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Dr. Amanda McKinney

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Amanda McKinney is the Associate Dean of Health Sciences at Doane University, Nebraska. She is also a triple board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Lifestyle Medicine, and is also certified in Herbal and Cannabinoid Medicine. Dr. McKinney founded the Institute of Human and Planetary Health, which works to improve the health of both human and the planet by harnessing the power of plants grown sustainably. These are then used for both medicine and food, as a way to prevent and reverse disease.

Dr. Andrea Holmes

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Andrea Holmes, Professor of Chemistry and the Director of Cannabis Studies at Doane University, is one of the co-founders and the Chief Growth Officer of Precision Plant Molecules in Denver Colorado, a premier hemp extraction company that is focused on minor cannabinoids that are now rapidly embraced by CBD companies in this emerging market. Dr. Holmes is a national and international expert in cannabis chemistry, testing, processing, and the cannabis industry in general. She has given local, national, and international lectures, radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, and webinars on these subjects. She has published articles on cannabis education, terpenes, the endocannabinoid system, major and minor cannabinoids, extraction methods, niche markets including using CBD for the pet industry, personalised and bespoke cannabis-based applications and unique topics that involve the rapidly emerging CBD industry.

What is CBD?

“CBD stands for cannabidiol, and is the major cannabinoid compound in hemp,” explains Dr. Andrea Holmes. “Hemp flowers have really amazing little pockets called trichomes, which are filled with a lot of great components including cannabinoids such as CBD, but there are also a lot of other things in there. They also contain minor cannabinoids in trace quantities, as well as the terpenes that give the hemp their wonderful aroma. Flavonoids, proteins, fats and sugars are all also contained within the hemp flower, and are what makes the plant so rich.”

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