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Research Investments in Cannabis and Hemp Awarded

July 22, 2020

Five researchers at the University of California, Davis, are receiving investment grants from the campus to advance research and innovation focused on cannabis and hemp. The recipients of the grants are exploring various applications and insights related to breeding, human health, toxicology and economic development.

UC Davis Professor of Emergency Medicine Publishes Review on Cannabinoid Use

June 29, 2020

Professor John R. Richards, MD, in the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine has published a review of the pharmacodynamics and molecular mechanisms behind cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid-induced acute coronary syndromes and arrhythmias in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics titled "Mechanisms for the Risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome and Arrhythmia Associated With Phytogenic and Synthetic Cannabinoid Use." 

Company by UC Davis affiliate wins award

April 27, 2020

Haplotech Inc., a Canadian company founded by Dr. Rale Gjuric, current Director of Education in the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center and primary manager and instructor in the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy program, has won NRGene’s Cannabis QuickGENETICS™ Contest. Haplotech was selected after presenting an innovative project that will adopt advanced genomic tools in their breeding program.

Study published on association of cannabis use and cardiac dysrhythmias

April 10, 2020

UC Davis Professor of Emergency Medicine John R. Richards and his team recently published a paper that analyzes pertinent medical literature on the association between cannabis use and cardiac dysrhythmia. Cannabis use results in elevation of heart rate and blood pressure immediately after use, primarily due to sympathetic nervous system stimulation and parasympathetic nervous system inhibition. These effects may precipitate cardiac dysrhythmia.

UC Davis Professor Tops Cannabis Scientist Power List 2020

February 28, 2020

The Cannabis Scientist, a cannabis industry publication, has announced the release of its inaugural Power List, which recognizes twenty of the most influential scientists in two key areas – cannabis analysis and cannabis R&D. UC Davis Professor of Chemistry Don Land tops the cannabis analysis list. 

November 12, 2020 Seed Central Forum will be on cannabis and hemp

February 11, 2020

Seed Central, an initiative of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis and Seedquest, holds monthly networking events titled "The Forum," and the November 12, 2020 Forum will be on the subject of cannabis and hemp. 

This event will take place at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on the UC Davis campus at 4:00 PM with a panel discussion until 6:00 PM that (so far) includes the following panelists:

UC Davis Partners With DEA-Approved Company to Conduct Cannabis Research

August 13, 2019
Researchers Will Seek to Better Understand the Science of Cannabis

By Amy Quinton on August 13, 2019 in Food & Agriculture

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have partnered with a federally compliant pharmaceutical company to analyze the chemical and biological profiles of cannabis for the benefit of law enforcement, health care providers and scientific professionals.  

Synthetic Version of CBD Treats Seizures in Rats

May 28, 2019

A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The synthetic CBD alternative is easier to purify than a plant extract, eliminates the need to use agricultural land for hemp cultivation, and could avoid legal complications with cannabis-related products. The work was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Hemp as a California Crop: UC Davis Partners in Research Agreement

March 14, 2019

In California’s Central Valley, a new Oakdale company — in partnership with the University of California, Davis — wants to help make it the hemp capital of the country.

The California Hemp Corporation, formed by Jeff McPhee and Kent Kushar last year, has entered into a sponsored research agreement with UC Davis to study how the plant grows in the valley. Hemp is a species of cannabis plant — but lacks enough THC to produce pot’s high.

Marijuana Farms Expose Spotted Owls to Rat Poison in Northwest California

January 11, 2018
As Timberland Converts to Cannabis, Spotted Owls and Barred Owls Test Positive for Rat Poison

Wildlife species are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, with the California Academy of Sciences.

Impact of medical marijuana laws on teen substance use differs by grade

December 14, 2017

A study assessing the impact of medical marijuana laws (MML) on adolescent substance use  has found decreased use of all substances among 8th graders, no change among 10th graders and increased non-medical use of prescription opioids and cigarette use among 12th graders, following MML enactment.