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“Physicians want to know exact dosing and many other cannabis offerings don’t have that. For example, so many variables coming into play when you smoke cannabis, like how long you hold the smoke in your lungs.” -David Sutton

It’s a problem faced by both consumers and cannabis firms: after consuming edibles or concentrates, effects can take hours to kick in, compared to within minutes after smoking a joint. A Canadian company wants to speed up that process with a new gel, creating a proprietary process that "smashes" cannabinoid molecules down to a smaller size, then encapsulates those molecules into tiny nanospheres looking to deliver a faster onset.

David Sutton, president of NanoSphere Cannabis International1, explains that, “THC is a sticky molecule and what it likes to do is bind itself to other THC molecules and thus create a bigger particle. What we do is, through a mechanical process in the laboratory, forcibly separate those molecules from one another and separate them and then we wrap them in our carrier liquid, which prevents them from recombining into a larger particle. The carrier acts as transport of molecules between cells.”

Sutton says their tests have found that within 10 minutes of ingesting this special serum, the user feels the effects of the cannabis high. The technology, which is a product on its own and isn’t infused into edibles or beverages, was developed in partnership with licensed producer Delta-9, which holds the master license for the technology in Canada. NanoSphere’s U.S. parent company holds a patent on the cannabis delivery technology.

Sutton says physicians are particularly excited about the technology. “They want to know exact dosing and many other cannabis offerings don’t have that. For example, so many variables come into play when you smoke cannabis, like how long you hold the smoke in your lungs.”

NanoSphere’s serum, which has a viscosity similar to maple syrup, is supposed to be applied to the buckle between the cheek and gums, since the delivery method is sublingual absorption.

Rapid-delivery cannabis products have long been sought by businesses around the world. In 2016, the Colorado edibles company 1906 introduced a line of edibles that take effect in 15-20 minutes, using a proprietary lipid microencapsulation process that allows the THC to, “bypass the stomach and get into the small intestine faster. It also allows more of the THC to get into the blood.”2

For its part, NanoSphere plans to release several products featuring the new serum in June in Colorado, with plans for an Oregon rollout later in the year. There wasn’t a timetable for a Canadian launch yet.

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