Cannabis Re­search Class

A cannabis plant in the laboratory.
A cannabis plant in the laboratory.
Photo: Maroinca Lauridsen

The Cannabis Research Class focuses on the cultivation and biology as well as the effects of medicinal cannabis. The Research Class is funded by Demecan GmbH and is based at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences within the Faculty of Life Sciences.


In the interdisciplinary “Cannabis Research Class” (CRC), research into medicinal cannabis is the focus of activities. The scholars come from a wide range of disciplines, from agricultural and horticultural sciences and process and quality management in agriculture and horticulture to resource economics, psychology, law and fisheries sciences.

Research fields

The scholarship holders conduct research into the various aspects of production. They carry out individual analyses and experiments, including on plant protection, nutrients, fertilisation, and the effects of changes in the THC and CBD content of the cannabis plant under a wide range of conditions.

Plant physiology and agronomy

  • Ecophysiology of the indica and sativa species of cannabis
  • Influence of external stressors (light quality, drought, etc....) on secondary and medicinally relevant constituents
  • Factors influencing selected constituents (THC, CBD, cannabichromene) during cultivation

Use and effects

  • Psychoactive effects
  • Effects in pain therapy
  • Other medicinal uses


  • Bioanalytical chemistry
  • Extraction methods from cannabis plants

Scientific director

Prof. Dr Christian Ulrichs
Professor of Urban Plant Ecophysiology