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New marijuana strain could slash medical cannabis costs

Minnesota Medical Solutions CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley with a Katelyn Faith strain marijuana plant at MinnMed's Otsego greenhouse and laboratory on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (Robb Jeffries | Forum News Service)

By Robb Jeffries, Forum News Service

A new strain of marijuana plant could slash costs for medical cannabis users in Minnesota.

Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of two medical cannabis operators in the state, announced the creation of a new strain with a higher cannabidiol (CBD) content than any cannabis plant known.

The new strain, named the Katelyn Faith strain, was cultivated through months of germination research, MinnMed CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley said Wednesday.

“This is likely the most CBD-rich strain in the world, though it’s difficult to know for sure because testing is not a rigorous and transparent as it should be,” he said.

The two primary medical components in a cannabis plant, CBD and tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC) are usually found at a 1-to-1 CBD to THC ratio in medical cannabis. The Katelyn Faith strain has a ratio of 34-to-1.

Kinsley said the strain will help vastly improve MinnMed’s production efficiency, and he anticipates it to drive a drop in medical cannabis costs for patients.