There is much more work to be done on not only Lion’s Mane, but other species of medicinal mushrooms. We are currently working on the following projects:
Medicinal Mushrooms in Other Products
Just like some of the currently sought after cannabinoids (CBD, Delta 9, etc.), medicinal mushrooms are increasing in popularity in the functional product marketplace. Lion’s Mane mushroom is now being introduced into gummies, candies, chocolate bars, hot chocolate drinks, coffee, sports drinks, cosmetics, skin care lotions and more as it continues to expand across the industry. However, these vendors may not be receiving an actual mushroom extract to add to their product. Our methods provide vendors with the confidence that their starting material is authentic or that a third-party has formulated their products correctly. Scout Scientific could also confirm that the terpenes are not degraded by the manufacturing process of the target products.
We would like to work with mushroom vendors, including individual foragers, small businesses, and large industries to optimize their extraction processes. We are interested in investigating not only the best methods to perform the extraction, but also the optimal conditions for maximizing specific bioactive compounds. Does a double extraction with hot or cold water make a difference? How about various percentages of ethanol? We can help answer these questions.
A goal of Scout Scientific is to isolate and purify terpene compounds in Lion’s Mane fruiting body. Using LC-MS we believe we have identified most of (if not all) the compounds in our HPLC analysis. We have been working towards the isolation of these compounds. On the small scale we have been very successful, as shown in the following chromatograms. Once we have begun to use more advanced manufacturing techniques it is our hope to be able to provide quantitation of Lion’s Mane Extracts and make these materials commerically available allowing others to do the same in their own laboratories.