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Weeding out marijuana with genetic advancements

Researchers at the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota are looking for ways to create a drug-free cannabis plant, the plant from which marijuana comes.

Researchers at the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota are looking for ways to create a drug-free cannabis plant, the plant from which marijuana comes. The goal is to remove tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive property of the plant which gets people “high,” in order to use the plant for hemp fiber, oil and to create better drugs for pain and nausea.

Hemp and marijuana are difficult to tell apart other than the differences in THC. So far the study shows that in marijuana, tiny hairs on the plant accumulate high amounts of THC, whereas in hemp the hairs have little.