Colorado State University inaugurates the Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center

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The university is leading the way for new cannabis research initiatives

Since cannabis has started to take off in the last few years, a lot of questions have started to arise as well. Many even today wonder about what the plant really is, regardless of the long history marijuana has had in history. It would be a lie if we were to say that we have absolute knowledge about what this plant is and what it is really capable of doing if it is brought to its full potential. In an effort to dispel all those doubts and continue to develop more exciting marijuana research, Colorado State University is leading the way with the integration of the new Panacea Life Sciences Cannabinoid Research Center, a state-of-the-art laboratory located in the University’s Chemistry Building.

“If you look at Colorado, it’s known worldwide for cannabis,” said Leslie Buttorff, CEO of Panacea Life Sciences. “We had to do it here. We live in Colorado; we went to CSU; we love Fort Collins. It’s just the best.” A very accurate statement since, in addition to California, Colorado is recognized for being one of the states where marijuana has prevailed with great relevance. Buttorff, who graduated from CSU in the late 1970s, donated a total of $1.5 million to the College of Natural Sciences in late 2019 to fund the creation of this lab. Her company has been dedicated since 2017 to selling CBD products for pets and people, and now she wants to move up a level by taking a step to advance cannabinoid research.

“This is where students get to make discoveries that are going to impact the lives of people outside the University, so that’s an exciting thing to be a part of,” said Melissa Reynolds, director of the new research center. “This, to me, is kind of like my dream job.”

The idea is that researchers will be able to bring together many different fields of science through Panacea Life Sciences and the University. Many processes have already begun, such as the creation of a line of CBD (cannabidiol) products for horses. The ultimate goal is to bring together many of CSU’s concentrations to create something never before seen.