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How Did Scientists Use Beer Yeast to Brew Cannabis?

With the number of technological advancements available at our disposal, it is not surprising how scientists are able to create something quite advanced from something simple. According to recent studies modified brewer’s yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae can give researchers access to cannabis compounds. But how is it done? To produce Cannabis compounds, scientists hacked the …

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Scientists “hacked” the genetic code of brewer’s yeast to produce cannabis compounds. They inserted genes from cannabis plants into the yeast’s genetic code which allowed it to produce CBD and THC. Their end goal is to allow large scale cannabinoid production without cultivation.

Scientists brew cannabis using hacked beer yeast The yeast that people have used for millennia to brew alcoholic drinks has now been engineered to produce cannabinoids — chemicals with medicinal and sometimes mind-altering properties found in cannabis. The feat1, described on 27 February in Nature, turns a sugar in brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) called galactose …

Scientists “hacked” the genetic code of brewer’s yeast to produce cannabis compounds. They inserted genes from cannabis plants into the yeast’s genetic code which allowed it to produce CBD and THC. Their end goal is to allow large scale cannabinoid production without cultivation. Read More »