You are posting in the right place as we often get asked about cannabis oil on the forum and as you rightly say there won’t be any pseudoscience here! You are absolutely right in your research and analysis and unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about it and it is certainly not something doctors recommend. It is concerning that despite doctors recommending chemotherapy your friend rejected it. Cannabis oil is also, of course, illegal.
So I’m confused regarding cannabis oil. I don’t know whether it’s recommended heavily by doctors or not. Can anyone here give me more information about it? I chose to ask here because I think I’m less likely to encounter any pseudoscience or myths.
Friend is using cannabis oil as treatment?
This FB group includes a link to a man who confesses he has been selling oil with no cannabis in it for hundreds of pounds https://www.facebook.com/stopthecon/?ref=page_internal
Our nurses commented recently on a similar post from someone who was also asking for more information on cannabis oil and this is what they wrote:
In the U.K. It is illegal and as a result any cannabis oil people buy may not be of high quality – people have been sold all sorts of adulterated oil in the past which sometimes contains NO cannabis oil at all. Rick Simpson who is a well known name in this trade in the US and he uses naphthalene as a solvent – a very dangerous chemical.
But the application of this law is pretty jumbled right now. So, while it may be legal to use CBD in a state like Colorado or Alaska, if an employer follows federal regulations, the standardization and quality of a CBD product matters. Because if there’s even a small percentage of THC in that product, then a drug test might come back positive. And this could result in legal issues for the user.
What are the dangers of using CBD oil?
This is very important for cancer patients to understand, as many people think CBD oil is not a medicine. They think of it more as a vitamin or a supplement, so they might not let their doctors know they’re using it. Patients might not realize it can be potentially harmful. So, it’s very important to tell your doctor if you’re using CBD oil.
At the national level, any product of marijuana — including CBD — is still technically illegal when used medically. Although the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp nationally, that’s only permitted if it’s not marketed for medical use or as a dietary supplement. CBD products intended for medical use should undergo an FDA review process.
Does CBD oil have any side effects?
All drugs and dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA. But as long as CBD oil is not marketed as a medicine or a dietary supplement, producers can get around that policy. So right now, CBD oil is very unregulated. That means it’s hard to know how much CBD or THC is really in any given product. Certain hemp CBD products have been found to contain significantly less CBD or more THC than advertised.
Third, the plant itself may have higher levels of THC than expected. This could be due to its environment, prolonged flowering periods or cross-contamination and pollination between male and female plants, resulting in offspring with higher THC content. This especially affects hemp plants, which should have less than 0.3% THC levels.