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Ex-FDA chemist to help Colorado CBD company develop new products
February 29, 2020
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Ex-FDA chemist to help Colorado CBD company develop new products

 

Veritas Farms, a Colorado Cannabidiol maker, has hired a former employee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in hopes of researching and developing new products.

Daniel Connors, PhD, had a range of duties while working for the FDA, but his main focus was maintaining the safety of the nation’s food and medical supplies.

Once and a while he would work on other necessities, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Since leaving the FDA, he now uses the skills he learned along the way to help Veritas Farms make full-spectrum, hemp-derived cannabinoid products.

Veritas Farms released a press release announcing Connors joining the team.

Alexander Salgado, CEO and co-founder of Veritas Farms said:

“Dr. Connors is an unbelievable addition to the Veritas Farms team. The extensive background and knowledge that Dr. Connors brings to the table is truly invaluable. We are honored to begin working with Dr. Connors and we are very excited to share some of our planned developments with the world.”

Veritas Farms is based out of Pueblo, Colorado and owns a 140-acre farm and production facilities.

Veritas Farms does provide over-the-counter products. Some of the product lines are: “vegan capsules, tinctures, formulations for sublingual applications and infused edibles, lotions, salves, and oral syringes in a variety of size formats and flavors,” according to their press release.

This move has some CBD advocates questioning their action.

CBD Guru spoke to Adam Cottle, founder of Best Damn Buds, inquiring his thoughts.

“Does it give companies a competitive advantage to hire government regulators? Should there be a waiting period for regulators to enter the private sector? These are questions that us advocates are trying to address with our legislators.”

Unlike Cannabidiol (CBD) counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not get you high. On the contrary, it is used to treat many illnesses such as anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and depression.

CBD has been used medically since around 750 B.C. and it is believed that its roots are in central Asia.

According to the New York Times:

In 2018, “the F.D.A. approved Epidiolex, a purified CBD extract, to treat rare seizure disorders in patients 2 years or older after three randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled clinical trials with 516 patients that showed the drug, taken along with other medications, helped to reduce seizures. These types of studies are the gold standard in medicine, in which participants are divided by chance, and neither the subject nor the investigator knows which group is taking the placebo or the medication.”

Will Connors joining Veritas Farms bring about a relationship like Monsanto and the government? Only time will tell.

 

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