Forget Growing Weed--Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

WIRED

We as a species would be miserable without yeast. Baker's yeast has given us leavened bread for thousands of years. And I don't even want to begin to imagine a world without beer and wine, which rely on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol. Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. By loading brewer's yeast with genes from the cannabis plant, they've turned the miracle microbes in cannabinoid factories.


No matter what your weed supplier says, most marijuana strains act basically the same

PBS NewsHour

A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California U.S., October 18, 2016. If you believe budtender wisdom, consuming a strain called Bubba Kush should leave you ravenous and relaxed whereas dank Hippie Chicken should uplift you like a dreamy cup of coffee. But if you take pure, isolated delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC--the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana--you'll experience "a high that has no specific character, so that seems boring," says Mowgli Holmes, a geneticist and founder of a cannabis genetics company Phylos Bioscience. What gives cannabis "character," in Holmes's view, are the hundreds of other chemicals it contains. These include THC's cousin cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, along with other compounds called terpenes and flavonoids.


North Dakota women could buy marijuana-infused 'inserts' for menstrual pain if recreational measure passes

FOX News

North Dakota residents are voting to legalize recreational marijuana in November. If North Dakota residents vote to next month to legalize recreational marijuana, women in the state could be able to purchase an unusual item that's said relieve menstrual-related pain: cannabis-infused inserts. A company called Foria, which makes cannabis-infused inserts, or vaginal suppositories, could sell the product in the state if the measure passes, KVLY-TV reported. One Park River resident, Stephanie Carlson, told the new station she'd be willing to try the product, noting that she'd be the "first in line" to purchase it. "I just want to be able to have that one week a month to not be hunkered down in pain. I want to be functional," Carlson said.


Cannabis genes responsible for different aromas identified

Daily Mail

Researchers have identified the genes responsible for giving different strains of cannabis distinct flavours. They scanned the genomes of cannabis plants and identified compounds such as limonene which produces a lemon-like flavor. The findings will have an impact on the budding legal cannabis industry. The researchers identified 30 genes that give various cannabis strains their lemony, skunky or earthy flavors. 'This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products,' said Dr Jörg Bohlmann, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia The researchers, based at the University of British Columbia (UBC), identified 30 genes that give various cannabis strains their lemony, skunky or earthy flavors.


The next frontier for cannabis vapes: mood-specific formulas

Engadget

"In New York, my bicycle messenger really had two types of cannabis. It was either green or brown." Michael Ray is the CEO of Bloom Farms, a California-based cannabis company that specializes in vape cartridges and CBD tinctures. As an increasing number of states fully legalize it, alongside countries like Canada, the curtain of illegitimacy is slowly lifting. For the first time, cannabis can be explored and experimented with in plain sight.