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Synthesis

Symrise makes synthetic cannabidiol

by Craig Bettenhausen
June 13, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 23

 

The flavor and fragrance maker Symrise has developed a method to produce cannabidiol (CBD) from the citrus extract D-limonene. CBD, which is found naturally in cannabis plants but doesn’t produce a high, is prized for its anticonvulsive and anxiety- and nausea-relieving effects. Although most CBD is extracted from marijuana or hemp, other companies also use synthetic routes. For instance, the drug-chemical company Noramco produces CBD in Athens, Georgia, starting with methandienol.

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