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Cannabis Genetics 101.2

Posted on June 1, 2003

Let’s look at what’s happening in the Hawaii project as an illustration. The issue in that case is one of adaptation. What we call “hemp” — or some prefer “industrial hemp” though I think “hemp” is just fine — is a breed of cannabis generally found in the temperate zones of the planet. The plant’s life cycle is driven by a genetically programmed response to the length of the night. Nights in the temperate zone begin to lengthen after summer solstice and the plants shift from vegetative growth — which has resulted in long stems — to reproductive phase, so seed will be set and matured by frost.

Cannabis Genetics 101

Posted on February 1, 2003

Brian Taylor and I were talking about the many different varieties of cannabis already to be found with the private growers around the Kootenays. I wasn’t suitably amazed and he asked me to explain why. Variation is easy to generate, I begin. In fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid if you grow from seed. But why? Where do all those different types come from? OK. School’s on.

Trip Report: 3rd International Bioresource Hemp 2000 Symposium

Posted on October 24, 2000

University of Gulelph professor Gordon Scheifele shares his experiance at Bioresorce Hemp 2000.

Study looks at hemp foods

Posted on October 8, 2000

People who frequently consume food items containing hempseeds and the oil extracted from the seeds are unlikely to fail a urine test for marijuana, according to a recent toxicological study commissioned by the Agricultural Research and Development Initiative.

Cannabis thieves plunder harmless leaves

Posted on October 3, 2000

Cannabis thieves have raided a Canadian agricultural college only to find that the crop was industrial hemp. The site, at Kemptville College of Agricultural Technolgy, Ottawa, was actually a research plot.

DEA recently approved the Seed Importation Permit, so the Project can continue

Posted on September 1, 2000

The good news is: Industrial hemp grows quickly and can be cultivated year-round in Hawaii. The bad news is: Hawaii’s fledgling industrial hemp research may soon be stymied by a lack of seed sources, since importation of hemp seeds is illegal under federal law.

Colleges may study hemp’s pros

Posted on August 26, 2000

Is industrial hemp a way to boost the fortunes of Illinois’ struggling farmers or a tool for encouraging drug abuse? That’s something state lawmakers may have to decide for themselves this fall when they return to the Capitol. Some lawmakers have been pushing a proposal to allow the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University to conduct research on hemp production. The legislation, Senate Bill 1397, won easy Senate approval last spring and is pending in the House of Representatives.

Hemp silage trials show high protein, energy levels

Posted on August 24, 2000

Hemp proved to be high in protein at 19 percent, high in energy and had good dry matter production. Acid detergent fibre was much higher than barley-oat silage at nearly 41 percent compared to 28.2 percent. ADF is the indigestible part of the plant. Calcium and phosphorus were also higher in hemp. Further trials and research data are required to gain a licence to grow hemp for feed.

Evaluating Interference of THC in Hemp Food Products With Employee Drug Testing

Posted on July 1, 2000

A toxicological study was conducted to evaluate the potential conflict between extended consumption of hemp food products and workplace drug-testing programs in the United States.

Another bid to plant hemp

Posted on January 26, 2000

Motueka horticulture scientist Peter Smale says he will reapply to plant a trial research crop of industrial hemp. His decision followed last week’s announcement by Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle approving a working party by the Customs Service to resolve differing opinions on the crop.