Australia Moves Towards 100% GMO Biotech Cannabis instead of Marijuana

Australia legislates for 100% GMO Biotech Cannabis not Marijuana

by Loren Wiener

on April 06, 2016

A recent Survey by Roy Morgan Research shows 91% of Australians are supportive of medical Cannabis.

Medicinal Marijuana

However, what most people do not know is that the Cannabis Australia is allowing to be imported for the first time includes GMO Cannabis.

GMO or Genetically Modified Organism Cannabis has been around since 2011 due to breakthroughs in research and Biotechnology by Ethan Russo and GW UK helping in the process.

In 2014 even newer GMO Cannabis strains has been introduced.

In early April 2016 as we speak, an Australian delegation is traveling to Asia to look at GMO Cannabis with no THC, and in mid-2016 brings the who’s who of the GMO Biotech Cannabis community to NSW for a conference.

There is a real danger that GMO will take over as the dominant medical Cannabis seed stock.

What is Wrong with GMO Cannabis? – Too early to tell, and that is the problem.

The medicine people have been using and having success with is not even being offered in Australia for those that need it most.

The GMO Biotech Cannabis has seen deaths (Epidiolex) in trials that have ‘passed’ and other GMO (like Sativex) have failed trials and tests. In Fairness it would be wrong to say with Cannabis with over 100 cannabinoids including CBD and THC, and totaling over 483 other compounds GMO might hold many wonders for medicine.

Outside of Australia GMO is being used, tested or trialed but not instead of real Cannabis or real Cannabis products.

This is where Australia is differentiating.

So What is Cannabis Now? – This hit home about a year ago on a visit to large grow in California USA, and to Denver, where I was discussing the issue people had in Australia with calling weed, ‘Marijuana’ “so we tend to call it Cannabis as it is the genus name anyhow (sort of)”.

The large grower with an acre of plants asked the question.

What is Cannabis exactly?

This was no prank, they had heard the word, but were confused over it.

As silly as that seems this is also one of the largest issues hiding the GMO in Australia in 2016, and most are not even aware of it yet, but they will be.

Currently, there is a massive lack of clarity on what Cannabis is with the government choosing not to be transparent over this and in 2016 they have made this worse in new Federal and State laws and Bills.

I personally got the question asked and answered in the Senate in Victoria with a new more detailed, and still foggy definition.

GMO Biotech Cannabis Vs Real Cannabis (Marijuana)

Even in a recent (30 March 2016) survey from the Australian Department of Health (DOH) on Cannabis usage via the NCPIC, it offers 3 distinct definitions of their own for Cannabis that HAS not been used in bills or recent law changes.

They are;

1) Non-medical Cannabis: – Marijuana/Cannabis defined as being greater than 3% THC

2) Cannabis for medical purposes-: – is the same Cannabis/Marijuana but used for Medicinal Purposes

3) Medicinal Cannabis: – Pharmaceutical Cannabis products in a form other than flower/plant.

Unfortunately, this leaves another 2 Cannabis terms not properly defined, yet covered off in the same survey.

GMO Cannabis – Cannabis made from genetically modified seed science and used by the likes of GW UK, some call this synthetic Cannabis mostly from seeds by Hortapharm BV in the Netherlands, and the preferred supplier per the Australian Government and is legal in Australia when provided by an authorized supplier in a non-flower form.

Industrial Hemp is typically defined by the TGA as Cannabis being less than 3% THC.

What We Know So Far – Not Confused Yet?

By itself, all of this is confusing but manageable. Unfortunately, in recent, state Bills (QLD, and Victoria) and recent Federal Framework Bills, they have chosen not to define things this way and instead are reverting to older 1937 UN definitions of Cannabis combining all 5 different products per above as simply “Cannabis”.

These old 1937 definitions have not been used for decades so their re-introduction is purposeful and with intent.

This makes the interpretation of new bills and legislature difficult as when words such as Medical Cannabis are then used since it combines 5 different possibilities of products all with different issues to consider.

