Innovation is ongoing in the cannabis industry, beyond the typical products. In earlier times, cannabis was once limited to only plant and butter form.
However, the recreational market has now come up with multiple products such as tinctures, vape pens, topical, and more. While these are some unusual forms of cannabis consumption, they tend to provide people with the medication or relaxation they need. Additionally, these products increase the feasibility of the consumption of cannabis, for all kinds of people.
Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patches
This product is perfect for medical cannabis consumers. This product consists of sticky patches that are 2×2 inches, which are meant to be placed on the skin, preferably somewhere venous – on top of your foot or your wrist.
Cannabinoids are released by the sticky patches, for up to 12 hours, which consequently makes them great for sleeping. Additionally, they’re also ideal for traveling.
This product has its similarities to tobacco products, but shouldn’t be disregarded for that. The packaging is very similar to a regular dip tin but has little pouches inside when you open it. Coconut fiber, essential oils, monk fruit, and a dry cannabis tincture, is filled in these pouches.
If one does not swallow a regular tincture and holds it in their mouth instead, it allows it to be absorbed directly into the person’s bloodstream, instead of going through the person’s stomach, which consequently takes longer.
However, the advantage of this process is taken by holding the canna pouch inside your cheek, which in turn provides relief in 10-15 minutes, along with the release of medication for up to 40 minutes, with no visibility of the pouch.
The Cannadips are available in American spice, citrus, and mint.
Ripple Dissolvable THC
Ripple is available in single-serving packets of powder. The powder is full of THC and/or CBD, along with being odorless, flavorless, calorie-free, and dissolvable. Hence, it can be added to your water or sprinkled on your cereal, etc.
The Ripple packets consist of organic coconut oil, sorbitol, modified food starch, and cannabinoid distillates. Additionally, they consist of a CBD-heavy variety.
Gum and mints
Joygum can be tossed in your bag and is quick and discreet. It is another product that is absorbed through your mouth lining. Furthermore, it activates in just 10 minutes and comes in seven flavors along with a variety of THC: CBD ratios. Menta Mints are another product of cannabis that additionally account for good breath. Menta Mints comes in four different flavors. Three of the flavors are offering THC while one flavor is offering CBD as well.
Another product and a great option would be Breath Strips. The Breath Strips by Escape Artists come in two flavors – Minty Mint and Sour Lemon. Each flavor offers 10mg of THC.
This product was formulated by keeping female needs in mind. The product focused on easing the pain and discomfort that is experienced during menstruation. Furthermore, it seems like a blessing to thousands of endometriosis fighters.
Rectal use of this product is recommended for localized relief (near the spine, through the rectum). However, it takes about 20 minutes for the relief and can help with pelvic pain, IBD, lower back pain, and sciatica.
Additionally, clitoral and penile arousal issues can be helped by the rectal use of this product. The product is intended to be used 30 – 60 minutes before sex.
Although pills, tablets, and capsules, are quick and discreet, they offer the delayed effects of edibles. However, medical consumers would turn to pills especially when they know they do not have the time to medicate because of extensive hours of meetings, etc. Additionally, it can be discreet, because no one will notice if it’s a regular Advil or a symptom-soothing THC.
Cannabis Highly Popular Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic Lock-down
The year 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the strangest years in the modern age. Yes, that includes both World Wars and everything in between. You may have already guessed why. The preamble will hence come across as unnecessary then that it turns out many have turned to cannabis because of COVID-19. This deadly pandemic led to world-wide economic collapse, hundreds of thousands of fatalities and lock-downs. Not surprisingly, cannabis rapidly became a favorite coping mechanism for many.
In the US, recreational cannabis is an open secret in many places. Unless you live in a handful of progressive states, odds are the cannabis you use comes from illegal sources. We’re not here to judge. However, it seems astonishing that in the past 7 months, the nation’s cannabis industry scored surprisingly well for itself despite the odds.
