Just a basic photo as the sun sets on the first era of "new hemp" in the US. Words cannot express how thankful we are to the farmers who have supported us over the past 5 years. Your trust has allowed us to expand our capabilities for discovery beyond all previous notions of possibility.
Pictured here are 5 simple plants, selected for their truly unique chemotypes from a population where the desired profile occurs at a rate of 1.3%. What you can't see are 4 years of 7 day weeks from 20+ people (now 40+) who made this tiny percentage even possible.
Success like this is simple in cannabis breeding.
Step 1. Start thousands of seeds in year one, grow them to sexual maturity (2-3 feet tall), then test each one. If lucky, you will find 2-3 plants that contain trace amounts of the cannabinoid you seek (if not, back to step 1).
Step 2. Make clones, isolate two copies, and reverse one to self-pollinate the other. Three months later, collect seed.
Step 3. Grow out said seed and repeat the first step, keeping only the plants expressing slightly higher concentrations of the compound you seek.
Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have achieved maximum production of your compound of interest (maxaa are variety-specific).
Step 5. Outcross the best maxaa plant with your desired chemotype (CBD, CBG, CBC, or THC), then repeat steps 1-3 again three more times. Voila. CBDV, CBGV, CBCV, and THCV plants magically become stabilized.
Step 6. Release seed to the market and six months later every competitor is selling F2s as their own "independently developed varieties."
It is much easier to say you are a breeding company than to be one. Thanks to everyone who supports and respects the art and science of true breeding.