The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has chosen professor Lyle Craker of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture to receive its Herbal Insight Award.
The award, which will be presented March 6 during the AHPA’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., recognizes Craker’s “efforts to significantly increase and further knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses.”
Craker has been a researcher in the field of medicinal plants for more than 30 years and is currently executive editor of the Journal of Medicinally Active Plants. He serves on the board of the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals and is also a member of the expert advisory council for the AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition, where he has made significant contributions to strengthen this publication.
Craker is also well known for proposing that medical grade marijuana be available for scientific studies into its possible health benefits and his long campaign to secure federal permission to cultivate marijuana for research purposes.
On campus, he is the longtime organizer of HerbFest, an annual event in which his students showcase the many properties and uses of herbs and medicinal plants.
Before moving to the Stockbridge School faculty, he was a member of the former departments of plant and soil sciences and plant, soil and insect sciences.