Cannabinoid profile stability is an important issue in the hemp industry. Both hemp and high THC C. sativa producers are frequently forced to remove strains from their production systems due to deterioration of the “mother” plant from which they generate clones. (See FAQ’s – What’s the difference between a variety and a strain?). Our current R&D on the genetics of the pathways involved in cannabinoid biosynthesis allows us to consistently create varieties demonstrating high cannabinoid stability, even when grown across diverse and often stressed environments. In fact, in order to qualify for AOSCA certification, the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested our variety across regions of CO, and validated that NWG-ELITES’s® THC stayed stable in each locale.
Breeding for stable cannabinoids that can be large-scale harvestable is another key element of our R&D program. The current production method for a bushy style plant, whether clonal or feminized seed, involves much hands-on treatment. Rooting the clones, encouraging seed germination, repotting, or hand harvesting are common practices. Below is a diagram of New West Genetics’ basic breeding strategy– we induce novel variation repeatedly over generations to create plants with both agronomic traits necessary to be uniform in the field, as well as plants with desired cannabinoid profiles.