Did you know that the spliff has now been patented for medical use?

Published May 18, 2019 09:19 a.m. ET
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For thousands of years, cannabis enthusiasts have experimented with combining the precious bud flowers with other elements to enhance its effects. This has been done in many different ways, but the most common is a mixture of tobacco and marijuana pack into a bowl of a smoking device, or one of the longest used additions which is performed by using the same concoction and rolling it into a joint like shape that is labelled as a spliff. There have now been many cannabis research studies that have proven that an enhanced effect does take place when the two elements are consumed together, but no one suspected the curve ball that one company has thrown into the legal marijuana market. More specifically a business which focuses on tobacco consumers who want a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. In particular, one that is more familiar or comfortable than some of the options that are currently available, like vaping.

Vireo Health, which is a doctor led company has announced that it successfully secured the patent for tobacco products that have been combined with cannabis or its derivatives including smokeless tobacco products, cigars, cigarettes, and pipe tobacco. According to a press release by US Patent and Trademark, the company will be advertising the newly patented and legal marijuana infused product line as a safer alternative to consuming pure tobacco in similar products. Though there has been no official unveiling of the future product line, a snippet from the company’s CEO press release shared a small glimpse of his intentions going forward, including the Vireo Health mission at a press release on April 25, 2019.

Vireo Health CEO Kyle Kingsley issued a statement shortly after obtaining the patent to both defend and share a little bit about what the company will be offering up to customers in the near future. Kingsley who is am MD spoke from a perspective of a man who is passionate about the potential of these types of legal marijuana aids in reducing the amount that tobacco consumers are smoking, as well as alleviating some of the potentially dangerous side effects that are caused by the carcinogens in tobacco. The patent was officially granted by the USPTO based on prior cannabis research on cannabinoids anticancer and anti-addiction benefits. The soon to be available smoking aids will come in the form of a combination of cannabis and tobacco that is wrapped in a tobacco leaf, along with other, healthier options like vape juices, and cannabinoid infused cigarettes.


With this newest revelation, many consumers are wondering how legitimate these claims are, are where the cannabis research came from to back it up. Some of the most significant findings so far on the subject, came from a study that was conducted in January of 2016 by Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Psychiatry who were interested in the medical benefits of cannabinoids, and the total function and purpose for the human endocannabinoid system. This advancement brought forth an entirely new perspective that puts a much more positive light on legal marijuana products, and their potential as a medical treatment for a variety of common problems. Here are just a few highlights, from their findings that are essential proof that there are at least some medicinal benefits to consuming cannabis.

  1. Cannabis cannabinoids enhance the anticancer activity of other antineoplastic agents in animal subjects with cancer.
  2. THC, CBD, and many other cannabinoids induce cancer cell death and slow tumor progression.
  3. The endocannabinoid system in humans plays a significant role in the regulation of tumor progression and generation.
  4. Administering THC in several species of animals with cancer can exert anticancer capabilities.

Though this information is exciting and brings some new hope to the thousands of individuals who struggle with trying to quit or reduce their tobacco consumption every single day. Though there is certainly a great deal more cannabis research that will need to take place in order to accurately measure the fantastic capabilities of cannabinoids, the introduction of this type of all-natural aid is going to be life changing for those who are able to access them. This is just one small stepping stone towards a massive societal shift that will see legal marijuana available all around the globe. It’s precisely what so many advocates have believed all along. Cannabis is most definitely medicinal and has the potential to benefit more people than almost any other pharmaceutical medication that is currently available today.



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