Colorado has long been a cultural leader in the acceptance and cultivation of the Cannabis industry, being amongst the first states to allow medical Marijuana, and ultimately, recreational usage. Since the enactment of Colorado Amendment 64, which legalized the commercial sale of Marijuana to the general public as of January 1, 2014, Colorado’s legal marijuana market has since grown to over a billion dollars and dramatically changed the state’s economic structure.
The Colorado State University System has adapted to the changing policies of the state and has subsequently become a leader itself in the research of Cannabinoids, as well as in the training and teaching of future generations for jobs in the industry.
A New Cannabinoid Research Center
Recently, CSU has celebrated opening a brand new center dedicated to Cannabinoid research, which includes under its purview research into CBD, CBG, and THC, including Delta-8, Delta-9, and Delta-10. This new laboratory, named the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center, is a state-of-the-art research hub that has been built within the University’s chemistry building thanks to a $1.5 million gift from alumna Leslie Buttorff. Buttorff had previously donated to CSU, providing scholarships for students pursuing a statistics major.
The lab is named after Leslie Buttorff’s CBD company and is planning to become a leader in worldwide cannabinoid research. The research center will lead the way for new research into how cannabinoids affect both human and animal health. The release makes a note of the fact that CBD has been used to treat “seizures, anxiety, pain and more, and CSU’s researchers hope to elevate research into the credibility of its use for those and other maladies.”
CSU has already been at the forefront of past Cannabinoid research, with their Veterinary Teaching Hospital having studied how CBD can help sick or injured dogs, and the hope is that the new center will take this type of research to the next level. Leslie Buttorff has said that she hopes this new center will be able to eventually develop its own “world-renowned creation” in the same vein as what the University of Florida did with Gatorade.
The new center hopes to develop new products and to bring definitive answers to the questions surrounding CBD’s efficacy for a wide variety of ailments that so far only have anecdotal evidence to back them.
The CSU System Provides a BS in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry
In addition to state-of-the-art research centers, the CSU system has also pioneered a new major for those looking to enter the Cannabis industry. In 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-191, which allowed for the allocation of revenue from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to go towards the Colorado State University System in support of marijuana education and research. A bachelor’s in Cannabis is now being offered at CSU-Pueblo, a member of the more extensive Colorado State University System.
Colorado State University-Pueblo is a fully accredited, regional comprehensive state university with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.
The Bachelor of Science in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry (CBC) is geared to provide students with a general understanding of the biology and chemistry that is integral to the growing field of Cannabis science. This major will include courses in Cannabis growth and physiology, as well as possible medical benefits and general business matters relevant to the industry. The classes are designed to prepare students for chemistry labs, graduate degrees, as well as for professional opportunities in natural products, Cannabis research, and plant chemistry.
The program was developed in response to the growing importance of Cannabis in the state of Colorado and the growing need for trained and knowledgeable experts who are able to determine what products are safe and beneficial to the broader public.
The program will be a part of CSU-Pueblo’s department of chemistry and will primarily consist of biology and chemistry coursework, as well as physics and math. There are nine cannabis courses included in the degree.
The hope is that this bachelor’s program is the first amongst many cannabis-related degrees that the Colorado institutions of higher education will develop.
What Careers Will These Students be Persuing?
According to CSU-Pueblo, students who complete their Bachelor of Science in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry will be able to go on to a number of specialized careers. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook, students completing the degree will likely be entering professions such as biochemists, biophysicists, chemical technicians, agricultural and food scientists, environmental scientists, and several other specialty fields.
According to CSU-Pueblo, “The degree is interdisciplinary and provides students with a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry. Students will become competitive in a large variety of businesses within, and outside, of the cannabis industry.”
If the first wave of graduates from this degree prove successful in both their personal professions, as well as the value they bring to their future companies, we will undoubtedly see many more programs like this pop up in Colorado, and eventually the rest of the United States. This is just one more example of how Colorado is blazing a trail forward for the Cannabis industry at large.
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