Adopting a Medical Grade Cannabis System,
Understanding the Main Issues
Medical vs. Recreational
“Cannabis” is a generic term which refers to both medical and recreational strains. The difference between the two has great significance for patients and policy makers as well.
Medical strains are designed and developed to carry special traits in order to become an efficient treatment for specific medical treatments while recreational strains are developed in order to achieve a psychoactive, euphoric sensation. Unfortunately, some suppliers re-brand recreational strains as medical.
In order to ensure a medicinal treatment and dosage each delivery of MGC, each strain must be stabilized in a lengthy process that can last sometimes up to several years. For example, inexperienced cannabis cultivators and poppy farmers grow their crop from seed, resulting in extremely unstable crops.
Industrial Strains vs. Non-Industrial Strains
Most strains are not designed for large scale cultivation, while industrial strains are developed in order to be consistent, resistant to different diseases (pests, mould etc.) and more productive on a large scale operation.
Advanced Greenhouse Technology vs. Indoor & Outdoor Cultivation
The most efficient and advanced cultivation method is the advanced greenhouse technology which offers protection from the elements, is fully controlled and most importantly utilizes the full spectrum of natural sunlight, as practiced in Israel during the last 8 years.
It is superior to indoor & outdoor cultivation methodologies, achieving, high productivity high potency and high quality. Deprived from natural sunlight, indoor cultivation requires the usage of very costly artificial lights and suffers from low quality of air.
Outdoor cultivation, the oldest agriculture method, is also the most inferior among the three due to its vulnerability to weather conditions, bacteria, pests, pollination, soil composition, wildlife, etc.
Chemical-free Usage vs. Chemical Usage
For medical use and for very sick patients relying on consistent dosage and compounds, as opposed to recreational, this is a must. When treating severely ill patients with a very weak immune system it is highly recommended to pursue chemical-free cultivation in order to assure a chemical and metal free medicine.
More harvests per year
Greenhouse technology enables more than 5 harvests annually, something that can never be achieved via outdoor cultivation.
Chemical-free vs. Chemical usage
Growing 100% chemical-free cannabis demands adherence to strict protocols and government regulations that require many years of operational as well as Agri-Medical experience.
In the U.S. and Canadian markets, there have been many recalls of thousands of cannabis products from manufacturers due to the use of chemicals, poises, contaminants and pesticides.
“Whole Plant” Extraction Technologies vs. Other Lab Processes (Distillation, Synthetisation, Fractalization etc.)
Even if poppy farmers outsource their dry herb produce in order to prepare concentrates/oil and additional derivatives, it requires experience and years of trial and error to achieve the right formulation to arrive at a realization that “Whole Plant” oil is superior to the other production process widely practiced by inexperienced producers.
“The Honeymoon Effect”
“…Another common problem is reaching a “honeymoon” state or as it is officially known, developing medication “tolerance.” In this situation, a new drug works for a few months and then seizures return. The cycle repeats with each new medication. Such patients can end up on a stressful “rotation diet” of different medicines. It is another form of drug resistance”.
“The other circumstance in which tolerance can be important in the care of patients with epilepsy is what many refer to as the “honeymoon effect.” For some individuals, the effectiveness of medication tends to wear off over time much more than for most other people, either because of the particular way in which their bodies function or because of the nature of their epilepsy and its underlying causes.
These individuals often do very well with a new medication for some weeks or, more often, some months. Then the effectiveness of the medication begins to decrease and seizure control gradually may be lost.
Many patients who are said to have “medically refractory epilepsy” are those for whom the honeymoon effect is most prominent. These patients often do well at first with a new medication, an increased dose, a change or adjustment in the distribution and timing of medicines during the day, or a new combination of anti-epileptic drugs. But after a relatively brief period-as little as a few weeks or occasionally as long as 6 months or a year-their excellent seizure control has deserted them”.
Source: the Epilepsy Foundation