Saskatchewan Scientists Discover Key to Drug-Free Hemp

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have made a discovery about how marijuana plants create tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the active ingredient in pot that gets smokers high.

It turns out the chemical pathway to THC production involve two enzymes that are used in a way that hasn’t been seen before in plants, according to U of S biologist Jon Page.

“What cannabis has done is take a rare fatty acid with a simple, six-carbon chain and use it as a building block to make something chemically complex and pharmacologically active,” Page said in a news release.

The U of S research, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), paves the way for the development of marijuana varieties that can make their own pharmaceuticals or industrial hemp that is completely drug-free, the scientists say.

Currently, industrial hemp, used to make rope and textiles, contains only residual quantities of THC. But even trace amounts can be problematic when it comes to export markets and drug regulators.

The answer, the U of S scientists believe, could be essentially switching off the chemical pathway.

“As breeders try to develop new varieties, they always struggle with this sort of residual or small amount of THC that always seems to leak through,” Page said. “So we might not just get really really low levels of THC; we’d get zero levels of THC.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.



  1. TiffnRich420 on

    Yeah no shit right! I don’t understand how they are trying retain all the medicinal properties of MMJ and filter out all the psychoactive components, to mitigate everyone from getting “HIGH”. The thing that they don’t understand is that you can’t get pure CBD with out containing its originating compound THC. What gets me is that they will waste all of this revenue on trying to find a way to keep MMJ on the market so we don’t go down scrapping too hard, Just as long as it wont get you “High”. I sure as hell don’t see them doing the same to Narcotic Schedule II and III medications such as vicodin, percocet, diluadid, and fentenyal patches. Why cant they formulate a percocet tab that relieves the pain without turning you into a junkie in the end. Last time that I checked the high from THC and the high from Opioids are way extreme speaking that opioids completely change ALL of your life supporting functions.

  2. highman on

    . israel did make high cbd(16%) and low thc(1%)but that was for medical. hemp as it is already has to be under 1% thc. usually less than 0.5%.
    im thinking they mainly want this for plants used for fibres. would make shipping them across borders much easier.

  3. Paul Pot on

    Yes definitely!
    It’s time to grow up and legalize.
    And if you live in Colorado, Oregon and Washington you will have a chance to vote for legalization this November.
    Vote for medical marijuana in Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas.
    War is Over!
    If you want it?

  4. Anonymous on

    I agree

  5. Anonymous on

    “CBD IS DERP FUTURE… DERP FUTURE IS NOW”… yaaaay. All the dispensaries must be celebrating. They finally got what they’ve been wanting.

    It’s laughable to consider that “trace amounts” are a the genuine concern for export.

    Rather it’s the corruption and collusion, the ulterior motives and business interests. So let’s sit back and watch how fast this doesn’t get exported. “but…. but we fixed it.”.. nooo, you didn’t. You didn’t even acknowledge the problem.

    Luckily for them the dispensaries will be sure to buy it.

    Of course, without the THC, they’ll be hard pressed to make it round up ready, all of which will surely increase the cost.

    The only real concern they addressed here is in having rendered it patentable.

  6. peace. on

    One day you happen upon a bag of reefers only to find, it doesn’t get you high.

  7. Anonymous on

    This is total disgust to think that this is the answer, The answer s to get the fuck over the BAN on THC and grow the fuck up and well just get the fuCK IN HELL OVER ITR GOD DAM YOU STUPID FUCKS

  8. Bhonze on

    Good now we can make even stronger WEED! Yippee!

  9. Anonymous on

    Didn’t Israel already do this? [url=] This article [/url] explains.