Origins of a CBD Collaboration

Earlier this year I contributed a cut of Harlequin to a seed project run by my friend Laci.

Harlequin is a clone-only CBD line from somewhere in the West. Clone-only means that it is a living clone derived from an individual plant. Another way to say this is that no seed version of Harlequin has ever to my knowledge been made available. It is notoriously low-yielding and based on the analytics I could find online there seem to be several chemotypes out there.

My friend Laci put together a selfing project of a very resinous, very high CBD plant, the goal being to stabilize that special plant in seed form. I saw this as an opportunity to outcross the plant and I just happened to have Harlequin sitting around sponging off my fertilizer and electricity.

I have a good recipe for silver thiosulphate solution and the chemicals needed to do this so we made a batch of STS for the reversal phase. We divided the seeds up, and now we each have some interesting new raw material to add to our development programs.

I’ve yet to grow these seeds out but I am very interested in the outcomes. In particular I’m interested to see what each plant contributes to the cross. It’s important also, I think, to stabilize the Harlequin traits in seed form, if not directly by selfing it, then at least outcrossed in this fashion to a similar but unrelated line.

I’m working hard to drastically upgrade my analytical capabilities. Once I have those tools in place I will be able to quickly identify the highly desirable types.

I cannot stress enough the importance of these types of collaborations to the quality and diversity of the seed supply in Colorado.

-Ben

 

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