With the advent of CBD and the influx of growers from all over the world, the lack of available varieties, breeding programs or regulations for the production of high CBD varieties continues to weigh on the European hemp industry in due to the absence of the European Union…
Desperate to find EU certified hemp seeds with high CBD content? Structural deficiencies reduce Europe's potential contribution to the global emergence of hemp. The business world and Europe's position as a leader in this emergence are disappearing at this very moment.
Did you know?
The uninitiated don't seem to know this secret: there are no strains with high CBD content registered in the EU Plant Variety Database, and European breeders have little incentive to develop new ones. such strains as long as the continent is limited by the European rule of 0,2% THC. European hemp varieties are developed and registered for seed yield and / or fiber content: in order to serve the sectors that have been the historic center of European hemp producers since the industry was relaunched in the mid-1990s .
Low THC content means low CBD?
It was only in recent years, with the rapid growth of the global CBD market, that Europeans began to harvest this compound from their certified crops. But because the CBD content is directly proportional to the 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. Furthermore, Europe's focus on seeds and fiber means that breeders on the continent have not taken steps to increase and stabilize the CBD content in their cultivars. There are high CBD seeds produced by seed banks but they are sold primarily as collectibles and the strains have not gone through any third party approval process so there is no third party approval process. There is no guarantee as to the overall quantity or quality compared to the performance of CDB.
No financial incentive
While some high CBD strains that meet European THC restrictions were developed in the United States, most American developers do not view registration in the EU as an economically viable proposition. With such crops selling for up to $ 1 per individual seed, developers are not inclined to invest thousands of dollars of seed into the EU registration process: a long and expensive process in itself that requires even more investment from the breeder. In summary, investing in the development and / or registration of these high CBD strains, in line with EU certification standards and market needs, is not a risk that seed developers are ready to take, despite the good yields currently available from the finished CBD products.
$ 450 per hectare?
If the current hype is to be believed, CBD is a very lucrative proposition: thus according to some American and Canadian estimates, approved European crops containing between 1% and 3% of CBD can theoretically fetch nearly $ 37 per hectare. . However, with a CBD content of 500%, that figure jumps to almost $ 6 / ha. At 225%, it's almost $ 000 / ha. And there are strains on the market that breeders claim reach up to 12%. On the buying side, the current situation is causing some hemp growers to behave like 'marijuana' growers, buying and planting uncertified high CBD seeds and resorting to underground operations to grow crops. hemp which is competitive in today's fast-paced CBD market.
Where did you get these seeds?
To stay competitive, growers in Switzerland, America, Canada and China are all looking for these uncertified, yet high-yielding CBD seeds - as we mentioned, which typically come from 'marijuana' breeders or drug banks. seeds - sources that often take no responsibility for what is produced or the yield obtained. They are also often unstabilised or "type" hybrids. While there are some of those sellers who have the industry 'confidence', there are many who are simply there to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity, selling seed of dubious origin and value.
Where is Europe?
A conundrum launched by European Union authorities earlier this year has the mainland's hemp food producers wondering. Changes in the way CBD is viewed in the EU Novel Foods Directive, never announced but noticed by some producers, will certainly create more confusion in an industry that is already filled with it. If Europe does not act quickly to establish reasonable rules for THC levels in industrial hemp, we would miss a historic opportunity to maintain our rightful place as a leader in reviving the crop in the XNUMXth and XNUMXst centuries.