The world as we know it would be a different place if not for baker’s yeast. Beyond leavening bread, this substance is partially responsible for beer and wine. Beer, wine and bread – oh the world just wouldn’t be the same without them. It’s kind of like the way the world would be without cannabis CBD and THC. Researchers have been running all kinds of tests on cannabis for decades, despite severe prohibition. Now that the green scene has taken the world by storm, gaining more support over the last eight decades, new information about CBD and THC is emerging.
Infusing Yeast with Cannabis Genes – The Fascinating Science of it All
Baker’s yeast infused with cannabis plant genes is working a real microbe miracle. Researchers can now get yeast to produce CBD or THC depending on the particular enzyme they introduce it to. Here’s where a complex molecular puzzle takes place. The particular yeast introduced to the THC gene creates THC by producing CBGa. CBGa turns into what we call THCa, or the raw form of THC. When heat is applied the THCa it turns to THC. The same thing occurs with the yeast that was introduced to the CBD gene. It produces CBGa that breaks down into CBDa, that then turns into CBD when heat is applied. All of this complex molecular activity takes place thanks to a process called decarboxylation. If you ask me, that’s some complexity.
Will THC or CBD from Yeast Truly be THC and CBD?
I’m not quite so sure how consuming THC or CBD from yeast would actually be. Science is jumping in and altering the creation of CBD and THC, looking for consistency. One thing that people seem to be leaving out of the equation is that cannabis has many varieties. Just like there are many people with many different problems. The phytocannabinoid, minerals, and amino acids found in the cannabis plant didn’t just develop or happen to come about overnight.
The process took thousands of years of evolution and the majority of what we enjoy about cannabis today actually comes from the plant’s ability to adapt to viruses, diseases, and other extreme conditions. Beyond producing quality and consistent CBD and THC from yeast or another substance, I think science is missing the big picture. That big picture is the feeling of sharing bud with a bud. I just couldn’t imagine it being the same if it all went to science and pharma.