Is the Cannabis industry advancing in Nanotechnology?

Earlier this month, a study by researchers at The University of New Mexico, authenticated the use of cannabis for relieving pain with negligible side effects. The study used the method of rating from 0 to 10 of a pain level, where the rating approximately decreased by three points with the use of cannabis.

One of the researchers, Jacob Vigil claimed that it was the best substitute for opioids.   

The findings revealed that the positive feedback came from those who use dried cannabis flowers, primarily flowers with high THC levels.

However, it is said that cannabis is more efficacious in nano form. The patient can directly absorb it into their bloodstream, and the effect will be felt in less than 15 minutes. Here, the correlation between nanotechnology and cannabis pays off.

Nanotechnology will be the best source for drug delivery for the cannabis industry. Scientists have also validated the use of nanotechnology to deliver dose to the particular parts or cells of the body, which will catalyst the treatment process without damaging the other healthy cells in the body. 

As nanotechnology is emerging in the cannabis industry, researchers are finding further research and applications to gain more traction to the cannabis field. 

It is the art of manipulating matter at a very minute level. Uses of nanotechnology have driven the market to the next level. Various industries are developing growth opportunities and researching on nanoscience.

Business firms are also taking the initiative to implement nanotechnology in the cannabis industry. One such firm, Geyser brand, headquartered in British Columbia is pushing its limit to bring nanotechnology into its products. The company manufactures hemp-based consumer products such as cosmetics, nutraceuticals, food, and beverages. 

Geyser has come upon the formula that their products won’t have a bitter taste that other cannabis products have. This will be a key driving factor for the cannabis industry worldwide. 

Geyser suggested that China is a big market for them to deliver there manufactured products. They are extending their markets in Europe as well. The global cannabis industry is expected to grow at $130 billion in a decade, Geyser is set to be the leader within its sector.

Similarly, Nanosphere, a U.S based company, is one of the leading companies for the delivery of cannabis products. It’s Evolve Formula is the world’s only scientifically proven nanoparticle delivery system for cannabis. 

Some scientists also suggest using nanotechnology-based cannabis products cautiously. 

Dr. Richard Sayre, chief scientific officer, said that he is worried about the accumulation of emulsification agents in specific parts of the body such as the liver, lungs, and brain.

Nanotechnology has gained momentum in the cannabis industry, but there are still many drawbacks. The future emerging industries will see exponential growth in nanotechnology. Since its inception is beneficial if researchers deeply study, there can be ways where enterprises can adopt it on a large scale.

Though the implementation of nanotechnology is expensive, many developing countries are adopting it. Most developed countries have already adopted nanotechnology and are going into the depth of it.

This is just a scrap of nanotechnology. The upcoming conference in Italy will have a thorough discussion of several aspects and scope of nanotechnology.  The International Conference On Nanotechnology And Nanomaterials is going to take place at most historic place in Europe Rome, Italy on March 02-03, 2020.

Gulf of Mexico: Oil-rich yet almost-dead deepwater

The Gulf of Mexico has remained largely lifeless in the deep-sea areas. Parasite-laden crabs and shrimps are only an exception to the case. Dating back to the decade-old explosion on the horizons drilling of deepwater, it spilled a big amount of oil into the Gulf. 

Hard underlying substances in the water such as debris of the rig were expected to have something developing on the surface. However, the Deepwater areas in the Gulf of Mexico neither had anemones nor sponger and corals which is particularly found in such regions. 

The marine water history saw its largest accidental release of oil in the year 2010 on April 20th. The BP explosion was one of its kind among the recent explosions on the earth releasing oil. Though there has been enough research, there isn’t an accurate estimation of the size of the spill. According to recent energy & utilities market research, it is approximately 650 million liters over 87 days. 

There was research conducted to understand the rig underneath deepwater areas of the Gulf of Mexico. In this, camera-mounted vehicles were used which could be operated with the help of remotes. The findings in this study of rig beneath are published in August 2017. 

Parasite covered crabs: 

The research conducted endeavored to study the biodiversity but couldn’t find anything which is typical of the deepwater areas. Having said that, the team could find a lot of aquatic group of crustacea such as red deepwater crabs and shrimp. Speaking of their shape, they were rough with blackened shells. The crabs were covered in parasites. 

