Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Research Class

In spring 2020, the first interdisciplinary thematic – “Cannabis Research Class” (CRC) – started at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The class aims to promote young scientific talents to research medical cannabis from diverse, yet interrelated perspectives.

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Research Topics

Medicines, dietary supplements, teas, care products, … and much more can be produced from cannabis. In Germany, the plant’s diverse potential is only slowly being rediscovered. As part of the Cannabis Research Class at the Humboldt University in Berlin, students are investigating questions about cultivation, medicinal and nutrition-related effects and legalization.

About us

Research in a broad range of areas


This research group deals with the various aspects of production. The fellows conduct individual analyses and experiments on plant protection, nutrients, fertilization and the effects of changes in the THC and CBD content of the cannabis plant under a wide range of conditions. Responsible for the production group is Prof. Christian Ulrichs.

Nutritional & medicinal aspects

This research field is led by Prof. Dr. Caroline Stokes, who is head of the Food and Health research group at HU Berlin. The fellows assess the medicinal potential of cannabis by analyzing the existing evidence base and also evaluate the nutritional properties of hemp in terms of providing essential nutrients.

Social sciences & legislation

This research field is led by Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, research group leader at IGZ, and analyzes “economic frameworks,” current academic and policy debates regarding the production, consumption, and regulation of cannabis.


Explore our resources

We have a range of podcasts and interviews with experts. For example, what do experts think about cannabis as a crop? What do they think about the role of hemp as part of a balanced diet? And what is the medicinal potential of cannabis in treating certain health conditions?

Scientific posters and publications are available from the Research Class on cannabis. Click here to read what we are working on.

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Supported by


Aurora Europe is a pioneer in the medical cannabis market supplying high-quality, premium medical cannabis products from it’s international network of EU GMP facilities to patients throughout Europe.


In Collaboration With

Tilman Brück

Tilman Brück

Professor Tilman Brück is Head of the Research Group “Economic Development and Food Security” at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops in Großbeeren near Berlin.

Caroline Stokes

Professor Caroline Stokes heads the Food and Health research group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Ulrichs

Christian Ulrichs

Professor Christian Ulrichs heads the Department of Urban Plant Ecophysiology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Inga Mewis

Inga Mewis

Dr. Inga Mewis works as a chemical ecologist at the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer Institute at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Stellan Zytur

Stellan Zytur

Stellan Zytur holds a B.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences, following a M.Sc. in Process- and Qualitymanagement in Horticulture.