Created by sisters Paige Colen and Ashley Herr, Potent Rope is an edible 3D printing cannabis filament, extruded on a Filabot system, that combines a water-soluble thermo plastic polymer with different cannabinoids and terpenes tailored to your personal needs.
Over the last three years, the two sisters researched and developed their product, received their publication notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and now are on to exploring production! In case you are wondering, you understood correctly: with the use of a standard 3D printer you will be able to print an edible 3D cannabis design from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
More clinical trials and research must be done in the cannabis industry, it is imperative to unlocking the secrets that cannabinoids and terpenes hold for treating symptoms and disorders, including those yet to have been given the chance to respond. Potent Rope is dedicated to working with researchers and scientific minds to propel the studies that must be executed. With this scientifically based evidence we can demystify and debunk the current stigma of one of the world’s oldest medications.
Paige recalls “I said out loud, I wish I could just email you the different strains. We looked at each other, held hands, and we both smiled and said That’s something. The next day we really tried to figure out how we could email weed, then after a little more thinking the 3D printing aspect came about, it wasn’t ‘emailing weed,’ but it was pretty damn close.”
Today they are extruding their potent rope with the Filabot EX2 extruder system. For Paige and Ashley, it was important to grow the company organically, from processing, to growing their own cannabis in order to control and maintain dosage quality. They’ve been developing CAD designs that precisely creates an edible with a known and measured dosage.
For the past two years, they’ve been applying for medical cannabis processing licenses in Maryland and Pennsylvania. While producing the cannabis themselves is extremely important to them, they also have agreements with companies in Nevada, Maryland, California, and Colorado.
Creating Potent Rope starts with drying cannabis oil, which decarboxylates it, meaning that the THC present in the oil is activated. Then the dried oil is mixed homogeneously with a water-soluble thermoplastic. Paige assured the Filabot team that “the average person consumes about 44 pounds of this type of plastic every year, it is in practically everything—beer, wine, teeth whitening strips—it’s also FDA approved.”
After adding some disintegrants so the printed edibles dissolve quickly when you put them in your mouth, terpenes for health, taste and smell are added with a little bit of color. Then the mixture is put into the Filabot and the Potent Rope is extruded into filament. The Filabot plays a huge role in the creation of Potent Rope.
“The Filabot extruder takes an active mixture and turns it into the novel idea that is Potent Rope. Once our mixture is in filament form it is up to the consumer/patient to see where Potent Rope can take them in the comfort of their own home—the possibilities are endless!” Paige said.
Creating and storing Potent Rope is similar to any other filament that is extruded using the Filabot. It’s more flexible than ABS or PET but like any other cannabis product, it needs to be stored in a cool, dry, dark, airtight space. When shipped, the filament will be packaged with desiccants to wick away any excess moisture to maintain the integrity of the product.
But why an edible or consumable 3D printed product? Paige explains:
“As Potent Rope is “edible” but is not considered to be “food,” since it is primarily made from pharmaceutical excipients, it allows us to circumvent the edible restrictions in states that do not allow candies or foods, providing an edible product to consumers that still meets the more stringent medical criteria. Rather than taking a 10mg liquid-gel capsule full of cannabis oil or a tablet, how about 3D printing a 7.5mg poodle, or Eiffel Tower, or a tiny rocket ship to meet your very specific dialed in needs? This filament will allow for us to tailor make specialized cannabinoid profiles that will specifically address any individual’s requirements.”
We have not seen any image of this wonder-filament however Filabot reported the story on Potent Rope in their official blog, revealing that Potent Rope purchased their first extruder as long as three years ago. Creating a weed-based, edible filament is possible, of course, however it remains to be seen how truly 3D printable (and edible) it will be. Judging by the growth rates of both the legal cannabis industry and the desktop 3D printing industry this would certainly be a match made in heaven. And it does not get much higher than that.