Hemp’s Unlikely Evangelist

Bob Sievers, a former CU Regent, and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an unlikely advocate for cannabis.

But the potential medicinal benefits of the hemp plant specifically, have made him an unlikely cheerleader for this plant that is still federally prohibited but things are changing.  “A lot of states, even in the deep south, where there’s been some push-back, have none-the-less passed state laws that allow you to do research with cannabidiol, a non psychoactive, a non addictive constituent, the second most abundant in most cannabis preparations, cannabinoid.”


Sievers has been frustrated at the lack of research being done in public universities due to the ongoing federal prohibition on all cannabis plants even those with low THC, the component that makes people feel stoned.

Sievers and his daughter Christie Spencer, another unlikely supporter of cannabis who grew up as part of the Nancy Reagan Just Say No generation, have gone into business together in researching and manufacturing CBD products. They’re leasing some land in east Boulder County to grow their own crop that can then be researched and manufactured.

See Part 2 in this series.