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Synthetic cannabinoids linked to increased hospitalizations and deaths in older adults with COPD

A study out of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has found prescription synthetic cannabinoids are linked to a 64-percent increase in death in older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These oral drugs—nabilone and dronabinol—have a chemical structure similar to THC and are often prescribed to treat symptoms associated with COPD, including pain, sleep […]

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Montreal biotech company announces first sale of biosynthetic CBD

Following up on encouraging news in August from Willow Biosciences about its large production runs of biosynthetic cannabigerol (CBG), another biotechnology company has announced the first sale of CBD produced using a similar fermentation process. Hyasynth, based in Montreal, used a proprietary yeast strain it modified to contain the genes from cannabis responsible for synthesizing […]

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Sanobiotec produces pure, stable synthetic THCV

Contributing to a growing list of synthetically produced cannabis compounds, Sanobiotec announced the synthesis of pure and stable Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Human endocannabinoid system includes two primary receptors – cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). THCV is a structural analog of THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. However, unlike THC which functions by […]

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New UK guidelines recommend public insurance coverage for two GW Pharma cannabis medicines, plus a synthetic cannabinoid

New British guidelines for the first time recommend that two plant-based cannabis medicines – Sativex and Epidiolex – be covered through the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), a significant step that is likely to boost sales of both products. Health regulators also are recommending the NHS make available a synthetic cannabinoid known as nabilone. […]

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Demetrix raises $50 million to research synthetic cannabinoid production

California-based Demetrix secured $50 million in a Series A funding, which the company will use for research of synthetic cannabinoid production. The Emeryville company wants to use baker’s yeast to produce large volumes of cannabinoids. More than 100 of cannabinoids can be found in the cannabis plant, sometimes in trace amounts. The company did not […]

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Singapore looks to develop national strains of synthetic medical cannabis

Singapore is investing millions of dollars in a medical cannabis research program that will explore treatments for a range of diseases, including those related to metabolism, reproduction and the age-related diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It’s part of a 25 million Singapore dollar ($19 million) research initiative called the Synthetic Biology Research and Development Program that […]

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Growing without synthetic pesticides: Q&A with Fleurish Farms’ Ethan Rubendall

By John Schroyer Grower Ethan Rubendall is arguably an extremist: He refuses to use chemicals on his cannabis plants, opting instead for all-natural techniques to fight pests. He argues his approach – including the use of plant-based sprays and aphid-repelling crops like chickpeas – is more effective than the potentially toxic chemicals other MJ growers use.

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FL firm wins patent for synthetic cannabis-based therapy

A Florida biopharmaceutical company said it has been awarded the first U.S. patent for the commercial development of synthetic cannabis-based medical treatments. Tampa-based Teewinot Life Sciences, formerly known as CBC Biotechnologies, said in a news release the patent – U.S. Patent No. 9,359,625 – claims a biosynthetic process for manufacturing the cannabinoids THCA, CBDA and […]

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Marijuana cultivation experts expose 3 common lighting myths

Myths about lighting pervade the marijuana industry. Because the industry was underground for so many years, it led to growers doing things in ways that “make no sense,” said Marc van Iersel, horticulture professor at the University of Georgia. “Old-school cannabis growers believe it’s a special crop, different than any other plant,” van Iersel said. […]

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