Biotechnology

Kentucky Hemp

This just in: A Kentucky company says it has developed hemp plants that don’t contain any THC. THC is the main psychoactive component in marijuana.  The announcement comes from GenCanna Global and University of Kentucky researchers. It’s being hailed as a breakthrough in the global hemp industry. State growers and processors have struggledRead More →

The Biochemistry and Pharmacologic Properties of Cannabis-derived Terpenoids

Science writer Laura Elizabeth Lansdowne interviews cannabis researcher Ethan Russo, MD about the role of terpenes in cannabis composition. From the article: Terpenoids are responsible for the unique aroma of cannabis. These compounds are lipophilic, can permeate lipid membranes, and several are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier after inhalation.Read More →

Johns Hopkins Crossover Study Looks at Effects of Vaporizing on Adults Who Infrequently Use Cannabis

JAMA Network Open recently published a report entitled “Acute Effects of Smoked and Vaporized Cannabis in Healthy Adults Who Infrequently Use Cannabis.” The piece presented the main questions examined in the study: How does smoked and vaporized cannabis acutely influence subjective drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor performance, and cardiovascular measures inRead More →

Zelda Therapeutics Partners with St. Vincent's to Study Opioid Use Reduction

In a focused effort to study the potential impact cannabinoid-based medical interventions may have on reducing opioid use for pain reduction, Perth-based Zelda Therapeutics LTD has established a partnership with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne to conduct clinical trials to study potential uses for these treatments. Subjects who have becomeRead More →