User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


62° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Science Behind The Smoke

October 28, 2010, 6:02 PM by Austin Hoffman

Science Behind The Smoke
DENVER, CO -


Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Colorado for nearly a decade.  But there's now a new science behind the smoke.

"Basically what we do is we test for safety and potency of medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis products," Robery Winnicki, founder of Full Spectrum Laboratory, said.

Winnicki started the lab a little over a year ago. He said because cannabis is grown and not manufactured it can easily become contaminated.

"The amount of bacteria on it can be very high or very low. So we have developed processes in house that allow us to test not just a certain bacteria, many different types and the overall amount of bacteria that's on the product," Winnicki said.

They're also testing for pesticides that may have been used during the growing process. But the real science is in what gives the plant its medical qualities.

"What this is, is testing for the amount of cannabinoids in the plant. Now the cannabinoids are a group of molecules that are only produced in cannabis," Winnicki said.

He said there are 12 of these molecules in marijuana that are medicinally active, THC is just one, and there are hundreds of them in the plant. He currently has the calibrations to test for eight of them.

"What the potency testing really allows you to do is, different cannabinoids, for instance something called CBD had a number of medicinal affects that something THC does not have," Winnicki said.

They can now tell what strain of marijuana is the best for different ailments. But, he said because of restrains on research it's not a perfect science.

"One of the other problems that we have when I say these things is that all of research is not done in a double blind FDA clinically controlled trial. What were dealing with here is anecdotal evidence and observational trials and the literature," Winnicki said.

But Winnicki says this research is helping patients get safe and reliable medication.

Full Spectrum labs is technically a dispensary, but that gives them all the legal rights to do the research.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
 

You may also like

Four Arrested In Church Vandalism

5/18/2015 1:47 PM

Three Sioux Falls residents face charges after allegedly breaking into a west central Minnesota church.

Full Story
Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
One Killed, Five Hurt In Crash Near Bowdle

5/18/2015 2:07 PM

A Colton man is dead and five other people are hurt following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Bowdle on Sunday.

Full Story
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story


Events