Originally Posted by Only Ornamental
The thing with "old" varieties from Switzerland is that before 1999/2000, any cannabis plant used for industrial purposes was considered hemp. Until somewhen after WWII, most farmers had a hemp plot on which they grew "their" variety year after year, it wasn't even considered a variety but it was simply hemp. In the ninetieth quite a few started to grow also commercial cannabis alongside their hemp, officially for industrial purposes such as bath additive or little bags you put in the cupboard or under your cushion for theirs smell (so called Hanfseckli). Obviously, there was a lot of hybridisation going on, either by coincidence or on purpose. First breeding approaches and some commercial fields mostly in the Ticino sprouted up around '95 but got busted in '99 and 2000. Over a decade of near extinction and de facto hemp prohibition followed. It was about 5 years ago when the CBD rush took a hold of Europe and new legislations or rather new grey-zones occurred; the time of hemp resurrection had begun. It remains mostly elusive from where and whom, all of a sudden, all those "old" varieties reoccurred. There's Pro Specie Rara which sells one variety and the official gene bank Agroscope which, allegedly, has a bunch of varieties but these aren't publicly available/accessible. There's also only a very few documentations of old distinct heirloom varieties found on the net because, as I mentioned, hemp was only hemp. Gotta go, sorry...
Do you know why feminization via STS or the likes isn't popular in Europe? Wouldn't this be a much more efficient way to yield higher CBD %?
Or is it regulation, those feminized seeds are not "EU-approved", even if they are made from Finola for example.