Article by Solomon Israel, Leaf News
New cannabis oils that deliver a fast-acting, smokeless high could hit Canadian store shelves within a couple months if a partnership between Winnipeg-based Delta 9 Cannabis and biotechnology firm NanoSphere Cannabis International works as planned.
Concentrated, ingestible cannabis oils are already widely available in Canada, but the human body processes ingested cannabis differently than it does smoke or vapour, which enters the bloodstream quickly after inhalation.
Orally administered cannabis is processed through the liver, and it can take an hour or two for users to feel the effects. The liver also turns THC — the intoxicating chemical compound found in cannabis — into a form called 11-hydroxy-THC, which can be overwhelmingly potent for some users.
The new technology solves both of those problems, according to Gary Symons, president of NanoSphere Cannabis International. The company’s proprietary process “smashes” cannabinoid molecules down to a smaller size, then encapsulates those molecules into tiny “nanospheres.”
“And it goes right through the mucous membrane into the bloodstream, just like it would with smoking, but without smoking,” said Symons, a Delta 9 investor who was formerly the Winnipeg company’s director of communications.
“So rather than waiting, say, an hour for the effect to happen, you would wait maybe five to 10 minutes for it to happen. So it’s exponentially faster onset.”