Outside of Australia some of these problems also exist where CBD / Cannabis Oil can be any of the 5 items.

In recent legislation in Australia MPs discussed how Cannabis Oil helped this person or that person and was purchased illegally (this makes it Marijuana/Cannabis/CBD oil) then goes on to say medicinal Cannabis trials will take place (providing pharma like Epidiolex, or Nabiximol).

This sort of action then starts the wheels in motion of confusion for the majority and embeds distrust for those that understand the impact of that statement.

Even some self-defined Cannabis Activist messiahs, have ignored the issues, further splintering progress on law reform as they also pursue GMO Cannabis hoping the population does not see the difference until it is too late.

Recent announcements in the media that medical Cannabis is now going to be legal has stopped many from pursuing the facts any further.

Whilst the media chooses to not ask questions, filing it in the it is too hard basket.

Some Facts – Due to something called the “Entourage Effect of the Plant” was discovered by GW UK (Dr. Ethan Russo) in 2009-2011 and the ECS (endo cannabinoid system) complimenting the discovery of THC and the discovery of the entourage effect of the body in 1968.

It simply says Marijuana (that in its natural state has a ratio of 10-15:1 THC to CBD and) as a medicine acts a certain way. Any deviation from this requires some form of biotech where that medicine works differently than natural Cannabis/Marijuana (and is where GW UK Epidiolex, or Nabiximol were created out of) has different ratios of CBD and THC compared to the natural ratios discussed above.

Cannabis chart

Medical Implications – When a new modified strain of marijuana was offered to a child with seizures in Denver USA, years ago for a girl name Charlotte Figi, with Dravet syndrome a new Cannabis strain called Charlotte’s Web was born.

It had very low THC and very high CBD. Unfortunately, over time it was reported that Charlotte needed a different strain due to the low potency of THC meaning the CBD did not work as well, and due to what is believed a tolerance was built up to the very low THC.

This problem has been repeated by many leading people to believe Dravet syndrome would be effectively an ECS deficiency, when CBD stops the seizures 100% but strong full spectrum Cannabis products work when the GMO biotech strains do not.

There’s No Place like Genome – When Canadian Dr Jonathan Page and his team mapped the marijuana genome in 2011, using the Purple Kush strain of Cannabis they also looked at hemp with no THC.

It was highlighted the chemical pathway with hemp and marijuana is different so is a different medicine, that acts differently.

Summary Links

QLD has announced it will follow NSW in Synthetic Cannabis –

NSW Announces Trials – ,,

Victoria announces Medical Cannabis Products –
Medical Hemp Association warns against CBD only medicine and laws –

Lose the High, Lose 90% of the Medicine* – effectively THC and CBD work in harmony, as mentioned due to the entourage effect.

Marijuana has naturally a 10-15:1 ratio of THC to CBD normally.

This means Cannabis with potency of 15% THC (which is pretty high) might only have 1% CBD.

When concentrated to oil this can be 4-5 times stronger increasing the potency to 60% THC and 1% CBD.

This means High CBD and Low THC GMO Cannabis works on some conditions, some of the time. Full Spectrum Natural Cannabis and Cannabis Products works on those same conditions and many more.

* The Biotechnology of Cannabis (2nd edition) Sam Zwenger PhD – Extreme Publications inc New York – 2014.

By Loren Wiener, writer and commentator on Medicinal Marijuana and related issues. Producer of This Week in Weed TV.


Corz Illa
commented 7 days ago ·
Thats why you grow your own.

Dean Lewis
commented 8 days ago
Tom john, thats all good except if you don’t have an android or apple phone.

Tim Koelewyn
commented 1 month ago
Just another case of big Pharma getting hold of a brilliant medicine possibly the best and completely stuffs up its potential by changing the THC-CBD mix.

By changing it from a natural medicine to a GMO medicine they can patent the product and create a massive profit.

