by Brigid McNutt

Two Canadian researchers have sequenced the genome of Cannibas sativa in an attempt to break through the plant’s stigma and use it to its full potential .

 

Due to its past legal status, studies on Cannabis sativa—the plant that produces industrial hemp and marijuana—have lagged behind other plants.   Though it is used as a source of material, nutrition, and medicine, the plant’s association with marijuana has tainted its reputation, said Jon Page, a University of Saskatchewan plant biochemist and co-leader of the study.

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