Medical applications for carbon dioxide today


As the most prevalent greenhouse gas found on earth, carbon dioxide (CO2) has many applications from medical uses, to food processing, to beverage carbonation, and to a wide range of industrial uses.

Today, there is an interesting twist in agriculture, where cannabis, being a premium crop, has what some claim to have significant medical and health value and is therefore a growing market for the commodity. 

CO2 is increasingly being used for crop growth enhancement inside closed greenhouses; as well as applications in the fields, for growth enhancement. Beyond the application for growth enhancement of cannabis crops, is supercritical extraction of essential oils from cannabis, which is used in rather expensive proprietary agents, again claimed to have pharmacological value. This is an interesting twist in fate; what was once an illegal crop in some markets, is now legal, under the guise of a medical agent. Such major growth is taking place in California, Canada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Massachusetts, to name a few places. Growers and processors of the products are generally rather obscure, in terms of locating and identifying their presence and output.  

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