Karhlyle Fletcher   |   January 07, 2020

How Science is Transforming the Cannabis Industry

Cannabis science finally joins forces with modern science after decades of federal embargoes.
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Now that cannabis can collaborate with traditional fields of science such as nanotechnology, companies like NanoSphere offer transdermal products that have cannabinoids which can enter the bloodstream. For the entire industry, this is a landmark moment. With collaboration from conventional science, cannabis becomes legitimate as a medicine and as an active ingredient, a vast network of products. 

The Power of Bioavailability

As humans, when we eat our food, we don’t naturally absorb all of the nutrients the food contains. While steak has about 40 grams of protein in it, the body can only digest so much of it. Advances in nanotechnology improve bioavailability by breaking down the ingredients, making them easier to absorb. Through processing that same amount of protein with nanotechnology, almost all of that protein becomes bioavailable. Likewise, the same principles apply to cannabinoids.

Nanotechnology does not resize molecules but breaks them apart through a process called sonication. Cannabis particles get exposed to high-frequency sound waves at 20kHz or higher and break apart due to the alternating pressure of the sound waves. The higher the frequency, the higher the agitation, so the more the molecules are split. 

After this process, producers have bioavailable cannabinoids, which are easier to dose. These enrich edibles with effective, fast-acting, and clean cannabis derivatives. While traditional edibles can take two hours to take effect, those made through using nanotechnology take effect within fifteen minutes. 

In addition to being edible, breaking down cannabinoids to such a point allows them to bypass the five layers of skin necessary for entrance into the bloodstream. 

Fast-acting transdermal and edible products will transform the public perception of cannabis. Due to a lack of research, cannabis suffers a reputation as an inconsistent medicine. Now cannabis products can be accurately dosed, and the effects are immediately apparent. Nanotechnology may transform the perception of cannabis from alternative medicine to mainstream medicine.

Microfluidics Within the World of Cannabis 

Microfluidics offers an alternative to the categorization of cannabis altogether. Through mastering the behavior and composition of droplets of cannabis oil, producers create particular mixes of cannabinoid content. Cannabis products made with microfluidics prove to be more stable, resulting in a longer shelf-life. These compounds are especially ideal for beverage products. 

The process of microfluidics allows oil-soluble cannabis molecules to act as water-liking molecules. Doing so allows the cannabis molecules to enter into the bloodstream, allowing cannabinoid activation. This increase in bioavailability could transform the traditional drinkable cannabis market entirely. 

The field of pharmacology already proved this technology. The control that microfluidics allows creates an opportunity for producers to focus on cannabinoids rather than strains. While the industry standard is to promote strains as a natural way of organizing cannabinoid content, microfluidics and nanotechnology allow for pure CBN, CBGa, and other cannabis extracts. 

The most prominent setback for this field is the costs of operation. One especially promising development is paper microfluidics, similar to how psychedelic substances get distributed on the black market. Rather than drink, eat, or smoke cannabis, soon taking cannabis via paper tablet may become normalized. 

Once the technology becomes more affordable, microfluidics will explode across the cannabis industry. It offers a level of control over cannabinoid content, a variety of delivery options, and controllable dosages. 

Quantum Physics Raise the Vibe

Getting experimental with life and death, scientists have found that using information from the field of quantum energy makes for a more stable experience with THC. While crops lose 50% of their energy after harvest, the Californian company Quanta uses MRI magnets to increase the energy level in the atoms of harvested cannabis. 

At the time of death, or harvest, living atoms lose 50% of their energy, and that energy only continues to decrease naturally. Quanta aims to reanimate these atoms to increase bioavailability. In 10,000 trials, their reenergized THC molecules only caused paranoia in 100 people. 

Retraining the energy of cannabis atoms to the body's natural energy is a novel solution, but one Quanta has proved as worth considering. Quantum science can illuminate how to make the most of unprocessed flower. 

Scientists Hesitate, But Boomers Don’t

While some scientists, such as the team at Trait Biosciences, are skeptical about the wide-scale embrace of nanotechnology, the over-fifty demographic loves it. Older demographics are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, and other conditions that make daily living awful. Clean cannabis products developed with nanotechnology offer pain relief, sleep aid, and energy while being natural, nonaddictive, and non-toxic. 

While Trait warns about nanoparticle absorption in unexpected locations, such as it might in the fetus of a pregnant woman, seniors won't have to worry about most of those risks. Instead, they will treat themselves, and cannabis will continue to see older demographics convert to this compelling alternative medicine.

 

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