Charlotte’s Web Holdings (CWBHF) has been awarded the first U.S. patent for a specific hemp cultivar. The patent was awarded on July 2, 2019 for “a new and distinct hemp cultivar designated as ‘CQ2A.'”
The patent states that “‘CW2A’ is a selection resulting from controlled-crosses using hemp germplasm from different regions of the United States. The primary goal of the breeding program was to develop a new hemp variety with high cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) concentrations and low tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) concentrations in its mature female flowers. Of the females tracing back to the original cross, the healthiest and most vigorous individual that showed no monoecious tendencies without stress manipulation was chosen to be ‘CW2A’.” — Excerpt from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing documents.
This is a move in right direction for hemp growers and companies wanting to protect their specific strains of hemp. Keep in mind that hemp is not cannabis and in order to be considered legally hemp it must have no more than 0.3% THC in it. This is a growing industry and we are sure to see a lot more patents being issued on different strains of hemp.