Recently, the University of New Brunswick (Canada) announced that it will be hiring its first chair of cannabis health research to look into the possible health benefits of the marijuana plant. During his time at the university, Yang Qu will work as an assistant professor and the cannabis chair, a position that is funded by Tetra BioPharma of Toronto (a pharmaceutical company) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation. Over the course of five years at Brock University (St. Catherines, Ontario) conducted extensive research on the Madagascar periwinkle and synthesized chemicals from the flower for use in the chemotherapy process. Recently, Qu explained he will draw upon this research as he starts working on studies for medical marijuana. According to the researcher, our knowledge of cannabinoids (excluding THC and CBD) in marijuana is still very minimal, and he hopes his research will uncover more benefits of this plant.
Synthesis of Cannabinoids
According to Qu, certain genes in the cannabis plant are solely responsible for producing THC, CBD, and additional cannabinoids. Furthermore, by isolating these chemicals and transferring them into other mixtures, scientists could develop some impactful, 100% pure compounds for medical use, as Qu explained further. In fact, Qu also hopes that his research will dissolve negative perspectives on the plant and improve current knowledge of marijuana agriculture.
During the hiring process, university officials had to select from 40 different individuals, but they explained that Qu’s reputation spoke for itself.
Cannabis and Criminal Justice
At this time, St. Thomas University (also in New Brunswick) has announced it will be hiring a cannabis research chair who will take part in the criminology or sociology departments. According to Michael Dawson (associate vice-president of research at St. Thomas), this individual will focus on the social impacts of the little green plant and its impact on the criminal justice system. Even more interesting, Dawson hopes for a collaboration between St. Thomas’ chair and Yang Qu (University of New Brunswick).
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