Colorado State University to study chemical compounds of hemp

A research center at Colorado State University (CSU) dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp and marijuana is expected to open this spring, school officials said.

The research facility on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, will allow faculty and students to study the formulation of cannabinoids, separation efficiencies and efficacy testing.

“Cannabinoids have already been proven effective in a number of clinical applications, and there are more than 100 other compounds that have been identified in hemp that could have an impact in other areas,” said Melissa Reynolds, associate dean for research at CSU’s College of Natural Sciences.

The College of Natural Sciences will oversee the research center, and CSU is renovating part of the chemistry building to house the facility.

The university recently received a $1.5 million donation from Golden, Colorado-based CBD company Panacea Life Sciences, founded by CSU alumna Leslie Buttorff. CSU researchers will work in partnership with the company.

“CSU offers expertise in the complete cannabinoid value chain, including botany, chemistry, biology, psychology, agricultural sciences, statistics and veterinary research,” Buttorff said.

The donation money would be used to fund research, cover operating costs and purchase equipment, university officials said.

– Associated Press and Hemp Industry Daily