UC Scientists Hack Beer Yeast To Create THC, CBD – Active Chemicals Found In Marijuana

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Scientists have found a way to produce the psychoactive cannabis compound known as THC, and its therapeutic cousin CBD, from genetically modified beer yeast. Researchers at the University of Berkeley modified a sugar (galactose) found in brewer’s yeast into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The chemical THC is what produces the ‘high’ sensation for marijuana users. Patients use CBD for certain therapeutic benefits, including reducing pain and anxiety.

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