New saliva kits let people figure out the right drug for ailments

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

As marijuana continues to become legal across the U.S., a burgeoning industry is popping up that will let customers figure out the right strain and dose via their DNA to stave off bad trips and help with ailments.

Companies such as Endocanna Health have created saliva kits that look for genetic traits, akin to 23andMe, but for marijuana.

Endocanna’s test looks at 57 genetic traits to see how a person responds to marijuana.

© Provided by Daily Mail (
© Provided by Daily Mail (

The $199 kit looks for 57 different traits in 12 different categories, offering a ‘personalized wellness plan’ and and ‘Endo·Aligned cannabinoid formulation suggestions,’ according to the company’s website.

Once users register on the mydna.live website, they can spit their saliva onto a swab they then return in a prepaid mailer that comes with the DNA kit. 

The company then analyzes the swab and uploads a personalized report that offers a formula suggestion for the right strain and dose of marijuana. 

© Provided by Daily Mail (

‘Your DNA is your blueprint,’ Endocanna Health CEO Len May said in an interview with Bloomberg.  

‘It gives you a GPS that can guide you to an experience that is more optimal and helps you avoid sharp corners.’  

© Provided by Daily Mail (

In total, 43 states and the District of Columbia have varying degrees of legalization of cannabis.

Just over 31 percent of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety and 90 percent of people with general anxiety disorder have symptoms of another mental health problem, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health. 

© Provided by Daily Mail (

THE PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS BEING STUDIED FOR THEIR MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS 

In recent years, scientists have increasingly looked to psychedelic drugs as promising therapies for treatment-resistant mental illness.

Currently, such mind-altering drugs are largely illegal in the US.

But ongoing clinical trials suggest that drugs once beloved by hippies and club kids might have medical benefits, too.

Scientists are investigating:

KETAMINE

The club drug and tranquilizer has been in tests for treating depression for several years.

In March 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first nasal spray version of the drug.

Ketamine works much more quickly than traditional antidepressants, and scientists believe it encourages new neural connections that can help overwrite unhealthy, depressive thought patterns.

PSILOCYBIN

The active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms,’ psilocybin is a powerful hallucinogen.

It, too, acts far more quickly than traditional drugs and is being analyzed for use in patients with both depression and PTSD.

Psilocybin helps encourage neuroplasticity and is thought to quiet down the ‘default mode network’ in the brain, and activate the ‘salience network’ that is involved in medication.

In August, the FDA cleared the largest clinical trial for psilocybin to-date.

MDMA

The club drug MDMA – sometimes called ‘Molly’ – is currently in trials to treat PTSD.

MDMA appears to quiet activity in the amygdala and hippocampus, regions of the brain involved in emotional processing and fear responses, which are over-active in those with PTSD.

Patients participating in MDMA trials take a dose of the drug, and remain in an eight-hour session with two therapists who guide their experience. 

In May, researchers at UC Santa Cruz found that a non-hallucinogenic psychedelic similar to the psychoactive substance ibogaine drastically lowers the levels of stress in mice.

A separate study – also published in May – found that 9 out of 10 patients that took MDMA, also known as ‘molly,’ saw a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms after three therapy sessions, compared to 6 in 10 that used a placebo. 

Companies are trying to figure out how people will react to cannabis and other psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin, MDMA, DMT and ketamine. 

Entheon Biomedical sells a mail-order $89 saliva test for people for people considering psychedelic drugs.

The company started out of CEO Timothy Ko’s wish to help his brother, who became addicted to opioids and had tried traditional treatments for mental ailments without success. Ko’s brother died in 2019.

‘Some of the difficulty that we faced as a family was that there was a lot of uncertainty as to what he was actual suffering from and what medications might be given to him,’ Ko told Bloomberg.

These companies are trying to figure out how to give ‘microdoses’ of psychedelic drugs or marijuana in order to ease anxiety and cut the number of bad trips, or long-lasting psychosis for people who seek alternative therapies to ailments such as depression, chronic pain and other issues. 

Berlin-based Atai Life Sciences is looking at psychedelics drugs to cure ailments, while MindMedicine is using health data – including step counters, pulse rate sensors and sleep patterns – to help figure out what drugs to take and what the right dosage is.  

MindMed CEO Rob Barrow said that at-home DNA tests may not be a panacea, telling Bloomberg: ‘Genomic testing can be confusing even for people who know what they’re doing, like physicians.’ 

