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The Emerging Science of Cannabis and CBD

A NutraIngredients-USA editorial webinar

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Start Date:May 14, 2020

Start Time:11:30am CT (Chicago)

Duration:60 minutes


Anecdotal evidence abounds for CBD and hemp supplements, but what does the actual scientific literature say? What potential benefits are biologically plausible, why and how? What kind of doses are needed to elicit a health benefit? And what does the data really say about potential adverse events? In this webinar, our panel of experts will discuss the endocannabinoid system, and what peer-reviewed data does (and doesn’t) support for hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD, and terpenes.

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Andrea Holmes, Ph.D.

Chief Growth Officer
Precision Plant Molecules

Director of Cannabis Studies, Professor of Chemistry
Doane University

Dr. Andrea Holmes has been a Professor of Chemistry at Doane University since 2005. Dr. Andrea Holmes is one of the co-founders and Chief Growth Officer of Precision Plant Molecules, a premier hemp extraction company that is focused on THC free and minor cannabinoids. In her role, Dr. Holmes explored the needs of the current cannabis industry and identified the markets that still have great potential for growth. Dr. Holmes was also scientist at a state certified testing facility, AgriScience Labs in Denver, where she tested marijuana consumer products for potency, pesticides, terpenes, residual solvents, yeast, molds, salmonella, and e-coli. Dr. Holmes received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at New York University and was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Chemistry and Columbia Medical College, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. At Doane University, she has received more than $5 Million in federal grant funding, including the Presidential Early Career Award funded by the National Science Foundation. Her work with students led to 3 patents and nearly 40 peer reviewed publications co-authored by her students. Dr. Holmes is passionate about teaching organic chemistry at Doane and is an expert in cannabis chemistry, colorimetric testing methods of drugs, organic synthesis, nano-deposition methods, field deployable sensors, surface patterning for anti-fouling surfaces. Dr. Holmes is currently in the process of transferring her intellectual property for deployable sensors to detect warfare agents and other analytes to major companies in the US.

Douglas MacKay, N.D.

Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
CV Sciences

Douglas ‘Duffy’ MacKay, N.D., is SVP, scientific and regulatory affairs for CV Sciences, makers of PlusCBD™ Oil. CV Sciences is a market leader in consumer products that contain hemp extracts with cannabidiol (CBD). Dr. MacKay is responsible for scientific and regulatory affairs functions that drive product quality, safety and innovation. Dr. MacKay comes to CV Science after a ten-year career with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) where he served as the SVP, scientific and regulatory affairs. Dr. MacKay oversaw the scientific and regulatory affairs department, ensuring that the association’s scientific, policy and legislative positions were based on credible scientific rationale. Dr. MacKay also serves, on the CRN Board of Directors; Journal of Dietary Supplements, Associate Editor; American Botanical Council (ABC), Advisory Board and FDLI Cannabis-Derived Products Committee, as well as the editorial boards of Integrative Medicine a Clinician’s Journal, and Natural Medicine Journal. Dr. MacKay earned his degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his naturopathic medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Igor Koturbash, MD, PhD

Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Dietary Supplements Research
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Igor Koturbash, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, UAMS (Little Rock, AR). He received his MD from the State Medical University in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine (2001), and PhD in Biomolecular Sciences from the University of Lethbridge, Canada (2008). Being both MD and PhD, Igor has a long lasting interest in diet and dietary supplements and their impact on human health. The major focus of his research is safety, efficacy and mechanisms of action of dietary supplements and understanding how diet and dietary supplements can modulate tissue response to cancer therapy. Igor has published 90+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and his research has received uninterrupted extramural funding from various sources since the beginning of his independent career. Dr. Koturbash serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dietary Supplements and an Editorial Board Member for Chemico-Biological Interactions. Igor is a Co-Director of the Regulatory Science Program at UAMS and lectures in Product Safety Assessment. In 2018, he has initiated the development of the Center for Dietary Supplements Research (CDSR) at his home university (UAMS). The mission of the Center is to provide regulatory agencies, industry and the public with credible information, assessments, expert opinions, and risk communications as well as professional and educational services relating to the efficacy and safety of dietary supplements.

Stephen Daniells, PhD

Editor in Chief


Stephen Daniells is the Editor in Chief of the Americas at William Reed Business Media. Stephen obtained a PhD in chemistry from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and held post-doctoral research positions in The Netherlands and France before taking the leap into journalism in 2005. In 2015, he received the American Herbal Products Association’s Special Award for Journalistic Excellence. He has presented at numerous industry and association events, including conferences organized by the International Scientific Association for Prebiotics & Probiotics (ISAPP) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), and he chairs William Reed’s Probiota Americas and Food Vision USA events. He lives in Chicago.


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