Article by Intelligencer
Loyalist College has received approval from Health Canada for a controlled drugs and substances licence for the purpose of research and analysis using medical cannabis.
The college’s supercritical CO2 extraction applied research laboratory — under the direction of biosciences professor, Dr. Kari Kramp — will be the site of future cannabis testing.
The goal of the testing is to use innovative green technologies to extract and evaluate the medically significant components of the cannabis plant.
“Loyalist College is proud to play an important role in the research and development of safe and effective phytomedicinal products,” stated Loyalist College President and CEO Ann Marie Vaughan, in a media release. “In partnership with Health Canada and industry leaders, we will help to inform related decision making, continuous quality improvement and sustainable practices. Increased R&D in this area is timely and essential moving forward.”
Currently, Loyalist is the only college in Canada — and the only Ontario academic institution — to have a laboratory approved to conduct research activities with cannabis under the narcotic control regulations, as listed on the Government of Canada’s website.