Being able to quantify, harness, and ultimately control the psychoactive effects of cannabis is key in making cannabis accessible to as many patients as possible, according to Perry Davidson, founder and CEO of Syqe. When Davidson was first founding Syqe, he noticed that a majority of patients were using cannabis to treat their chronic pain, and that inhalation was the most beneficial route of administration. Since that realization, Syqe has been working to perfect their inhalation system and make it controllable enough to be deliverable to a small child. Davidson notes that “a metered dose inhalation system would allow patients and physicians to be comfortable in that treatment paradigm of cannabis.” In the end, the Syqe team decided to keep the flower in its full, raw form – no chemical alterations, no extractions.
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Seth Adler: Okay, we've got Perry Davidson from Syqe Medical. And you do pronounce the E, don't you, Perry?
Perry Davidson: Right, good one. You're one of the first that got it right on the first try. Syqe is a letter play on P-S-Y-C-H-E and the Q is for quantification. So we're, among other things, are trying to quantify the psychoactive states, which is crucial for a good medical product in the cannabis space.
Seth Adler: Quantify the psychoactive state. Unpack that glorious set of words, Perry, please.
Perry Davidson: So one of the key challenges of applying cannabis as a mainstream drug in the market is avoiding any clinical effects which are undesired. Now, while being psychoactive, which is a more scientific term, to becoming high or euphoric in some sense of the word, is maybe desirable in some occasions for your average patient, children or elderly people, people who suffer from chronic diseases who much... Who need to take cannabis on a daily basis, psycho activity is a debilitating clinical outcome.
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