October 31, 2014

Governments Support Hemp Research for Use in Medical and Bio-Product Industries

Government of Canada News
New research focused on the medicinal properties of hemp as well as its use in the biofibre industry will receive more than $198,000 under Growing Forward 2 as part of governments' commitment to research, innovation and regional development. The funding was announced today by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River - Marquette Robert Sopuck, on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The project, led by Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers (PIHG), will test existing varieties of hemp for levels of cannabidol, a compound believed to have a number of positive health effects. Once the level of cannabidol in current hemp varieties is known, work will begin to develop a new variety with higher levels. The ability to market hemp as a functional food and for its health benefits would create additional value for growers and the industry.

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