Forget growing weed—make yeast spit out CBD and THC instead

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Vendors at Canapa Mundi, an international hemp fair, on February 15, 2019 in Rome, Italy

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FEBRUARY 15: Vendors at Canapa Mundi, an international hemp fair,
on February 15, 2019 in Rome, Italy (credit: Simona Granati –
CorbisGetty Images)

We as a species would be miserable without yeast. Baker’s yeast
has given us leavened bread for thousands of years. And I don’t
even want to begin to imagine a world without beer and wine, which
rely on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol.

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more
improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. By
loading brewer’s yeast with genes from the cannabis plant,
they’ve turned the miracle microbes into cannabinoid factories.
It’s a clever scheme in a larger movement to methodically pick
apart and recreate marijuana’s many compounds, to better
understand the plant’s true potential.

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Forget growing weed—make yeast spit out CBD and THC instead