3D printing technology is one of the most amazing innovations the science and engineering communities have brought to the world recently. Looking at it work and researching it makes you feel like you have traveled to the distant future. Its ability to connect organic molecules is one of its most startling capabilities and one that the cannabis industry is looking to take full advantage of.
Some outlets have gone a little crazy and overstated what 3D printing technology is actually capable of. One of the greatest challenges for cannabis enthusiasts is that the technology is cost prohibitive for most.
You can’t print your own strain of marijuana, but 3D printing on the molecular level does give the cannabis industry a very remarkable and lucrative business path to pursue. With molecular bioprinting, these 3D printing machines can create customized organic compounds and place them together in new and unique molecular structures. From there, the possibilities are endless. Fighting disease, building new medicine, and creating new products are all at the heart of the health industry’s business plan.
For the marijuana industry, molecular 3D printing comes in the form of the MannaBot One, a creation of Manna Molecular Science. This unique 3D printer prints a prescribed amount of organic cannabis extract into one of their transdermal patches. This gives scientists and pharmacists the ability to control the dosage of CBD and THC used in the medicine they produce. Controlling the dosage of cannabis is one of the bigger hurdles the marijuana industry is trying to overcome, and 3D printing provides a way to increase accuracy and precision of these prescriptions.
3D printing technology is so precise that the cannabis industry wishes to use it to speed up the FA approval process. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals uses 3D printers to manufacture their epilepsy medicine. Their ZipDose pills dissolve in liquid and can contain dosages of up to 1000mg. The accuracy of this printing technology earned the drug its FDA approval in 2015, and the FDA is continuing to work with researchers at the industry and university levels to develop more regulations and better guidance for this up-and-coming technology.
While there is still a great deal to learn about all of the applications of 3D printing and how it can benefit the cannabis industry, the technology’s possibilities are still captivating. Do you think that 3D printers will eventually become an household item?