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Problems with the Medical Innovation Bill

Parliament is finally taking a look at the Medical Innovation Bill. It was introduced by Mr Oriani-Ambrosini to serve as a catalyst for more meaningful discussions about cannabis at a national level. It champions the rights of the sick and dying but neglects some glaring issues and inconsistencies. These range from incorrectly defining the term, “cannabinoid”, to probabilities of market monopolisation.

The bill is a tailored copy-paste version of the Medical Innovation Bill introduced by Lord Saatchi to the House of Commons and is not suited for South Africa. It fails to address the larger legal and socio-economic implications of introducing a system that allows medical use of cannabis but not recreational use. The proposed system will not be able to effectively cater for large segments of the population, especially in rural and low-income areas with low access to proper health services.

Issues of affordability are not addressed because it ignores the fact that medical grade cannabis and its derivatives are generally expensive. Many South Africans are not financially able to afford these services and treatments. Couple that with the fact that these treatments are only available at certain hospitals and you are faced with a situation where only wealthy patients receive proper care. Impoverished patients will still need to rely on the blackmarket and criminal elements to acquire cannabis.

The bill is a stepping stone in the process of repairing the damage done by Prohibition. New policies must be grounded in evidence and avoid getting bogged down by clashing beliefs and political chest-thumping. All-in-all the bill is a good start but it still needs a better ending.

By Johnny McIntyre


Give children medical dagga {Must Watch Vid: Dr David Allen}

To decarb or not; that is the question and also rule of thumb when deciding to give medical dagga to children.

First of all get to know your Cannabinoids.

THCA is not active THC.

You can think of THCA as the raw plant. It does not give a high, if you eat it as a salad or juice the leaves and bud.

It’s only when THCA is heated or burned that it’s converted to THC and becomes active.

I have made a non decarboxylated tincture before and I can tell you, nobody will be running around goofed off their heads from THCA.

Vegetable glycerin tinctures are great substitute for alcohol based tinctures.

You need to combine at least a trinity of strains for a SUPER medicine, the more the merrier the saying goes.

Brave Mykayla

Brave Mykayla

If one understand the basics of cannabis, which should be mandatory part of education, any person could potentially utilize high THCA content cannabis with high ratio CBDA (Which is the precursor of CBD like wise THCA is the precursor to THC) strains, without the psycho-active effects.

The basic rule of thumb would be to decide if you require psychoactive or non psychoactive cannabinoids and then follow or ignore decarboxylation instructions in any recipe whether it’s tinctures, oil or edibles or alternatively 50/50 active to non active for a much broader spectrum of cannabinoids…

I would also like to point out, although I have not had personal experience, there are children with serious terminal life hindering diseases or conditions where the active cannabinoids make life altering improvements.

Also being high is not about being goofed off. At least it’s not my experience. It frees my mind from mental slavery. It’s a medicine for my mind, for the brain & for the soul.

Feeling high is not a confused state of mind but a period of intense clarity, happiness and bliss.

Also I do not condone dagga use by children but as other activist pointed out. Older kids rebel and they will be enticed by prohibition to try dagga or even drink alcohol and smoke tobacco.

While dagga is illegal children have easier access to dagga.

“Would you rather have you kids buy dagga from a stranger or give adults their right to choose dagga over alcohol and tobacco and buy from a responsible “dispensary” or Smart Shop where regulation controls and restrict the sale of dagga to minors like with alcohol.” – Buzz

Being high is being responsible.

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