Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Interesting headline from Chemistry World

Chemists in demand as cannabis industry experiences explosive growth 
The US’s rapidly growing cannabis industry – medical and recreational – desperately needs chemists. That was the conclusion of a session at the American Chemical Society’s spring conference in Denver, Colorado, on 23 March. ‘We need chemists to tell us what we have,’ said Chloe Villano, founder of the Colorado-based cannabis business consulting company Clover Leaf. 
She said a better understanding of the science behind cannabis is essential to providing safer and better products, which include oils, extracts and edibles. Chemists can help by, among other things, analysing samples to examine microbiologicals and providing residual solvent testing to ensure cannabis concentrates are free of impurities, Villano suggested...
It would be great if there was some sort of data about the increase in chemistry jobs in the cannabis field - somehow I doubt we're going to see that any time soon. That said, if this is your thing, now might be the time...

(You know what would be the best measurement? Used analytical equipment sales in Colorado and Washington, I'll bet. Also, I wonder if the big instrumental companies have decided if they're going to sell to these labs...?)


  1. The perfect hire for such an industry: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/03/tommy-chong-carlsbad-budgenius/

  2. What I find interesting is that six months ago you agreed that "this is a growing field" (http://chemjobber.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/is-acs-ready-for-cannabis-chemistry.html), while in this post you doubt that there will be an increase in chemistry jobs in the cannabis field. The only way for this not to be a contradiction would be if you meant it quite literally, in which case, yes, regardless of the job market, cannabis fields are indeed growing.

    1. It's not a contradiction. I said that I thought it would be a growing field (here's another place: http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2014/12/daily-pump-trap-12214-edition.html) and I still think so.

      But what I said above was that I would like some data, and I doubt that any would be forthcoming. Make sense?

    2. Ah right, sorry, interpreted your comment differently...

  3. analytical companies are already in this market. a friend works on the west coast for a large analytical company that supplies SPE equipment for isolation of certain oils. it would be my guess that they are hoping these groups eventually turn to some sort of gc/ms or hplc/ms based analysis of their product for qc and qa purposes.

  4. Craigslist on the west coast is also advertising positions for a natural product chemist, working out of Sacramento for a cannabis company.

  5. I thought about a job in the business being from CO, but I realized it might be awhile before I could get a job outside cannabis if I did.