Some Licensed Producers Are Selling Weed Oils That Are Placebos: Researchers

Article by Manisha Krishnan, Vice News

Some Licensed Producers Are Selling Weed Oils That Are Placebos: Researchers Scientus Pharma claims its technology will ensure Canadians are getting what they pay for. Scientus Pharma claims weed oils are wildly inconsistent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

A biopharmaceutical company hoping to disrupt the cannabis extraction market is claiming some Canadian licensed producers are selling cannabis oils that are tantamount to placebos.

Cannabis oils have surged in popularity over the last couple years, but for medical patients—many of whom don’t want to smoke anything—they’ve become of particular importance.

Scientus Pharma is a Whitby, Ontario-based pharmaceutical company that will soon bring to market cannabis oils and gel capsules strictly for medical patients. The company is critical of the way LPs currently decarboxylate their cannabis to make oils—decarboxylation is the process through which the THC or CBD in raw cannabis is activated. If you’re smoking or vaping, the heat causes the decarboxylation. But with oils, that process needs to take place during the extraction process.

Scientus recently patented its decarboxylation method, which it says will be a game changer in terms of standardizing the potency of weed oils; it claims it can achieve 99.9 percent decarboxylation every time. In a nutshell, Scientus is saying the industry standard—using a carbon dioxide extractor to decarboxylate weed and then turn it into oil—has too many variables and as a result some oils don’t have the amount of active THC or CBD they claim to have on the label. That means that a patient won’t necessarily be getting the effects they think they’ll be getting.

However, both Health Canada and the organization representing Canadian LPs maintained that LPs are subject to the strictest regulations in the world.

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