The "Cannabis Research Class" (CRC) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), which was established to conduct research in the field of medical cannabis, has concluded after one year. The HU students focused on three research areas: the medical and nutritional use and effect of cannabis; medical cannabis legal and economic frameworks; and production0related aspects of medical cannabis. The results of the projects are available at cannabisresearchclass.com.
"We were amazed by the results and the commitment of the scholars. They have shown in many ways how one can take a more differentiated view of medical cannabis and how many open questions can still be explored and researched," said Dr. Axel Gille, President of Aurora Europe. "I am confident that the still prevalent stigma and prejudices surrounding medical cannabis will be overcome by collaborating with young scientists and leading scientific institutions."
Prof. Dr. Christian Ulrichs, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Professor for Urban Ecophysiology of Plants at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is the scientific head of the CRC and led the research group 'Biology, plant physiology, and cultivation'.
This group analyzed: the impact of different light quality during the vegetative phase on biomass, root development, THC and CBD content as well as terpene preservation in the plant; the effects of hexanoic acid as an elicitor; and the seasonal variation of cannabinoid content in different plant organs of various hemp cultivars grown in a natural field-setting.
The research groups also worked on projects called 'Medical and nutritional use and effects of cannabinoids', led by Prof. Dr. Caroline Stokes; and 'Social Sciences and Legislation', for which a number of podcasts were produced.
"We were all excited about the Cannabis Research Class," said Prof. Dr. Ulrichs. "In the themed classes of the Deutschlandstipendium, we live the Humboldtian ideal of the unity of research and teaching. We promote research-based learning and young scientists. For the students as well as for us as faculty, the collaboration was an enrichment and a great benefit in every respect. I was particularly impressed by the determination of the students, who went to great lengths, even in the difficult times of the pandemic. Personally, I am very pleased about these young, talented students who have started their doctorate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, but also at other institutions, following this class. Some are furthering their research on medical cannabis, which is a testament to the success of this program. New research questions have developed out of this themed class, which the scientific team will now research with scientific and commercial partners in Germany, but also in countries such as Brazil and Mexico."
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