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It’s been called the breakthrough the medical marijuana industry has been waiting for, a technology that will bring widespread use of cannabis for pain relief to hospitals all over the world.
 
But most people who have heard of the Syqe Inhaler, a medical inhaler that provides just the right dose for patients, don’t know that it was developed in Israel, and they also don’t know that Israeli-US 3D printing tech firm Stratasys has been essential to the development of the project.
 
“The Syqe device was created on a 3D printer using different kinds of materials, both rigid and flexible, to create a unique material that you could not get in the typical manufacturing process,” said Ronny Eden, director of 3D printing technologies for Su-Pad, the exclusive retail distributor for Stratasys printers in Israel. “The material gives a unique combination of flexibility and rigidity needed for the proper functioning of the inhaler.”

 

The Syqe inhaler has been lauded by the media, medical industry experts, and government officials as a major advancement in medical marijuana technology. According to industry publication Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, the Syqe Inhaler, “ a delivery system for medical cannabis that is effective, stable, safe and easy to use,” may be what legitimizes medical marijuana in the eyes of the insurance industry, government, and medical administrators.
 
The device uses sensors to determine what dose to release and gives doctors full ability to supervise the medical marijuana process.
 
The inventors of the device, said Eden, decided to use 3D printing technology to develop prototypes and initial working models, “because 3D saves so much time.”

 

 

 

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where "just the right dose" means a set dose, 1mg 5mg 10mg etc.

 

"gives doctors full ability to supervise the medical marijuana process."

 

the doctor has no idea how much pain a patient has, nor how much marijuana is used to treat said pain. it differs from patient to patient and strain to strain (and phenotype to phenotype, and growth , harvest, cure etc).

 

the only thing this will do is cause the doctor, at some point , to some patient to say "you are using too much pain relief" which is exactly what doctors do to people on prescription painkillers now.

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where "just the right dose" means a set dose, 1mg 5mg 10mg etc.

 

"gives doctors full ability to supervise the medical marijuana process."

 

the doctor has no idea how much pain a patient has, nor how much marijuana is used to treat said pain. it differs from patient to patient and strain to strain (and phenotype to phenotype, and growth , harvest, cure etc).

 

the only thing this will do is cause the doctor, at some point , to some patient to say "you are using too much pain relief" which is exactly what doctors do to people on prescription painkillers now.

 

This delivery mechanism could be of great benefit to certain patients, say the elderly or certain types of disabled folks. They can self-administer as needed.

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