A Quick Buyer’s Guide to purchasing a great quality Cannabis Oil in South Africa
At the moment there are lots of various cannabis oils available in South Africa. From pure and raw to refined and synthetic. What you need is a quick buyer’s guide to purchasing a great quality Cannabis Oil in South Africa. So, with all the information available on the internet which can be very confusing, we have put this article together to explain to you, our reader, what to look for when purchasing cannabis oil, what the legalities are and what we at Cannabis Therapy can do to help you find the best medical cannabis available on the market.
Let’s start from the legalities: is medical Cannabis Oil legal in South Africa?
Yes and no. To be honest, we are in a bit of the grey zone at the moment. The legislation hasn’t been changed, but the ruling of the Judge Davis in February 2017 inferred that you can have cannabis growing in your garden for your private use. And since our legislation is based on case law, it follows that nobody can be prosecuted for the possession of cannabis as it has been handled differently in the past in different cases. This means that when you own some cannabis, you might go to court and be prosecuted with the outcome no different from what judge Davis stated in his recent ruling. No jail time, etc.If you want to purchase a great quality cannabis oil in South Africa, be careful.
There is no actual licensing authority that would test the contents and certify the product since the industry is not yet regulated. On your mission to purchase a great quality cannabis oil in South Africa, be aware that very few producers are able to provide facts and figures about their products. There are no certainties when it comes to purchasing cannabis oil from unknown sources. The best suppliers are able to provide information about extraction processes, strain contents (THC, CBD, THCA, CBN) and production methods. If they are not able to answer these simple questions – stay away.
If you are looking for a clean and organic product, try to avoid ingredients like MCT fluid or alcohol. Rather look for organic coconut butter or other dissolving carrier oils. Also, always ask about extraction methods – black oil in a syringe might be the most popular method described online, but it is more than 40 years old. And these days, we know that it is not the best method as many beneficial properties of the cannabis plant are lost in the process.
Medical use of Cannabis Oil
In recent months, due to loosening laws around cannabis, there has been an increased interest in the medical and healing properties of cannabis oil. First of all, please make sure that you are educated about the types of oils that can be produced by the cannabis plant. In short:
THC component – makes you happy. In medicinal use, great for pain relief and uplifting mood. Fantastic for cancer and depression.
CBD component – chills you out. Great for ADHD, autism, cancer, depression, Parkinson’s and Fibromyalgia.
CBN component – gives you a great night’s sleep. Absolute saviour for patients with insomnia, sleep-apnoea and stress.
Yet, it is very difficult to acquire each component in its purest form. All strains will always include some traces of THC, CBD and CBN. Unless you go for a synthetic plant, grown in lab conditions, getting a pure strain is not easy. But getting synthetic components is actually missing the point of natural therapy.
The best and the most popular compound is a CBD/THC mix.
Is your Cannabis Oil of a good quality?
Lab tests are not widely available in South Africa and only few producers can actually know the contents of their product. But the rule of thumb is that the lighter the oil, the better its medicinal value. Try to stay away from black oils that are not see-through even when held against a bright light.
Oils can be solid or liquid – depending on the extraction method. The coconut-based, organic cannabis oil will become slightly solid in low temperatures, when the strains mixed with the synthetic MCT fluid will always stay liquid.
Where to buy Cannabis Oil online in South Africa
We hope that this quick buyer’s guide to purchasing a great quality cannabis oil in South Africa has been useful for you. There are many providers openly trading online. If you are interested in purchasing a great quality cannabis oil contact us here.