University of Minnesota researchers have validated a genetic test that can predict whether a cannabis plant will produce mostly CBD or THC – a tool that could help prevent farmers from cultivating hemp that violates federal and state laws.
The team studied three different cannabis varieties – from industrial hemp growers, samples from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and wild cannabis (or ditch weed) – comparing genetic markers with the ratio of THC versus CBD. The team then verified that genetics were a good predictor of the ratio.
George Weiblen, who is a professor in the College of Biological Sciences and the science director & curator of plants at the Bell Museum whose laboratory led the study, said he hopes the technique “can assist in new seed certification for the hemp industry.”
Published at Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:46:32 +0000