New York-based MindMed is currently going through clinical trials for LSD microdosing to see if it helps with adult attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Just over 31 percent of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety and 90 percent of people with general anxiety disorder have symptoms of another mental health problem, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health. 

A study published in April found that psilocybin, a compound that naturally occurs in some mushrooms, worked at least as effective as a leading antidepressant.

In July, a separate group of researchers also found psilocybin could work as an antidepressant and increase the long-lasting connections between neurons in the brain by 10 percent, DailyMail.com reported. 

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Only a fraction of operators have reached '5G' tipping point

Just 14% of 5G operators around the world have been able to encourage 10% or more of their customers to subscribe to their next generation network service. © Provided by ... Read more »

The best wireless headphones 2021: our pick of the best ways to cut the cord

The best wireless headphones of 2021 include some of the most advanced audio devices we’ve ever seen. The best part? These wireless headphones come in all shapes and sizes, from ... Read more »

Malware can easily abuse Discord features to attack users

© Provided by TechRadar Malware Cybersecurity experts have successfully demonstrated that the features of gaming-centric messaging platform Discord can easily be abused for malicious purposes. Researchers from Check Point Research ... Read more »

New US rules on spyware exports try to limit surveillance tech like Pegasus

The US Department of Commerce announced a new rule to prevent the sale of hacking tools to China and Russia, The Washington Post reports. The Commerce Department outlined the change ... Read more »

US intel agencies warn climate change is threatening national security

© Provided by Daily Mail ( The US intelligence community is sending a unanimous warning about the growing risk that climate change is posing to national security and global stability, ... Read more »

“Boys can be Emma”: Em Rusciano says everyone can adore Emma Wiggle!

If you’ve ever tried telling a toddler what they can and can’t wear you’ll know that resistance is futile. And if that toddler happens to be a little boy wanting ... Read more »

K-Pop stars BTS dump Sony for Universal Music

K-Pop superstars BTS have ditched Sony Music’s Columbia Records as their distributor and marketing partner in favour of Universal Music. The move was confirmed by BTS’s management company Hybe after initial reports by ... Read more »

From USSR to Hollywood: how Halyna Hutchins succeeded as a top cinematographer

Halyna Hutchins was a talented and passionate cinematographer who was clearly enjoying her job as director of photography on Alec Baldwin’s latest cowboy movie. Over the past three weeks, she ... Read more »

Shanna Shuts Down Troll Who Says Her Kids Will Be Kardashian 'Royalty'

Don’t knock her crown. Shanna Moakler fired back at an Instagram troll who claimed her kids will become part of reality TV “royalty” following Travis Barker‘s engagement to Kourtney Kardashian. ... Read more »

How to customize your iPhone's app icons

Have you ever wanted to make your iPhone your own, with your individualized style and flair? Sure, you can change your home screen wallpaper. But if you really want to ... Read more »

Vergecast: Apple and Google's competing events this week

Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the ... Read more »

Tokyo 2020 Olympics suffered half a billion attempted cyberattacks

Whilst the Olympic Games were taking place in Tokyo earlier this year, another, huge competition was also taking place behind the curtain – between the organization’s 200-people strong cybersecurity team, ... Read more »

The 47 best gifts for couples that they'll both enjoy

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Trying to pick out the perfect gift for your couple friends ... Read more »

A retail listing shows the specs of the Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU

© Windows Central Intel Core i9-11900K review The specs of the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900K have appeared on a retail listing. What you need to know A retail listing reveals ... Read more »

Here's when you can start playing Age of Empires 4

© Provided by Windows Central Here’s when you can choose your civilization and begin gathering resources. At long last, Age of Empires 4 is on the way, soon to be ... Read more »

Boris uses 009 to watch the taxpayer

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Downing Street is facing questions over its use of a media briefing room renovated at a £2.6million cost to the taxpayer today after ... Read more »

Not just Wix: Another Israeli Technology Enables No Coding Engagement Products

© Storycards Gil Rabbi, Co-Founder at Storycards Following the huge success of Wix in no-coding web design, another Israeli company, Storycards, led by engagement guru Gil Rabbi will bring no-coding ... Read more »

Human brain DECREASED in size 3,000 years ago, study finds

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo The size of the human brain has changed numerous times throughout human history, but the vital organ decreased approximately 3,000 years ago due ... Read more »

