Since there has been a historical lack of research surrounding all aspects of the #cannabis industry, there is a lot we don’t know about marijuana’s effects to the endocannabinoid system and how we can best utilize the beneficial properties of the plant.
Everything from pharmacology, medicinal effects of certain strains, growing techniques, and vaporizing elements have been largely unstudied until recently.
Companies are now faced with finding the best methods for all of these things in this emerging market.
We spoke with cannabis businesses covering a wide variety of the industry about how they’re utilizing science for their company goals or advancing certain scientific knowledge of cannabis.
“As the world’s first cannabis company to obtain legal status almost 2 decades ago, we have worked rigorously to advance the medical efficacy of our strains and advance our understanding and knowledge of the capabilities of this medicine. Utilizing our expansive patient database, we have teamed up with universities and hospitals on numerous peer reviewed studies and clinical trials. These advancements have lead to a better understanding of symptomatic relief from numerous diseases and ailments, such as Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s and Colitis, Fibromyalgia and Epilepsy to name a few.” — Stephen Gardner, Chief Marketing Officer, Tikun Olam USA
“As an engineering company, science is at the forefront of everything we do here at Fohse. Our process of innovation is rooted in a deep understanding of plant biology and light science, which allows us to develop technology that efficiently delivers proper light levels to the cannabis plant with little wasted energy. When developing new solutions we consider all things from the cellular functions of the plant to the mechanics of how our technology will interface with human interactions. All in all we apply a wide range of scientific disciplines such as biology, physics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and process engineering.” — Brett Stevens, CEO, Fohse
“Bluebird Botanicals is constantly reviewing the literature to learn more about cannabinoids for our customers. The human endocannabinoid system is widespread and nuanced. Combine that with the variability in the levels of phytocannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant and the answer is never simple. The interactions are immense and to hone our knowledge of the entourage effect, we listen for the trends that we hear from our customers, attend cannabinoid science conferences, interview the researchers and read the journals for what can be gleaned from the large amount of clinical and preclinical work around the world. This is also the reason that Bluebird created our industry-leading batch system where a customer can see all the third-party test results for every product that goes out the door. Knowing the exact composition of their hemp extract allows customers to take their health into their own hands and the tests for purity let them rest easy that there’s no pesticides, heavy metals or other undesirables in the oil. To further the cannabinoid knowledge, we helped to found the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation and also recently hired a science director to conduct more research projects. The science of cannabis is vast, fascinating with complications, and is a never ending study in search of ways to better human health.” — Lex Pelger, Science Director, Bluebird Botanicals
“Partnering with MCR Labs, Ardent tested traditional methods of at-home decarboxylation, including the oven, toaster oven, and crock pot. We then used this breakthrough research to create the only efficient, one-step decarboxylation device on the market. Lab testing allows consumers to locate pesticide-free cannabis with cannabinoid profiles that truly fit their needs. Together, the advancements in testing and decarboxylation allow consumers to make dispensary-grade cannabis products from the comfort of their own home at a fraction of the price.” — Shanel Lindsay, Founder & President, Ardent
“At Silk Road, we combine the time-tested knowledge of ancient herbal remedies from the Far East that were first discovered on the Silk Road trading route with the latest in modern cannabis science. We study the effects of various terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis, and combine these miraculous compounds to create effects-based formulas that offer unique experiences for our customers. While we don’t yet know everything about the cannabis plant, we’re excited to be working on new products that will feature high concentrations of rare cannabinoids like THCV and CBG that will help further our scientific knowledge of cannabis and its various effects.” — David Kram, Founder & CEO, Silk Road
“Maximum efficacy is the key to our products. Julian Marley JuJu Royal is strongly focused on increasing the bioavailability of active compounds in all our products. By creating standardized cannabinoid potencies with chosen isolated terpene profiles we’re specifically formulating our products for targeted ailments and conditions. This is achieved through high potency combinations of CBD and CBG distillates with whole plant extracts and our proprietary terpene formulas” — Travis Belcher, CEO, Julian Marley JuJu Royal
“DaVinci is a technology company. We strive to raise the bar in innovation and apply those principles to improving everyday life. That may mean different things for different people- some look to us for solutions to aid their medical ailments, some for general wellness and others for recreational purposes. DaVinci combines knowledge of cannabinoids, boiling points, effects on the endocannabinoid system together with material science and thermodynamics to continue to refine experiences . With technological advances and understandings coming at us at light speed, we’re excited to continue to explore the possibilities that it brings.” — Cortney Smith, Founder and CEO, DaVinci
Author Bio: Zane Bader currently works at NisonCo as an account manager. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), where he is on the executive committee and is the secretary for the Board. During his undergraduate studying Mathematics at the University of Georgia, he founded the Psychedelic Club at UGA, as well as helped lead his University’s SSDP chapter and local marijuana reform organization. He was previously employed at UGA’s Center for Research on Behavioral Health, where they conducted the largest and longest comprehensive study on drug abuse treatment within the United States.