The Latest in Cannabis Science
What’s happening this November in cannabis science?
Every month, we carefully curate the top stories from across the fields of medical research, testing, processing, and plant science. We also bring you the latest in the world of cannabis business and legislation. Want it all in your inbox? Sign up here.
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What’s Going On?
Research and Medicine
Genomic study with over one million participants sheds light on the underlying disease biology and public health implications of cannabis use disorder and its links to multiple health problems, such as psychiatric disorders and lung cancer. Link
Washington State University-led analysis reveals that more than 80 percent of participants no longer use over the counter and prescription sleep aids when using THC products. Link
Meta-analysis of 57 prior studies reveals cannabis exposure in pregnancy is found to be associated with adverse birth outcomes, including cognitive and behavioral effects. Link
Testing + Processing
Creation of evidence-based interactive mapping tool allows for regulation of THC concentration in cannabis products. Link
Business + Regulation
Cannabis of the future
As we plan ahead to the new year with fresh and exciting discoveries awaiting us, a recent article about cannabinoid production caught my eye. After years of research, scientists are now producing THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids in bioreactors using yeast. No plants required. The touted upside? An improved environmental footprint for one.
But the efforts were not met with universal positivity. A conversation chain on X/Twitter highlighted how unsure some people feel about the future impact of the new manufacturing approach. Gary Bastoky said, “[...] it will be super expensive and controlled by Big Pharma and the medical community. This is presented as if it were a good thing, it’s not.”
Jon Storz was also evidently not keen on non-plant synthesis: “Completely counter to the entire point in lobbying for legalization. Stay away from manufactured garbage.”
Associate Editor, The Analytical Scientist