Culture May 23, 2017

Cannabis Oil in South Africa – Buyer’s Guide

There is an abundance of cannabis oils available to the South African self medicator, ranging from crude to pure. With the amount of misinformation and outright falsities making their rounds on the internet, we have compiled a reliable and authoritative step-by-step guide to buying cannabis oil in South Africa.

Find cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa

Firstly, is cannabis oil legal?

Before we are accused of inciting any illegalities, let us remind you that purchasing any part of the cannabis plant, its’ derivatives (oils) and isomers there of, is still a criminal offence. Despite the media frenzy that followed Judge Davis’ recent ruling, no laws have changed and no legislation amended. As is, if you are found to be trading cannabis and/or cannabis products, you are still deemed delinquent by the state. Until otherwise notified, do not presume your innocence. Yes, the MCC has rescheduled the substance and the Constitutional court is expected to rule in our favour, but that does not mean you cannot be charged with a criminal offense.

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oils are simply crude and/or refined derivatives made from the cannabis plant. The oils can vary greatly in content and there is no way to test the contents of the oil outside of a laboratory. While certain aspects are indicative of the properties of the oil, there are no absolutes when it comes to untested oils. It is very simple, if you are purchasing oils that are produced and sold sans a laboratory test, you cannot be assured of its’ contents.. The variance in oils can be as diverse as alcohol and as simple as pharmaceuticals, everything from single compounds to crude amalgamations are considered cannabis oils.

Before buying, do your homework.

Your local supplier is not likely to be selling a product that is certified by an authority, similarly there is no official authority. This effectively means many are buying blind and very few producers are able provide enough data to eliminate the suspicion of contaminants. In the same breath we are not condemning producers nor assuming guilt, cannabis oils have shown promise as effective health remedies and there are many products available that are entirely safe, beneficial and in some cases, curing.

Buyer beware, black market dealers are brazen and many producers shameless

But buyer beware, black market dealers are brazen and many producers shameless, the onus of responsibility lies on the user. After all, you are the one seeking the products. As a potential customer, it is up to you to seek out and decide upon the risks. Beyond the legality, some extraction methods will leave behind contaminants and residual solvents, ultimately defeating the point of a “clean” or “natural” product. And that’s what this article is all about, so continue reading to find out what you need to consider when buying cannabis oil in South Africa.

The many types of cannabis oils

There are many forms of cannabis oils and ultimately they all end up in the same form, an oil. The oleoresins are usually defined by their extraction process and vary as widely as their extraction method. The goal of each method is effectively the same, extract the “good” and leave the irrelevant.

These are a few of the most popular types of extracted oils you might find on the market:

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

RSO gained popularity amongst medical users when a person popularised the use of simple hydrocarbon/alcohol solvent washes to extract the desired oils. These oils usually contain the most amount of plant compounds and are popular with medical users. Essentially a crude oil of the cannabis plant, RSO is usually high in cannabinoids and associated compounds.

Rick Simpson Oil (or RSO) is a crude oil that’s dark or black in colour

Butane Honey Oil (BHO)

As the name implies, these oils are extracted using Butane. Generally producing a recreational product, most BHO users tend to “dab” or vaporise these oils. These oils are usually high in THC and flavours or “terps”. BHO is simply the term coined and these days producers use a variety of light hydrocarbons, most popularly Butane and Propane. BHO may vary in consistency from crumbly waxes and glass-like shatters to golden, sticky honey.

BHO varies in consistency from crumbly waxes and glass-like shatter to golden, sticky honey

Supercritical CO2 oil

Supercritical CO2 oils are made by using carbon dioxide at extremely high pressures to extract the oil from the plant. Often hailed as the holy grail of extracts, CO2 extractors tend to produce mostly medical oils and many believe it to be the only safe form of extract. Similar to RSO in the sense that it contains more plant compounds than BHO, or the extraction process is not as fussy.

CO2 cannabis oils are often more fluid compared to BHO, making them ideal for vaporizer pens.

Rosin

Rosin is an oleoresin extracted using heat and pressure to effectively “melt” the oils and squeeze it out of the material. This method has gained popularity as many believe the products to be an ideal cross-over between medical and recreational. Rosin provides a concentrated and flavourful product similar to BHO and is considered the “safer” alternative. (Unfortunately this an outright lie, and a topic for another time).