Historic home that's been in same family for 110 years on the market

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo A historic but rundown home which has undergone minimal changes in more than 100 years may vanish forever when it’s sold on Saturday.  ... Read more »

Rocket failure mars US hypersonic missile test

The Pentagon’s hypersonic weapon programs suffered a setback on Thursday when a booster rocket carrying a hypersonic weapon failed, people briefed on the test result said. © Andrey Rudakov /Bloomberg ... Read more »

The Navy released a scathing report about the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard

This story originally published on Task & Purpose.​ © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross/U.S. Navy The Navy sailor who set the 2020 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard ... Read more »

Get more done with 20% off HP's EliteOne 800 G6 all-in-one and other PCs

If you’re looking for a computer upgrade at work, HP has a few devices on sale right now that will definitely upgrade your office space. With the code HPEXCLUSIVETWENTYOFF, you ... Read more »

Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics

© Getty Images Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests. The social-media giant said it made the discovery ... Read more »

Samsung's unique Frame TV is $500 off

Samsung’s The Frame doubles as both wall art and an HDR-compatible QLED TV. The television offers a decor-friendly design while also displaying customizable images when somebody’s in the room. When ... Read more »

Best Destiny 2 Exotic weapons and armor in 2021

© Provided by Windows Central These are the most powerful and efficient Exotics in the Destiny 2 sandbox. Exotics are the most powerful and unique items you can obtain in ... Read more »

ABBA release third track Just A Notion from upcoming comeback album

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo ABBA have released Just A Notion – the third track from their upcoming November 5 comeback album, Voyage. The iconic Swedish pop group – ... Read more »

Lukaku and Werner will miss Chelsea's next two games AT LEAST

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Chelsea have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of this weekend’s clash with Norwich City, after Thomas Tuchel confirmed that they will ... Read more »

10 must-have plus-size clothes to buy from Old Navy

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. I have no qualms admitting it: I love Old Navy. More ... Read more »

Italy struggles to name climate envoy as ministers argue over name

By Gavin Jones and Angelo Amante © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio speaks during a news conference in Rome ROME (Reuters) – Italy, joint host of ... Read more »

SAGE: Covid hospitalisations 'highly unlikely' to reach January peak

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail 192426211 The NHS is ‘highly unlikely’ to be overwhelmed by Covid this winter even without restrictions, the Government’s ... Read more »

UK recovery ‘running out of steam' as retail sales fall; supply crisis hits factory growth – business live

LIVE – Updated at 14:35 © Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock A shopping street in Winchester, Hampshire. Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news.   14:35 The UK’s supply chain ... Read more »

UK households offered £5,000 grants to replace boilers with heat pumps

The government recently announced that it will provide £450 million in funding to encourage households in England and Wales to install electric heat pumps. Over the next three years, it’s ... Read more »

New Microsoft 365 service identifies privacy risk before it's too late

Microsoft has announced new controls for Microsoft 365 that will help customers manage privacy of their users in accordance with the local laws. © Provided by TechRadar A representational image ... Read more »

Baby octopuses grow hundreds of temporary organs, then lose them without a trace

Your internal organs grow and change throughout your life, but rarely do they vanish without a trace. For baby octopuses, things are not so simple. © Provided by Live Science ... Read more »

Xbox series X stock - live: AO restock sells out – here's who could drop next

LIVE – Updated at 14:00 © iStock/The Independent Xbox liveblog hero Update: Argos has restocked the Xbox series X for collection in specific stores. Enter your postcode to check your ... Read more »

NASA's Deep Space Food Challenge awards $450,000 to first-round winners

© Provided by Space NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have teamed up for the Deep Space Food Challenge, which aims to spur new ideas about how to feed astronauts ... Read more »

China, space junk and more: Senators voice spaceflight concerns

© Provided by Space Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky shared this photo of the International Space Station on Twitter on Sept. 29, 2021. He and two colleagues were relocating a Russian Soyuz ... Read more »

Challenge for astronomy: Megaconstellations becoming the new light pollution

© Provided by Space An astronomical image marred by trails caused by satellites of SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation. Satellite megaconstellations are quickly becoming a serious problem to 21st century astronomy akin ... Read more »

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will face '29 days on the edge' after launch (video)

© Provided by Space Artist’s illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope with its massive sunshield fully deployed. NASA’s newest space telescope will face 29 “harrowing” days after launch as ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic