1. Zero THC Hemp
Overview: In collaboration with research partner Anandia Laboratories, we have created industrial hemp plants that have zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent in cannabis. Under U.S. federal law, crops containing above 0.3% THC are required to be destroyed. Our new Zero-THC hemp plants eliminate the risk growers face with conventional hemp plants. A zero THC product also clearly separates the medical/agricultural uses of the plant from the recreational uses.
Preparing for Commercial-Scale Production
2. New Cannabinoid Profiles for Novel Medicines
Overview: Cannabinoids such as CBD are highly sought after as constituents in cannabinoid-based medicines and therapeutics. Our scientists are working to produce hemp lines with altered cannabinoid profiles so that important cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBC, and others are expressed in higher concentrations.
First Lines Successfully Produced
3. Hemp Varieties Optimized for Local Climates and Conditions
Overview: Hemp varieties are sensitive to local conditions… Indeed, hemp varieties can be very latitude specific. As a consequence, there is no one-size-fits-all hemp variety that grows well in every climate. We are working with growers, breeders and scientists to develop a range of new varieties suitable to a variety of local climates across the United States and around the world.
Undergoing Field Trials
4. Hemp Varieties Optimized for Agronomic Traits
Overview: A climate and cannabinoid profile-optimized hemp variety is of little value if its yield is low or if it is susceptible to disease. We are working to improve agronomic traits, such as disease resistance, drought tolerance, and yield to create unique varieties of hemp with exceptional performance in the field.
5. Producing Cannabinoids in Other Systems
Overview: Cannabinoids extracted from a Cannabis sativa L. plant commonly take the form of a complex biological mixture. Consequently, the biological response is often unclear given the mixture of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active compounds. We are pursuing projects to produce cannabinoids in other plant systems (yeast, etc). This approach potentially has two advantages. Firstly, large amounts of important cannabinoids could be produced and, secondly, lines that produce single or a small number of compounds will facilitate studies of the effects of individual compounds rather than complex mixtures.
Proof of Concept Successful
6. Industrial Hemp for Phytoremediation
Overview: Together with The University of Virginia (UVA), we have launched a project aimed at utilizing novel varieties of industrial hemp to clean up and reclaim abandoned mine lands and other polluted areas. These polluted lands will be returned to productive use and cultivation through a cost-effective, plant-based process known as “phytoremediation.”