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Current Research Studies

State and Pueblo County Funded Research

Effects of medicinal cannabis on seizures in adults with medically refractory epilepsy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Brett-Green, Psychology

Industrial hemp fibers as reinforcing agents in 3-D printing filament composites
Principal Investigator: Dr. Neb Jaksic, Engineering and Dr. Mel Druelinger, Chemistry

Infrastructure development for cannabis growth and research at CSU-Pueblo
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeff Smith, Biology, and Dr. Chad Kinney, Chemistry

As part of a research project conducted by the ICR, a 99-100% CBD isolate material was provided by Lilu’s Garden, Ltd., of Denver, Colorado for developing infrastructure for cannabis growth and research at CSU-Pueblo. The specific usage of the CBD isolate was by Dr. Sang-Hyuck Park, a research scientist exploring the defensive roles of cannabidiol against natural cannabis sativa predators, as well as the use of CBD as a dietary supplement. The Institute wishes to acknowledge Lilu’s Garden for its assistance in providing the 99-100% CBD isolate at a substantially reduced cost, which enabled the Institute to further research efforts into cannabis and its derivatives. This collaboration was made possible by connections made through the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation and Executive Director Tom Dermody. It is through such partnerships and collaborations that the Institute of Cannabis Research works toward accomplishing its mission of exploring all things cannabis.

State Funded Research

Cannabis safety and quality of life impacts: A national patient registry
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jane Fraser, Engineering

Understanding user experiences with cannabis edibles for public health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jane Fraser, Engineering

Hempseed and stalk extract supplementation effects on growth rate and metabolism of probiotics
Principal Investigator: Dr. Annette Gabaldon, Biology

The interaction of beta-estradiol and endocannabinoids on proliferation and new bone formation in cultured primary human osteoblast (HOB) cells
Principal Investigator: Dr. Annette Gabaldon, Biology

Analysis of types of jobs being created in Pueblo County’s cannabis industry
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Gilbreath, Hasan School of Business

How has the legalization for marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, impacted healthcare in Pueblo County, either as a gateway drug or as a contributor to polysubstance abuse among its residents?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jacinda Heintzelman, Nursing

Enhanced extraction method for cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids from cannabis leaves and flowers using pressurized liquid extraction
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chad Kinney, Chemistry

Creation of a K-12 cannabis research pilot study
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tim Peters, Teacher Education; co-principal investigators: Dr. Bethany Kies, Dr. Lynn Knight, Dr. Margie Massey, Dr. Jenny Piazza, Dr. Pam Richmond, Ron Wiley

Mechanisms of cannabinol’s effects on learning and memory in mice
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeff Smith, Biology

Analysis of the metabolic pathways affected during cannabinoid receptor activation and its impact on viral replication using a Seahorse XF Analyzer
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jordan Steel, Chemistry

Investigating the role of endocannabinoid induced metabolic changes on viral infection
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jordan Steel, Chemistry

Genomic comparisons to understand the genetic foundations of complex traits in cannabis
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel, Biology

Phytoremediation of municipal sewage sludge using industrial hemp to divert organic carbon-rich bio-solids from landfills
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel, Biology

Blockchain application in cannabis research
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yoanna Long, CIS, Hasan School of Business

Data Center and Big Data Analytics in Cannabis
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yoanna Long, CIS, Hasan School of Business

Pueblo County Impact Study

Principal Investigators
Social Impact: Dr. Tim McGettingan, Sociology, and Dr. Joe Franta, Nursing
Economic Impact: Dr. Michael Wakefield and Dr. Aun Hassan, Hasan School of Business
Water and Power Usage: Dr. Jane Fraser and Dr. Leonardo Bedoya Valencia, Engineering
Optimal Buffer Zones Related to Growth Sites: Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel, Biology

State and National Research

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