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Behind the Smoke Screen: Recent Advances in Cannabis Science

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 12:45 to 14:00
Dr. Markus Roggen
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Event Category: 
LMC - Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Glenn Sammis
Chemistry B250

The cannabis industry has recently experienced extreme growth and progress in all fields, states and countries are legalizing cannabis, cannabis producers see unpreceded business growth, new treatment option for various conditions are researched and approved. Although, with all that progress it sometimes feels rushed and fundamental research lacks behind. “What is the rate constant of decarboxylation, what are the solubilities of cannabinoids, what does curing actually do?”

At Delic Labs, we seek to add fundamental scientific insight to the field of cannabis production. Our latest findings in understanding, controlling and optimizing cannabis production in analytics, processing, extraction and formulation are presented. The collaborative effort of the multidisciplinary research team at Delic Labs and with UBC researchers led to a diverse set of insight in every stage of production.

Racing to understand the fundamental factors that govern extraction and processing of cannabis plants, we have undertaken statistical analyses of supercritical CO2 and ethanol extraction, performed computational studies on THCA and CBDA decarboxylation and developed reaction progress probes. We present our latest findings on how to understand and control these processes.