A joint venture collaboration has been signed with CBDerma Technology Limited to explore the application of Futura’s advanced proprietary transdermal drug delivery technology, DermaSys® for delivery of cannabidiol.
Derived from both the Hemp and Marijuana plants, cannabidiol is one of the 113 cannabinoid compounds found within the cannabis family. Cannabidiol has no effect on one's consciousness or lucidity. It is generally regarded as non-addictive and non-psychoactive, making it ideal for consideration as a topically delivered molecule for local or regional (non-systemic) use.
In recent years there has been significant interest in cannabidiol as more data is emerging on its potential benefits in a wide range of conditions particularly pain and epilepsy but also in a range of other conditions including skin conditions, multiple sclerosis, migraines, arthritis and cancer side effects.
As part of a robust formulation process using strict pharmaceutical development principles, Futura carried out extensive DermaSys® cannabidiol formulation work and initial in vitro tests on human epidermis. The studies demonstrated highly efficient penetration of cannabidiol into and through the skin, superior to an established, marketed, comparator product. Additionally, cannabidiol is known to be unstable with many common excipients. CBD100 was specially formulated to minimise this issue and has shown encouraging early stability work, which is expected to ensure potency is retained during shelf-life.
An intellectual property filing has now been made covering various unique aspects of the CBD100 gel formulation.
Futura is in discussions with CBDerma over both the next steps from a development and also commercial standpoint. A gel that has been formulated using strict pharmaceutical development principles with strong delivery characteristics, stability and high quality could be a very attractive commercial proposition when compared to current market incumbents in either cosmetic or more traditional pharmaceutical markets for cannabidiol such as pain and inflammation. Both options are being examined.