, flowering and environmental risk factors.

Assist in ensuring a positive outcome.

The planning phase may also be known as the outcomes phase and it is the stage that involves formulating a plan of action. It can only occur once the grower or team agree on a diagnosis for the plant. If the plant has a complex condition, such as a syndrome or multiple-injuries and conditions, the senior team members must prioritize the multiple diagnoses and pay attention to the most urgent and critical conditions first.

Goals should be:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable or Meaningful
  3. Attainable or Action-Oriented
  4. Realistic or Results-Oriented
  5. Timely or Time-Oriented

During this phase, the team member implements the care plan of action as determined in the previous phase. Interventions in this phase will be delegated to an appropriate member of the grow team. No matter who carries out the actions as outlined, the plant must be carefully monitored to see if they are improving or if their condition is deteriorating. The changes must be compared to those that were projected in the care plan, and past pictures may be of some use in this phase.

Activities in this phase include assessing the plants immediately before the action is implemented to ensure it is still relevant. Checking to see if the grower needs help with the action, care, education or treatment, then using people management skills to delegate the task to a member of the grow team. The care that was given is then carefully documented in the plant notes. Continuity of care is vital to plant wellness during hospitalization and preparation for their discharge, so having accurate, up to date information in the plant history is essential.

Implementation is the step which involves action or doing and the actual carrying out of interventions outlined in the plan of care. This phase requires interventions such as applying a light, watering, monitoring, ventilation or Co2, direct or indirect care, fertilizer and amendment preparation and administration, or standard treatment protocols.

The plant may require a care plan that is implemented for just a few hours, days, to an extended period of several months, with appropriate periodic adjustments.

This final step of the scientific process is vital to a positive plant outcome, and finally harvest. Whenever a grower intervenes or implements care, they must reassess or evaluate to ensure the desired outcome has been met. Reassessment may frequently be needed depending upon overall plant condition. The plan of care may be adapted based on new assessment data.

  • Plant's condition improved
  • Plant's condition stabilized
  • Plant's condition deteriorated, died or harvested

Issues of concern.
Newcomers lack the knowledge to implement the scientific process into practice and factors such as plant ratios and growing conditions and/or growing methods inhibit them from doing so.

Clinical Significance
The utilization of the scientific process to guide care is significant going forward in this dynamic, complex world of cannabis plant care. Cannabis strains carry with them a multitude of health related problems and inherent risks of missed opportunities to spot a life-altering conditions, including of infectious nature, environmental conditions and plant nutrition, and lighting needs, thus reducing overall yields and plant health.

Social media is transforming to meet the demands of this new environment. Successful growers are in a position to promote change and impact plant care models in the future.

Other Issues
Critical thinking skills play a vital role as we develop plans of care for our wonderful, miraculous, therapeutic plants under multiples of varying conditions, environments with multiple comorbidities and embrace this very challenging "plan plant of care" curve. Thus, the trend towards concept-based curriculum changes will assist us in the navigation of uncharted waters.
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