First THC-Free Cannabis Plant Approved By Florida A&M University
Bazelet Oglesby has received approval of its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-free Panakeia plant variety from Florida A&M University (FAMU) under its Industrial Hemp Pilot Project as administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Bazelet Oglesby is a company focused on the propagation of young hemp plants, plant breeding, plant tissue culture, and plant-based product development.
Panakeia is a patented zero THC, zero CBD cannabis plant that produces high concentrations of cannabigerol [CBG], a molecule Bazelet Research has studied globally for years. The harvested cannabinoid from Bazelet’s Panakeia plants is the most promising of all cannabinoids for broad use in food, drug and cosmetic applications, according to Bazelet Research. It is a unique plant both in the lab and as well as in the field.
Bazelet Oglesby, the patent and trademark licensee of Panakeia, enrolled the plant in the FAMU Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. The FDACS-required 12-week grow cycle was managed by Scott Burgett of Green Earth Cannacueticals, who has evaluated numerous hemp strains through the FAMU Pilot, including Panakeia.
“Having a truly THC free genetic is going to be a game changer for Florida farmers,” said Burgett. “This will allow farmers to maximize their crop yield, without the risk of having to destroy a non-compliant crop.”
Bazelet’s Panakeia plants are the first-ever 0.00% THC cannabis plant grown, harvested, researched, tested and approved in any state in the country, according to company Director Michael Elzufon. “Proudly, this historic crop was produced in Altha, Florida by our business partner Oglesby Plants International, a 74-year-old, panhandle strong, agriculture powerhouse,” said Elzufon.
Bazelet Oglesby’s Panakeia young plants will be readily available to farmers throughout Florida and other key U.S. markets for the 2021 planting season.