Marijuana Business Magazine February 2019

Marijuana Business Magazine | February 2019 44 Pick of the Lot COMPANY Canna Foods Rx | WHERE Scottsdale, Arizona FOUNDED 2018 | PRODUCT Moon Picks are cannabis-infused toothpicks. Canna Foods Rx created them by eliminating the moisture contained in the toothpicks and infusing the empty pores with either a cannabis oil, solution or powder. TARGET MARKET Retailers and product manufacturers PRICE $5 per toothpick Canna Foods RX President Todd Rosenbaum and his part- ners originally wanted to find a way to infuse tongue depres- sors with painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen as well as appealing flavors. Rosenbaum figured it would be a great way to get kids to take their medicine. The idea evolved to include other ways toothpicks could be infused, including with cannabis, which Rosenbaum and his partners started exploring in earnest in 2017. The result is the THC-infused Moon Pick. The company uses a patented process that changes the structure of Maine birchwood so that moisture is removed, leaving pores that can be filled with other substances. Canna Foods Rx can fill the individual picks with 50 milli- grams of any cannabis extract, including full- and broad-spec- trum distillates as well as isolates. The company also has figured out how to make a solution that is viscous enough that it won’t separate and can be infused into the wood. Another key ingredient is Spilanthes, or “jambu,” a flowering herb and mild anesthetic that provides the user a tingling sen- sation. More important, the Spilanthes encourage saliva release in cheeks, tongue and lips, opening their mucosa linings. The medication in the toothpick then enters the body through the mucosa lining. This allows the sublingual transfer to happen about 60% faster than most other oral-delivery methods, Rosenbaum said. Moon Picks may be purchased in Arizona and Nevada and were expected to become available in January in California, Oregon and Washington state. They are slated to become avail- able this month in Oklahoma and Michigan. Parting the Waters COMPANY BLH Aqua Technology WHERE Seongnam, South Korea | FOUNDED 2017 PRODUCT The Aqutonix is an agriculture-focused, water-treatment machine that taps chemistry to break down water molecules and make them easier for plants to absorb. The results include lower water use and greater yields, the company claims. TARGET MARKET Cultivators | PRICE $26,500 How efficiently cannabis cultivators use water is a serious challenge, particularly in states such as California that have Moon Picks are made by removing water from birchwood toothpicks and refilling the remaining pores with infused oil. Courtesy Photos