As pioneers of cannabis science, we’re obviously into specialized and methodical research. But we’re also big fans of sharing what we learn; we’re focused on filling the knowledge gap and overcoming prejudices when it comes to cannabis. Our goal is to foster a scientific understanding of the cannabis plant for the benefit of all cultivators, patients, and consumers.
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Our published research
Terpene synthases from cannabis sativa
By analyzing the transcriptome of the cannabis hemp variety “Finola,” this project revealed the genes involved at all stages of terpene production. Terpenes are compounds responsible for the wide array of aromas and flavors found in Cannabis, and specific profiles of terpenes may contribute to the medicinal value and differing psychoactive effects observed between varieties…
The genetic structure of marijuana and hemp
The first large-scale genotyping project in cannabis. This study of diverse cannabis germplasm revealed that marijuana and hemp are significantly differentiated at a genome-wide level, and demonstrated that the genetic differences between these categories of cannabis are not limited to THC production. DNA analysis revealed that reported C. sativa and C. indica ancestry, as well…
Identification of olivetolic acid cyclase from cannabis sativa reveals a unique catalytic route to plant polyketides
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US
The first intermediate in the cannabinoid biosynthetic pathway is proposed to be olivetolic acid. This research analyzed glandular trichomes from female cannabis flowers (the primary site of cannabinoid biosynthesis) and discovered the enzyme olivetolic acid cyclase responsible for producing olivetolic acid. The identification of this important component of cannabinoid production clarified the cannabinoid pathway and…
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Opening remarks about personal cultivation to Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
"Before I turn to the science, I’d like to state that I think it is fundamentally important that cannabis legalization includes the ability to grow the plant itself. The cultivation of plants is a foundational aspect of human culture."