Big Pharma understand that Natural Medical Cannabis is a massive threat to their monopoly with their drugs on disease and as usual through their Lobbyists always manage to get laws passed for their benefit and profit.

I firmly believe that supply of natural non GMO backyard medical cannabis will flourish as a result of this legislation. How ignorant is our government.

Nick Horsley
commented 1 month ago
Cannabis is an asexual plant. This is why males and females experience the high and medicinal relief. Removing either the THC or CBD from the mixture could be comparable to removing the male or female from a relationship.

Ryder Management Inc
commented 1 month ago
GW UK (a.k.a. GW Pharmaceuticals) is a known British biopharmaceutical company. A biopharmaceutical refers to drugs produced using biotechnology. Biotechnology is a genetically engineered process which differs from extracting plant based chemicals. GW Pharma’s synthetic cannnabinoid based drugs are GE. It should also be noted that the number of drugs of biotechnological origin has increased exponentially in recent years.

Loren Wiener
commented 1 month ago
Dear Mr Wood,

Thank you for taking the time to comment.
I wrote the article and I note you live in my old neck of the woods, for I grew up in Manchester worked in Rochdale, and covered that whole part of the world, to Leeds etc. for a while, before moving to California, then here it paradise or as some call it ‘Australia’. I do not miss the English weather but some of the food I do.

“I looked a this in great detail and have the technical papers from Hortapharm and various other articles, books, interviews and some on video. Let me tell you where I got this from then you can see what you think.
I am also seeing Robert Clarke, and Ethan Russo and others here in mid May, here in Australia will get a few of these answered then if not before.

Also though not 110% relevant, as you ar elikely aware Cannabis was legislated and legal in California in 1996 where my crusade started and GW UK not legal until 2006 so 10 years later, making the dynamic very different in that it was never a problem in the USA, or per some folks I spoke to even on anyone’s radar.

The relationship with the US timeline makes GW UK unimportant in the USA in terms of scale. The dynamic is different, but the facts are not. Also I would be remiss if I did not say the work Hortapharm has done on genetics, is viewed as amazing or god like by many as well as all the mystery with the CIA and DEA rumors.

For due diligence as a journalist, a month before I wrote the article, I started asking everyone, from Hortapharm (Robert C Clarke himself,), GW UK, (twice) the TGA in Australia, our FDA, (formally) and the Commonwealth Government to confirm or deny. I have received no comments from any other than the official Australian Government request that they say can take 40 working days.

A simple they are not GMO and why, is all that is needed. Also I am also consulting currently for the Australian Federal Commonwealth against the state government on other Cannabis legislature and asked them as well, and met with, “I will have to get back to you” . This proves nothing just that I am trying to do due diligence here;

Initial Thoughts –

1) The responsibility of whether GW UK product is or is not GMO actually sits with GW UK and not Hortapharm, but my view was if Hortapharm is GMO then it is easier to determine in my mind, so I went that way also.

2) If GW UK are or are not GMO they need to address paperwork either way in Australia per guidance 21.1 in our TGA that references medicines produced by genetic manipulation and “the gene technology act of 2000” – A similar process is in place for the FDA, EPA and others in the USA, and I guess in the UK ?. So they are not in the register.

The specific points are;
Hortapharm – David Watson CEO Hortapharm said in early 2004, they used Chromosome manipulation for GW UK seeds. Robert C Clarke said they also used bio-control methods for pests. – So is chromosome manipulation GMO ? I am no botanist but folks seem to think yes. Bio control have have people on the fence, so might be selective breeding but chromosome manipulation I am not so sure of.
That aside for a moment, even if the plants, and seeds were not GMO, then you have to address the actual process from plant to completed product. There you get into intellectual property rights so discovering the GW UK process is even more difficult. I look forward to the government answering my formal questions.
Is your contention that Hortapharm B. V. is not GMO or that GW UK is not GMO, or neither?

