Analytical Chemistry Seminar
Analytical & Environmental Chemistry Division and Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CIRES, and the Environmental Program
Industrial Hemp: Opportunities in R & D in Colorado’s Fastest Growing Industry
by Bob Sievers - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Program, and CIRES; University of Colorado Boulder
“Industrial Hemp” is legally defined as Cannabis Sativa containing less than 0.3% THC, and “Marijuana” is defined as containing more than 0.3% THC. In 2016 in Colorado, the industrial hemp and marijuana industries created revenues totaling $1 billion dollars. To put this in context, this exceeds revenues from grain growing, sports and performing arts venues, or residential construction. It is now possible at CU (and other universities) to perform R & D on the growth, separation, purification, and applications of industrial hemp or marijuana under strict regulations, which will be discussed. Examples of possible uses range from precursors to novel materials and various medical applications such as those outlined by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. Examples are treatment of stress and pain, epileptic seizures, and substance abuse. Development of new separation, analysis methods, and pharmaceutical delivery are important to the success of this industry. Methods for improving bioavailability of cannabidiol have been invented.