Many people are curious about the health benefits of medical cannabis, but some are wary of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), its psychoactive compound.
To address such concerns, Cortalex came to market earlier this fall, with the first THC-free (less than 10 parts per million) pharmaceutically produced cannabidiol (CBD) in Canada.
The new CBD oil is geared for patients who should not or don't want to take THC, points out Jerome Sneiderman, Director of Marketing at Oakville, Ontario-based Cardiol Therapeutics, the biotechnology company that developed Cortalex.
"The Canadian Paediatric Society says that if you're 25 and under, you shouldn't have THC because of possible negative effects on your brain," he says. "We also see ourselves as a great product for older adults who may have issues affecting their coordination or cognition and don't want to feel high. There is also the middle age group, who may need to drive to work, operate machinery, or simply can’t feel high at work but need to take CBD — they would also benefit from a pure CBD, THC-free product."
The Growing Demand for CBD
CBD has received a lot of attention recently for its proven and potential health benefits. For example, it has been shown to help in treating seizures associated with the pediatric epilepsies of Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, as well as tuberous sclerosis complex.
According to Grand View Research, the global cannabidiol market was valued at USD $4.6 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.2% from 2019 to 2025.
"The demand for cannabidiol (CBD) for medical and wellness purposes is high due to its healing properties, which is the key factor driving the growth of the market," Grand View explains. "Moreover, growing product adoption and utilization owing to government approvals is a major factor anticipated to drive the demand for cannabidiol-infused products."
While more definitive research needs to be done, CBD also shows potential in the treatment of medical conditions such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic pain
As well, international university research centres are conducting clinical studies examining how well CBD can treat central nervous systems disorders and inflammatory disease.
Like THC, CBD is one of the chemical compounds in cannabis known as cannabinoids. The two affect how different parts of the body communicate with each other. THC acts on receptors throughout the body but particularly the brain, often affecting its activity. Therefore, it can cause a feeling of intoxication, sometimes associated with memory loss, slowed response times, and coordination issues (impairing driving ability, for example). While also acting on a range of body receptors, CBD has no known intoxicating effects.
A Purer, Stronger Form of CBD
Thomas Moffatt, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Cardiol, points out that in developing Cortalex, the company strove to create a stronger and purer form of CBD.
As a result, says Moffatt, “We are consistent from batch to batch, using pharmaceutical production processes that meet the highest standards for safety and quality. The product is also odorless and tasteless, so the only thing you have is the texture of the oil itself."
If you're not a fan of the taste and smell of cannabis in its various forms, then Cortalex provides an option that doesn't assault either sense.
He adds: "We're also significantly higher CBD concentration than any other CBD product on the market. So, if the standard CBD bottle is typically 25 milligrams [of CBD] per milliliter, we are four times that in concentration. A little of Cortalex goes a long way."
Cardiol has exhibited expertise in creating ultra-pure, highly concentrated, THC-free cannabidiol oral formulations. For instance, their CardiolRx™ will be studied in the treatment of inflammatory heart disease. The company is currently conducting a Phase II/III clinical trial investigating the efficacy and safety of CardiolRx in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with a prior history of, or risk factors for, cardiovascular disease.
Cardiol is also planning an international, multi-center Phase II study to investigate the therapeutic effects of CardiolRx on myocardial recovery in patients with acute myocarditis, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under 35 years of age.
Cortalex THC-free CBD is now available through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers. To order Cortalex, you'll need a medical document signed by a licensed health practitioner. You can receive a consultation in under 30 minutes, talking to a health practitioner via live video session, via Cortalex's portal powered by HelloMD's Telehealth platform.
You can also get your health practitioner to fill out this document provided by Cortalex and submit it to Shoppers Drug Mart by fax, 1-866-220-2627.
Seniors can arrange to get their medical document and have all their questions answered by phone or online, via the HelloMD-powered Senior Care portal for Shoppers.
Once you've received your document, you can order Cortalex through the dedicated Shoppers cannabis site. It is available in a 100 mg/mL concentration, with 3,000 mg of CBD in every Cortalex 100 bottle. The flavorless oral solution is applied with a supplied syringe under the tongue, where it is held 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing.