MyDx wants its customers to know exactly what’s in the food they eat, the water they drink — and the cannabis they smoke.
The San Diego company launched an upgraded smartphone app this week, dubbed CannaDx, that lets users test the chemical components of marijuana. According to the company, the app analyzes the levels of THC — the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high — as well as about 20 other compounds found in the drug. Smokers can use the app to correlate what they feel with certain chemical compounds, and thereby build a profile that shows how different compounds affect them. Users also have access to a database that catalogs anonymous data reported by other users.
And, of course, CannaDx users can share their results with friends on Facebook and Instagram.
The latest app builds on cannabis-testing technology already in use by MyDx, but adds new features such an algorithm that predicts how certain compounds will make a user feel, and expanded social sharing tools.
“This major upgrade to the CannaDx Smartphone App will simplify the ability for users to enter or download just the desired amount of information and data, more quickly than ever,” Daniel Yazbeck, Chairman and CEO of MyDx, wrote in a news release. “Further, it also provides users with the tools for uploading or downloading more robust data, or generating a more sophisticated analysis of personal or aggregated MyDx community data quickly and conveniently in a user-friendly interface.”
MyDx now turns its attention to developing sensors that will detect pesticides in food, chemicals in water and toxins in the air, according to Yazbeck.
Photo: Marijuana matures at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver in 2013. (AP/Ed Andrieski)
The good people of MyDx will sell you a machine that uses an “electronic nose” to figure out the THC, terpenes, and other chemicals present in your pot sample.
The CannaDx phone app displays the analyzed bud’s chemical profile and lists the ailments it might help (such as anxiety, pain, or epilepsy) as well as the feelings it might elicit (like happy, focused, energetic, or relaxed).
Testing to Find Out if Foods Are Really Organic
Consumers continue to call for the right to know not only how their food is grown, but what’s in their food. With the growth of the movement has been the growth of the organic industry. But is the food you’re eating really “organic” and free from chemicals such as pesticides? A new analyzer will give consumers the power to know what, if any, pesticides are in the food they are eating.
OrganaDx is a battery operated, handheld, electronic analyzer for consumers that contains a sensor to test for certain pesticides.
According to Daniel Yazbeck, the founder and creator of the MyDx Analyzer, the analyzer and first sensor were created for the cannabis industry. He explains the device is about the size of two iPhone 5s stacked together that fit into the palm of your hands. It contains a chamber in which you put your slightly grounded sample. The MyDx Analyzer is connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. You then push “measure” and in three minutes you have a complete analysis of the breakdown of various chemicals in the sample. For consumers using marijuana as a medical aid, Yazbeck says they can begin to create a profile of how different chemicals make them feel and ultimately enable them to find the perfect strain that best treats his condition.
With this product under the company’s (also referred to as MyDx, Inc.) belt, Yazbeck says it turned to food with an initial focus on primary pesticides and the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables. “Pesticides is such a relevant topic,” says Yazbeck. “The primary pesticides we are focused on are the most common three linked to cancer by the World Heath Organization in 2015.” These include glyphosate, malathion, and diazinon.
“People have heard the phrase ‘trust and verify’. This product helps ‘verify’,” says Yazbeck.
The OrganaDx is still in R&D but Yazbeck says the company has first generation data and its analyzer can detect parts per billion of traces of the aforementioned pesticides, much below EPA limits.
In the case of OrganaDx, the consumers will have to do some of the tests at home. But they will be able to know if their food is actually “organic.” However, says Yazbeck, greens, for example, like spinach, could be done in the store.
Another element of the analyzers and their corresponding sensors is that people can report their data in the app. The data will be crowdsourced (but the person who enters the data will be hidden) so others can have access. “Imagine all the people testing different fruits and vegetables and then reporting in the app. People will know who is actually producing organic food,” says Yazbeck.
When the OrganaDx is released, for consumers who already have MyDx, they just need to add the sensor. The analyzer is the same. “That’s why we call it MyDx. It’s my personal diagnostic tool,” adds Yazbeck.
Next on the docket is the AquaDx. Yazbeck says the same pesticides that are found in food can also be found in water so it’s a natural progression.
The goal is to release OrganaDx sensor next summer. Yazbeck says the company is hoping to get the analyzer into the hands of some consumers for testing. Once the next phase of testing is complete, it will announce the official launch date and consumers can begin pre-ordering OrganaDx and getting one step closer to really knowing what’s in their food.
San Diego’s MyDx Inc., a company that makes a handheld chemical analyzer for consumers, announced a jump in quarterly revenue as the startup gains traction.
Sequential quarterly unit sales are in a steep upward climb and our channel checks indicate it is barely able to keep up with demand. Our research indicates MyDx must triple its manufacturing capacity before summer in order to keep up with demand.
MyDx describes the marijuana’s chemical profile. Each profile is based on the levels of chemicals (cannabinoids, both psychoactive and non-psychoactive, and terpenes, which are the plant’s aromatic chemicals) detected in the sample.
The device analyzes the amount of THC and other chemicals present in a small sample, while a companion smartphone app conveys a profile of the drug and its likely effects on a user.
With ‘Electronic Nose’ Nanotechnology, We Can Analyze Safety, Chemical Composition of What We Consume
MyDx’s R&D department is working on three other sensors: OrganaDx, to measure levels of pesticides in foods we eat; AquaDx, which detects the presence of harmful chemicals in water such as mercury and lead; and AeroDx, for air quality.
MyDx was recently featured in WIRED Italia.
Crescono le startup che propongono piccoli apparecchi per analizzare l’analizzabile: dal cibo all’acqua, passando per la tua droga preferita. Ma ci farà bene?