Scientists in Western New York have successfully developed a new completely THC-free cannabis strain, which could be a truly important development for medical cannabis companies, research teams and institutions, as well as the growing hemp industry.
The new strain was created by Canadian researchers at bio-tech company, 22nd Century, along with scientists at Anandia Labs, in an effort to produce an alternative cannabis strain that could be utilized for research, industrial use and industry expansion.
Under current law, cannabis with a certain level of THC is considered a Schedule I illegal drug. However, if a cannabis plant doesn’t have enough THC in them to be psychoactive, then they are legal, as hemp. Many CBD products take advantage of this option—CBD can be found in a plant, even if the plant doesn’t have any THC. This new THC-free cannabis strain takes advantage of this difference as well. It could be a new solution for many businesses in the cannabis industry, and especially for medical cannabis research, CBD-based medicines, other cannabinoid isolation and industrial uses of hemp.
Medical researchers can now focus on isolating and exploring other cannabinoids within the cannabis plant to further explore the medical properties, benefits and uses of the many other cannabinoids present in the plant.
“There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and a lot of them have never really been tested,” researcher and VP of Plant Biotechnology Paul Rushton told WKBW Buffalo. “So by creating, through our technology, different combinations of these compounds can have new sources for potentially very many new and exciting medicines.”
In the hemp industry, hemp plants have naturally occurring low THC levels, but since it is still a plant and alive, sometimes the THC is greater than the legal limit. If that ends up happening to a crop of hemp plants, growers can be forced to destroy the entire crop which causes major financial losses. This new THC-free strain may be the solution to the industrial hemp woes in this regard.
We’re sure to see more come out about this new wave in the cannabis cultivation world, so stay tuned.
Source: Culture Magazine