Australian researchers suggest loosening cannabis research rules could remove the cap on possibilities

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Researchers at Australia’s La Trobe University’s reviewed a raft of international studies of cannabis genomics and confirmed what many already believe. For example, researchers in Canada have recently received funding to consider what role enhanced cannabis cultivars can have on disease resistance. Anti-drug laws are putting a damper on fully exploring marijuana’s potential with respect to its possible health-helping benefits and how cannabis genomics may contribute to meeting that goal. Genomics-assisted breeding would increase the efficiency and precision of cannabis crop improvement, and an improved understanding of how cannabis genomes differ between cultivars could contribute to the growing medicinal cannabis industry. Subscribe to the Cannabis Post newsletter for weekly insights into the industry, what insiders will be talking about and content from across the Postmedia Network.

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Anti-drug laws are putting a damper on fully exploring marijuana’s potential with respect to its possible health-helping benefits and how cannabis genomics may contribute to meeting that goal.

Researchers at Australia’s La Trobe University’s reviewed a raft of international studies of cannabis genomics and confirmed what many already believe.

Despite the many decades that cannabis has been studied, anti-drug laws are creating hurdles to identifying what scientists expect are weed’s unique medicinal properties, Mathew Lewsey, an associate professor at the university and the study’s lead researcher, suggests in a...

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