Niagara College’s commercial cannabis production program has been given the green light for industrial hemp cultivation, giving students hands-on learning and academic research opportunities.
A release from the college said the program obtained a licence from Health Canada to cultivate the crop, a specific type of Cannabis sativa L. plant grown for a variety of uses, including home insulation, textiles, paper, biofuel, cannabidiol (CBD) for medical uses and even food.
Industrial hemp differs from cannabis produced for recreational purposes because it’s non-intoxicating, containing 0.3 per cent or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The college said students will be able to advance Canada’s burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries when they graduate, thanks to the licence to cultivate hemp. Students will study plant genetics, seeding and germination, flower identification, harvesting and drying hemp.
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