Ingenuity of 3D Printing
For years now, 3D printing companies have been making a splash in the tech sector thanks to their broad implications for the future of medicine, engineering, and global poverty issues. There have already been pioneering successes printing houses, clothing, food, prosthetics, and even human organs. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
The latest in this string of 3D printing advancements comes from Syqe Medical. Their product is the world’s first pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis inhaler. It’s an inhaler that fits in your pocket and allows the user to get a precise dose of medical marijuana each time. The printed device will connect doctors to their patients in real-time thanks to a Wi-Fi connection.
3D Printing in Medicine and Drugs (Medical Marijuana)
But Syqe Medical’s new medical product isn’t just unique for its fit within the 3D printing sector. It is also pioneering the inhalant pathway of medical marijuana intake in the medical field. By manufacturing an inhaler that makes precise cannabis dosing very easy, Syqe might be cementing itself in a new niche market for years to come. After all, their self-proclaimed vision is to “decentralize drug development and streamline its clinical testing in a 21st century fashion.”
Of course, medical marijuana still faces many legal challenges, including the federal government’s official stance, which classifies marijuana as an illegal drug. The FDA has yet to approve medical marijuana treatments and physicians haven’t yet taken to medical marijuana as a mainstream form of therapy.
That being said, public perception has changed positively over the past several years, so the potential for marijuana to be used medically on a mainstream basis is not out of the question. Time will tell whether this 3D printed inhaler is the impetus the medical marijuana industry needs to push cannabis as a serious medical alternative.
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Tenzin Gyatso, known all around the world for popularizing meditation and spirituality in mainstream culture, is having issues securing a visa.
South African president Jacob Zuma is being requested by 14 Nobel Laureates to guarantee a visa for the Dalai Lama for a visit to the country. The leader was set to visit, but had to abandon the notion when there was no guarantee of a visa being granted. The spiritual leader was set to attend a summit in Cape Town, and would have marked a historical meeting, the first of its kind in the area, but could not move forward because of visa troubles.
Initially the denial of a Visa came in regards to not angering Chinese government. The government believes that the spiritual leader is pushing for Tibetan independence, and therefore concern grows as to allowing him entrance into South Africa. Even though the Laureates are concerned with this, the president isn’t budging just yet. Even though the signatures reveal some very prominent names within the Nobel Prize, it should be noted that the Dalai Lama has applied for a visa many times. In fact, he has applied 3 different times within the span of the last 5 years and has not been allowed a visit, each time getting dealt with governmental issues or denial, which cancels the plans for a trip each time.
The rejections in the past are definitely well documented. South Africans have raised their voice and have even gone as far as to see this as a betrayal, as the whole purpose of a visit would be to embrace human rights, and peace within the country. What most don’t really consider, is that South Africa’s biggest trading partner, and one of the major ways that the area receives financial movements is through China. China is the biggest trading partner and the trade that they have set up has been said to be worth over 21 billion. This is a huge number for South Africa and something that should not be taken without consideration.
A Glimpse of The Past
One should note that the Dalai Lama did visit South Africa prior to 2009. During the time of former president Nelson Mandela, the spiritual leader visited South Africa on three occasions, which should indicate the shift in favor towards the Chinese trade. Even though summits have been held in other areas, South Africa has been one of the major countries not to allow entry due to political issues. Time will tell whether or not this will continue, or whether or not China’s pressure will subside.
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