Precise Cures – How Nanotechnology Enhances Cannabis Products
As the cannabis industry expands, it also gets more technologically advanced. Within the last few years, a new trend has started which will change how we use cannabis for consumption, especially on the medical front. With nanotechnology, cannabis products can be made to fit a precise diagnosis, and delivered to the exact point necessary.
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What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is a branch of technology that involves manipulating particles on an atomic level, with sizes under 100 nanometers. Which – to give a frame of reference – is about 1000 times the thinness of a piece of paper. Nanotechnology is similar to nanoscience, which attacks the same topic, but from the physics side. The two topics are very much intertwined.
In physics, different fields investigate how masses of different sizes behave. Astrophysics examines the nature of how large objects behave, whereas particle physics – on the other end – investigates how the very smallest of particles behave. And particles of these two different extreme sets, behave in their own strange ways. In terms of nanotechnology, particles often conduct electricity better, offer more strength, different reactivity to chemicals, and magnetic abilities.
One of the abilities of nanotechnology, is the ability to force together liquids that would ordinarily not go together: think oil and water. This is an emulsion. When done on particles of bigger sizes, it’s called macroemulsion or microemulsion. When it happens to particles at the size of 20-200 nm, it’s called nanoemulsion. Mico and macroemulsions are used in food products, and chemical industries like for pesticides. Nanoemulsions are newer, and used primarily in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and by biotech companies.
degree turn, and keep the entire inflammatory process at bay. Other researchers are working on nanoparticles of a ‘superclass’ which would have the ability to treat illnesses across a much broader spectrum. Future research into the use of nanotechnology and cannabis will focus on making the physical particles stronger, increasing the bioavailability, and improving on routes of administration via pills, injections, or sublingual drops, according to Stein.
Future versions of nanotechnology might include ways to maximize absorption and minimize side effects to create the most potent products possible. Considering all the different varieties of cannabis, with all their specific properties, companies can use nanotechnology to offer custom-made therapeutic products. General benefits could also be enhanced through bioengineering to create a more effective version of nearly anything.
Nanotechnology and the blood brain barrier
The blood brain barrier is a barrier that exists around the brain, and which keeps particles from being able to penetrate into the brain. Drugs that cause a person to feel different mentally, have crossed the barrier. In fact, the barrier can be thought of as a bouncer that keeps unwanted molecules out of the brain.
So when it comes to taking medications for anything that would effect the brain, like antidepressants, or for treatment of nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, it’s important to get active compounds into the brain. In answer to this, researchers are currently working to engineer lipid nanocapsules that will contain cannabinoids, that will be able to get through the blood brain barrier, and deliver treatment to areas of the brain.
Nanotechnology and cannabis edibles
Cannabis edibles are becoming more widely used these days with tons of options for food and drink-related products. However, edibles are tricky in that its hard to define how a specific person will absorb them, and how quickly they will actually start working. The company Sunderstorm started manufacturing Kanha Nanotech Gummies, which CEO of the company Cameron Clarke says should kick in within 15 minutes. At the very least this dissuades people from taking a second dose too early, and possibly overdosing on THC.
It seems there is already quite a building competition between brands in the ‘nanotechnology for cannabis edibles’ department. Back in 2019, as Trait Biosciences – a Toronto-based cannabis company, introduced its own product line developed from technology which transforms fat-based cannabinoids to water-soluble ones, it warned consumers against the very technology it was employing, if it was coming from another company.