Expanding the Cannabis Delivery
System Options

The most common methods to deliver cannabinoids to the endocannabinoid system are smoking the flowers of the plant and the extraction of plant material into an oil – for further processing for the creation of tinctures, topicals, edibles, and vape liquids. While relatively simple to execute,
each of these methods is considerably limited in its usefulness.

Smoking cannabis is common for many recreational users, largely because it’s easy to do, although dosing not accurate (the level of cannabinoids absorbed while smoking can vary greatly between individuals, from plant to plant and even between inhalations). While this is might be accepted for recreational users, the lack of consistency is an important consideration for medical patients. Further, smoking can irritate the lungs, cause allergies, and accelerate the symptoms associated with chronic bronchitis, making it incompatible with several conditions. Research indicates that these factors result in up to 30% of patients licensed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes do not want to smoke and therefore do not utilize their license.

Vaping has less impact than smoking on the respiratory system, however, common additives to vape oils, such as propylene glycol, used to thin the oil for use in vape pens and cartridges can result in exposure to harmful carcinogenic compounds when heated and inhaled.

Oral formulations which include edibles, tinctures, and supplements, have their own drawbacks-, because cannabinoids are lipophilic – i.e. oil-based – they tend to be absorbed slowly when ingested through the gastrointestinal tract and need to pass through liver enzymatic metabolism within turn affects the dosage and components that reach the body.

Topicals, such as transdermal patches, balms, creams and serums, are useful in targeting specific areas, however, the skin is poorly permeable, particularly for unprocessed cannabinoids.

These limitations result in material amounts of cannabinoids not being absorbed by the body, meaning users must consume greater amounts to attain the desired dosage, making these delivery mechanisms ineffective and more expensive than necessary. More significantly, they restrict the range of applications and indications for which cannabis can become an effective treatment.

CannaPowder’s nanometric powders eliminate many, if not all of these limitations and provide many benefits to existing manufacturers of cannabis-based products, as well as providing opportunities for producers previously unwilling to use cannabinoids in their products.

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