Here is a video showing the effects of non-THC Cannabis Oil on a 2.5 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy:
Dosing and Safety Information
- Dosing of cannabis is based on a given patient's weight and type of cannabinoid used and is typically administered at least several times a day.
- Side effects may include drowsiness and fatigue, agitation and diarrhea. Dosing must be monitored carefully because 10% of patients on high dose THC can experience seizures.
- Cannabinoids can be administered via a number of delivery systems, depending on the product and purpose of the medication for the individual patient. Administration methods include smoking or vaporizing, eating (edibles), oils (olive, MCT/coconut, safflower), tinctures (alcohol and vegetable glycerin), suppository, and topicals in the form of a patch, gel, salve/cream.
Procuring a Safe Cannabis Product
With medical Cannabis primed to be the next billion dollar business in America, this “green rush” has attracted more than its share of unscrupulous companies/people who are driven by financial gains and not by the best interest of consumers. Patients/parents/caregivers, therefore, must do their due diligence and ask questions before using any cannabis product.
The key to obtaining a legitimate vendor is - know your supplier.
Know the lab that is testing the cannabis product, and know which laboratory tests are needed to ensure a safe product.
Here is a list of common tests you should examine before buying a product:
- Potency Testing - how concentrated is the product?
- Microbial Testing - crucial for patients with weak immune systems. The tests will show if any fungus, mold, bacteria, yeast are present in the cannabis product.
- Residual Solvent Testing - do any residual solvents (Ethanol, Butane, Hexane, and other compounds) remain present in the product?
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) - These substances are classified as carcinogens and genotoxic mutagens. In a recent European study, only 31% of tested CBD oils contained acceptable levels of PAH - so make sure to look for these!
- Heavy Metal Testing - if grown outdoors, does the product have residual arsenic, mercury or lead? Because of its phytoremediation properties (process whereby plants remove toxic agents from the environment), Hemp absorbs everything from the soil, including any heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, or lead. However, if your grower uses organic soil and only grows indoors or in a greenhouse, this test is not needed.
In addition, consumers need to become educated on the interpretation of such lab test results.