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Cannabis oil South Africa

It’s been over four years now since South Africa’s  IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini stood up in parliament and announced that he was using Cannabis oil to try and treat his stage 4 lung cancer.

Since then, Cannabis oil uses have received a significant amount of attention; particularly because scores of online testimonials claim it can cure cancer and a number of other diseases. There is a lot of confusion regarding this plant, which is the point of this article – to clear up some of the mess.

Many will have seen the term “Cannabis oil” used around the Internet the last few years. Heralded to cure everything from cancer to glaucoma, activists are using research and countless miracle testimonials to convince legislatures nationwide to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. One of the reasons why we’re hearing so much about Cannabis oil is because of Rick Simpson.

In 2003 Rick utilized a homemade Cannabis concoction as a cure for skin cancer. He shared his success with his doctors and some cancer organizations, but no one paid attention to his story. His reaction is somewhat intriguing as he responded by growing his own plants and produced his own Cannabis extract, calling it “Cannabis oil.” Giving it away for free to people in need, he reports healing over 5,000 people with this medicine. Many still call it Rick Simpson Oil or RSO. A better term is FECO – Full Extract Cannabis Oil.

Unfortunately, things do not move quickly in South Africa with regards to legal access and legalization.

South Africans have been self medicating with Cannabis oil for years now already. Many did make their own Cannabis oil, but even more had to resort to the black market.

As many Cannabis oil success stories as there are in South Africa, there are no doubt many unfortunate stories too of people being scammed of money, receiving poor quality products and even blowing themselves up trying to make their own Cannabis oil.

Since even more people are looking for Cannabis oil suppliers to buy Cannabis oil in South Africa we decided to put this small piece together to perhaps help those who are looking for more information.

Please also see our pages on Cannabis and Cannabis oil. As well as our suggested Cannabis oil dosage recommendations. Always remember to start low, go slow when first using Cannabis oil and always discuss the use thereof with your doctor, oncologist or healthcare provider – you will probably be surprised to hear that they have many other patients who are too using Cannabis oil.

Cannabis vs. Hemp

The key to understanding the truth about cannabis oil uses is to learn what hemp is compared to marijuana, which are both made up of the Cannabis sativa plant.

  • Cannabis is a breed of the Cannabis plant that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrated in the buds, which is the chemical that produces the psychotropic effects that gets people “high.”
  • Hemp is also a breed of the Cannabis plant, but is bred without THC-containing plants. It is farmed for its height due to the usefulness of its stalks and is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), which is the major nonpsychoactive component of Cannabis sativa.
  • Both have a rich history and are praised for their practical utility, particularly their medicinal benefits.

The breeding practices and utilization of the plant actually determine which term we should use. Meaning this: Cannabis is the correct term to use when describing a Cannabis plant that is bred for its medicinal or recreational use. It is known for it psychotropic effects due to the high amounts of THC that are extracted from the resinous glands (known as trichomes). Cannabis plants (not hemp) contain levels of THC ranging from 3% – 30%+ while plants grown for industrial hemp contain less than 1%.

Hemp, on the other hand, is the proper term to use for Cannabis strains that have been cultivated for its fiber and/or seeds, which are used to make a wide variety of products. Cannabis grown this way contains trace amounts of THC and rich amounts of CBD, which has been shown to block the effects of THC on the nervous system. It has been suggested that “low THC levels and high CBD levels in hemp plants negate any psychoactive effects.”

Products made from industrial hemp are supposed to contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal amount to buy, consume, sell and ship the product. This 0.3% is the standard to distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “Dagga”.

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oils are extracts from cannabis plants. Unprocessed, they contain the same 100 or so active ingredients as the plants, but the balance of compounds depends on the specific plants the oil comes from. The two main active substances in cannabis plants are cannabidiol, or CBD, and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Oil extracted from hemp plants can contain a lot of CBD, while oil from skunk strains will contain far more THC. THC produces the high that recreational cannabis users seek, while oils for medical use contain mostly CBD.

First off, so-called “Cannabis oil” is not an essential oil and the name is misleading.

