MAR 28, 2018 09:00 AM PDT

Controlling Terpenes and Cannabinoids in Flower and Extract

C.E. CREDITS: P.A.C.E. CE | Florida CE
Speakers
  • VP Extraction, OutCo
    Biography
      Markus brings an outside perspective, founded on a solid scientific base, to the cannabis field. An organic chemist by training, Markus took the plunge into the cannabis world by establishing a testing laboratory. He also built an extraction facility for large volume supercritical CO2 extraction. Markus is deeply interested in the molecular properties of the plant, including testing, extracting, and the transformation of active ingredients. As a strong proponent of basic research, Markus constantly tests the limits of current cannabis science and is always willing to help others with their research.

      Born in Germany, Markus took a very international route in the pursuit of his chemistry doctorate. His various stops around the globe include undergraduate studies at Imperial College, London, research stays in Germany and Singapore, a Ph.D. at ETHZ in Switzerland, and, finally, postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

    Abstract:

    Cannabis and its products are referred to in the USA as Medical Marijuana. The traditional approach to medical research of a single compound for a single target does not work for cannabis, as its medical benefits lie in the “entourage effect”.1 Likely more than just THC and CBD are participating in any medical effects, be it any of the other >100 known cannabinoids, >200 terpenes and terpenoids or flavonoids.2 Therefore, the cannabis field had adopted a strain/cultivar approach to judge effects for the patient. Although, we can agree that not the plant morphology but the chemical makeup3,4 of the cannabis product will be the underlying cause of any physiological effect. Furthermore, such chemical makeups are not only dictated by the strain/cultivar, but also influenced grow methods, drying and curing, and also the extraction method.

    In this talk, I present our research at OutCo of how to effect and control the chemical makeup of flower and extracts. We have devised protocols to monitor the dry and cure of cannabis flowers in a way that we are able to modulate the terpene and cannabinoid profiles in our strain offering. Additionally, extensive research has been put into controlling, modulating and customizing the chemical makeup of cannabis extracts. We can show that not every extract is the same, but all offer different benefits on a molecular level. The talk will present our latest findings in this exciting field of cannabis research.

    Learning Objectives:

    • In this presentation you will learn about a cannabis extract on a molecular level
    • In this presentation you will learn how a cannabis extract can be customized

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