Water-Soluble CBD: A Game Changer for Consumer Packaged Goods
Cannabidiol (CBD)—a major non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant—is quickly becoming a mainstream product. Due to mounting evidence of its health benefits, it is increasingly used as a key ingredient in consumer packaged goods such as food, beverages, and health and wellness products.
This burgeoning market is estimated to grow from $5 billion in 2019, to $23.7 billion by 2023. However, major challenges with existing products need to be addressed, such as poor bioavailability, or the rate at which CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Today’s infographic from Trait Biosciences explores the importance of a truly water-soluble CBD formulation in addressing this challenge and many more.
The Importance of Water-Soluble CBD
When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, it takes an oil-based form. Like any oil, it is hydrophobic, meaning it will not dissolve in water.
As a result, CBD oil resists absorption into the bloodstream—with 96% of it being flushed from the body without ever having an active effect.
Nanoemulsion is the most common method of creating CBD-infused products. The process involves pulverizing cannabinoids into nano-sizes, and combining them with an emulsifier and a carrier oil, in an attempt to create a water-soluble CBD.
However, despite many industry players’ claims, nanoemulsified CBD is not water-soluble. In fact, water-compatible is a more accurate description. Nanoemulsified CBD also has associated risks, including:
- Risk of DNA damage, cytotoxicity, and immune system response
- Nanoparticles have been known to accumulate in organs, causing other health concerns
- Leads to unpredictable experiences
Trait Biosciences’ breakthrough technology, Trait Distilled™, avoids these issues.
An Entirely Natural Process
Through Trait Biosciences’ proprietary glycosylation process, a sugar molecule is attached to the cannabinoid—a process that naturally occurs in the body as it metabolizes different foods.
The benefits of the Trait Distilled™ process will be a game changer for cannabis, hemp, and CPG industries, due to its:
- Greater bioavailability
- Perfectly clear solution
- Faster onset time
- Indefinite shelf stability
- Better taste
- Lack of emulsifiers, surfactants, or nanotechnologies
- Organic certification potential
- Odor-free properties
Trait’s Distilled™ technology results in pure, and natural water-soluble terpenes and cannabinoids that are entirely safe for commercial use.
The Impact on Consumer Packaged Goods Industries
The adoption of this new technology will prove extremely lucrative across CBD-infused CPG product categories. Many major companies are already capitalizing on the potential of CBD-infused products, such as Walmart, Whole Foods, and Ulta Beauty.
Among products that new and existing consumers would consider trying, edibles—such as CBD-infused baked goods and chocolate—rank the highest.
CBD as a functional ingredient and a mood enhancer is blurring the lines between pharma and food, with health benefits such as:
- Full of Omega-3
- Stress and anxiety relief
The global functional food market is projected to grow from $250 billion to $440 billion by 2022, with CBD-infused food products playing a significant role in the growth of this market.
The global functional beverages market will be worth an estimated $278 billion by 2020, with CBD-infused beverages becoming a significant sub-segment.
Taste is the #1 consumer driver, and biggest roadblock for CBD-infused beverages. Water-soluble CBD will eliminate the unpleasant aftertaste associated with CBD-infused beverages that are currently on the market.
Health and Wellness
Health and wellness is emerging as a new reason for cannabis consumption. With Unilever now entering the space with CBD-infused ice cream, the floodgates will open for other major companies to follow suit.
Truly water-soluble CBD is a revolutionary technology that will kickstart the growth of CBD products in the CPG sector—and unlock the true potential of the cannabis plant.
Trait Biosciences is leading this biotechnology innovation, by creating purer and safer cannabis products for everyone.
Antimony: A Mineral with a Critical Role in the Green Future
Despite its lack of fanfare, antimony is a critical mineral that plays an important role in the mass storage of renewable energy.
Antimony: A Mineral with a Critical Role in the Green Future
If someone asked you to name the first mineral that came to mind, odds are, it wouldn’t be antimony.
Yet, despite its lack of fanfare, it plays a significant role in our day-to-day lives. This graphic from Perpetua Resources provides an overview of antimony’s key uses, and the critical role it plays in the movement towards clean energy, among other uses.
What even is Antimony?
Antimony is an element found in the earth’s crust. Rarely found in its native metallic form, it is primarily extracted from the sulfide mineral stibnite.
It has a variety of uses and is found in everything from household items to military-grade equipment. Because it conducts heat poorly, it’s used as a flame retardant in industrial uniforms, equipment, and even children’s clothing.
|End Use||% of antimony consumption in the U.S.|
|Transportation and batteries||29%|
|Ceramics and glass||12%|
Its second most common use, according to USGS, is in transportation and batteries. Traditionally, antimony has been combined with lead to create a strong, corrosion-resistant metal alloy, which is particularly useful in lead-acid batteries.
However, recent innovation has found a new use for antimony—it now plays an essential role in large-scale renewable energy storage, which is critical to the clean energy movement.
Antimony’s Role in Clean Energy
Large-scale renewable energy storage has been a massive hurdle for the clean energy transition because it’s hard to consistently generate renewable power. For instance, wind and solar farms might have a surplus of energy on windy or sunny days, but can fall short when the weather isn’t sunny, or when the wind stops.
