Article by Lisa Johnson, The Province
A growing list of different dosing products could change the way some medical and recreational users consume their cannabis.
“When you talk about medical cannabis, everybody thinks about Cheech and Chong and the bongs and combustible formats,” says Thomas Folan, a medical doctor and founder of SolaceMD, an online medical cannabis consultation platform. “But those of us putting our MD behind this business wouldn’t be doing so if that was where it was going.”
Instead, Canadians will soon be able to dose up on cannabinoids like THC or CBD, touted to have wide variety of therapeutic benefits, with products as discrete as a thin strip that dissolves in your mouth.
“We’re very excited to be able to provide a smoke-free solution,” says Mark Upsdell, CEO of Rapid Dose Therapeutics.
The biotechnology company has developed the QuickStrip to deliver THC or CBD into the bloodstream from inside the cheek or under the tongue.
After Upsdell’s experience with an ill family member who couldn’t swallow pills, he says, “I looked at different ways to take medication. We looked at a bunch of things around the world but there was nothing that really made sense.”
Quickstrips dissolve in a matter of seconds and are also used to administer vitamins and supplements as an alternative to injections or pills.