Cannabinoids have excited researchers for years. They are a group of unique chemicals produced by cannabis, and studies have shown that they have a diverse range of medicinal properties. The most famous one, THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), creates the psychoactive high marijuana is famous for. Cannabidiol is another major cannabinoid, and unlike THC, isn’t psychoactive.
CBD is said to be effective against a variety of conditions ranging from high blood pressure and anxiety to chronic pain and insomnia. However, there’s little scientific evidence to back these claims, and while scientists agree that cannabidiol and cannabinoids, in general, have medicinal properties, more research is needed.
Colorado State University (CSU) will soon be among the pioneers in cannabinoid research after an alumna donated funds to the university to start a research center dedicated to studying cannabinoids.
According to the lab’s research director, Dr. Melissa Reynolds, the center located in the College of Natural Resources on CSU’s Fort Collins campus is developing an analytical research lab that will allow researchers to identify and study various types of cannabinoids in order to determine what they could be used for as well as the best ways to formulate them into products.
“The college is always interested in looking for additional areas of strength that we can add to our research programs, or identifying ongoing research that’s currently happening within CSU and figuring out a way that we can continue to support and grow those areas. Additionally, we have a lot of alumni that are very supportive, even after graduating and are wanting to see CSU grow and flourish in different areas.”
“One of those particular alumni was Leslie Buttorff. She was interested in establishing a research center related to cannabinoid research that would give opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and others to really explore a fairly unexplored space right now in cannabinoid research,” says Reynolds.
Buttorff’s $1.5 million donation will help build the instrumentation in the lab as well as cover additional facility development and operating costs. According to Reynolds, it will establish CSU as the leader in cannabinoid research as well as providing a unique industry partnership.
“There will be research funded there, but the initial donation is also really focused on establishing the center with state of the art, high-tech equipment that can be used to get answers to some of the questions that researchers are interested in asking,” she says.
Analysts believe that cannabidiol companies, such as SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING), welcome the interest of academic institution in studying cannabis and its compounds since such research will help the industry to grow in a science-led way.
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