May 30, 2017 12:10 PM

Will Corporate Farmers Saturate Market With GM Weed?

As the cannabis market is rapidly expanding, the industry experts predict that genetically altered marijuana will soon take over the mainstream marketplace. However, others believe that pot consumers would rather grow weed themselves than turn to genetically modified cannabis.

Dr. Reggie Gaudino of the Steep Hill marijuana laboratory has recently told The Cannifornian that corporate farmers like Monsanto would soon saturate the cannabis market with GM weed.

To show disagreement with this point of view, local farmers in Humboldt County have already separated themselves from GM weed and focused on organic and safe farming practices.

DNA Combinations vs. GMO

Mowgli Holmes from Phylos Bioscience has also put in question the future success of GM marijuana on the market. Holmes thinks that pot consumers have no interest in genetically modified cannabis. The only thing that GMO can do to the contemporary weed plants is make them glow in the dark, but nobody really needs that, according to Holmes.

Currently, marijuana laboratories like Steep Hill investigate DNA sequencers in weed plants with the intention to discover the secret abilities of the herb.

For instance, scientists can now test weed for the specific indicators in the substance's DNA that correspond to the strain's content of terpenes and non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as cannabidiol. Marijuana laboratories expect to find the best DNA combinations that will allow breeding the most effective medical marijuana without GMO.

How Cannabis Genetics Influence the THC:CBD Ratio
How Cannabis Genetics Influence the THC:CBD Ratio
Some users believe that the higher the THC level of the strain is, the more powerful the high will be. However, the situation is not that simple. The effects of the strain depend not only on the amount of THC and CBD but also on their ratio.

GMO and Marijuana Potency

People have already noticed that today's marijuana strains are more potent than the same strains fifty years ago. Is it the result of GMO or successful breeding? Almost all current cannabis strains were created through cross-breeding, hybridization, and other traditional breeding methods. Cloning also has nothing in common with genetic modification as it does not change the plant's DNA.

Nevertheless, some industry experts consider that cloning was the cause of the preservation of many disease issues currently available in the marijuana industry.

Some growers at Humboldt County see no harm in GM weed provided that researchers spend twenty to forty years on carrying out a profound investigation of the cannabis genome and prove GMO is safe to use.

Cannabis Producers Are Induced to Register Their Strain’s Genetics
Cannabis Producers Are Induced to Register Their Strain’s Genetics
Though there are more than a thousand cannabis strains on the market today, no standardized requirements of their quality have been developed yet. Now, weed users can recognize a certain strain just by its name, but who knows if they actually get the pot they think they are buying?

How Will GM Weed Impact Market?

Pro-GMO marijuana experts predict that genetic modification technology will let researchers increase the level of terpenes and cannabinoids in weed plants. If farmers manage to utilize GM weed correctly, it will benefit the consumers. Moreover, GMO will provide the ability to create weed strains that are suitable for variable growing conditions.

Despite all the opposition to GM weed, Gaudino thinks that the genetic modification of marijuana is inevitable in the cannabis industry. However, Holmes believes neither pot farmers nor consumers are interested in GM cannabis. He thinks that the best way to improve the production of today's weed is to concentrate on the marijuana genome.

A Step Forward in Breeding Cannabis: Tweed Plans to Innovate Cannabis Genetics
A Step Forward in Breeding Cannabis: Tweed Plans to Innovate Cannabis Genetics
On Sept. 12, 2016, Tweed Inc. announced the completion of their new cannabis breeding facility based in Smiths Falls, Canada. The company has launched this ambitious project in order to form their own Canadian-bred cannabis genetics that would satisfy the needs of their customers.
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