  • Hemp oil is readily available online as a food product and praised for its 1:1 omega-3/omega-6 ratio. It is made from hemp.
  • CBD oil (also known as (“CBD hemp oil”) contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels, which is regarded as medicinal, but not psychotropic. It is also made from hemp.
  • Cannabis oil is essentially an extract or absolute and is typically taken orally – ingesting a few drops several times per day. It is made from Cannabis/Marijuana/Dagga. 

How is it different to cannabis?

Other forms of cannabis are solid and are usually sold either as resin or dried plant material. In commercially-produced medical cannabis oils, the concentrations of CBD and THC tend to be well-controlled, which makes it easy to calculate doses.

Does it work as a medicine?

CBD is an anticonvulsant, and some other compounds in the plant, including THC and cannabidivarin (CBDV – found in the Durban Poison strain), may be too. There is good evidence from clinical trials in the US and Europe that pharmaceutical preparations of CBD can treat two severe forms of childhood epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Both forms of epilepsy often fail to improve with existing epilepsy drugs. CBD is generally considered safe, but some trials have reported side effects including dry mouth, lightheadedness and altered liver enzyme activity.

In comparison to other intake methods, such as smoking or vaporizing, cannabis oil provides patients more precise dosing and longer lasting effects. These products can be administered under the tongue straight from the dosing syringe or incorporated into various recipes.

In comparison to inhaled cannabis, ingested cannabis oil is processed differently in the body. This results in
a gradual onset of effects that are longer-lasting.

In the words of a 2007 article in the journal Dialogues in Clinical Neurosciences, “Despite the mild addiction to cannabis and the possible enhancement of addiction to other substances of abuse, when combined with cannabis, the therapeutic value of cannabinoids is too high to be put aside.” Modern research shows that the compounds in Cannabis can:

  • Reduce pain (analgesia).
  • Help reduce side-effects related to chemotherapy in cancer patients (especially pain and vomiting).
  • Reduce muscle spasms and neurological overactivity in MS and cerebral palsy patients.
  • Help reduce ocular pressure in glaucoma patients.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Relieve symptoms of asthma, constipation, depression, epilepsy and insomnia.

The reason why Cannabis is such an effective healing agent is because it contains “an enormous variety of chemicals. Some of the 483 compounds identified are unique to Cannabis, for example, the more than 60 cannabinoids, whereas the terpenes, with about 140 members forming the most abundant class, are widespread in the plant kingdom.”

Regarding cannabinoids, they are “a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain.” Essentially, THC potently activates the G-protein-coupled cannabinoid receptor CB1 and also modulates the cannabinoid receptor CB2. Few substances on the planet can do this.

Nonetheless, as an article in the journal Trends in Pharmacological Sciences points out, “The well-known psychotropic effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which are mediated by activation of brain CB1 receptors, have greatly limited its clinical use. However, the plant Cannabis contains many cannabinoids with weak or no psychoactivity that, therapeutically, might be more promising than Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol.”

There are a variety of ways people make Cannabis oil, and the most popular method has been outlined by Rick Simpson – who recommends using naphtha or petroleum ether as a solvent. Many Cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa also use denatured isopropyl alcohol or Benzene to make Cannabis oil and these products should be avoided.

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Medical Studies that Prove Cannabis Can Cure Cancer

Cures Brain Cancer

http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216
http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstract
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089/
http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37948
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full

Cures Mouth and Throat Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

Cures Breast Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247.full.pdf+html
http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349
http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+html
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6615.abstract
http://endo.endojournals.org/content/141/1/118.abstract#fn-1

Cures Lung Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714
http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html

Cures Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract

Cures Prostate Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

Cures Colorectal Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536
http://safeaccess.ca/research/pdf/MD_AndersonCancerStudy.pdf
http://gut.bmj.com/content/54/12/1741.abstract

Cures Ovarian Cancer

http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2006/1/1084

Curse Blood Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract
http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/5/1612.abstract

Cures Skin Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

Cures Liver Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Cures Biliary Tract Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

Cures Bladder Cancer

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/803983 (Sign-up required to view)

Cures Cancer in General

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

 

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  1. hi suffer bad with crohns and have been advised to try cannabis oil so wish to try it and get hpld of it cheers steve

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