Hemp goes 'hot' due to genetics

Cornell University has been studying the reason why some hemp plants spike in THC and make them a problem for industrial hemp license growers.

Growing hemp for CBD (cannabidiol) is a burgeoning industry, thanks to the compound’s use in treating everything from pain, anxiety and depression to easing cancer-related symptoms.

But when hemp contains more than the legal limit of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gets people high, the plants can test “hot.” State and federal regulations classify hemp as containing 0.3% or less THC; when plants exceed that amount, farmers can lose their entire crop.

Many websites and news articles have claimed that environmental or biological stresses – such as flooding or disease – cause an increase in THC production. But very little research exists to show that’s true.

Now, a new Cornell study – published July 28 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy – finds no evidence that stress on hemp plants increases THC concentrations or ratios of CBD to THC.

To Read the full article - follow this link.

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/07/hemp-goes-hot-due-genetics-not-environmental-stress

Also this follows the reasoning why the Co-op choses to purchase French seed - we have seen the genetics are consistent, strong and very low in THC. 
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Published Aug 2, 2021

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