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    There are two main strains of cannabis, cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Sativa grows as a single tall stock with a single mostly female flower on the top with few narrow leaves growing from the main stock. Indica is a bush with broader leaves and produces multiple branches and flower heads. THC like most active substances we extract from plants as drugs, is a substance the plant produces to protect it from insect infestation. Stressing either strain of cannabis and extending it's growth period by several days will increase the plants production of THC especially if the female flowers are not allowed to pollinate. However, even growing Indica in on a farm scale would only produce far more seeds for food, feed and oil instead of a good quality herbal plant. Producing medicinal quality cannabis with higher THC requires much more attention to properly stress the plant into producing more THC. This could not be done on a massive scale. There is no danger of a Monsanto taking over medical marijuana production after end of prohibition. Because of the nature of cannabis medical marijuana production will continue to be a cottage industry.
    One point that you made should be clarified, while the Indica plant is far better to produce more seeds and not as useful for fiber, the fiber is still useful at the very least for biomass energy and even the waste product left after producing the ethanol or methanol is an excellent fertilizer for soil. Ever part of every cannabis plant is useful, there is no waste with cannabis. Even the roots can be made into a very effective topical pain ointment.  

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:53:57 AM PST

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