The Carol’s Oil journey started near to the end of someone else’s.
Sharon began her study and use of cannabis medicine more than 11 years ago after her youngest sister was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After fighting the disease for three years, using every possible medical service available in South Africa, Carol passed away at a young age.
Shaken by this and with her family in turmoil, Sharon started looking for a different a solution for cancer. Little did she know this determined journey would change her life forever…
Years later Sharon’s mother, age 77, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which is one of the most vicious cancers taking the lives of nearly 95% of its victims. After a period of 10 months with the help of cannabis, organic food, super food supplements and the best doctors they could find…
her mother was freed from cancer.
She – and many other cancer patients – survived the disease because of this development work. Doctors challenged this and ran tests, but found no trace of cancer in her mother’s body anymore.
Victory in results alongside victories in the courtroom spur on researches, practitioners and patients in the endeavor to make medicinal cannabis available freely.
Medicinal cannabis is not restricted in its use or successes with cancers, but with neurological difficulties, auto-immune diseases, childhood sickness and even in the treatment of pets.
A cannabinoid is one of many components in the cannabis plant that is harvested when processing medical cannabis plants
Raphael Mechoulam - a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - has been hard at work since the 1950’s. Mechoulam's major scientific interest is the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabinoids.
He discovered the link between the endocannabinoids in the human body and the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. His ground breaking discovering is the basis of much research done today.
This component serves as a rich source of nutritive substances that play a critical role in protecting cells against disease, boosting immune function, protecting the brain and nervous system, and relieving pain and disease-causing inflammation, among other things – the human body was is unquestionably matched to benefit from cannabinoids.
As science speeds up its research and uncovers how this amazing endocannabinoid system works; the stigma associated with marijuana use is, thankfully, in the process of being eliminated.
CBD or Cannabidiol, is just one of the 122 Cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant to date.
We are discovering new cannabinoids all the time and it’s health benefits are becoming more and more apparent. CBD is nonpsychoactive – which means it does not have the effect associated with “getting high” that THC does.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of at least 122 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the principal psychoactive (psychological effect) constituent of cannabis.
THC is one of many compounds found in the resin secreted by glands of the marijuana plant.
More of these glands are found around the reproductive organs of the plant than on any other area of the plant. Other compounds unique to marijuana, called cannabinoids, are present in this resin.
Some positive effects of THC could include it being euphoriant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiemetic (anti-vomiting), antipruritic (relief from itching), bronchodilator (assisting in the relief of breathing difficulty). Many studies have also shown that THC supports the apoptosis (death of a cell for regeneration) of cancer cells.
The endocannabinoid system is an endogenous system, which means it occurs and originates naturally in the human body. Simply put, the endocannabinoid system is an essential biological network similar to the central nervous system, in that it is vital to the healthy functioning of bodies in acheiving overall homeostatis and it is not restricted to one organ or body part.
The endocannabinoid system is, scientifically speaking, made up of neurons, endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors.
A common analogy is that the agonists are keys and the receptors are locks. However, you can also think
of the neurons as being like Lego blocks, with the “studs” as agonists and the “tubes” as receptors.
The endocannabinoid system is a structure. It can only work if the blocks fit together.
Bodies constantly make their own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) to interact with their endocannabinoid system, ensuring that homeostasis continues. When the body does not produce the correct number of endocannabinoids then a deficiency may occur. The reason cannabis can treat so many different conditions is that the endocannabinoid system is spread throughout the body and responsible for the correct functioning of so many different parts and aspects of it.
Most of the active ingredients of Cannabis called Cannabinoids are located in a resin on the flowers (buds) produced by glandular tri-chrome. This resin also contains Terpenes, which give the plant its varying smells, and Flavonoids which give varying tastes.
In all cases the exact medicinal effects are far from fully investigated. I will describe some of the different methods of collecting and concentrating this resin and extracting the cannabinoids. Remarkably, the cannabinoids produced by marijuana plants can interact with all of these parts of our bodies in a safe manner.
The safety record for marijuana concludes that cannabis is safer than most prescription and over the counter drugs.
Research has shown the use of phytocannabinoids (plant- derived cannabinoids such as THC)
helps the body produce more endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors.
As mentioned above there are non-cannabinoid attributes to the plant, for one the scent of Cannabis results from about 200 different terpenoids, which result in fragrances we can often identify in the human diet. Terpenoids are potent and affect animal and even human behavior when inhaled from ambient air. Terpenoids display unique therapeutic effects that may contribute to the effects of cannabis-based medicinal extracts.
There have been recent studies that indicate an interesting influence terpenes can have with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections (including methicillin-resistant).
