For a crop to meet medical-grade standard it is tested to ensure it is not contaminated with pesticides or other harmful products. Its THC content is also assessed so doctors can prescribe the right strain for patients.
Tracy van der Linda, 35, has been using CBD and THC for three years to treat a range of medical issues ranging from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain all over the body, to epilepsy and high cholesterol.
“If you are sick you don't want to put anything dangerous in your body,” Van der Linda said of her decision to try cannabis products.
“The old way of doing it was buying from dealers who sometimes would steal from you, and you don't know if they used growth hormone or any other chemicals on the plant.”
She is now off all her pain medications and uses a cannabis infused fruit juice which has 15mg CBD and 100mg THC.
Rapper AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, 34, began using cannabis at 19. He has now switched to legal medicinal use to help treat anxiety and back pain.
Forbes, who received a medicinal cannabis card a month ago, has joined THC Pharmacy's marketing efforts and is a public advocate for both medicinal and recreational cannabis use. “I've been waiting for advances [in the cannabis laws] and now it is legal everyone is joining the movement,” he said.
A Constitutional Court ruling in 2018 paved the way for limited, private use of recreational cannabis.
Cannabis is used to treat ailments including spasticity symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients and anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with Aids. It can also be used for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting; some forms of epilepsy; depression and anxiety; and pain management.