A West Australian research team puts Hemp in the News with their study to create a consistent strain of hemp that will help bring success to growers and producers nationwide.
Hemp’s extensive list of uses combined with its increasing global demand are why hemp is predicted to be a billion-dollar industry, but the rules and regulations make it a difficult crop to grow.
Although hemp is a species of the cannabis plant, it contains very low levels of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. And although it is legal to grow hemp in Australia, it is not legal to use the plant for human consumption.
Glenn Ossy-Orley is a hemp grower in Nannup, WA, and the chair of Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association (iHempWA). He is currently cultivating his third hemp crop and is noticing a consistent increase of THC with each growing season. It is a growing concern because he is the only seed grower in WA.
At Murdoch University, researchers are working on a breed of hemp that will remain stable and contain constant low levels of THC.
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