university of colorado cbd researchDecember 15, 2021
CSU celebrated the grand opening of the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center on Tuesday. It took years of planning – and some patience with COVID-related delays – but the alumna behind the project was happy to see its doors finally open.
“Other cannabinoids have been identified through other research and we’re exploring like the top 10,” Buttorff said. “So CBC, CBN, CBG and the natural remedies that we might be able to use with those cannabinoids. With CBG, we’re doing a lot of research for different stomach ailments… We’ve also developed a horse paste for equines, to calm horses’ anxiety, joint pain, things like that.”
“It really allows us to push forward the boundaries of what we know into new areas,” said Reynolds.
“We’re investigating the scientific aspects,” Melissa Reynolds, professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of the new research center, said. “What is the best method we can use to get the best separation [of the plant]? If you have 20 different cannabinoids, can we separate all of them? We develop the methods for that.”
And it comes with the ambitious goal to develop a world-renowned creation, much like what the University of Florida did with Gatorade.
“The idea behind this lab is we want to explore other cannabinoids,” Leslie Buttorff, CEO of Panacea Life Sciences, told CBS4. “Most people, in Colorado at least, are very used to THC and CBD, but there are 110 or even more cannabinoids that we want to do research on, and they all have different natural alternatives to medicine.”
Buttorff gifted the university $1.5 million to build the facility equipped with state-of-the-art chemical separation machines. Researchers will use them to take a deeper dive into the many cannabinoids found in hemp plants.
The center is expected to be a leader in cannabinoid research, studying how cannabis extracts can impact human and animal health.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Most of us in Colorado have heard of THC and CBD, but there are many other cannabinoids with medicinal qualities. That’s what a new, unique research facility at Colorado State University will study.
While the lab is in CSU’s College of Natural Sciences, the center’s director said they’ll work with others in Agricultural Sciences Department, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and more.
“What we want to do here at CSU is find our own Gatorade,” Buttorff said. “So something that’s going to be very helpful to people worldwide, that’s our goal.”
The 2018 Farm Bill defines Hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” (7 U.S.C. § 1639o(1)). While Hemp is no longer classified as a Controlled Substance by the federal government, research with Hemp and Hemp-derived products is still highly regulated.
The University also supports research with Hemp or Hemp-derived products. The process for conducting this type of research has recently been streamlined. A link to the application for such research can be found below or at this link. For additional information please or with questions, please contact Isabel Weber (303-492-0770).
Hemp cultivation on campus is regulated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The University has registered a number of spaces throughout the campus for Hemp cultivation reserach. If you are interested in working with Hemp cultivation, please contact Isabel Weber (303-492-0770) to learn about the specific requirements and to get started.
Regulations concerning research involving Hemp and Hemp-derived products are particularly complex. Please see the CU Boulder Guidance document and contact Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Integrity Jon Reuter (303-735-5809) or Regulatory Compliance Associate Isabel Weber (303-492-0770) with questions.