Smaller biotechnology companies to big pharmaceutical companies like AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) research marijuana. Many biotech companies use lab-produced cannabinoids because they don’t have access to the plants. However, because of the known variations between a lab-made organic compound and a natural plant-produced compound, these studies get some scrutiny from various scientists encouraging the use of the natural plant. Still, these biotech companies push forward with less traditional methods because of the legal issues surrounding the cannabis plant and the potential commercial benefits.
Genetically Engineered Biotechnology Microbes
There are a few companies that genetically engineer microbes to make cannabis ingredients. Amyris (NASDAQ:AMRS), Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE:DNA), Hyasynth Bio, Farmako (CSE:AGRA), and Precigen (NASDAQ:PGEN) transfer marijuana’s genes to bacteria, algae, or through a yeast fermentation process.
Biotech aims to make Cannabinoids Cheaper, Better, and Faster
An agreement between Ginkgo Bioworks, a synthetic-biology company from Boston, Massachusetts, and Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), a Toronto-based cannabis producer, laid out plans to produce CBD and other cannabinoids in yeast for under $1,000 a kilo. They have a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks since 2018. CRON asked Ginko to grow cannabinoids directly from fermentation vats. As a result, Ginko bioengineered yeasts and, in turn, applied the end products for medical applications. Epilepsy treatment is one of the driving factors. For those who skipped biology class to smoke some reefer instead, bioengineering is the process of creating artificial organic compounds.
Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Extracts
One biotech company extracts pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids from the plants. Trichomes are droplets of oil that contain cannabinoids. That’s the crystal-like sticky stuff on the plant’s outside. However, this is often referred to as resin in the consumer market. Researchers without access to cannabis plants use organic compounds to mimic the trichomes’ process. Yarrowia lipolytica, the brain yeast, has shown some promise in labs.
Farmako Acquisition & Largest Import Contract for Pharmaceutical Cannabis
Farmako, a company from Frankfurt, Germany, acquired by AgraFlora in 2019, engineered tequila bacteria, Zymomonas mobiliz, to make cannabinoids. Their technology creates cannabinoids faster and cheaper than yeast. In addition, this bacteria produces cannabinoids continuously, while yeast is inconsistent. As a result, a Vancouver, Canada-based cannabis producer, Zenabis (TSX:ZENA), agreed to buy 36 tonnes of bacteria-derived CBD from Farmako. This was the first ever agreement on a biosynthetic cannabinoid.
Amyris Uses the Yeast Technique
Amyris genetically engineers yeast to produce many cannabinoids. This method costs much less than growing plants at scale. Using the engineered yeast, Amyris can synthesize various major and minor cannabinoids.
Biotech Cannabinoid Production Studied
We still don’t know precisely how plants produce THC and CBD. Although, we do know cannabigerol (CBG) makes other cannabinoids as the cannabis plant matures. This is why CBG is often called “the mother cannabinoid.” Despite that, several biotech companies are creating the various cannabinoids themselves.
Microorganism Cannabinoid Production
Some biotech companies make microorganisms that release THC, CBD, and many other cannabinoids. Some companies use biotechnology alone to synthesize cannabinoids. It’s common for biotechnology companies to do their compound research internally, often in partnership with cannabis cultivation companies for supply, where available.
Medical Cannabis and Biotechnology
Medical marijuana is a hot topic for biopharma companies and scientists. not many marijuana-derived medicines are available on the US market yet, but a few companies are racing to get FDA approval. Some focus on profits while others focus on the greater good mission.
GW Pharmaceuticals Was The King of Cannabis Biotechnology
GW Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ) in 2021, spent millions on developing cannabis-derived medicines. The result of their efforts became the approved drugs Sativex and Epidiolex. They have patents for epilepsy treatments and MS treatments. Traditional cannabis companies release as much THC and CBD as possible to appease confused consumers amid this research and product development.
GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) was the largest biotech company devoted exclusively to marijuana medicines. GWHP received FDA approval for another cannabis medicine, Sativex, to treat spasticity associated with MS. Also, reports indicate biotech companies are exploring medical uses of minor cannabinoids. A wide range of conditions are treated with cannabis-based medicines, and research is progressing despite legal challenges.
Biotech Studies Both Natural and Synthetic Cannabinoids
A few North American companies have produced cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals in recent years. At least two synthetic cannabinoids are now commercially available in the United States. In contrast, others collect additional compounds from the plant. Rather than developing synthetic compounds, some companies focus on sifting through cannabinoids in the actual plant.
NCCIH Funding for Cannabinoid Biotechnology
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, or NCCIH for short, announced it would fund research for minor and rare cannabinoids. A biotech company is attempting to use biosynthesis with funding from NCCIH to make rare cannabinoids at less cost than typical cultivation costs.
