FORT COLLINS, Colorado (CBS4)– Most of us in Colorado have heard of THC and CBD, but there are many other cannabinoids with medicinal properties. That will be investigated by a new, unique research facility at Colorado State University.
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The CSU celebrated the grand opening of the Cannabinoid Research Center Panacea Life Sciences on Tuesday. It took years of planning – and some patience with COVID-related delays – but the alumna behind the project was delighted that its doors had finally opened.
“The idea behind this lab is that we want to research other cannabinoids,” Leslie Buttorff, CEO of Panacea Life Sciences, told CBS4. “Most people, in Colorado at least, are very used to THC and CBD, but there are 110 or more cannabinoids we want to research and they all have different natural alternatives to medicine.”
Buttorff donated US $ 1.5 million to the university to build the facility, which is equipped with state-of-the-art chemical cutting machines. Researchers will use them to delve deeper into the many cannabinoids found in hemp plants.
“We’re investigating the scientific aspects,” says Melissa Reynolds, professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of the new research center. “What’s the best way to get the best breakup? [of the plant]? If you have 20 different cannabinoids, can we separate them all? We develop the methods for this. “
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The center is expected to be a leader in cannabinoid research, studying how cannabis extracts can affect human and animal health.
“Other cannabinoids have been identified through other research and we’re exploring like the top 10,” said Buttorff. “So CBC, CBN, CBG, and the natural remedies that we can potentially use with these cannabinoids. With CBG we do a lot of research on various stomach ailments … We have also developed a horse paste for horses to relieve anxiety, joint pain and the like in horses. “
While the lab is in the CSU’s College of Natural Sciences, the center’s director said they will collaborate with others in the department of agricultural sciences, engineering, veterinary medicine, and more.
“It really allows us to push the boundaries of what we know into new areas,” said Reynolds.
And it comes with the ambitious goal of developing a world-famous creation, much like the University of Florida did with Gatorade.
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“We want to find our own Gatorade here at the CSU,” said Buttorff. “So something that will be very helpful to people all over the world, that is our goal.”