One of the strange things about these finding was missing legs and claws of crabs. Due to the unusual nature of the deepwater, there were many shell deformities in what the team viewed. 

Despite several efforts, the team could not collect any samples, and hence they can only form theories on what may have happened to the critters. McClain, who was the research leader said that the oil spilled in such areas typically mimick a sex hormone which is luring unwaring crabs to the area. 

Here, they met with the toxic remnants of the oil spill instead of searching for a mate. As a result, their shells get covered while preventing them from shedding to remove the parasite which is cumulated in a natural manner. 

While sharing the experience, Craig McClain said, “The prior week, we had done dives across the Gulf of Mexico and saw, you know, glass sponges and squids and fish and whip corals and giant isopods, one of my favorite deep-sea animals,”.

Explaining it further, he spoke of how the view was similar to be surrounded in the tropical rainforest while on other days it would appear like a parking lot of cement. 

Though the subject is a key one in the history of deepwater, the team is afraid of getting a lack of attention. There’s more research expected to observe and study the Deepwater livings. Brazil deepwater conference happening in 2020 is one such upcoming international conference which encourages research and discussion in the field of Deepwater. 

Some of the research teams who had been working on such projects were found working on their own money and efforts. There’s little support for the studies in such areas and discussing it through events is expected to push such projects further with proper financial support. 

Though there’s little which can be done to restore the deepwater conditions, however, the research teams are hopeful if such topics get enough support, there’s maybe a lot to be done. 

Regenerating Tooth Enamel Artificially? Soon, it’s possible!

Billions of people around the world get dental problems such as tooth decay or loss of tooth enamel. Teeth, the hardest matter in your body which cannot be replaced with another tooth. Researchers are still studying the global problem hoping it will be solved sooner than later. To discuss such problems and share the advanced aspects, a global conference on dental science in Singapore next year. 

In one such study conducted in China, a liquid solution was developed that could work on the damaged tooth enamel, restoring its external surface. They are experimenting with the natural mineralization process where the substance used is similar to the teeth’s protective external layer. 

Ameloblasts cells get generated during the biomineralization process where they release proteins needed to make our outer coating of the teeth hard. Since mature teeth cannot repair themselves naturally once they’ve shaped, it becomes complicated and difficult to build ameloblasts after teeth have formed.

Scientists are still trying different methods to artificially coax through remineralized enamel. However, all past experiments so far have come short due to the complexity involved.  To artificially mimic the crystalline structure of enamel. 

While discussing one of such research studies researchers quoted, “We herein reveal that a rationally designed material composed of calcium phosphate ion clusters can be used to produce a precursor layer to induce the epitaxial crystal growth of enamel apatite, which mimics the biomineralization crystalline-amorphous frontier of hard tissue development in nature,”. The team led by biomimetics and materials scientist Zhaoming Liu.  Researchers are working on a new type of calcium phosphate ion clusters in nanoparticles. 

In the study, with the help of triethylamine chemical, the nanoparticles are aimed at stabilizing in a solution of ethanol.  This is done to protect them from forming clumps. 

When patients donate their teeth, these nanoparticles get together to the human enamel structure. This basically mimics the outer coating of teeth with an almost similar layer which is developed artificially. 

Though the layer is extremely tiny than the full layer of the human tooth enamel, researchers suggest that multiple coatings with CPIC solution can possibly make the artificial enamel thicker. 

The team further adds that the newly generated enamel has similar attributes and structure as you would find in natural tooth enamel. 

While fillings are the common solution for teeth enamel problems, the development is expected to help get regrowth of the enamel without the help of fillings. The trials for the same are projected to start within two years. 

To take it further, the research team will now start working on the safety part of the artificial enamel regrowth substance. Since this chemical evaporates in ethanol, this may create challenges making the substance risky to put in practice. It will be demonstrated in mice and then will be proceeded for clinical trials. 

We may see further discussions through dental conferences in 2020. Though finding solutions to the teeth enamel damage is always a priority project in the dental science field, prevention from tooth decay and other problems is always promoted by dental scientists.