The United States’ cannabidiol (CBD) market may soon see a boon in oral care product. This is groundbreaking news. So it begs the question, is cannabis for your mouth coming to market next?
Now, oral diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases across the globe according to the World Health Organization. They also estimate severe periodontal disease to be the 11th most common disease worldwide. And severe tooth loss is one of the leading ten causes of Years Lived with Disability (YLD) in some high-income countries.
At the same time, cannabidiol (CBD) has taken the United States’ health, beauty, and wellness products industry by storm. In a survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers, a whopping 1,500 reported using a CBD product within the last three months.
What Can CBD do for Oral Health
With CBD’s well-cited effects treating inflammation and fighting bacteria, it makes sense that oral health and CBD should grow closer and closer together in the form of consumer products. It would only follow in line with other CBD health and beauty aids.
After all, home recipes for CBD mouthwash, CBD charcoal oil, and other oral health solutions already exist, signaling an undeniable demand for CBD oral health products. Or at the very least, there is a serious curiosity.
A few cannabis, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies have been developing and testing cannabis-derived oral care solutions, aiming to get them on the shelves of drug stores and health food stores as quickly as possible.
Cannabinoid research and product development company, AXIM Biotechnologies, Inc. has a history of developing cannabis-derived oral health products through extensive research. The company recently partnered with Impression Healthcare to supply its CBD toothpaste and mouthwash for a clinical periodontitis treatment trial.
They’re looking to test the effectiveness of CBD in treating periodontitis, with trials to be performed at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
“CBD is a powerful antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, so we have found it has great benefits in relation to oral care after years of offering our patented CBD-based chewing gum,” Axim CEO John W. Huemoeller II related in a written interview. “The inclusion of CBD for anti-inflammatory and antibiotic is intended to aid reduction in gum swelling while helping to eliminate infection-causing bacteria.”
The end game is a new line of CBD oral hygiene products, including toothpaste and mouthwash, for the treatment of symptoms associated with gum disease. Advances in cannabis-derived oral health research and development paired with this consumer power will only further an already active wave of changing sentiment about cannabis in America.
Patents and Customized Cannabis
If the CBD oral health care product market grows to resemble that of CBD bath bombs, the same formula with different labels will sit side-by-side on the shelf of a CVS. As these generic cannabis oral care products enter the market, unique characteristics, predictable and precise effects, and strong efficacy will be needed to separate premium brands from all the others. This is one of the bid challenges of the market.
The basis of these products are specially curated chemical concoctions, donning specific ratios of cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) and terpenes, aromatic compounds that provide a distinct character to each of marijuana’s varied psychoactive effects.
All of this research and development needs protecting.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been issuing cannabis-related patents since 1942, but the process and criteria still aren’t clear and consistent according to experts. Differences between federal and state cannabis laws and lack of consensus in accommodating them have caused confusion for lawyers and cannabis companies on precisely how to approach patents and trademarks.
First, to get a patent, the invention must be novel and cannot already exist in nature. So that’s a big hurdle. With eighty years of prohibition, there is a massive lack of prior art and documentation for cannabis, a key criteria in patent application. And lastly, patent law is exclusively federal, and cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug. Patents are valuable, regardless, because those who play by the rules will license them.
Cannabis and the Dentist
So where does all this leave you until these premium new products hit the market?
Well, you can do so by applying cannabis to do some of the things it’s already proven effective for. CBD can help reduce anxiety before a dental procedure, for example.
“A dose earlier in the day or even the night before can be taken if anxiety’s already struck,” advises Dr. Jared Helfant, who practices dentistry in Broward County, Florida. His dose recommendation is 1-1.5 milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. “CBD taken an hour before a dental procedure, and again as the anesthesia wears off, will also help prevent or lessen the associated pain,” he surmised.
For post-surgery relief, a sterile pad dipped in CBD oil can be used to contain the wounded area after a tooth extraction and works as an analgesic. The same applies when sensitive gums are sore and need to recover after the periodic deep cleaning performed by a professional.
Be careful in your “office visit” use of CBD if you choose that route. Some web surfing dentists have been trained to size-up patients who’ve smoked a hemp cigarette outside.
A dentist like Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg cares for his patients unlike any other dentist in the South Florida, primarily the Plantation area. Whether you are getting extensive work done like a root canal, Invisalign, crowns, or full dentures, or lighter work such as whitening, fillings, or preventative oral care, this is your dentist’s office.
Dr. Rosenberg is a Miami, Florida native who received his undergrad degree from Emory University and got his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University Dental School. He has been in private practice for over 20 years. Dr. Rosenberg is President-Elect of the Broward County Dental Association. He is Vice President of the Broward Dental Research Clinic where has been on the board of directors for five years. He is a member of the Intracoastal Study Club. Professional memberships include the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association, and the Broward County Dental Association.