Stability and antioxidant properties of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products

Nutraceuticals are being used ubiquitously, but seldom undergo rigorous testing. This study is focused on two primary aspects of studying natural health products, specific cannabis and its oils. The first objective is to determine the shelf life (product stability) by performing a series of tests to accelerate the ageing process in order to provide an estimation of shelf life. Currently, cannabis oils have arbitrary assignments of expiry dates, if at all. The other key focus involves studying the antioxidant benefits (or pro-oxidant detriment) imparted by cannabis products. Lastly, studies on white blood cells (leukocytes) will be carried out to determine if there are any detrimental or beneficial effects of cannabis products on these critical immune cells.

Faculty Supervisor:

Arno Siraki


Dinesh Babu


Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation


Pharmacy / Pharmacology


Professional, scientific and technical services


University of Alberta



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