Various Biotech Strategies for The Same Goal
Biotechnology companies use various strategies, such as microbes, yeast, or synthetic compounds. They all share a common goal to better understand the cannabis plant, its medical properties, and how to commercialize it. In addition, they want to learn about the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids better. Industrial fermentation is widely understood, and as a result, most significant research operations use it. If something goes wrong, it’s easier to find a solution.
Synthetic Cannabinoids Have Been Around Since the 1980’s
Synthetic cannabinoids are not entirely new. The drug Marinol, for example, is a synthetic THC-based medicine approved in 1986. However, it received a patent and is rescheduled as Class II instead of Class I. Even though it’s a known synthetic equivalent of THC, this allowed some patients access to THC and acknowledged the medical benefit of THC, but only in the synthetic form.
Cannabis Legalization and Biotechnology
Cannabis legalization and mainstream acceptance will likely be sparked by biotech research and documentation. Because of this, we’re rooting for the studies to continue. Anyone involved in the cannabis industry and advocates of cannabis should be watching biotechnology closely. Their jobs may depend on it. Arguably, the better plan would be to grow and use the cannabis plants for study instead and shift the headquarters of these operations to cannabis-friendly states or countries. Buying the plant bulk from local cultivators sounds like a good plan and supports the industry better, but I digress.
Kief Studio Breaks Into AI with Qurtoo: A No-BS Approach to Prompt Engineering
Qurtoo is about making AI and prompt engineering as easy as rolling a joint.
Qurtoo from Kief Studio is Bringing Clarity to AI with Affordable, Expert-Led Training Sessions
Kief Studio™ Drops Qurtoo: The Real Deal in AI Training
Hey, it’s Hippy here, the same guy you know from Stoner.Boston, and also the COO of Kief Studio™. We just launched Qurtoo, and let me tell you, it’s not just another AI gimmick. In just a month, this beast has reeled in over 400 folks who are done with the AI runaround. Qurtoo is our answer to the overcomplicated world of prompt engineering – we’re making it straightforward, practical, and something you can actually get your head around, whether you’re hustling in the business world or just geeking out over tech.
Here’s the deal with Qurtoo: We’re offering free training to get you started, but the real magic happens in the paid tier. This is where we deep dive into the stuff that matters – advanced prompt engineering, personalized one-on-one sessions, or team huddles, whatever floats your boat. And hey, we’re not leaving the non-profits in the dust; special rates are part of the package. Qurtoo’s training starts at $299 an hour, and trust me, it’s a small price for the edge you’re getting.
The Power Duo Behind Qurtoo: Meelie and Hippy from Kief Studio™
Let’s dive into who’s driving Qurtoo. First, meet Meelie, CEO of Kief Studio and the brain behind Qurtoo’s vision. She’s not your everyday CEO – she’s a powerhouse combining art, psychology, writing, and coding into dynamite brand strategies. Her arsenal includes certifications in Art Therapeutic Life Coaching and Positive Psychology, plus a knack for tech languages. Meelie’s approach? She’s all about injecting creativity into tech, transforming how we interact with digital and physical media. With Qurtoo, she’s challenging the status quo, ensuring technology isn’t just functional – it’s got flair.
Then there’s me, Hippy, COO of Kief Studio and one of the Stoner.Boston hosts. I’m the guy who mixes up music, video, writing, tech, and data into a killer combo. My background’s as eclectic as it gets – think Cannabis studies, Project Management, and Holistic Herbalism. I’m not just about keeping the wheels turning; I’m about making them spin in style. At Qurtoo, I ensure we’re not just following tech trends – we’re setting them. We’re here to make AI not just smart, but also fun and accessible. Together, Meelie and I aren’t just running the show; we’re rewriting the script on how AI and prompt engineering can be leveraged in the real world.
Qurtoo: Smashing AI Complexities, One Session at a Time
So, what’s Qurtoo really about? Let’s cut through the buzzwords. At its core, Qurtoo is about making AI and prompt engineering as easy as rolling a joint. Think of it as your personal AI training ground – no fluff, just the good stuff. We’re kicking off with free training because, hell, everyone deserves to get a taste of what AI can do. But the real kicker is our paid tier. This is where you get down and dirty with the advanced tactics, the kind of skills that set you apart in the digital jungle.
The deal is simple – $299 an hour gets you into the ring with us, either one-on-one or with your crew. And it’s not just about giving you a fish; we’re teaching you how to fish in the vast AI ocean. We’re talking custom sessions tailored to your needs, whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, a tech newbie, or a team from a non-profit. Yeah, you heard that right – we’re throwing special rates for non-profits because making a difference shouldn’t break the bank. At Qurtoo, it’s not just about learning; it’s about mastering the art of AI to play the game your way.
