As the high-CBD strain that won over skeptics and helped change the national conversation around medical marijuana, Charlotte’s Web may be one of the most famous cannabis strains in the world.
Now the strain’s creators have another claim to fame: They hold the first US patent for a cultivar of hemp.
The company behind the famed strain, Charlotte’s Web (CWB) Holdings, operated by Colorado’s famous Stanley brothers, has secured what appears to be America’s first-ever patent for a hemp plant, previously unreported US Patent and Trademark Office filings show.
With CEO Joel Stanley as the listed inventor, Denver-based CWB Holdings, Inc., which went public last year, received a plant patent for a “a new and distinct hemp cultivar designated as ‘CW2A’” on July 2, 2019, according to filings. Patent documents describe CW2A as a hardy plant, resistant to cold and capable of producing up to