Why Cannabis, Not Marijuana?
Medical Marijuana may be a popular term, but learn why we prefer to say Medical Cannabis
We prefer to use the scientific name, cannabis, rather than the common name, marijuana, because we are aligned with evidence-based medical research and practices that further an understanding of the medical potential of the cannabis plant. Moreover, marijuana has pejorative associations, a term that carries a devastating legacy of public misperception, racial discrimination, and injustice.
In the early half of the 20th century, marijuana came to be used as the name for the plant that immigrants from Mexico introduced into Texas border towns where it was smoked and sold. It is well documented that the name played off of racial prejudice and anti-immigrant fears and was adopted in order to create a highly sensationalized image of a narcotic capable of turning people insane and violent. This early social and political propaganda against marijuana was so effective that it resulted in the legislated ban in 1937 that later led to criminalization of marijuana use and still continues to guide public policy today.
Up until the 20th century, however, the cannabis plant had enjoyed an honorable reputation as a potent medicinal herb throughout a long history that spanned thousands of years and numerous cultures. The therapeutic value of cannabis was already well established in 19th century medical literature and pharmaceutical companies like Bristol-Myers Squib and Eli Lilly sold it in remedies to treat a variety of ailments.
Our vision is that society and government will return to a more accurate perspective on this remarkable plant and give it a legitimate place in the spectrum of medical treatments options.
Medical Cannabis Oil
Cannabis oil is a concentrated extract obtained by solvent extraction of the buds or leaves of the cannabis plant. The purpose of extraction is to make cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, and other beneficial components such as terpenes, available in a highly concentrated form1. Our cannabis oil is used as a complementary protocol during the treatment of multiple, life-threatening, and chronic or incurable illnesses.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD): Phytotherapeutic Agents in the Treatment of Cancer and Other Diseases
We produce high quality cannabis oils rich in THC and CBD cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The National Cancer Institute reports that preclinical studies of cannabinoids have shown them effective in the treatment of various types of cancer, including colon cancer, liver cancer and breast cancer. This research is corroborated by multiple and numerous international studies that continue to verify and expand this awareness.
Up until the 20th century, the cannabis plant had enjoyed an honorable reputation as a potent medicinal herb throughout a long history that spanned thousands of years and numerous cultures.
Buyer Beware: Medical Cannabis Oil Versus Hash Oil and Hemp Oil
As a matter of public safety, it is important to differentiate medical cannabis oil from what it can be confused as – hash oil or hemp oil. These terms are used interchangeably to the detriment of the medical cannabis patient.
Hash Oil aka Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
Hash oil is a cannabis concentrate that is often produced through butane solvent. By and large, it is associated as being a do-it-yourself project for recreational users. Unfortunately, butane usually leaves behind toxic residue and is also highly flammable, responsible for a number of fires and explosions that continue to make headlines.
Hemp Oil aka Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Hemp oil came into usage after a Canadian man, Rick Simpson, claimed that his home made cannabis extract cured his skin cancer and made his recipe for do-it-yourself hemp oil available for others to treat their own diseases. However, Simpson justifies the use of naphtha, a toxic, petroleum-based solvent, which, in a research study2 examining the quality and safety of cannabis oils through various extraction methods, was shown to be present at unsafe levels in the finished oil.
Hemp Oil aka Medical Marijuana
In the past few years, there has been a dramatic rise in the manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana products made from actual hemp. Hemp is a fibrous strain of cannabis used for making rope and fabric as well as food products. Hemp is a poor source of cannabinoids and problematic for its phyto-remedial properties of sucking up contaminants from the soil which then make their way into the finished product. A recent report exposed tainted hemp products as well as corporate fraud and corruption by one of the biggest names in the medical marijuana industry.
1, 2 (PDF) “Cannabis Oil: Chemical Evaluation of an Upcoming Cannabis-based Medicine,” Cannabinoids (2013); 1(1):1-11