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Discover Your Ideal Cannabis Strain with a Cannabis DNA Test

While DNA tests have become increasingly popular, Len May believes that cannabis DNA tests can also provide valuable insights to consumers.

This article is a guest post, submitted by The Brad. The Brad is a freelance cannabis writer who can be found on Instagram or you can shoot him an email at “[email protected]”. For more information on article submissions click here.

Home DNA testing kits have become a popular phenomenon over the last several years with big-name companies such as “23 and Me,” and “Ancestry DNA” leading the charge. So why not add cannabis DNA tests to the mix?

Believe it or not, more people took a DNA test in 2018 than in all previous years combined. 

At the start of 2019, it was estimated that over 26 million people have had their DNA tested. That number is expected to grow to over 100 million within the next two years.

It’s no surprise that DNA tests are in high demand. The things you learn from them are irresistible. Details such as ancestry, family history, health risks, and family planning are certainly what has driven their popularity.

However, what if your DNA could also identify the ideal cannabis strains for various ailments that you may not even be aware of? That’s where cannabis DNA tests come into play.

Why Consumers Could Benefit from a Cannabis DNA Test

Although it may seem like something out of the future, this technology is already available through Endocanna Health’s Cannabinoid DNA Variant Test®.

This test is described as the most comprehensive personalized cannabis DNA test available on the market today.

The Los Angeles-based company has created a cannabis DNA test that uses a saliva sample to identify an individual’s genetic variants related to cannabinoid receptors and metabolism.

Len May, the CEO, and founder of Endocanna Health, was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) in his early teens. As he got older, he discovered that cannabis was the best treatment for his condition. This personal experience led him to educate others about the benefits of cannabis and eventually launch Endocanna Health.

Guy behind the cannabis DNA test
Len May is the CEO and founder of Endocanna Health (Courtesy: The Brad)

How an ADD Diagnosis Inspired Cannabis DNA Test Kits

May realized that cannabis wasn’t just beneficial for his condition but also for many other people. His mission shifted to educating as many people as possible about the benefits of cannabis, and he became the president of the Cannabis Action Network.

Eventually, May started working with Kevin McKernan, one of his mentors who was the chief science officer of Medicinal Genomics. Together, they created the first “cannabinoid library” known as Cannapedia, focusing on genetic expression and its relationship to different disease states.

Based on this research, May launched Endocanna Health.

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System

To understand how cannabis DNA testing works, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of the endocannabinoid system. This regulatory system plays a role in various bodily functions, including body temperature, blood sugar levels, brain functions, bone and muscle health, and even sexual organs. The human body produces endogenous endocannabinoids.

May explains, “We have a system that regulates many different functions in our bodies. When we don’t have enough endocannabinoids, we found this plant that can supplement that.”

Courtesy: The Brad

Endocanna Health and the First Endocannabinoid DNA Test

Endocanna Health is not only the creator of the cannabis DNA test but also the first to introduce an endocannabinoid DNA test. This comprehensive test aims to identify an individual’s potential for genetic expression related to anxiety, pain, cognitive function, and more.

The objective of the test is not only to identify the genetic markers for the commonly treated disorders but also to determine the most appropriate method of treatment using cannabis.

How to Use Information from Cannabis DNA Tests

Understanding someone’s genetic expressions can reveal the association between anxiety and cannabis use. For example, May mentions the gene FAAH, which is associated with the stress response and the release of cortisol. If someone with this genetic variant consumes THC, their anxiety response may be triggered more quickly.

May explains, “If you know this genetically about yourself, the recommended formulation would be a higher CBD and lower THC formulation to mitigate the possibility of triggering an anxiety response.”

Additionally, the terpene profile plays a role in the effects of cannabis. May explains that certain terpenes can help reduce anxiety caused by THC. For example, a formulation with a high concentration of linalool, also found in lavender, can have a calming effect.

For individuals who have already taken a DNA test from providers like 23andMe or Ancestry, Endocanna Health’s test allows them to use their existing raw data. This eliminates the need for an additional swab test.

How to Take a Cannabis DNA Test

Instead of undergoing a swab test, Endocanna Health’s cannabis DNA test utilizes raw data from other DNA tests that individuals may have already taken.

“If you have taken tests like 23andMe, Ancestry, or any other genetic tests – and with around 40 million people globally having taken a genetic test – you can simply upload your raw data to our site, and we will provide you with an endocannabinoid report within 30 seconds.” Len May (Endocanna Health)

In an effort to make the test more affordable, the raw data report costs $49.95, compared to the full test price of $200. Endocanna Health also ships globally, including to European countries and Australia.

To Roll This Up

Endocanna Health is actively engaged in clinical trials with partners like Ward Medication Management in Australia. They are also conducting an EEG trial in the United States.

“The reason why this is important to mention is because people may ask, ‘how do you know based on genetic predisposition?’ We will know on a cellular level, and our recommendations will be based on each individual’s profile and their response to treatment. Through these studies, we will learn from the experience and further optimize personalized cannabinoid medicine using AI.” Len May (Endocanna Health)

What do you think? Would you give the cannabis DNA test a try?

Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers is an accomplished writer and cannabis enthusiast. With a Ph.D. in Botany and years of experience as a researcher, she brings a scientific perspective to her captivating articles on cannabis news, recipes, and the fascinating world of psychedelics.

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