Medical cannabis has a long and rich history in Jamaica, both as a sacrament and as medicine. While the possession of medical cannabis has been legal since 2015, if prescribed by a doctor, patients may still find it challenging to have access to a medicine that they believe is safe and effective in a format that works for them (such as dried flowers, oil, or softgel capsules).
Patients may be able to source cannabis, but how do they know they are getting a product with standardized concentrations of the active compounds THC and CBD?
How can they be sure it’s free from pesticides, heavy metals, and microorganisms? Patients can grow their own plants, but what should they do if they prefer to ingest cannabis in an oil or a capsule form, or if they wish to avoid smoking?
THE NEED FOR SAFE MEDICINE
Crude cannabis and cannabis products bought on the street may