Infusion Biosciences develops testing method to detect cannabinoids in water solutions
Food In Canada
Research & Development
Sproutly Canada, Inc. announced today that Infusion Biosciences Inc. (“Infusion”) and BNO Holdings Inc. have developed and verified analytical methods that detect, identify, and measure cannabinoid molecules in water-soluble (“Infuz2O”) and oil preparations (“Bio-Natural Oil”) derived from cannabis and hemp using APP Technology. APP Technology is a patent-pending process that uses proprietary reagents to recover naturally occurring water-soluble cannabinoids as well as the cannabis oils.
The proprietary methods for the Developed Analytics were created and refined during the past year through the work of Sproutly’s Chief Science Officer and Director Dr. Arup Sen in collaboration with state-certified US testing laboratories. The delivery of the Developed Analytics satisfies Sproutly’s Earn-Out Milestones (defined below) in the Acquisition Agreements (defined below) dated Aug. 1, 2018 for the purchase of Infusion Biosciences Canada Inc. and SSM Partners Inc.
The cannabis industry has faced challenges in testing and measuring cannabinoid content in water formulations fortified with marijuana ingredients. Standard analytical methods used today for the detection and quantitation of cannabinoids had been designed for isolated oils and lack the ability to reliably measure cannabinoid contents in finished edible and beverage products. Correctly and reproducibly measuring the potency of bioactive cannabinoids in recreational, health and wellness, and medicinal beverage products is critical for successful marketing of these products in compliance with applicable food safety standards.
Dr. Arup Sen and Infusion have been successful in developing a proprietary method for processing Infuz2O preparations in order to detect tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), cannabidiol (“CBD”) and several other cannabinoids. The proprietary process allows independent third-party testing laboratories to prepare the cannabis and hemp samples of Infuz2O so that analytical methods used by these laboratories can then detect and measure the natural water-soluble cannabinoids. The results obtained in collaboration with third-party laboratories utilized for this research verify the predicted levels of cannabinoids recovered by APP Technology in Infuz2O.
Furthermore, lab result comparisons of cannabinoid profiles of the cannabis biomass before and after each step of APP Technology have revealed no detectable change in the composition of the major cannabinoids and no indication of selective separation of cannabinoids from biomass in either Infuz2O or Bio-Natural Oil. Additional chemical tests carried out during this research further confirmed the molecular identity of cannabinoids in Infuz2O and Bio-Natural Oils to be the same as standard cannabinoid molecules.
Sproutly intends to provide technical guidance to qualified third-party testing laboratories in order to enable them to analyze Infuz2O products to meet applicable regulatory authority requirements for commercial sale of Sproutly’s products.
“The ability to test for cannabinoids in water formulations has been unreliable for cannabis beverages globally due to the existing testing standards and practices,” said Dr. Arup Sen, chief science officer and director of Sproutly. “With ever-increasing food-safety standards that need to be met for cannabis beverage and edible products, the completion of our research and the Developed Analytics are significant milestones in the commercialization of APP Technology; this is another step forward towards reliable and accurate testing for ingestible cannabis products.”