A hemp growers’ association in Manitoba has received nearly $200,000 from the provincial and federal governments for research on the potential medical properties of hemp plants, as well as ways to improve their fibre content.
Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers will use the money to test existing hemp varieties for levels of cannabidol, a chemical compound believed to have many potential health benefits. Once the levels are known, they will begin developing varieties with higher levels.
"We see the potential in the cannabidols found in hemp. This initiative is proactive, to have varieties evaluated and available when the health research, legislation and licensing is ready for the use of cannabidols,” said Chris Dzisiak, chairman of the growers.