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UC-Davis enters corporate partnership for cannabis research


By David Schwartz
Published: August 19th, 2019

The University of California, Davis is partnering with a federally approved pharma company “to analyze the chemical and biological profiles of cannabis for the benefit of law enforcement, health care providers and scientific professionals,” the school announced.

Researchers at UC-Davis will collaborate with DEA-registered Biopharmaceutical Research Company to analyze “legally acquired cannabis materials” in an effort to better understand the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids.

According to school officials, researchers from the two organizations “will evaluate existing chemistry methods to analyze cannabis and identify the most precise, accurate and reproducible methods for standardization, using diverse Cannabis sativa.” The announcement noted that there “will be no cannabis on the UC Davis campus or any UC Davis-owned or leased property as part of this research.”

The research findings will ultimately be provided to the government and health care providers to enhance regulatory policies and develop a better understanding of medical cannabis treatments.

The partnership is just the latest of many recent research efforts aimed at closing the gap in cannabis research. In April, for example, investor Charles R. Broderick donated $9 million to Harvard and MIT “to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”

Gail Taylor, professor and chair of the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, said that the school’s partnership with BRC is in the same spirit. “While cannabis is already available for medicinal and recreational use in a majority of states, cannabis research has long struggled to keep pace with the law,” Taylor said in a statement. “We expect this partnership to bring more scientific understanding of the plant and its products so that regulators can more effectively manage potential risks and benefits.”

UC-Davis will also launch the Cannabis and Hemp Research Center later this year. Cindy Kiel, executive associate vice chancellor for research administration, said that the center “will stimulate new research and educational exchange by convening conferences and seminars, providing seed funding and engaging with policymakers,” as well as providing “a centralized resource to ensure compliance with current laws and policies.”

Source: High Times

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