Hemp (Cannabis sativa) Isolated Compounds for Controlling Pests

The Need

In modern agriculture and pest management practices, there is a growing demand for effective insecticides that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Conventional synthetic insecticides can have adverse effects on ecosystems, non-target species, and human health. Therefore, there is a pressing need for natural alternatives that can combat pest populations while minimizing harm to beneficial organisms and the environment.

The Technology

This technology utilizes the active compounds identified in hemp extracts to act as insecticides/repellent. Proof of concept experiments have been established with aphids and mosquitoes. The inventive team is pursing the development of derivatives of these natural compounds.

Commercial Applications

  • Botanical Insecticide: The hemp essential oil serves as a natural and effective botanical insecticide, offering an eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical insecticides.


  • Eco-Friendly Pest Control: The essential oil acts as an environmentally friendly insecticide, targeting pest species while minimizing harm to non-target organisms and the ecosystem.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Farmers and agricultural practitioners can incorporate this botanical insecticide into their IPM strategies, promoting sustainable and balanced pest control approaches.
  • Organic Agriculture: The hemp-derived essential oil aligns with the principles of organic agriculture, providing a natural pest management option for organic farmers.
  • High Toxicity to Aphids and Flies: The essential oil demonstrates high toxicity towards aphids and houseflies, effectively controlling these pest populations.
  • Harmlessness to Non-Target Invertebrates: Unlike conventional insecticides, the hemp essential oil is non-toxic to beneficial insects such as ladybugs and earthworms, ensuring the preservation of beneficial species within the ecosystem.

In conclusion, the technology harnesses the untapped potential of industrial hemp inflorescences to produce an environmentally friendly botanical insecticide. By leveraging the natural defenses of the hemp plant, the essential oil offers an effective and sustainable solution for pest management in agriculture, particularly in managing aphids and houseflies. Its non-toxicity to non-target invertebrates further underscores its potential for integration into Integrated Pest Management practices and organic farming systems. With these valuable attributes, the hemp-derived insecticide is poised to make a significant impact on the future of pest control in a more sustainable and eco-conscious world.

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