No-Nonsense AI: The Qurtoo Philosophy
Here’s the straight dope on Qurtoo’s philosophy. We’re here to strip down AI to its bare essentials, making it something you can actually use, not just gawk at. It’s like turning on a light in a dark room – suddenly, all the AI jargon that sounded like gibberish starts making sense. Our mission is to take the “intimidating” out of AI and replace it with “intuitive.” Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned tech vet, Qurtoo’s got your back.
Our approach is no-nonsense, hands-on, and all about results. We’re not just throwing theory at you; we’re diving into real-world applications. You know how some folks talk a big game but can’t walk the walk? That’s not us. We’re about walking you through the AI maze, showing you every trick and shortcut we know. We believe in AI that’s not just for the Silicon Valley elites – it’s for everyone. Whether it’s streamlining your business, jazzing up your content, or just satisfying your tech curiosity, Qurtoo is your ticket to becoming an AI whisperer.
Free Tier Insights from Qurtoo
Alright, let’s break down some killer content from Qurtoo’s free tier. These aren’t your average AI how-tos; they’re goldmines for anyone looking to get serious with AI without dropping a dime.
- The Principle of Reciprocity in Prompt Design
- Article Link: Mastering the Art of Conversation with AI
- What’s It About: Ever chat with someone and it just clicks? That’s what we’re aiming for with AI. This article dives into making your AI chats a two-way street, not just you barking orders. It’s about turning your AI interactions from simple commands to engaging, dynamic conversations, especially crucial in business settings.
- Why It Rocks: It’s all about elevating your AI game from basic transactions to real talks. We’re unpacking how to get your AI to not just listen but respond in ways that amp up your business or creative projects.
- The Trigger-Word Technique: Focusing Your Creative Process
- Article Link: The Power of a Single Word
- What’s It About: Picture this: two prompts, one’s okay, the other’s killer. The difference? One word. This piece explores how trigger words – those juicy, specific terms – can totally transform your AI prompts. It’s about sharpening your creative process, whether you’re spinning stories or brainstorming business ideas.
- Why It Rocks: Trigger words are like seasoning for your AI dish. They take bland to grand, making your AI outputs way more flavorful and focused.
- The Power of ‘What If’ Prompts: Sparking Creativity
- Article Link: Sparking Creativity with ‘What If’
- What’s It About: Stuck on a project? This article’s your lifeline. It’s all about using ‘What If’ prompts to kickstart your brain and the AI’s creative juices. Ditch the generic, overused prompts and get into the stuff that actually gets attention and sparks new, exciting ideas.
- Why It Rocks: It pushes you and the AI to think outside the box. Instead of the same old, same old, you’re exploring new territories, finding creative solutions that stand out. It’s about making the AI work for you in fresh, unexpected ways.
Each of these articles is packed with the kind of insights that turn AI interactions from mundane to mind-blowing. They’re perfect for anyone looking to up their AI game, whether in business, creativity, or just for the hell of it. And the best part? It’s all free on Qurtoo. Dive in and see how these techniques can revolutionize your approach to AI.
Our Invitation: Dive Into the World of AI with Qurtoo
Here’s the deal. Whether you’re a business looking to sharpen your AI edge, a creative soul wanting to explore the depths of AI artistry, or just someone curious about what the hell AI can really do, Qurtoo is your gateway. We’re not just talking about learning a few tricks. We’re talking about mastering the art of prompt engineering, making AI your partner in crime, not just a tool in your toolbox.
So, what’s next? Simple. Hit up Qurtoo. Start with our free tier, get your feet wet with the basics. Then, when you’re ready to dive deeper, check out our paid sessions. Remember, we’re offering one-on-one and team training, tailored to what you need. And for the non-profits out there, we’ve got your back with special rates because changing the world shouldn’t cost you the world.
Think of Qurtoo as more than just a training platform. It’s a community, a movement, a shift in how we interact with technology. It’s about breaking down the barriers that make AI seem like some distant, complex giant and turning it into a friendly giant you can call on anytime. So, come on over. The future of AI is waiting, and it’s damn exciting. Let’s make some AI magic together.
Introducing HippyTV by Kief Studio: The Ultimate Hub for Content Creators
HippyTV by Kief Studio offers services tailored for creators in the cannabis community and beyond. Dive in to find out how HippyTV can empower you.
If you’re a content creator looking for a one-stop solution to all your creative needs, you’ve landed at the right place. HippyTV, by Kief Studio, is designed to empower creators across multiple platforms—YouTube, Twitch, X (formerly Twitter), Kick, TikTok, Instagram, Reels, and more. Let’s dive into what makes HippyTV an unparalleled choice for creators.
