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Innovations and Insights from the Cannabis Science Conference 2024 in Kansas City



The recent Cannabis Science Conference held in Kansas City in May 2024 provided a platform for industry experts, researchers, and enthusiasts to converge and explore the latest advancements in cannabis science and technology. Among the key highlights were proposals to reclassify cannabis as a Schedule III drug, innovative software from Tryad Data Labs revolutionizing terpene profile classification, and an insightful presentation by Broughton Toxicologist Cristelle Santos explaining the Safety Framework she has developed to ensure product safety in the realm of CBD products.

One of the most anticipated discussions at the conference centered around proposals to reclassify cannabis as a Schedule III drug. Advocates argue that such a reclassification could facilitate expanded research opportunities, improved patient access to medical cannabis, and a more rational regulatory framework. By moving cannabis from its current classification as a Schedule I substance, which is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, to Schedule III, which includes substances with accepted medical uses and moderate to low potential for abuse, policymakers could pave the way for greater scientific exploration and evidence-based policymaking in the cannabis space.

CSC Speakers Table

Innovations in terpene profile classification also took center stage at the conference, with Tryad Data Labs unveiling their groundbreaking software. Leveraging a unique color-based classification system, the software offers a user-friendly and visually intuitive approach to analyzing terpene profiles. By simplifying the complexity of terpene data and enabling quick and accurate classification, this innovative tool has the potential to revolutionize product development, strain selection, and consumer education in the cannabis industry.

Broughton Toxicologist Cristelle Santos delivered a compelling presentation on the importance of implementing a robust product safety framework for CBD products. Drawing on her expertise in toxicology and regulatory compliance, Santos outlined key considerations for ensuring the safety and quality of CBD products, including the use of quantative risk assessments, rigorous testing protocols, accurate labeling, and adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). By establishing comprehensive safety standards globally, companies can enhance consumer confidence, mitigate regulatory risks, and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the CBD industry.

Cristelle Santos speaking at CSC 2024

In conclusion, the Cannabis Science Conference in Kansas City served as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and knowledge exchange within the cannabis community. From proposals to reclassify cannabis to cutting-edge technologies and safety frameworks, the event showcased the transformative potential of science-driven approaches in advancing the cannabis industry. As the landscape continues to evolve, conferences like these play a crucial role in driving progress and shaping the future of cannabis science and innovation.

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