What if a test could tell you that you may have a negative reaction to pot before you ever smoked your first spliff? What if this same test could tell you if you’re likely to develop a habitual smoking problem? What if you could perform this test in your own home?
Over the last two to three years, we’ve sold a lot of other genetic tests, and we’ve also provided a medical questionnaire. We ask about all the individual’s medical history and their family’s medical history. What that means is we’re accumulating a lot of genetic data which we can do research on. We also have an extensive board of scientists and doctors we work with, including the top cannabis physicians here in Canada. This is something we have been working on for the last eight to ten months.
To put this simply, when a family physician gives a patient amoxicillin, they are at a relative peace of mind because they know what amoxicillin is going to do to a patient’s body. But when they are writing a license to the patient to take medical cannabis, there is a lot of fear they have in their minds. That’s where the cannabis genetic test comes in, to ease that fear the physician has in terms of what the cannabis is going to be doing to the individual.
In a nutshell, we cover several different genes for cannabis dependence, a total of 12 different markers. A lot of different markers in several studies have shown association to developing dependency for cannabis. There have been a lot of clinical studies conducted, and studies have been cleared to identify that individuals who carry these polymorphisms in their genes were more likely to develop — or they did show — cannabis dependence.