Because of this, mass storage of renewable energy is key, in order to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Recent research points to liquid metal batteries as a potential storage solution—and these batteries heavily rely on antimony.
But there’s a finite supply, and with China currently dominating antimony production and processing, the U.S. could be at the mercy of its economic rival.
|Country||Production in 2020 (tons)||Reserves (tons)|
In 2020, there was no domestically mined production of antimony in America—meaning the U.S. relied on other countries, primarily China, for its antimony supply.
In the past, China has imposed restrictions on the exports of antimony-based products to the U.S., which reduced availability and increased prices. Because of this, antimony was identified as one of the 35 minerals that are critical to U.S. national security.
Tapping into Domestic Supply
To decrease foreign dependence, the U.S. could tap into domestic resources of antimony and build up its local supply chain.
The only major antimony deposit in North America is located in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining District of central Idaho. This site is the largest reserve in the nation and is expected to supply roughly 35% of U.S. antimony demand on average for the first six years of production.
Domestic production would not only allow the U.S. to reduce its import reliance, but it would also create jobs, providing economic support for the local community.
In the near future, antimony demand could soar as a result of its critical role in clean energy storage—and domestic production via the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining district could play a key role in meeting this rising demand.
The History of Psychedelics (Part 2 of 2)
This graphic showcases the recent history of psychedelics and explores the exciting possibilities of this promising market.
The History of Psychedelics (Part 2 of 2)
In part one of this two-part series, we unearthed the story behind the prohibition of psychedelic substances, and how strict regulations resulted in a hugely stigmatized industry.
Over the last decade however, new breakthroughs proving the untapped therapeutic potential of medicinal psychedelics are coming to the fore, leading many to believe that restricting them may have in fact been premature.
The graphic above from Tryp Therapeutics is the last in a two part series that explores how psychedelics have evolved over the last 6,000 years.
The Psychedelic Renaissance
After decades of being labeled as illegal narcotics, the industry reinvented itself as a viable solution for treating hard-to-treat illnesses in a safe and controlled way.
“Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.”
This unprecedented comeback has sparked a global medicinal psychedelics movement, with the U.S. leading the way in decriminalizing these powerful drugs.
|The FDA grants MDMA-assisted psychotherapy Breakthrough Therapy Status||U.S.|
|COMPASS Pathways receives Breakthrough Therapy Status from the FDA for a psilocybin synthetic derivative||U.S.|
|Esketamine is approved in the form of Spravato by the FDA, followed by European Commission approval||Global|
|Denver, Colorado and Oakland, California vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms||U.S.|
|The world’s first microdosing study using LSD is approved in Auckland||New Zealand|
|Usona Institute receives Breakthrough Therapy Status for psilocybin treatment for Major Depression Disorder (MDD) ||U.S.|
|Santa Cruz, California votes to decriminalize psychedelic substances including psilocybin, ayahuasca, and peyote||U.S.|
|MindMed becomes the first publicly traded psychedelics company||U.S.|
|More than 45 companies claim to be engaged in the development and evaluation of therapeutic candidates from psychedelic substances||Global|
|Oregon legalizes psilocybin and decriminalizes all drugs||U.S|
|Washington, DC decriminalizes entheogenic psychedelics||U.S|
|New research suggests DMT can stimulate the production of new brain cells||Spain|
|MAPS completes first successful Phase III trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy||U.S.|
|Analysts announce that psychedelics could become a $100 billion market||Global|
With study after study proving the many benefits of utilizing psychedelic substances for a range of both mental and physical conditions, huge progress in legitimizing this once stigmatized industry is now being made.
The Future of Psychedelics
Psychedelics’ newfound momentum looks set to continue well into 2021 and beyond, with the first major milestones hinting at what the next decade could hold for the industry.
|2021 (Jan)||In Hawaii, a Senate bill put forward in January could legalize psilocybin and psilocin, otherwise known as magic mushrooms||U.S.
|2021 (Feb)||With California now introducing new legislation to decriminalize most psychedelic substances, we could see a sea-change of decriminalization across the world||U.S.|
|2021 (March)||Over 285 active, soon to be active, and completed psychedelics trials are recorded around the world ||Global|
The next chapter in the psychedelics story will center around biotechnology, new drug discoveries, and the many unknown applications of each of these substances.
Currently, the application of therapeutic psychedelics has mainly been targeted toward mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. However, we have only scratched the surface when it comes to the myriad of ways we could harness the power of these sacred plants.
A New Era of Medicine
While the history of psychedelics is undoubtedly complex, it is clear that they are starting to play an important role in the evolution of medicine.
Even though studies on these substances were halted in the past, new research has proven the potential psychedelics have to alleviate some of the most hard-to-treat diseases when used in a safe, controlled environment.
As a result, these groundbreaking drugs could save millions of lives and add trillions of dollars to the global economy—and that’s just the beginning.
Tryp Therapeutics is an early leader in the psychedelic medicine space. The pharmaceutical company leverages the therapeutic properties of psilocybin to create new solutions for the treatment of diseases with high unmet medical needs.
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