Be a Cannabis Product Tester (Yes, Really): How it Works and How You Can Participate

By ebbu Staff

This might just be the best job title ever: Cannabis product tester.

Even better, it’s a real opportunity from Colorado-based cannabis technology lab ebbu, which has spent the last two years conducting clinical research involving panels of adults trying out new products from the company’s high-science development laboratory.

The process actually starts at the cellular level in ebbu’s cellular pharmacology lab, where human receptor activities are measured as they respond to various cannabinoid and terpene combinations. Based on which combinations the cells have the greatest response to, ebbu’s scientists create a small batch of cannabinoids and terpenes mixed into a formulation they believe will create a particular response in the human brain and / or body, whether it’s a profound sense of calm and relaxation or an uptick in excitement and verve.

But to test their hypotheses, ebbu’s team of scientists needs to get real-time reactions from something bigger than a cell. That’s where you, the human trial participant, come in. While human responses are complex and multifaceted, the scientists gain a better understanding of how the interactions they see on the microscopic level play out in real life via these tests.

While these cannabis studies are far from a multiphase, multiyear, multimillion-dollar, FDA-approved clinical trial, they do provide a rigorous and controlled way of measuring the effects of our proprietary formulations that goes beyond anecdotal evidence, something that can have statistical methodology applied to it.

There are not many public results in scientific literature about the effects of rarer cannabinoids on humans. Being part of these studies gives participants the opportunity to be part of cutting-edge research.


So How Does It Work?

Prospective participants for the ebbu studies are asked to fill out a brief survey about their cannabis experience, along with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and consent form.

Once they’ve signed the NDA, they learn about the mechanics of the process and can decide whether they want to continue. Participants must be willing to try the product without knowing precisely what it will do, kind of like trying a new strain of cannabis. The test products comply with state laws and pass compliance testing for safety.

Those who seem like good candidates are put into a permanent pool to be invited to studies for which they fit the demographic.

Invited study participants pick up the trial product at a dispensary in a central location in Denver, then conduct the test in the privacy of their own home and give feedback about their experience.

ebbu’s human pharmacology team tallies up all the feedback and shares the results with the cell lab team. Then the cell lab keeps testing and formulating, and the cycle continues.

Studies are currently run every two to three weeks, and participants may be invited to participate in more than one study. In addition to approximately .25 gram of free product, participants also receive a gift card and the knowledge that they are helping move cannabis research forward.

Sound like something you’re into? Sign up for ebbu’s cannabis research studies here.