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Response to ancianita (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 3, 2014, 02:33 PM

21. hemp has very low levels of THC

Last edited Mon Feb 3, 2014, 03:21 PM - Edit history (2)

it is not competitive as a recreational cannabis product.

of course, it could be bred to become a higher THC-bearing product, but that would be silly because decades of research has already gone into creating seeds that, for the most part, bear as female-only, with high levels of THC.

eta: hemp is grown for the fiber - the stalk of the plant, or for the seeds. Farmers have bred hemp so minimize THC to meet standards for nations that already allow hemp farming. Seeds for purchase to plant a commercial hemp field, iow, will not yield much THC, no matter if they go to seed or not (i.e. flower, fertilization and seed setting.)

marijuana is grown for the (non-seed bearing) flower of the plant. marijuana grown for recreational purposes has been hybridized to make use of the shorter stature of indica, crossed with the uplifting quality of sativa (which is also the species for hemp, with long stalks.) Seeds for purchase to plant a commercial recreational marijuana crop have been bred to maximize the THC and minimize the height of the plant, for most all hybrids.

marijuana has maximum potency when the female plants only are grown, and grown so that they are not pollinated by males releasing pollen into the air. THC is found throughout the plant, but is concentrated in the sticky globules of resin on the flowers that, in natural conditions, serve as pollen traps. Flowering without pollination is the key to maximum THC yield.

so, people are getting high on the unrequited lust of the female cannabis plant.

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