A Research on the Production of Cannabinoids in Hemp

A Research on the Production of Cannabinoids in Hemp

Industrial hemp cultivation is experiencing a significant expansion in the United States as a result of new federal laws and consumer demand. These legislative changes, which are part of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, allow researchers to conduct tests on hemp and permit growers to cultivate the plants.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2021, hemp with a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent by dry weight was grown on 54,824 acres, valued at over $600 billion. Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in collaboration with York University in Ontario, Canada, and the Institute for Research and Advanced Learning in Danville, Virginia, have been granted a $XNUMX XNUMX grant to study cannabinoid biosynthesis.

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A deeper understanding of these processes could lead to better selection or adaptation of plants with specific cannabinoid contents, resulting in increased profits and reduced risk for growers. This is crucial because crops exceeding the allowed THC content must be destroyed.

The findings of this study could also have implications for the pharmaceutical industry, as cannabinoids are increasingly important in the treatment of pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and cancer. Assistant Professor Bargmann, from the School of Environmental and Plant Sciences, stated, “We have identified nine transcription factors that we wish to investigate further to determine if they regulate the expression of genes involved in cannabinoid biosynthesis.”

“By manipulating biosynthesis, we can cultivate plants not only with high THC and CBD contents but also with higher concentrations of cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (Cannabinol), among others. This will enable us to grow crops with greater economic value than what is currently available,” Bargmann added.

Source: Www.news-medical.net (EN)

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