LONGMONT, COLO, March 22, 2021 — The Chinese government has approved just three hemp varietals Chinese CBD hemp growers can plant in 2021, including two cultivars bred by long-time Colorado hemp seed breeder Trilogene Seeds.

Trilogene’s CEO Matt Haddad announced that Trilogene’s high-CBD producing Maraschino and Cherry Sunrise cultivars were approved for Chinese CBD hemp growers after a 2020 trial growing period. China has currently approved only one other varietal for hemp varietal for cannabinoid production, a low CBD production cultivar, Haddad says. 

Trilogene is now gearing up to produce tens of millions of hemp seeds for China’s newly permitted CBD hemp growers and processors and emerging market, Haddad says. 

Marijuana is still highly illegal in China. Hemp growers are subject to strict requirements and a tightly-controlled production system. Like the U.S., China defines hemp as cannabis plants with less than .3 percent THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that characterizes marijuana. 

“China has made it very clear, they must plant hemp cultivars they know will deliver when it comes to high CBD but low THC production,” Haddad says. “That means stable genetics, proven to be reliable in their specific growing conditions.”

Trilogene trialed four hemp varieties in China during 2020, working closely with their Chinese partners. Maraschino and Cherry Sunrise, both powerhouse varietals from Trilogene’s stable of more than 30 exclusively-bred hemp cultivars, passed China’s standards. 

China, already the world’s largest industrial hemp cultivator of fiber hemp, will become the dominant player in global cannabinoid production, according to an August 2020 report by Arcview Group. China’s 4.6 billion residents are rapidly embracing CBD use, part of an ancient tradition of Chinese herbal medicine. Plus, China’s international dominance in pharmaceuticals and beauty products combined with cheap agricultural production costs has positioned China at the forefront of a global CBD marketplace expected to grow to $13.4 billion (USD) by 2028, nearly five times the 2020 market value. 

Currently, only two provinces in China — Yunnan and Heilongjiang — have created the legal framework for hemp cultivation and processing, although Jilin province is expected to approve hemp production.

Trilogene Seeds is an award-winning hemp breeder using data science and a commitment to grower partnerships to develop new, cutting-edge hemp cultivars for U.S. and international markets. For more information about Trilogene’s Chinese and international hemp partnerships, email Trilogene at sales@trilogeneseeds.com.