- Sproutly’s chief science officer, Dr. Arup Sen, recently discussed the company’s unique water-soluble technology and its ability to create designer cannabis beverages
- Sproutly entered LOI with the largest Caribbean medical cannabis producer to establish a joint venture to sell cannabis-infused beverages and oil products
As worldwide prohibition of cannabis eases, restrictions on scientific research into cannabinoids are loosening as well, allowing innovative companies like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) to emerge. Sproutly, based in Vancouver, Canada, has discovered water-soluble forms of cannabinoids, which it is now able to extract with a proprietary Aqueous Phytorecovery Process (APP) technological platform. In a recent interview, Dr. Arup Sen, chief science officer of Sproutly, discussed the technology and the potential that it holds for creating designer cannabis beverages, a promise that appears to have already blossomed. Sproutly has signed a letter of intent with Global Canna Labs Limited, the Caribbean’s largest medical cannabis producer. The two companies are planning to launch a line of cannabis-infused beverages for the Carribean market, based on Sproutly’s APP technology.
This easing of restrictions on cannabis has put favorable alternative and consumer-driven delivery methods under the spotlight. Marijuana available on the black market was consumed mainly through smoking. However, some people don’t enjoy smoking, or may be worried about the long-term health effects.
The obvious solution is to develop oral delivery methods that consumer want, but, in the case of cannabinoids, current oral delivery options are inefficient. For delivery via the human blood stream, hydrophilic (water-soluble) substances are best, but cannabinoids are hydrophobic (literally oil-based and afraid of water). Accordingly, several technologies to make cannabinoids water-compatible have been developed. They mostly involve the use of micro- or nanoemulsions. However, Sproutly’s APP technology goes beyond that by being able to recover water-soluble forms of cannabinoids, marking a huge leap in delivery.
As Sen explained in an interview with Investor Ideas (http://cnw.fm/I7bej), “About three years ago we got interested in cannabis plants, however the challenge was that all the biologically active molecules are oils… So, we developed, and have a patent-pending process that is unique in that we are able to find and recover naturally water-soluble forms of these oils (that are able to) flow through the blood. (Now) we can recover commercially feasible amounts of these unique naturally water-soluble forms of the entire plant/cannabinoid/terpene profile.”
“This also exhibited an unusual feature, which is expected only of truly water-dissolved molecules, not formulated by emulsion or encapsulation, in that the truly water-soluble material, just like sugar and salt, go into our system rapidly, (hence fast onset for the cannabinoids and clear out from the system rapidly), so our offset time is less than an hour and half and most of them less than an hour. This is in sharp contrast to either free oil or all of the formulations that the industry has developed over the past couple of decades that formulate oil into water.”
“This now positions us to be the only player that can truly make, what would be called ‘designer beverages,’ where cannabis components are one component but we can add minerals, we can add anti-oxidants and we can add vitamins to really create functionality in the beverage and have controlled dosage.”
The technology is due to make its debut soon in Canada and abroad. Sproutly recently announced that it had entered into a letter of intent with Global Canna Labs Limited to establish a joint venture for the purpose of developing, producing, distributing, marketing and selling cannabis-infused beverages, edibles and topical products derived from Sproutly’s fully licensed, APP Technology (http://cnw.fm/brZo2). Global Canna Labs Limited, with offices in Kingston, Jamaica, is the largest medical cannabis producer in the Caribbean. The firm counts among its board members a former Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and a former Commissioner of Jamaica’s Customs Agency.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Sproutly.ca
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