Article by Solomon Israel, CBC News
Alexis Brenner’s life changed for the better when she discovered that cannabidiol, a compound contained in cannabis, helped her manage chronic pain from endometriosis and fibromyalgia.
“CBD, once I found it, made a huge difference for my level of function,” she said. “It’s non-psychoactive, so I can be present and available and aware with my kids. I can use that medicine on a daily basis.”
Brenner signed up with Health Canada-licensed marijuana producer Tweed, and started ordering cannabidiol oil. But in early 2017, she hit a roadblock.
“After using it for a few months, I went to go buy some more, and they were out. And when I called to ask them when it was going to be back, they said, ‘We won’t have it for another six weeks, and when it does come back I suggest you buy a few bottles, because we do not know how the supply is going to be.'”
Brenner isn’t the only medical marijuana patient to report supply shortages from licensed medical marijuana producers. In some cases, those patients end up turning to the black market to find a reliable supply of medication.
Jaimee, who also uses medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, is one of those patients. She was using a high-THC strain of dried marijuana from Bedrocan to manage her condition, until a shortage prevented her from ordering more. (Like Tweed, Bedrocan is a subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation.)