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Nutrition Business Journal—Machines Making Medicine

Nutrition Business Journal—Machines Making Medicine

“No scientist actually can keep up with the [scientific] literature nowadays,” notes Susan Trapp, Ph.D., who recently joined the institute as an expert in molecular biology, genomics (including research on the Human Genome Project), and computational biology.

The latter is a scientific discipline that uses mathematical models to understand biological systems. AI and computational biology are merging, to the extent that the terms are sometimes used interchangeably when speaking about algorithms that ingest and analyze large datasets.

Read This Before You Get Excited About Weed Preventing COVID (Dr. Trapp was interviewed for about Covid and cannabis)

Read This Before You Get Excited About Weed Preventing COVID (Dr. Trapp was interviewed for about Covid and cannabis)

The buzz took off last month, when researchers at the University of Chicago published findings from a laboratory experiment on rodents that suggested CBD — a compound in cannabis — may block the coronavirus from replicating in cells. And so came the headlines claiming that weed could prevent or treat COVID.

But scientists who study the ways cannabis interacts with pathogens, our cells and the immune system say understanding the impact cannabis has on SARS-CoV-2 is not so simple.

Terpenes & Cannabinoids—How these components of cannabis work—and why they work better together

Terpenes & Cannabinoids—How these components of cannabis work—and why they work better together

Susan Trapp, Ph.D., the CEO, and founder of Terpedia, would like to see the terminology changed, though. “In the cannabis industry, the entourage effect is understood as a theory that all compounds in cannabis work together when taken together,” she says. “This really implies a ‘synergy’ as opposed to ‘entourage.’ Nevertheless, terpenes, cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoids our bodies produce all work in concert with each other inside the human body.”

The COVID-19 Cytokine Storm is Brewing, and Here’s How Terpenes Can Help

The COVID-19 Cytokine Storm is Brewing, and Here’s How Terpenes Can Help

While terpenes are known for flavor, scents, and aromas in cannabis and other plants, their therapeutic benefits are less well-defined. Terpenes in the form of herbal remedies and essential oils have been utilized for centuries in traditional medicine practices, and yet there are still so many questions left unresolved within the scientific community. However, due to the increased interest in cannabinoids and terpenes, more research is being investigated, such as the way in which cannabis and all of the plant’s phytochemicals interact with our immune system. This is laying the groundwork allowing us to understand the mechanisms of action (MOA) at biochemical levels. 

A recent study showing promise in the lab is the potential for cannabinoids and terpenes to act as an adjunctive treatment for COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Susan Trapp Queen of Terpenes: Talking Terpene Science

Dr. Susan Trapp Queen of Terpenes: Talking Terpene Science

Known as the queen of terpenes, Dr. Susan Trapp is one of the foremost experts on terpene science, and she’s bringing her expertise to the hemp and cannabis world.
In this episode of the Ministry of Hemp podcast, Matt talks about quarantine hemp cooking and cocktailing, featuring our recipe for hemp-infused bacon fat peanut butter cookies. Then Matt has a Conversation with Susan Trapp, terpene researcher and co-founder of terpedia.com.
This episode is part of our Women in Hemp series.

Dr Susan Trapp – The Greener Grass Podcast [Blue Bird Botanicals] with the Queen of the Terpene‪s‬

Dr Susan Trapp – The Greener Grass Podcast [Blue Bird Botanicals] with the Queen of the Terpene‪s‬

Dr. Susan has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology field as a plant-microbe molecular biology researcher and “beyond the lab bench.” In this episode, Susan talks to us about her work creating a digital terpene encyclopedia, Terpedia, and how genomics and data can influence personalized medicine and product development of the future.

She has held scientific, management, and early-stage development positions within the biotech industry, academia, government, and start-up community, from algae biofuels to genomes. Dr. Trapp participated directly in the human genome project with Dr. Craig Venter early in her scientific career.