Vertosa has entered into a research partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the university’s studies regarding the nutritional applications and diet interactions of cannabigerol (CBG).
Vertosa and UMass Amherst's collaborative venture is spearheaded by Dr. David Sela, an associate professor at the university's Department of Food Science. Sela's body of research largely focuses on nutrition, and more specifically, how one's diet influences the human microbiome at various stages of life. Throughout his career, Sela has conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis and Stanford University while publishing more than 60 studies.
"Our knowledge of cannabis and cannabis-infused products continues to evolve each day, and I am excited to learn more about this plant with boundless potential," Sela said. "Our department is eager to partner with a cannabis company that is deeply invested in understanding the nuances of this plant and applying these insights to potentially support the health and well-being of people around the country."
The initial studies on cannabinoids are led by Galaxie Story, a registered dietitian and PhD candidate conducting research in The Sela Lab. Her research focus ranges from the examination of host-microbial interactions to how plant bioactives, such as CBD, could impact gastrointestinal health through the gut-brain axis. Other key UMass personnel on the research team include Dr. Julian McClements, a Distinguished Professor from the Department of Food Science and Dr. Carrie-Ellen Briere, an assistant professor from the College of Nursing.
Vertosa and UMass Amherst will study the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids in cannabis and cannabis-infused products. Vertosa's latest research endeavor supports its mission to unlock the healing power of the cannabis plant by making it approachable and accessible to all. In September 2021, Vertosa appointed Dr. Julian McClements as a founding member of its Science Advisory Board to enhance the company's ability to develop efficacious, industry-leading cannabis ingredients and products.
"As we strive to maintain our position as the industry's leading ingredient supplier, we are thrilled to collaborate with UMass Amherst's distinguished food science researchers," said Vertosa CEO Ben Larson. "Dr. Sela and his team bring a wealth of knowledge to this field, and we are confident that their findings will not only create more R&D opportunities within the cannabis industry, but also spur further scientific research into the plant's medical applications."