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Too high? ‘Parachute’ down with a new pill created by Michigan scientist

Steve Goldner, the co-creator of liquid methadone, is investing in the medical marijuana market in Michigan through his company Pure Green. Among his creations is Parachute, a CBD tablet designed to help people who have gotten too high. (Courtesy | Pure Green)

The man who co-invented liquid methadone in the 1970s is now betting his retirement on a new line of medical cannabis products in Michigan.

Among them is Parachute: a pure-CBD pill that dissolves underneath the tongue and is effective within five minutes — meant to help rescue someone who has gotten too high.

“People take edibles and then they get too high — it can be pretty dreadful,” said Steve Goldner, founder of Pure Green. “CBD is a tremendous ameliorator.”

The experience of being too high from an edible has been famously — and almost infamously — chronicled by Maureen Dowd in a 2014 column for the New York Times. Dowd was in Colorado reporting on the cannabis industry — and decided to sample a medicated chocolate bar. The encounter, she wrote, left her in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours.

Steve Goldner (Courtesy | Eileen Lee)

While Goldner’s career has spanned both science and the law, it began in the New York Medical Examiner’s office. He was tasked with developing techniques to detect different drugs — like marijuana and LSD — during autopsies.

At the time, his friends were returning from the Vietnam War with serious heroin addictions. He wanted to help them recover. Shortly after starting his own lab in Long Island, he helped create the liquid formulation of methadone. It’s now the most common way to consume methadone.

Much of the latter part of career was spent as a Michigan-based consultant and lawyer, helping companies with health care products gain the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More recently he launched Pinnacle Labs in Troy to help establish testing standards for medical cannabis.

As Michigan laws prevent safety compliance facility owners from participating in any other aspect of the medical marijuana business, Goldner closed his lab and focused on starting Pure Green — a medical marijuana processing company.

Unlike edible gummy candies or cookies infused with marijuana — which can take several hours to be fully effective and have varying dosage recommendations — Goldner has developed a line of medical marijuana products that are consumed more like traditional medication.

At his Inkster-based Pure Green facility, Goldner has created a line of mint-flavored tablets that dissolve under the tongue and promise to deliver effects within minutes.

“The advantage is that it gets absorbed like nitroglycerin,” Goldner said.

Goldner said he wanted to create medical marijuana products that were consumed more like traditional medication.

“For guys that want to take Viagra, we don’t tell them to roll it in a joint and smoke it,” Goldner said. “We don’t ask them to put it on a part of their anatomy and set their genitals on fire. That’s not how you dispense product.”

Goldner received his processing license from the state in September 2018 and since has made six different products at a facility in Inkster. This June Pure Green launched Parachute — the rescue medication — which Goldner said already has received strong interest.

Pure Green is also licensed to grow up to 6,000 medical marijuana plants at a location in Au Gres.

Too high? ‘Parachute’ down with a new pill created by Michigan scientist Steve Goldner, the co-creator of liquid methadone, is investing in the medical marijuana market in Michigan through his

CBDMedical and PharmaceuticalNewsUS CBD-Based ‘Parachute Pill’ Promises to Bring Down a Cannabis High

New marijuana users can run into trouble while learning what dose is right for them — especially when it comes to edibles with their delayed onset of the psychoactive effects. But one company believes they have a solution for cannabis users who get too high, too fast.

Michigan-based Pure Green, a company that sells sublingual THC and CBD-infused tablets, claims its product the Parachute Pill can help cannabis consumers come down if they get too high within five minutes.

“A lot of people, especially when they use cannabis edibles, they get way too high. And its anxiety-provoking. They’re upset, and it takes hours for them to get back to being normal. So we really wanted to help them,”said Steve Goldner, Pure Green’s CEO.

The mint-flavoured tablets contain “pharma-grade cannabis-derived CBD” along with select terpenes to help offset the effects of excessive THC. They come in packs of two or 12 and are expected to be good for up to two years, according to the company’s Weedmaps description.

The company says THC dosing mistakes happen not only for new users and waiting hours for the effects to wear off may bring on unexpected anxieties and paranoia. For Pure Green its tablets provide an easy way to deal with the unpleasant experience.

Currently, the Parachute Pill is only available in Michigan.

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Why product could support the cannabis industry

In Colorado, the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits — where patients have showed up with symptoms such as repeated vomiting, racing hearts and psychotic episodes — has surged since the state legalized recreational cannabis in 2014. The lack of data in other states that have legalized cannabis for adult use makes it difficult to assess if the issue is widespread.

But the spike in hospitalizations among cannabis users is a concern for the industry in the U.S. if it wants to continue to grow and push for federal legalization.

In Wisconsin, lawmakers introduced a medical marijuana bill this month that may have a hard time getting passed. The state’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has cited the rise in emergency room visits as a reason he doesn’t support the measure.

Being able to bring down the high for pot users who have consumed large amounts of THC could go a long way for both the user’s health and the potential consequences for the industry. Also, for medical marijuana patients and consumers who enjoy cannabis-infused edibles, Pure Green believes it is a good idea to have its Parachute Pills in case of an emergency.

In Canada, meanwhile, black market products have surfaced that plastered with fake labels to make them look like licensed products. Inaccurate information could potentially leave a user with unexpected consequences by consuming a different dosage than expected.

With the black market still thriving in many regions with legal markets, it’s going to be important for consumers to have a way to be able to offset unwanted effects in case of an accidental overdose.

Michigan-based Pure Green, a company that sells sublingual THC and CBD-infused tablets, claims its product the Parachute Pill can help cannabis consumers come down if they get too high within five minutes. ]]>