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Characterizing Hemp Nutraceuticals During in vitro Human Gut Digestion

Principal Investigator: Ivette Guzman, Plant and Environmental Sciences

It is expected that 2,000 acres of hemp will be grown in New Mexico in 2019 and the state could see $40 million in revenue. New Mexicans will not only be growing hemp, but will also be manufacturing cannabidiol (CBD) and other hemp products for consumers. Consequently, understanding the chemistry of hemp products is important to two NMSU ACES pillars, Food Production and Marketing and Family Development and Health of New Mexicans. Our research will measure the pharmacokinetics of hemp products using human gut digestive enzymes. The goal is to characterize hemp CBD and terpenoid breakdown products after each reaction