Can cannabinoids be cultivated without the cannabis plant? It looks like the answer is yes.
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) has been cultivated and used around the globe for its medicinal properties for millennia and some cannabinoids, and their analogues, have been investigated extensively for their potential medical applications with many countries nowadays approving their therapeutical usage.
However, the study and medicinal use of cannabinoids have been hampered, in part, by the low in planta abundances of those cannabinoids and their structural complexity, which limits bulk chemical synthesis.
Moreover, cannabis extensive plantation has been posing a threat to the environment as it is both energy-intensive and environmentally destructive.
In northwest California for example, streams have been polluted with pesticides and fertilizer, watersheds have been drained in efforts to feed thirsty marijuana plants while indoor growing has caused blackouts in some cities due to high energy consumption.
The goal is to find a new cannabinoid source that is environmentally friendly, …