Mike Tyson wants to print cannabis on bioplastic cups

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In California, The Ranch Companies, a diversified cannabis startup founded by Mike Tyson, has acquired a global license to printable beverage ingredient technology developed by California’s Smart Cups to produce cannabis beverages.

The licensed technology uses printable, micro-encapsulation to embed active and flavor ingredients directly into a bioplastic cup, reducing shipping weights end environmental footprint. “In this specific application, we use water soluble cannabinoids and are able to precisely print them on virtually any surface,” says Chris Kanik, founder and CEO of Smart Cups. “The printed actives and flavors are released when they come in contact with a liquid (i.e., water, soda, or saliva).”

Tyson says the license will enable Ranch Companies to address the dosing issues that have plagued the cannabis industry. “Having the ability to produce lines of ingestible cannabis products that will have accurate and consistent doses of cannabis is incredibly important to us,” he adds. “I see the long-term benefits it will have, helping people be confident and understanding proper dosing. It is important to know what we are putting in our bodies, as well as how much of certain ingredients, medicines, etc.”