Empowering the Modern Creator
We get it. The world of content creation is vast, with ever-changing algorithms and trends. HippyTV is your compass in this maze, specifically tailored for creators in the cannabis community and those who share a passion for counterculture.
A Comprehensive Suite of Services
- Apparel and Artistry: Discover a collection of shirts and graphics that embody the spirit of our generation.
- Video & Logo Services: Craft your story with our top-notch video and logo designs.
- Streamlined Streaming: Get expert support for all your streaming needs, whether you use OBS, Streamlabs, Stream Elements, or more.
- Digital Tools: Utilize our custom Discord bots to stay synced with your community at all times.
Why HippyTV is Your Best Bet
- Do It Right the First Time: From mod bots to E-commerce websites, we provide a full range of services so you can focus on what you do best—creating.
- SEO-Optimized Content: Improve your online visibility with our suite of SEO tools and guides.
- Community-Centric Approach: Grow a loyal and engaged fan base with our community management and growth strategies.
- Tailored Tutorials: Access easy-to-follow tutorials to unlock the full potential of your digital tools.
- Affiliate & Monetization Guidance: Turn your passion into a profession with our expert monetization strategies.
By the Numbers
- Over 300 content creators served
- More than 1,000 graphics and logos built
- Over 500 videos and streams edited
HippyTV is a full-service platform run by Kief Studio, offering marketing, design, programming, audio, video, and art solutions. What began as a Twitter service has now transformed into a comprehensive platform for content creators.
So, are you ready to take your content creation to the next level?
Click here to join the HippyTV family today!
Elon Musk: Twitter Should Allow Cannabis Ads
Twitter is known for being on the cutting edge of technology and popular culture. But there’s one thing missing from its advertising options- cannabis.
We're turning over a new leaf.https://t.co/42knBnGlLY— Twitter Business (@TwitterBusiness) February 15, 2023
Elon Musk, the Cannabis Industry needs Ads on Twitter. Twitter is known for being on the cutting edge of technology and popular culture. But there’s one thing missing from its advertising options- cannabis. In states where it’s legal, cannabis companies should have the opportunity to advertise their products on your platform just like any other business. It can be easily achieved by targeting an audience over 21 and only allowing ads in legal states.
Elon Musk, what do you say? It’s time to light this idea up.
Imagine the potential for innovative advertising through Twitter’s various features- promoted tweets with branded hashtags, creative gifs and videos, even sponsored moments curating tweets about a certain strain or product. If Twitter were to allow cannabis ads, it could open up a whole new market and potential revenue stream. So Elon Musk, what do you say? It’s time to light this idea up.
Allowing cannabis companies to advertise their products on Twitter
The cannabis industry is crying out for a savior and Twitter may just be the hero it needs. Allowing cannabis companies to advertise their products on Twitter would open the floodgates for new growth in the industry. Without advertising, companies have primarily relied on word-of-mouth and good press to drive sales. While successful in some cases, this can only do so much to aid losses that are spiraling into the billions.
Advertising, reaching customers who are already interested in cannabis products
Twitter offers a unique platform for targeted advertising, reaching customers who are already interested in cannabis products. This kind of targeted advertising could attract new consumers and boost revenue for struggling companies. It’s time for Twitter to step up and become the green beacon of hope for the cannabis industry.
It’s time for Twitter to take a leading role in connecting cannabis businesses and consumers
Twitter has long been known as a platform for sharing thoughts and opinions, and the cannabis industry is no exception. From consumers to medical experts to business owners, Twitter buzzes with discussion about all things cannabis. But with the market constantly evolving and new products being introduced, it’s time for Twitter to take a leading role in connecting businesses and consumers.
By allowing cannabis companies to advertise on the platform, Twitter can provide a space for innovative brands to share their offerings and reach new audiences. It’s a chance for Twitter to reaffirm its reputation as a hub of cutting-edge ideas and push the industry forward. In this rapidly growing market, Twitter advertising could be just the boost that cannabis businesses need to thrive.
Elon Musk, you have the opportunity to direct the conversation surrounding cannabis on a global scale
As the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, you have the opportunity to direct the conversation surrounding cannabis on a global scale. By allowing advertising and information about cannabis on the platform, you have the power to improve education and access for those who need it for medical purposes and generate more opportunities within the industry.
Cannabis has countless potential benefits, from relieving pain and anxiety to creating sustainable materials and fuels. By bringing this discussion to Twitter’s “town square,” you can amplify voices within the industry and facilitate difficult conversations that will ultimately lead to progress. Let’s make Twitter the central hub for all things cannabis.
Allow Cannabis Ads on Twitter.
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