With the arrival of the CBD and the influx of producers from around the world, the lack of available varieties, breeding programs or regulations for the production of varieties with a high CBD content continues to weigh on the European hemp industry. because of the absence of the European Union ...
Do you desperately want to find EU certified hemp seeds with a high content of CBD? Structural deficiencies reduce the potential contribution of Europe to the global emergence of hemp. The business world and Europe's position as a leader in this emergence are disappearing right now.
Did you know?
The uninitiated do not seem to know this secret: there are no CBD-high strains registered in the EU Plant Variety Database, and European breeders have little incentive to develop such strains as long as the continent is limited by the European rule of 0,2% THC. European hemp varieties are developed and recorded for seed yield and / or fiber content: to serve the sectors that have been the historical center of European hemp producers since the revival of the industry in the middle of the 1990 years .
Low THC content means low CBD?
Only in recent years, with the rapid growth of the global CBD market, have Europeans started harvesting the compound from their certified crops. But because the CBD content is directly proportional to THC in a plant, the very restrictive European limit of 0,2 THC means that the composition of European plants is relatively low in CBD. In addition, Europe's focus on seeds and fiber means that breeders on the continent have not undertaken to increase and stabilize CBD content in their cultivars. There are CBD-rich seeds produced by seed banks but they are sold primarily as collectible items and the strains have not gone through any third party approval process, so it is there is no guarantee as to the quantity or overall quality in relation to CBD performance.
No financial incentive
While some CBD-high strains that meet European THC restrictions have been developed in the United States, most US developers do not view EU registration as an economically viable proposition. With such crops selling up to $ 1 per individual seed, developers are not inclined to invest thousands of seed dollars in the EU registration process: a long and costly process alone that requires even more investment from the breeder. In summary, investing in the development and / or registration of these high CBD strains in accordance with EU certification standards and market needs is not a risk for seed developers are ready to take, despite the good yields currently available of finished CBD products.
450 500 $ per hectare?
If we believe the current hype, the CBD is a very lucrative proposition: according to some US and Canadian estimates, European certified crops containing between 1% and 3% of CBD can theoretically yield close to 37 500 $ per hectare . However, with a CBD content of 6%, this figure jumps to about 225 000 $ / ha. At 12%, it's almost 450 000 $ / ha. And there are strains on the market that breeders say reach up to 18%. On the purchasing side, the current situation is that some hemp producers are behaving like "marijuana growers", buying and planting non-certified high CBD seeds and resorting to covert operations to grow crops. hemp that is competitive in today's rapidly changing CBD market.
Where did you get these seeds?
To stay competitive, Swiss, American, Canadian and Chinese producers are all looking for these non-certified but high-yielding CBD seeds - as we have mentioned, which usually come from "marijuana" breeders or stockbreeding banks. seeds - sources that often reject any responsibility for what is produced or the yield obtained. They are also often unstabilized hybrids or "types". Although there are some of these sellers who have the "confidence" of the industry, there are many who are simply there to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity, selling seed of origin and of dubious value.
Where is Europe?
An enigma launched by the European Union authorities earlier this year has the effect of asking the continent's hemp food producers questions. Changes in the way the CBD is envisaged in the EU's Novel Foods Directive, never announced but noted by some producers, will certainly create more confusion in a sector that is already full of it. If Europe does not act quickly to establish reasonable rules regarding THC levels in industrial hemp, we would miss a historic opportunity to maintain our legitimate place as a leader in the revival of culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.