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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 04:52 AM

8. This just makes my head want to explode

Again, as I noted in further detail in one of the links in the post above - Sativex is Cannabis sativa and ruderalis, two species of cannabis that easily grow in the wild. They are claiming they're different b/c they create a 50/50 THC/CBD tincture that is delivered via a spray that goes under the tongue.

There is NO DIFFERENCE between this product and something sold in a dispensary in CA, other than the reality that the legal status of Sativex in Great Britain allows the grower to test and maintain standard levels - which could also occur here for American-grown cannabis given the proper regulatory and legal environment.

Well, there is one other difference - GW Pharma does what Rick Simpson does. Simpson is a guy in Canada who started touting his cannabis oil (he calls it hemp, but it should be called cannabis oil) that is suspended in alcohol and boiled down to a concentrated viscous substance. Given the proper equipment and safety procedures, anyone could make their own version of Sativex if so motivated. Or they could buy a version in a cannabis dispensary in any of the states with medical marijuana laws if the Federal Govt. would stop pretending the current law has any relationship to anything other than pigheaded intransigence.

When the U.S. had cannabis tincture legally available here before the prohibition of cannabis in the 1930s, at least half a dozen different pharma cos marketed it here. At that time, the tinctures that were made were often labeled Cannabis indica, a subspecies of sativa that differs from the subspecies C. sativa (ssp sativa v. ssp indica) more in terms of the natural habitat and growing habits of the plant - although there are differences based upon effects of the two, with indica generally identified as having more soporific effects.

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