Aug 29 2018 . 4 min read

Canna-shea butter and oil makers donate products to patients (excerpt)

Canna-shea butter and oil makers donate products to patients (excerpt)

Growers Network interviews the makers of RSO and canna-shea butter, Harry and Bunny, about their guiding principles of donating medicine to patients in need.

What was the inspiration for making cannabis extracts?

It wasn’t until someone very dear to me was diagnosed with cancer did I jump headfirst into researching the plant. I searched deeply into Rick Simpson’s work helping cancer patients. (You can read his books and become a fan at CureYourOwnCancer.org)

At first, I looked everywhere to find the medicine we needed: pure, concentrated cannabis oil, otherwise known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). What I found from the few dispensaries that carried it was their potency was questionable, as were their methods for extraction. It was also unknown how the cannabis was grown and if the growers used pesticides.

If your goal is to save a life, you’ll want the purest medicine possible, produced from the best part of the plant – the flowers.

How do you make your products?

We follow Rick Simpson’s instructions for a pound of dried flowers to make oil:

  1. Chop the bud in a food processor.
  2. Submerse it in a gallon of pure ethanol and stir. This process makes the oil a “full spectrum extract,” as we’re extracting everything from the flowers.
  3. Strain out the mash with a sieve then do a second wash with another gallon of ethanol and repeat step 2.
  4. Filter what remains through coffee filters. This step removes the remaining plant materials and sediments.
  5. Discard any leftover plant material.
  6. Boil off the alcohol.
  7. Once the alcohol is boiled off, remove from heat and let sit on a warm surface until all residuals are gone.
  8. Then dispense however you need to.

To make canna-shea butter, we do the following:

  1. Cut up the plant parts, including leaves, stems, and roots.
  2. Place it into a large crockpot with several pounds of African shea butter and organic virgin coconut oil. Also add some dried flowers and concentrated oil.
  3. Set crockpot on low for 12 hours.
  4. Strain out plant material and filter through cloth.
  5. Pour it into tins/jars.

What parts of the plant do you use?

For our oil we only use mature, dried flowers that have been trimmed from all non-resinous leaves. For the canna-shea butter, we use every part of the plant, including leaves, stems, roots, and any remaining small nugs.

I’d particularly like to point out that we use cannabis roots. They’re actually the key ingredient that makes our topical so special. Cannabis roots have been used in traditional medicines to relieve pain, so we believe there’s adequate reason to use the roots.

What results have you seen from your products?

As we’ve researched and witnessed, full-spectrum cannabis medicines are anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and pain relieving. If you could only have one herb in your apothecary, cannabis is your kit and kaboodle.

What kind of legal hoops are there involved in charitable giving of cannabis products?

Depending on where you live in the US, there are differing laws on how much you can legally give to someone. For example, in California you’re allowed to gift someone up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrates/extracts, or up to 1 oz of dried flowers, per day. If you wanted to do this on a bigger, non-profit organization scale, there’d be plenty more challenges and obstacles to do it the right way, especially as regulations increase.

How has charitable donation of cannabis products worked for you?

Thus far, we’ve given away all of the cannabis oil we’ve made to people in need. The bulk has gone to cancer patients. We also make sure to direct them to any resources or information they need to create their own oil at home.

Do you have any testimonials you’d be willing to share?

We’ve heard reports from cancer patients whom we’ve donated oil to that their cancer cell counts have significantly dropped, tumor sizes have shrunk, appetites have increased, and overall feelings of wellness have improved. For non-cancer patients, it has helped provide relief to chronic pain sufferers, helped reduce the pain and cramping of women during menstruation, and worked as a good sleep aide for some who experience insomnia.

The topical canna-shea has worked wonders for a number of people with skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, rashes, scarring, and relieved pain from arthritis. Within days or weeks, people are seeing their bodies heal.

This article has been paraphrased with permission from Growers Network.

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