Cannabis Oil

Cannabis  oils or concentrated extracts are obtained by the extraction of cannabinoids from the dried flowers (cannabis flos) of the cannabis plant. The purpose of producing cannabis oil is to make cannabinoids and other components (i.e. terpenes), available in a highly concentrated form.

Oils are typically prepared for oral sublingual administration. They have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is because they are easy to use, compared to inhalation by vaporization. Prescribers and pharmacists are more familiar with oral dosing, which also promotes their use.

Medicinal cannabis oil extracted from Bedrocan’s standardised flos is currently available in the Netherlands and several other countries. It is extracted by pharmacies (as magistral preparations) or pharmaceutical companies using GMP-certified production methods.

Bedrocan does not produce nor sell oil for oral sublingual dosing. Please refer to our contact page for an overview of Dutch compounding pharmacists.

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Medicinal cannabis oil
Un flacone di olio di cannabis

The pharmacist prepares medicinal cannabis oil at the Transvaal Pharmacy, the Netherlands

Unregulated production

The preparation of cannabis oil or cannabis concentrates at home, or the use of unregulated cannabis oils or concentrates is not advised.

Home or unregulated production can pose risks to patients who consume them. The exact composition of different available oils is frequently unknown. They are not checked for quality by external certified laboratories for the presence of residual solvents, or contaminants such as microbes, pesticides, heavy metals or mycotoxins. The lack of standardisation of both the cannabis starting material and oils makes it impossible to fully evaluate their therapeutic effects over time and, hence, their medicinal value.

Consequently, there is a significant need to standardise and control cannabis extracts and to regulate their distribution as potential medicinal products.

CBD oil

In recent years, a large, unregulated market for CBD (cannabidiol) oils has emerged. These products are typically derived from fibre-type cannabis strains (hemp), which contain large concentrations of CBD, but negligible of THC.

In most countries it is forbidden to create concentrates from cannabis, because cannabis is a controlled substance .. Nonetheless, the appearance of numerous CBD-rich extracts have appeared on the global market.

For more information on CBD oil, see our article The problem with CBD oil.

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Cannabis oil

Categories: Cannabis oil, CBD

In the Netherlands, the prices for prescription CBD oil vary between 50 and 150 euros for a bottle of 10ml. The price depends on the concentration of CBD.  There are a number of pharmacies in the Netherlands that prepare CBD oil according to pharmaceutical guidelines (GMP). This oil meets the highest requirements, has a constant composition and is guaranteed to contain no THC.

Please check our Dutch contact page for the pharmacies contact details.

Categories: Cannabis oil, CBD

CBD oil contains cannabidiol as active ingredient, a component from the cannabis plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance, which does not give you a ‘high’ feeling.

You should preferably buy CBD oil from the pharmacy because it meets the highest pharmaceutical quality requirements. Most of the times, the CBD oil that you can buy online or at the drugstore does not contain the amount of CBD that is stated on the label. The origin of the raw materials (industrial hemp fibre) is often unclear. It is also possible that the oil is contaminated with heavy metals or pesticides. The production of this CBD oil is not controlled by the government in most countries. These oils are sold as a nutritional supplement.

Also read: Label accuracy of unregulated cannabidiol (CBD) products: measured concentration vs. label claim

Category: Cannabis oil

Medicinal cannabis oil is oil made of pharmaceutical quality standardised medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis oil is made using the products Bedrocan®, Bediol®, Bedrolite® and Bedica®.

This oil may contain THC, depending on which materials have been used. These oils are produced in a pharmaceutical setting. The active substances are listed on the packaging. This is the only controlled cannabis oil.

Category: Cannabis oil

The following pharmacies in the Netherlands can supply medicinal cannabis oil with THC and/or CBD: the Transvaal pharmacy in The Hague, MYCB1 in Amsterdam and Clinical Cannabis Care in Breukelen. The cannabis oil is only available on prescription. All Dutch pharmacies can supply dried cannabis flos. There are five types. These are supplied in 5 gram jars, in flos or granulate form.

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