The pandemic had a marked impact on the lives of most people’s habits
Even the biggest self-proclaimed extrovert must admit that the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on life. Public gatherings, meeting places, restaurants, clubs, bars and social events in general became banned. Most work environments, those that weren’t designated ‘essential‘, kept employees at home. Hence, it became increasingly common to hear about boredom, frustration and loneliness. Video-chat platforms like Zoom became the new norm of communication.
To kill time, and grapple with unfamiliar emotions like anxiety and purposelessness, many turned to hobbies. For some, this ranged from baking, to woodwork, to video games. And for some, that became recreational cannabis. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike flocked to dispensaries right before lock-down’s imposition. Unsure of when they would regain access to the drug, they rushed to buy up stores. And unbeknownst at the time, cannabis dispensaries would soon gain the ‘essential’ status, to keep operating.
The biggest factor behind the success of cannabis in the pandemic lies behind its appeal
Cannabis is not like other recreational drugs. When taken correctly, there are little to know repercussions. It does not cause major hangovers, and overdosing to death doesn’t happen. Also, it has few negative effects on the user’s health. It actually carries several health benefits, especially when used to treat anxiety, PTSD, depression, cancers and even arthritis!
What the main selling point for cannabis is involves its convenience, especially in states with legal and regulated retailers. Simply go to the store, purchase it and consume it in any manner desired. This could be in the form of edibles, inhaled or as oils. For many users trapped indoors with nothing else to do, the feeling of sensory escape from the comfort of home proved irresistible.
Some folks seriously believe marijuana holds a cure for COVID-19, but research shows some merit to this
A virus is a virus. It needs very specific factors to kill. These range from strong alcohol-based hand sanitizers, to the body’s own natural antibodies. Coronavirus is no exception to this. Suggesting that smoking cannabis would somehow “cure” COVID-19 is erroneous and harmful. There is no way that this is possible.
However, recent studies all indicate that cannabis may indeed be suitable as a treatment for the disease. Many new investigations into the body’s endocannabinoid system hope that the CBD and THC present in weed have use. These substances could potentially alter the body’s physiology to prevent the coronavirus from even infecting someone. As it stands, much work and time need to pass before anything comes from this theory though.
Researchers Use New Compound In Bio-engineering A Possible Cyborg
The word ‘cyborg’ gradually saturated itself into science fiction over the years. Just the mere mention of the word immediately conjures up images of robot-humans and superhuman comic book characters. However, a team of researchers at the University of Delaware might be close to making this a reality.
Led by Professor David Martin, the study involved connecting devices to neural tissue. The aim was to successfully maintain a strong link between the living tissue and machinery. However, this raised some issues immediately.
The main setback in bio-engineering has been tissue damage
Until now, the biggest obstacle has been tissue damage in the body. Whenever a machine is connected to the tissue, scarring by the body’s immune system can occur. Not surprisingly, this interferes with data transfer from body to machine and renders the attempt nonviable. This scarring is largely due to reactions with materials like gold and silicon in the machinery. Until the advent of ‘PEDOT‘, that is (more on that shortly!)
Because data transfer and the transmission of electrical signals is vital for the machine, they required a solution. While hooking up a machine to a brain, they realized they needed a protective coating. They decided to experiment with different nonreactive substances to make suitable microelectrodes. The substance would have to be easy to produce, non-toxic and conductive to the electrical signals in the device.
The chosen substance was an organic chemistry goldmine, called ‘PEDOT’
The scientists tried various different alternatives to the gold and silver. Eventually, they settled upon poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), dubbed “PEDOT“. This substance is an organic compound and its properties were exactly what they hoped for.
The PEDOT was made of conjugated polymers, which are large complex molecules. Martin claimed that PEDOT was so unique because of its electrical and ionic desirability. This means that at any given time, the compound has moving ions and electrons within it. When applied to a device, the compound had lower impedance and was quite conductive. And best of all, it greatly prevented scarring.
While PEDOT had already been available in electronic coatings, its use in bio-engineering only begins now. This is because of PEDOT’s flexibility and capacity to have its properties changed. The organic compound can have its functional groups modified. Functional groups are attached chemicals that can alter the way PEDOT reacts.
