At ABCN, Medicinal Cannabinoid Quality and Safety are Founding Principles
- Producer of consistent, standardized medicinal cannabis
- Menu of cannabis strains with varying CBD:THC ratios
- ABcann’s CBD-Med is one of Canada’s highest-CBD products
In an interview with Cantech Letter (http://nnw.fm/IOcj0), Aaron Keay, CEO of ABcann Global (TSX.V: ABCN) (OTCQB: ABCCF), talked about the factors that triggered the genesis of the company, one of Canada’s trailblazing producers of medicinal cannabis. Ken Clement, the founder of ABcann, with his wealth of experience and knowledge, had observed the variability in consistency and potency of cannabis that was currently available. Although, in general, not much of a bother to recreational users, to those using cannabis for pain relief or other medical purposes, this was causing a great deal of concern.
Inconsistency in product quality makes the determination of optimal dosage levels impossible to achieve. As a result, “to deliver consistent, standardized medicinal cannabis that the public and patients can consistently rely on” became one of ABcann’s founding principles. That principle continues to guide the company to this day. The Canadian-licensed producer recently announced the release of one of Canada’s highest legal CBD:THC ratio cannabis products. This new product expands the range of therapies now available to patients and so increases the efficacy of current treatment regimens in the promising new field of cannabinoid therapies.
At present, the majority of cannabinoid therapies are directed to alleviate the chronic pain resulting from a variety of maladies. Since delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the cannabinoids occurring at the highest concentrations in cannabis, the therapeutic effects of the plant and its derivatives are most likely derived from these components acting alone or together.
This is a line of research that has been explored successfully by GW Pharmaceuticals. The European company produces Sativex, a treatment for the relief of symptoms in patients with moderate to severe spasticity due to multiple sclerosis (MS), which contains a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD. While many patients have found relief from pain in high-THC cannabis, a subset of these have reported short-term memory impairment, dysphoria (feeling uneasy for no apparent reason), increased levels of anxiety and even panic attacks. Fortunately, CBD is devoid of such malignant manifestations, exhibiting calming and uplifting properties that appear to mitigate the unwanted effects of THC. As a result, strains of cannabis that are rich in CBD, like those produced by ABcann, are most helpful to those averse or intolerant to THC and to patients who want pain relief without too much of a ‘high’.
A look at the stats released by Health Canada will show where ABcann is on the CBD:THC ratio spectrum. Most cannabis strains (54%) on the Canadian market have a high CBD:THC ratio, with THC over 15% and CBD less than 1%. Many others (29%) have less THC but negligible amounts of CBD, with THC less than 15% and CBD under 1%. Only 14% of strains have both THC and CBD levels that exceed 5%, and just 3% of strains have less than 1% THC and more than 9% CBD, a highly prized category in which the latest ABcann strains can be found.
Late last month, the company announced (http://nnw.fm/P3g5J) the release of its top-of-the-line CBD-Med, which has a ratio of 27.6:1 (18.5% CBD to 0.67% THC). This adds to ABcann current lineup of high-CBD products, which already include NC:Med, with 18.9% CBD to 1% THC and DC:Med, with 15.4% CBD to 1% THC. ABcann also expects to be able to sell oils from October 2017, a range that will include a 1:1 THC/CBD drop, a high THC dropper and a high CBD dropper.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ABcann.ca