Finally, the government here has taken some crazy steps recently in actually re-defining the definition of the word Cannabis evolving it from just a plant specie or genus and sub genus to sort of a noun using an old 1937 Cannabis definition. The noun now means anything that contains elements of Cannabis.
GW UK produces products ranging from 100% THC and 0% CBD to 0% THC to 100% CBD to a 100% CBDv another isolated cannabinoid, that has no THC or CBD. This means use of the words Cannabis, Medical Cannabis, Cannabis products etc can be anything.

The article is a response to the announcement that Medical Cannabis will now be legal but then going on to say it is only within the scope of trials using GW UK and similar products.

Thank you in advance


Loren W.

Ben Wood
commented 1 month ago
You appear to be confusing selectively bred cannabis with GMO cannabis. Sativex is not produced with GMO cannabis and I have yet to see any evidence that GW pharma or Hortapharm have produced any GM products or seeds.

Lilly Scott
commented 1 month ago
leave it alone let it grow naturally you don’t have the sick and cancer ridden peoples best interest at heart, we are not your test tubes changes are coming

Lilly Scott
commented 1 month ago
Dr Swanson: GMOs Cause Increase in Chronic Diseases, Infertility and Birth Defects

Lilly Scott
commented 1 month ago
10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health Over the past few years, a number of countries have completely banned GMOs and the pesticides that go along with them, and they are doing so for a reason. The latest country to consider a complete ban is Russia after top government scientists recommended at least a 10 year ban. If anybody ever tells you that we know with one hundred percent certainty that GMOs are totally safe to eat, they haven’t done their research.

There is no reason GM foods should be approved safe for consumption, we just don’t know enough about them. We could easily feed the planet through organic, GMO free methods, there is absolutely no reason we need GM foods around.

Below I’ve presented just a bit of information to get you started on your research if you’re interested

1. Multiple Toxins From GMOs Detected In Maternal and Fetal Blood
2. DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them
3. New Study Links GMOs To Gluten Disorders That Affect 18 Million Americans
4. Study Links Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors
GM Crop Production is Lowering US Yields and Increasing Pesticide Use
5. Glyphosate Induces Human Breast Cancer Cells Growth via Estrogen Receptors
6. Glyphosate Linked To Birth Defects
7. Study Links Glyphosate To Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
8. Chronically Ill Humans Have Higher Glyphosate Levels Than Healthy Humans
9. Studies Link GMO Animal Feed to Severe Stomach Inflammation and Enlarged Uteri in Pigs
10. GMO risk assessment is based on very little scientific evidence in the sense that the testing methods recommended are not adequate to ensure safety. (12)
So, if anybody ever tells you that GMOs are completely safe for consumption, it’s not true. We just don’t know enough about them to make such a definitive statement. A lot of evidence actually points to the contrary.














(13) Reese W, Schubert D. Safety testing and regulation of genetically engineered foods. Biotechnol Genet Eng Rev. 2004;21:299–324

(14) Schubert D. A different perspective on GM food. Nat Biotechnol. 2002;20:969–969.

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Scott Buglar
commented 1 month ago
Is our government fucking retarded? Synthetic marijuana is just stupid, it’s already killed so many people, just give us normal marijuana so our people can survive through the ill-est of times, this might be the only time I say this but we need to follow America with this, it’s a herb that can help so many people, but you know, the government and big pharma companies won’t be able to make much profit if that happens, I believe this survey if falsely done, many people would disagree with synthetic marijuana and would rather go with REAL marijuana.

Dean Lewis
commented 1 month ago
The corporate vampire squid strikes again. So disheartening

Leonard Griffiths
commented 1 month ago
When was th survey done, I’ve not been asked, 200+ friends & family not been asked, so where do you get th 91% of th Australian population from. In th day it was organic, Unadulterated, No chemical or Political Interferences. No GMO foods.

RadhaMa WhiteCrow
commented 2 months ago
We do not want you GMO engineered health damaging garbage. This is a ruse. Stop pretending that you have heard the people.

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