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Mapping The Cannabis Genome Revealed Viral DNA That Split Cannabis Into Hemp and ‘Marijuana’

Mapping The Cannabis Genome Revealed Viral DNA That Split Cannabis Into Hemp and ‘Marijuana’

Emily Robertson | Jan 8, 2019

There’s much about cannabis that we still don’t know. Research has been limited, barred by the misguided classification of the plant as a Schedule 1 drug. This, for some countries, has even included Cannabis sativa’s non-psychoactive strain, hemp. But, with full legalization in Canada and across many states in America, research has finally opened up. This has allowed for mapping the cannabis genome.

The University of Toronto recently published a press release describing their work on mapping the cannabis genome.  A key discovery was that hemp and ‘marijuana’ split into two different strains millions of years ago, after a virus attacked the plant. More on that in a moment.

Mapping The Cannabis Genome Revealed Viral DNA That Split Cannabis Into Hemp and ‘Marijuana’






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