Humans have been searching for ways to maintain the freshness of their food for millennia using all manner of methods. 

Now, a study published this month in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces suggests that cannabidiol (CBD), an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant with no psychoactive value, might be a powerful tool in extending the freshness of certain foods, particularly strawberries.

But first things first, why does food deteriorate?

The main factors determining the breakdown of food are its chemical, physical and microbiological alterations, or normal life processes.

The Study

A team of Thai researchers found that CBD produces …

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