PEDOT has great implications for the future of other fields of science
Martin claims that by modifying the functional groups, PEDOT can be used in biochemistry too. If it was to be modified with a specific antigen or DNA strand, it would make a specifc biofilm. This biofilm would have countless applications, such as even making vaccines. The possibilities are endless.
To make PEDOT suitable for this bio-engineering study, it was modified accordingly. This involved using an aldehyde and maleimide compound to change the functional group. Martin noted the presence of maleimide made further reactions easier to do.
In addition to this application, Martin’s team has used PEDOT in other biological ways. They have used it to detect excess levels of normal VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) and hopefully detect tumors with it. Furthermore, PEDOT has also undergone bonding with dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in addiction. This will allow them to investigate the physiology behind addictive behaviors.
In conclusion, Martin and his team seem to have stumbled upon a miraculous compound. When utilized in advancing biochemistry, biotechnology and bio-engineering, there is no doubt the concept of a ‘cyborg’ will be realized some day!
Study Shows More Cannabis Consumed Doesn’t Cause More of A High
A new study from the University of Colorado, at Boulder, has found some interesting things about cannabis users. The study, which was conducted on several ‘high’ cannabis users, used different amounts in the samples. That means that the users had varying levels of cannabis in their systems. They found that the effects of cannabis regardless of the amount taken were not significantly different in the user. This means that after a minimum level of cannabis consumed, the effects of THC flatline.
The study indicates THC level in the blood doesn’t increase effects
Cannabis contains two key ingredients. Firstly, it has CBD (cannabidiol), which research has shown can have positive health effects. The other is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This drug is the main psychoactive agent in cannabis. In other words, it is responsible for the ‘high’ users get. Common symptoms of this high include mood changes, reduced motor skills, and reduced cognition.
It was therefore surprising that each intoxicated user seemed equally impaired. All the users, regardless of THC levels in their bloodstreams, displayed similar levels of intoxication. The researchers measured the neurological and motor functioning of each individual to see the effect THC had on them.
They checked parameters like speech, memory, gait, and balance. All of these end up diminished in intoxicated people. Not surprisingly, all showed typical signs of stupefaction. The levels of this intoxication were virtually the same in all test subjects, however.
This study could drastically change the way law enforcement works against cannabis users
At the moment, the relative rarity of cannabis-related arrests in cars by law enforcement is in a strange place. On one hand, the drug is considered intoxicating enough that it is inadvisable to operate a vehicle while high. On the other hand, ‘drunk driving’ from alcohol abuse is a far more serious offense. So law enforcement has a tendency to either lump both drugs together or to give one more priority over the other.
Currently, a breathalyzer test checks blood alcohol levels. If the person is over the limit while driving it leads to prosecution. While that makes sense in the case of alcohol, the matter cannot be extrapolated onto cannabis. These users, whether they have consumed a small amount or a large amount, don’t behave accordingly. Therefore, it may be of paramount importance that legislation changes its attitudes towards said users.
Measuring CBD and THC levels in the bloodstream of cannabis users is difficult and complicates matters
The root of the matter lies in the measurement of THC and CBD in cannabis users. While alcohol is essentially a stimulant toxin that circulates in the bloodstream, THC is different. It has been proven to have several effects on the body’s physiology. This includes raising blood pressure, increasing heart rates, and affecting the lungs when inhaled. Meanwhile, CBD is still rather unclear in its mechanisms. It does have several health benefits according to several studies. However, it may or may not appear in a detectable quantity when tested for.
Furthermore, the mode of taking cannabis can change results too. Smoking it is faster acting. But the cannabis is usually more potent when eaten. So obtaining a clear and accurate reading from a cannabis user is difficult. For these reasons, law enforcement needs to reevaluate the way they treat users.
They could start by studying and encouraging more studies into the topic, as this one only indicates a correlation rather than causation. Maybe then they will be able to reliably quantify and fairly judge cannabis users.
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