On 19th November 2019, the Colorado Department of Agriculture added two new seed varieties produced by Enecta to the list of hemp types allowed for production.

 

These are Enectarol, genetics with a high content of cannabigerol (CBG) and CarmaEnecta, a variety with a strong cannabidiol content (CBD). These two newly registered Enecta genetics are an addition to the thirteen Enecta varieties of industrial hemp already registered in Europe.

 

The choice to register the genetics in Colorado was taken after assessing different aspects specific to this North American state: a climate and a latitude very similar to Italy, with environmental conditions very similar to those of our hemp fields in the Abbruzzo region cultivated by our agricultural partner, GreenValley, who is therefore able to guarantee the adaptability and reliability of these genetics.

The process is part of the Hemp Seed Certification program, promoted and coordinated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture along with The Colorado State University Agricutlure Experimental Station and the Colorado Seed Growers Association.

Colorado has always been at the forefront of the Cannabis sector. As of today, it has 3,000 commercial licenses and more than 40,000 people working in the industry: it is therefore one of the states that will benefit most from the Farm Bill, a law passed by the Congress that, along with other agribusiness norms, regulates industrial hemp and its cultivation, substantially differentiating it from Cannabis with a THC content higher than 0.3%, thus opening up different scenarios for the cultivation, production and distribution of its derivatives.

The certification was a two-step process:

the acceptance of our request by the Variety Review Board (VRB), in charge of checking the breeding history, and the approval of the Colorado Seed Growers Association for the conformity of the description submitted.

the cultivation test in different places around Colorado, showing the genetics ability to adapt to the different microclimates of Colorado (especially Fort Collins, Otis, Rocky Ford, Center and Fruita Colorado) without revealing any significant parameter variations.

In each test area, during the plant maturity stage, several samples of inflorescences were taken from the top 5 centimeters of the plant, for a test focused on finding THC levels.

Once these tests were passed, Enectarol and CarmaEnecta officially entered the register of genetic varieties allowed in the state.This is a success rewarding Enecta’s commitment to its research on industrial hemp varieties.

Another aspect to consider is the social commitment of Colorado: a good part of the cannabis-related industry is in fact intended to support local communities social projects such as health care, information , prevention and treatment to fight drug abuse, up to more cross-cutting issues such as social housing and infrastructures.