Starseed produces whole-bud cannabis extracts using supercritical fluid CO2 extraction technology. We include a decarboxylation step in our process, which involves heating the cannabis above 120 °C, to ensure that the medicinal compounds contained in our cannabis oils are biologically active.
At Starseed we use medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil in our formulation. MCTs are made of naturally occurring oils used widely in the food, pharmaceutical, and natural products industries. MCTs are highly stable, flavourless, odourless, and offer increased bioavailability (the proportion of cannabinoids that enter the circulatory system when introduced to the body and are thus able to have an active effect), making it ideal to use in our cannabis oil products.
The flavour / aroma of cannabis oil is determined by the terpenes and flavonoids of the respective strains of cannabis that the extract is derived from. This is a benefit of using whole buds in our extracts.
We produce cannabis oils with different ratios of the major cannabinoids (THC and CBD) in order to meet the unique and diverse medical needs of our clients.
Medical Use Recommendation
Starseed Cannabis Oils will still be authorized by your Health Care Practitioner in terms of number of grams of dried cannabis permitted on a daily basis (grams/day), as per Health Canada regulations. Therefore, if your Health Care Practitioner advises you to order cannabis oil, an equivalency factor will be applied to your active recommendation for dried cannabis to determine the quantity of oil to be purchased.
Dosing & Consumption
You should always consult with your Health Care Practitioner (HCP) to determine your initiating dosage. Likewise, you should always introduce treatment with cannabis oils under the supervision of your physician. With cannabis products, many Health Care Practitioner (HCP) have indicated that patient self-titration has been demonstrated to be the most effective way to identify the ideal daily dose.
Absorption from individual to individual will vary, and the amount of medicinal content delivered to the blood circulation is inconsistent. Therefore, the adage “start low and go slow” (which applies whenever using medical cannabis) is particularly relevant when a patient is considering cannabis oils. If THC forms part of your medical cannabis treatment regimen, many physicians recommend that you begin with a lower potency product. To start treatment, initial dosing is typically a maximum of 0.25ml – 0.50ml per dose, depending on the person’s size and previous experience with cannabis, and increased in 0.25ml increments as needed.
Many physicians advise their patients to wait a minimum of 6-8 hours before dosing again to know how their body has reacted to the most recent dose. Clinical evidence suggests further benefit can be achieved by maintaining a consistent dose for 2-3 days once the effects of the oral dose are perceptible. This allows the body to adjust to the new dose level to determine if it will achieve its therapeutic objectives. The ideal daily dose is achieved by balancing and optimizing the desired therapeutic benefits, and weighing this against minimizing any unwanted side-effects.
Starseed Cannabis Oils are designed to be consumed orally. Each bottle includes a graduated syringe with increments demarcated for accurate dosing.
Cannabis oils have a delayed onset of action when compared to inhaling dried cannabis. Since the oil must first be absorbed through the digestive system, it does take longer for the effects to be felt. The effects of inhaled cannabis usually start within 5 minutes and last for 3-4 hours, while ingested cannabis oil has a delayed onset of typically 30-90 minutes, and a longer duration of action of about 4-8 hours.
The particular effects of any medical substance will vary from person to person, which is why it is important to consult with your prescribing Health Care Practitioner. Inhalation of dried cannabis results in a very rapid onset, and a shorter duration of action. The effects are apparent almost immediately, and reach peak concentration within 15 minutes, and typically last for 2 to 4 hours. On the other hand, oral consumption of cannabis oil has a much slower onset (0.5 to 2 hours) and a more prolonged duration of action, due to the slower absorption rate of the digestive system. Absorption rates will vary from individual to individual, and the amount of medicinal content delivered to the blood circulation is unpredictable. The maximum effects may occur after 1-3 hours or more, and may last for 5-6 hours, or longer.