Canadians are increasingly interested in finding medical cannabis solutions for different conditions, including relief from pain or anxiety, or even as an anti-aging solution for skin. Who doesn’t love a youthful glow? Many people prefer not to smoke cannabis, and instead try topical applications such as creams or sprays. Other methods of consumption that don’t include inhalation include tablets and gel caps, sublingual sprays, oil drops, and edibles.
As consumers become more sophisticated they also want healthy cannabis products manufactured to the strictest pharmaceutical standards, that have undergone extensive research and development. This also includes consistency with effects and the desire for products that are fast-acting.
Enter Avicanna, a Toronto-based biopharmaceutical company providing the global marketplace with advanced natural cannabinoid solutions through an evidence-based approach offered across several types of products, including API (active pharmaceutical ingredient), medical, pharmaceutical, and derma-cosmetic.
In January 2021, Avicanna announced an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers for the RHO Phyto medical cannabis and Pura Earth CBD derma-cosmetic product lines. RHO Phyto is now one of the best-selling product lines on the platform.
“As a Canadian company, we are proud to be partnering with one of the country’s largest and most trusted brands to bring our products to medical patients and consumers, who will benefit from our years of research and development in collaboration with some of Canada’s leading scientific and clinical institutions,” says Aras Azadian, chief executive officer of Avicanna. “We believe this partnership represents the future of the medical segment of the cannabis industry and what can be perceived as ‘medical cannabis 2.0.
RHO Phyto: Advanced Delivery Forms of Medical Cannabis
Avicanna’s RHO Phyto line consists of advanced oral and topical delivery forms of medical cannabis extracts including oil drops, sublingual sprays, soft-gel capsules, and topical creams and gels. They are designed for comorbidities (medical conditions that occur at the same time as others), including pain, anxiety, depression, appetite suppression, and sleep problems.
Avicanna’s unique formulations have undergone extensive research and development to create a line of products that meet the quality and consistency standards that patients and doctors have every right to expect.
"Our Avicanna products have additional ingredients to help boost the stability of the cannabinoids and to help increase the absorption of the cannabinoids into the body. From a patient’s point of view, we have also focused on accuracy in dosing,” explains vice-president of medical programs at Avicanna, Dr. Karolina Urban.
The RHO Phyto products carried by Medical Cannabis by Shoppers include:
Micro Drop Oils
These are offered in a blood orange flavour and delivered with metered doses, making it easy for users to administer the Mirco Oil Drops themselves. They are formulated to provide higher and faster cannabinoid absorption compared to many other products on the market.
Rapid Act Sprays
Offered in lemon-mint flavour, the Rapid Act Sprays are administered under the tongue, providing more direct absorption into the bloodstream. They are optimized for increased absorption and faster onset in comparison to basic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) sublingual sprays.
Deep Tissue Gel
The deep tissue gel combines unique ingredients and natural polyphenols in an advanced emulsion formulation that consistently delivers the same amount of CBD in every pump. The formulation has been optimized for improved stability and faster absorption of cannabinoids into the deeper layers of the skin.
Adds Karolina, “I'm a former professional hockey player, and I now experience a lot of hip pain. As a result, I've tried almost every cannabis (and non-cannabis) topical available including rubs, gels, and creams, and by far, the RHO Phyto deep tissue gel has worked best for me.”
Pura Earth: Promoting Skin Health
Avicanna developed Pura Earth product formulations to deliver purified, THC-free cannabidiol (CBD) in combinations with other natural ingredients known to provide specific skincare benefits. CBD has been shown to promote skin health with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic properties, which may help with a variety of dermatological conditions, such as eczema or atopic dermatitis. CBD has also been shown to dampen the activity of cells that produce skin oils associated with acne.
The Pura Earth products carried by Medical Cannabis by Shoppers includes:
Rosemary and Tea Tree Gel
This is a fast-absorbing water-based gel (topical use only) containing CBD. It provides weightless oil control to reduce the appearance of shiny skin while replenishing and protecting the skin’s moisture barrier.
Japanese Cedar Bud Face Cream
This is a fast-absorbing CBD face cream that is “dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and vegan.” Each 50 mL bottle of Japanese Cedar Bud Cream contains 250 mg of pure CBD.
Colloidal Oatmeal Cream
This is a non-greasy, fast-absorbing CBD cream formulated with hemp oil and oatmeal extract. It is known to soothe dry and stressed skin. Colloidal Oatmeal Cream formula has a smooth texture that glides on effortlessly and is unscented.
Help Choosing the Right Medical Cannabis Products for You
Medical Cannabis by Shoppers makes it easy to register as a medical marijuana patient. Our Shoppers Cannabis Care team can answer any questions you have and provide information about many strains and classes of cannabis to help you choose your medical cannabis products.