Europe – Scientists Gene-Edited Tequila Bacteria to Make Cannabinoids

This bacteria spits out THC instead of tequila.

Lime Salt THC

A German pharmaceutical company called Farmako just registered a patent for a process in which genetically modified tequila bacterium produce a range of biosynthetic cannabinoids — the stuff that you usually get by growing marijuana plants — by feeding on sugar.

The process that could make producing cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, a thousand times cheaper, according to the company.

Yeast Vs. Bacteria

Last month, Futurism reported on a team of researchers at UC Berkeley who figured out a way to manufacture THC and cannabidiol (CBD) from specially bioengineered brewer’s yeast. Farmako claims its new technique represents the first production of cannabinoids through biosynthesis without the use of yeast.

Farmako argues that using bacteria instead of yeast could make the process of extracting cannabinoids much easier on an industrial scale, as the cannabinoids and the yeast cells have to be broken up after synthesis…