New Enhanced DehydraTECHTM formulation delivers 8X more CBD into blood and over 19X more CBD into brain tissue than standard industry formulations.
Kelowna, British Columbia – June 4, 2019 – Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQX: LXRP) (CSE: LXX) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a drug delivery platform innovator, has discovered improved performance characteristics of a new version of the DehydraTECHTM delivery platform initially suitable for use in solid oral dosage forms like capsules, tablets and pills for the pharmaceutical, medical, and supplement markets. Lexaria’s innovative use of a naturally sourced formulation enhancement more than doubles DehydraTECH’s absorption performance compared to previous DehydraTECH results demonstrated to-date. The Company has filed new patent applications related to the recent innovations.
On March 20, 2019 Lexaria announced it was beginning a series of animal studies with multiple objectives, including evaluating enhanced DehydraTECH formulations that might offer improved performance. Copious data streams have been generated from these tests and continue to be analyzed.
In this arm of animal study, Lexaria tested its DehydraTECH delivery technology with compounds postulated to behave in a synergistic fashion for enhancement of gastro-intestinal absorption, which resulted in significantly enhanced DehydraTECH performance (“Enhanced DehydraTECH”).
Of note, the new Enhanced DehydraTECH and its improved performance is separate and distinct from the nanotech improvement techniques recently announced by the Company.
In each arm of the Lexaria animal studies, 10 male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered an identically sourced CBD at a rate of 25mg per kg of bodyweight. Delivery of CBD into the bloodstream was measured at 2; 4; 6; 8; 12; 15; 30; 45; and 60 minutes after dosing. DehydraTECH-enabled CBD was measurable in animal blood within 2 to 4 minutes after dosing.
On May 15, 2019 the Company reported that DehydraTECH achieved a CBD blood concentration level that was 475% more than a generic industry medium chain triglyceride (“MCT”) coconut-oil formulation 15 minutes after dosing. Today, the Company reports that Enhanced DehydraTECH led to 811% more CBD delivery into blood than generic industry MCT coconut-oil formulations (p=0.00008); and 110% more CBD into blood than DehydraTECH in its traditional format (p=0.02).
- Enhanced DehydraTECH delivered roughly twice as much CBD to animal blood at all measured time points in the study from the 15-minute mark onwards, compared to traditional DehydraTECH; and during the same time points from 717% to 1098% more CBD than the generic industry MCT coconut oil formulations.
Enhanced DehydraTECH delivered more CBD to blood in just 12 minutes than the MCT coconut-oil formulation was able to achieve at any point during the 1-hour test duration.
Enhanced DehydraTECH is even faster acting, reaching a maximum blood concentration level (“tmax”) in just 45 minutes compared to traditional DehydraTECH at 50 minutes and the MCT coconut oil formulation at 57 minutes.
Enhanced DehydraTECH delivered an astonishing 1,937% more CBD into animal brain tissue after 8 hours compared to generic industry MCT coconut oil formulations; and 487% more than traditional DehydraTECH.
Also of note is that both traditional DehydraTECH and Enhanced DehyraTECH delivered maximum blood concentration levels prior to the 60-minute end-of-test, with levels tapering off thereafter. The DehydraTECH technology therefore demonstrates both fast onset and fast offset as tested which is of interest for dose titration purposes when repeated dosing is desired.
DehydraTECH’s in its traditional format has been used commercially by the Company since 2014; and by the Company’s technology licensees since 2016. Lexaria has consistently introduced leading innovation for oral cannabis formats such as capsules, beverages and edibles, with a focus on the consumer experience as measured by qualities such as taste, rapidity of onset and offset, and reliability of effect. Unique among the cannabis industry, DehydraTECH has proven itself equally transformative in other sectors such as the nicotine industry where Lexaria has licensed its technology to one of the largest nicotine products companies in the world.
Enhanced DehydraTECH seems particularly adept at delivering previously unreachable quantities of CBD across the blood brain barrier and into brain tissue; more so than even the most advanced nanotech as previously reported utilized in these studies. Since most human receptor cells of the CB1 variety and otherwise that are associated with the psychotropic effects of cannabinoids are located within the brain these findings significantly expand upon the power of Lexaria’s technology to reach the target site of action for these purposes.
With this new innovation, Lexaria is establishing new performance thresholds for drug delivery technology, with tested performance of 8x (blood plasma) and more than 19x (brain tissue) of generic industry formulations. The Company intends to perform further studies to fully characterize Enhanced DehydraTECH and will work throughout 2019 to optimize implementation into the best product applications for use by its licensees.
The animal test results announced to date have led to additional new patent applications based on the positive performance results achieved. The specific nature of enhanced DehydraTECH shall remain undisclosed for proprietary reasons until the new patent filings are published. Although the current tests were limited to CBD absorption, Lexaria expects knowledge from the current innovation to apply equally to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well to enhance formulation innovation for nicotine and various pharmaceutical compounds already named within the Lexaria patent suite.