New study to look at impact of COVID-19 on cannabis patients

A new study will be looking at the impact of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – on patients who use medical cannabis.

A preliminary study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on cannabis patients, led by the University of Miami, will be utilising epidemiology expertise, and looking at data collected on the patterns and trends of medical cannabis patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

An Innovative Approach to Rotary Evaporator Design

Leading High Speed Solvent Recovery Equipment

Electronic devices have changed chemistry. Just as home kitchen counters now feature machines—such as electric kettles and multicookers—that make food preparation more convenient, so modern laboratory benches have dedicated labor-saving devices. For many labs, especially within organic chemistry, one of the most commonly seen and frequently used pieces of equipment is the rotary evaporator. Next-generation, electronic rotary evaporators are beginning to offer tangible and significant performance benefits.

After 4-year delay, DEA will review dozens of requests to grow marijuana for research

After nearly 4 years of what some researchers saw as foot dragging, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it will evaluate 37 applications to grow marijuana for medical research and proposed new rules for the prospective growers that outline how the cannabis-growing program would work.

Innovative Technologies in Hemp: Fresh Ideas in a Transformed Landscape


Amid this COVID-19 outbreak, American manufacturing is looking more inviting as businesses scramble to find replacements for products that once came from China. Could hemp be a saving grace for materials and innovation?

Hemp has nearly unlimited potential. The surface of that potential has only been scratched, meaning much more remains to be discovered about the possible uses of this hardy and versatile substance.

Mapping the cannabis genome to improve crops and health

Unlocking the full potential of cannabis for agriculture and human health will require a co-ordinated scientific effort to assemble and map the cannabis genome, says a just-published international study led by University of Saskatchewan researchers.

In a major statistical analysis of existing data and studies published in the Annual Review of Plant Biology, the authors conclude there are large gaps in the scientific knowledge of this high-demand, multi-purpose crop.

Cannabis Compound Holds Hidden Antibiotic Properties

Could cannabis be a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance? Scientists have discovered that cannabigerol (CBG), a non-psychoactive cannabis compound, holds some hidden antibiotic properties. 

Scientists from McMaster University in Canada found that CBG was effective against drug-resistant superbug infections in mice. In fact, it appeared to work just as well as vancomycin, a powerful antibiotic often used to treat superbugs. While it’s going to take a lot of fine-tuning, the compound could potentially be used in a new antibiotic treatment.

Hemp or marijuana? THC scanner can say in seconds

A new scanner can quickly determine whether plants are hemp or marijuana without damaging the product, say researchers.

Hemp is technically legal in Texas, but proving that hemp is not marijuana can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory. So, when law enforcement recently detained a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp near Amarillo, Texas, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal. Events like these inspired the researchers to create the device.

Colorado unveils plan to help bring banking to state’s cannabis industry

The state has “an obligation” to pioneer marijuana-related banking, Gov. Jared Polis says

With federal banking still out of reach, Gov. Jared Polis unveiled new strategies Monday to entice Colorado banks, credit unions and money transmitters to work with cannabis companies and become leaders in providing financial services to marijuana and hemp businesses.

The cannabis boom could be good for science — and scientists

I’ve been a chemistry professor for 15 years and a chemist for longer than that. Through most of that time, I paid little heed to cannabis, thinking that this plant held one main chemical of interest: tetrahydrocannabinol, its psychoactive ingredient.

I now know that cannabis contains a galaxy of unexplored compounds — cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, polyphenols, and more — that may well transform our understanding of plant medicine and human biology. I find this new territory inspiring.