IAmA chemist at a cannabis analysis laboratory in Oakland CA, testing safety and potency of the medicine sold in dispensaries. IAmA Weed Scientist, AMA
I am the chemist and laboratory director of Steep Hill Lab, the nation's leading laboratory for cannabis analysis. We do not produce or sell anything except for knowledge. We test submitted samples for cannabinoid and terpene potency, pesticides, trace residues, and fungal contamination. I was educated in biomedical engineering at a top tier school and over the past 6 years have read almost every scientific paper on the subject that I could get my hands on, from phenotypic expression in plants to endogenous cannabinoids and receptors. There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation surrounding cannabis outside of the laboratory, and I aim to correct that by answering your questions right here. Visit our website www.steephilllab.com for proof.
All answers will be supplemented with scientific and literary references. So go ahead, Ask Me Anything!!!
UPDATE: This thing got way more upvotes than I could have imagined. You all rock! Especially those who are correcting my oversights and keeping it true to science. I will continue to answer your questions over the next few days. In the mean time please share your knowledge with the world. I LOVE INTERNETS
UPDATE: The website wasn't proof enough, so I sent reddit my business card this morning. Hopefully this post goes back online and we can keep this dialog going. To clarify, I have not been published as of yet. And I am not presenting any of my own research here. The purpose of this post is to dip into the huge trove of research that has been done in the past 10 years on cannabis and bring it to light, so that the public can make its own educated decision on the subject.
Check out this paper. It's all-inclusive and a good general introduction to cannabis facts ranging from plant compositions to biological effects of cannabinoids and terpenes:
UPDATE: I got many questions regarding the use of cannabis to treat cancer. Here is a brief piece I just wrote summarizing some of what's out there: