Innovations

Spatial gradients in cannabis

Researchers have uncovered how cannabinoid profiles that vary within the same Cannabis plant can elicit organ-specific effects in the plant itself. This in-planta variability means stringent…

US (MI): Survey input from industrial hemp growers needed for MSU research and Extension efforts

Input regarding industrial hemp production practices and challenges will help ensure MSU research and Extension efforts can benefit industrial hemp growers. Industrial hemp (Cannabis satvia) has increasingly become a popular crop among numerous U.S. states that have initiated pilot programs to produce…

US (CO): Bringing stable seeds to the hemp industry

New West Genetics is focused on bringing stable genetics to the hemp business. President and CEO Wendy Mosher spoke about the company’s experienced team, its research and development efforts and how she sees the competitive landscape for hemp genetics.  Genomic knowledge in the hemp industry is 100 years behind…

Dr. Mechoulam unveils synthetic cannabinoid acids discovery

Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist and professor of medicinal chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, remembers the letdown after his groundbreaking…

US (OR): Oregon State University's Global Hemp Innovation Center receives $1M for genetics research

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials. The gift to the OSU Foundation was provided by Oregon CBD, a…

US (CA): CSU-Pueblo researches the world of cannabis, tracking methods

At Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Institute of Cannabis Research has been researching and developing alternative methods of tracking cannabis, straying away from the…

CAN (BC): Announcement of stable production of cannabis cells, trichomes, and cannabinoids without the need to grow the plant itself

Using breakthrough proprietary and patented technology developed by BioHarvest, CannaVcell has announced the first-ever production of Cannabis cells in suspension, with a cannabinoid profile identical to that of the source plant – without the need to grow the plant itself. The profile of the six…

Why the cannabis proteome needed to be sequenced

“I’m a big advocate for making scientific data as available as possible to as many people as possible,” says Ben Orsburn. A self-described mass spectrometry enthusiast, Orsburn has been quietly progressing the analytical field for the last 12 years during posts at renowned organizations such as Thermo…

European Union approves first CBD-based medication

GW Pharmaceuticals has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved the marketing authorisation for EPIDYOLEX® for use as adjunctive therapy of seizures associated with Lennox‑Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome, in conjunction with clobazam, for patients 2 years of age and older. The…

US (CA): UC cooperative extension survey results on cannabis cultivation

A UC Cooperative Extension survey of California registered and unregistered marijuana growers will help researchers, policy makers and the public better understand growing…

TH: Chiang Mai university becomes first ASEAN nation to grow own breed of cannabis

The Maejo University in Chiang Mai province has been successful in developing the first industrial-grade Thai-breed medical cannabis, making Thailand the first country in ASEAN to develop its own breed of medical cannabis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said on…

US (CA): Cannabis findings presented in Mendocino County by Berkeley’s Cannabis Research Center

One knows times have changed when California Agriculture, the official magazine for the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division features High Times-worthy photos of cannabis flowers on the front cover. In fact, cannabis is the sole focus of the quarterly, peer-reviewed…

US: Federal govt funds nine research grants to study CBD

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if cannabis can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds…

Minor cannabinoids could be a major deal

Did you know that cannabis doesn’t actually make THC or CBD? More accurately, it doesn’t make those compounds directly. Heat or light applied to cannabis activates cannabinoid…

US (CA): Metric integration for cannabis farm management software

Trym has announced its official certification with Metrc, the selected track-and-trace software system for many recreational cannabis markets such as California, Colorado and Oregon. Trym officially launched this integration last week with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based FloraCal Farms. "With this launch, Trym…

US: Feds say researchers should access cannabis from licensed dispensaries

In their reply to a letter written by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH) wrote that researchers…

Why CBG is one of the most expensive cannabinoids to produce

As CBD continues to explode in popularity, brands are beginning to take notice. Innovative companies are already beginning to offer products centered around one of the other 100+ cannabinoids found in the plant. One of those cannabinoids is Cannabigerol, or CBG. First discovered by researchers in the…

CAN: A Canadian company is developing odorless cannabis

Cannabis is renowned for its pungent aroma. But its unmistakable scent has complicated the lives of many stoners because of harsh parents, landlords, and cops. But the days of…

CAN (BC): Testing methods to detect cannabinoids in water solutions to meet food and safety standards

Sproutly Canada announced today that Infusion Biosciences and BNO Holdings have developed and verified analytical methods that detect, identify, and measure cannabinoid…

CAN (BC): Automated growing system to produce safe and environmentally friendly product

Canivate Growing Systems a start-up company that has developed a new and proprietary way to grow hemp and cannabis, launched today with plans to solve the environmental, product safety, and quality issues that plague this emerging commercial industry. The North America-based company, which has raised…

What will AI mean for the cannabis space?

Just about every estimate shows that the cannabis industry will see strong long-term growth. Yet there are some major challenges–and they are more than just about changing existing laws and regulations. But AI (Artificial Intelligence) is likely to be a big help. True, the industry has not been a big…

CAN (ON): Strategic partnership to improve cannabis quality control and safety

Deloitte and TruTrace Technologies have announced a strategic alliance to deliver blockchain product-traceability solutions to the cannabis industry. "The alliance will…

Learning from the mistakes of the nutritional industry

When it comes to developing quality cannabis products for the wellness market, it is wise to consider the history of the nutraceutical industry, which is littered with examples of low, or no, quality control for ingredients. There are many superficial similarities, and we should learn from past mistakes.…

AU: Patent filed for plant tracking technology

Supply chain-focused blockchain technology company Security Matters has lodged a patent application in the United States pertaining to materials and methods used in the…

US (CA): How Silicon Valley could solve cannabis problems

The cannabis industry is highly regulated, with numerous government agencies and law enforcement groups watching operators closely at local, state and federal levels. Adding…

Signify and CannNext join forces for LED research

Signify joins a long-term research collaboration to develop growth recipes for high grade medicinal cannabis crops with CannNext. CannNext is one of the first private research organizations in the Netherlands for cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis with specific compounds and a standardized…

CAN: Health Canada issues research license for waste treatment company

Micron Waste Technologies has received a Health Canada Cannabis Research License to develop its aerobic waste digester technology for the treatment of cannabis waste. "The…

The genetics of cannabis

When people hear the word blockchain, they often think of the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but TruTrace Technologies (“TruTrace”) is using blockchain to track cannabis from seed to the…

Is selective breeding the answer for stable hemp seed genetics?

The Farm Bill of 2018 made the cultivation, sale, and possession of hemp legal, which has led to a major boom for hemp-based CBD companies. Considering how active the hemp industry has become, having a reliable supply of stable hemp seed genetics is a priority. Plant breeders are working to meet the…

Yara and Nel collaborate to produce carbon free hydrogen for fertilizer production

In an agreement signed today, Yara and Nel confirm their shared ambition of developing clean hydrogen which would allow Yara to realize low carbon footprint fertilizer production. The project is based on Nel’s development of new water electrolyzer technology that will be tested at Yara’s existing plant…

AU: Boosting Australia's MMJ industry

The Morrison Government will boost the nation's medicinal cannabis industry by prioritising projects that have been granted Major Project Status (MPS) and ultimately driving…


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