Mzuzu University has embarked on a major research project to test samples of industrial and medical cannabis to assess the effectiveness of certain varieties in the industrial and healthcare sectors.
Chemistry department head John Kamanula told local media that the university was working with the Cannabis Regulatory Authority (CRA) and other stakeholders in the research project.
Kamanula added that most of the chemicals used to test cannabis strains are very expensive and the university needs sufficient support.
“They bring in different strains of cannabis, and then for them to know which one is marketable, you have to do the chemistry. Based on the chemistry, they can then know the quality of the varieties they have that can reach market prices,” Kamanula explained.
The research also involves chemistry students from the university, and a company working with the university has called for a collaboration to raise awareness about cannabis and its potential for national development.
Executive Director Tania Clerk emphasized the importance of research.
“We should set aside funds and engage academia to access the role they can play in industry development. We have to recognize that this is something that needs to be nurtured,” Clerk remarked.
Malawi passed and accentuated the Cannabis Act in 2020.
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