What do I need to know about when finding cannabis oil to take?
Answer - Founder and CEO, Constance Therapeutics
Great question and one that we get frequently. The concept of cannabis oil was developed by Rick Simpson, but he does not sell oil. He now provides the recipe for people to make their own oil at home. However, today all cannabis oil has more or less become known as RSO, much like how facial tissue is now referred to as Kleenex, regardless of which brand it is. That being said, not all oil is created equal – especially at-home operations because most folks don’t have the ability to extract oil within a sterile environment, using top-of-the-line biotechnology equipment nor do they have the means to have each lot of the oil produced properly tested for cannabinoid profile (potency), toxins, pesticides, etc. Therefore, depending on the raw materials used and the extraction methodology, each lot could have varying quality and varying ratios of cannabinoids. There really is no standardization in the formulation when oil is produced at home. In fact, many of the oils sold in dispensaries even lack standardization. It’s also important to be aware that that unless the company grows their own known genetics, they are starting over with every new batch, just as home producers are. Standardization begins with the plants themselves.
Now you may be wondering why standardization is so important. Just think, if you were taking a pharmaceutical drug for your blood pressure, you would expect that each pill was exactly the same, right? Well you should expect the same of the cannabis oil that you are taking for insomnia, Lyme disease and especially cancer.
Constance Therapeutics’ cannabis oils are different from your typical “RSO” for a number of reasons, including:
• Constance Therapeutics’ products are based on modern clinical herbalist principles of synergy between plant compounds and the scientific theory known as “The Entourage Effect,” which shows that whole-plant (meaning it contains all of the naturally occurring compounds found within the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids—from the optimum source, only the trimmed flower-- cannabis extracts from the female cannabis plant (not hemp) are more effective than isolated compounds, such as CBD only. • Our whole-plant cannabis oils are obtained from only raw materials with known and controlled genetics that have been sustainably grown. • Constance Therapeutics’ tightly controlled, quantitatively-defined and patent-pending extraction method is based on scientific and engineering principles and only uses pharmaceutical grade, certified-organic ethanol. • Constance Therapeutics is dedicated to producing consistent oils of the highest quality. Each lot of oil is third party tested and frequently cross-tested at the industry’s most respected laboratories where we test for cannabinoid profile (potency), pesticides, residual solvents, microbial contamination and aflatoxins. • Constance Therapeutics is located in a biotechnology acceleration campus specifically designed for life science research and development companies in the biotech cluster. The company has implemented extensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and is currently undergoing implemention of internationally accepted standards for pharmaceutical companies (ISO 9000). We adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), as well as modern clinical herbalist principles.
When searching for a cannabis oil, it is important to thoroughly research the options available in your area since you may be limited to producers within your own state due to current federal laws. You will want to find a company that offers lab-tested, whole-plant formulations. You will also want to speak with you doctor to determine which cannabinoid ratio (THC: CBD) is best for the condition you are trying to treat. HelloMD also offers several resources to assist you with this search and I recommend you utilize those as well.
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