New research reveals that several marijuana ingredients exhibit a potent antibiotic capacity in cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections as well as the ability to fight off proteins called prions that can lead to Mad Cow disease and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CDJ).
Terpenes thus seem to enhance and influence the CBDs to perform different functions.
The Cannabis plant is one of the only plants that have over 500 medicinal components.
The entourage effect, results when the many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone – it is a synergistic effect
Full plant extraction is a method of extraction where no components of the plants are removed, but rather harvested and then made into medicines that have the entourage effect on disease.
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that are recommended by doctors for their patients. Medicines made from cannabis are intended to be made from high quality cannabis, utilizing very specific parts of the plants. Medicinal cannabis should not be confused with hemp oil or cbd hemp oils found on many health store shelves.
Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. With written records dating back to even 2737 B.C. According to Chinese legend, Emperor Shen Neng was one of the first major leaders in the ancient world to officially prescribe marijuana tea to treat various illnesses — including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory, according to Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence.
Medical cannabis has so many proven health benefits one need only look at a CBD chart to begin to understand the many medicinal qualities of the cannabis plant. It can be used in creams, tinctures, teas, capsules, tablets, sprays, time release plasters
Being “high” is a common association with the use of cannabis, especially recreationally. When treating a client or patient, it is unnecessary to convince the patient that a “high” will be avoided. Why?
When a practitioner ascertains what a patient needs to treat his/hers dis-ease - the correct dosages and forms of product are prescribed along witha careful way of being administered. This assists in balancing dosages so that a patient who wishes to avoid “high” from the THC ingredient may achieve this. It is to be noted though that THC plays a very important role in disease treatment and need not be feared as old stigmas may have long suggested.
The medicines formulated include the “entourage-effect” (earlier explained) – this means that all aspects of the cannabis plant must be expected and accepted. If THC was removed entirely, this would impact the benefit of the CBD component.
The laws regarding medical cannabis vary worldwide.
Many countries are now decriminalising cannabis as was recently done in South Africa for personal use.
It is only a matter of time before more research, backed by more astounding results will bolster the foundation for further legalization concerning medicinal use in our country.
It has been said that “Nobody in mankind s written history to date has ever died from Cannabis”
- in saying that though if not prescribed correctly cannabis can in some cases be a trigger in latent schizophrenia.
Again the issue of balance and being informed is an important one.
A real caution when pursuing this course of treatment is sourcingand consulting with a trained and qualified Medical Doctor or Practitioner, do not ever acquire alleged medicines from a non-credible source. The true danger lies in incorrect prescribing of a dis-ease protocol.
Medicines made by non-credible sources, from low grade raw product and processed through the incorrect substances can lead to numerous complications.
Did you know Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk?
As mentioned earlier in oursection on the endocannabinoid system; woven into the fabric of the human body is an intricate system of proteins known as cannabinoid receptors that are specifically designed to process cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary active components of marijuana.
Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with these cannabinoid receptors which,
when activated by cannabinoids and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies. And human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a new born child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.
If it were not for these cannabinoids in breast milk, new born children would not know how to eat, nor would they necessarily have the desire to eat, which could result in severe malnourishment and even death. Believe it or not, the process is similar to how adult individuals who smoke pot get the "munchies," as new born children who are breastfed naturally receive doses of cannabinoids that trigger hunger and promote growth and development.
Studies on cannabinoids in breast milk help further demystify the truth about marijuana.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body: the CB1 variety which exists in the brain, and the CB2 variety which exists in the immune system and throughout the rest of the body.Each one of these receptors responds to cannabinoids, whether it be from human breast milkin children, or from juiced marijuana in adults.
Because animals have the same endocannobinoid system that human have, we have found treating animals nothing short of miraculous. Because animals have a different digestive system dosages are however different. We therefore promote treating animals with animal specific products.
Indica is a plant that originates in parts of Asia, parts of India and Afghanistan.
Indica is known for its high THC value, short flowering cycle and compact form.Indica is often used for medicinal cannabis because of it high THCs values which result in high CBDs in the medicines.
Sativa is a plant that originates along the equator and Africa, South America and central America, parts of Asia and India. It is tall in stature and produces is plant lower in THC.
Although today most of these land races (specifies specific to an origin and adapted to its surroundings) have been cross bred. Cross breeding has resulted in pure landrace sativa genetic being very sought after by cannabis breeders all around the world.
The beautiful part of the answer is, yes!
However, it is a dangerous process so we do suggest some form of foundation training
before attempting to make the full essential oil.
The plant grown and used raw is non psychoactive and can be used by the elderly, children and animals safely. Many people opt to use raw parts of the plant in their smoothies. Teas and infusions are also safe and easy to make from home.