Rosin is often made at home by heating and compressing cannabis plant material between wax paper with a hair straightener

Tinctures

Typically made using a solvent or oil, tinctures are concentrated liquids that often include a small amount of alcohol, allowing for rapid absorption in the mouth. As with the previous alcohol based oils, tinctures are primarily for medical use and often disregarded as a recreational substance.

Cannabis tinctures are often packaged in drop bottles for easily administering small doses

Natural Oils

A popular, safe and effective method of ingesting cannabinoids, natural oils can be used to strip the plant of its’ active components and assimilate them into the oil itself. Favourites include grape seed oil, sunflower oil and even olive oil for cooking enthusiasts. A well respected method of producing medical oils includes using coconut oil and creme to carry the cannabinoids. Revered for its’ unique properties, coconut based oils are safe, effective and difficult to dork the process. If you can, always opt for a coconut oil or natural oil infusion.

Popular cannabis infused natural oils include coconut olive oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil

Balms and creams

Balms are cannabinoid infused creams and lotions for topical use. Often produced using an alcohol based extract, balms are almost the only preparation of the oils that has almost no application in the recreational scene, with exception for things like lubricant, in which case we might not consider the actual cannabis the primary source of recreation.

Topical cannabis creams and balms for skincare

Cannabis oil for medical use

There has been an increase in research and literature, but as many an activist will point out, the plant is so diverse and her effects equally so. This leads scientists down a nefarious path of assumption based medicine. Words such as “entourage effect” are catch phrases that hold precarious positions in the scientific world and “it’s natural” is not an adequate description of anything. Rather we find a small body of reliable placebo controlled clinical studies pointing toward the palliative care cannabis oils can provide. This does not exclude other applications nor dismiss the evidence in support thereof, but it is important to remember the standard to which the health sector must abide.

There is a large interest in the treatment of cancers

Many medical users report benefits and in some cases claim outright curative properties of cannabis oil. There is a large interest in the treatment of cancers as well as a variety of non-communicable diseases and research is steadily gaining momentum. Many people use the oils as a pain reliever and appetite stimulator in palliative care cases and some simply as “prevention”. Either way it is clear that there are medical applications, especially when used as a supplement or as a replacement for undesirable substances producing the same effect.

If you want a definitive answer as to when and how to use cannabis oils, the statement is simple: The medical community at large is still undecided and in some cases blatantly opposed to the medical claims many make. However the evidence is plain to see for many and it won’t be long before western science begins to uncover the intricacies of the plant and its’ medical application.

Find medical cannabis suppliers in South Africa

Cannabis oil for recreational use

Recreational users of oils tend to be among the 1% of cannabis users and usually consider themselves connoisseurs, if not experts. Recreational use of cannabis oils is usually limited to products bearing the most flavour and potency. The oils may begin as a wax, shatter or simply: dab. Upon heating, usually on a titanium nail, the user inhales the vapor as the dab melts and changes phase. Dabs tend to be very strong and concentrate all the important parts of the flower into one little dab, and that’s all you need. Notorious for its’ strength, dabbing is the new cool kid on the block and the majority of recreational users will dab their oils.

In a similar vein the craze of “vaping” has gained great momentum and following. Recreational users are often sporting an E-cig with a blend of their desired oils mixed into the e-juice. This stealth method is steadily gaining popularity but still doesn’t beat a well rolled joint. Even in states with laws permitting recreational use, where one might assume the pinnacle of cannabis culture, users still opt to roll a fatty and kick back to enjoy a good old fashioned toke. After all, nothing beats sharing the enjoyment of this plant with others and passing left makes much right.

How to tell if my cannabis oil is good quality?

While a laboratory test may be out of the reach for many users, one can follow some rough guidelines when buying oils to avoid being the victim of poor quality or poisonous oils. The first thing to look for is saturation of colour, typically an oil with more compounds of little medical relevance will be dark and almost black, even when held against a light source. Pure cannabinoid oils are clear to yellow and anything short is indicative of pigments, waxes and fats. Secondly one can consider the consistency, the oil should be viscous but not like a vegetable oil. Rather you should look for a consistent density that does not hold its’ shape.

Do as much research as you can. Always question your supplier.

Some people might suggest holding a flame to the oil to see if there are any residual solvents. While not an inept idea, this method is by no means a foolproof method, just because it does not ignite, doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain residual solvents.. The concern of contaminants is centred mostly around the residuals that are blended into the oil. Finally, always look for particles or plant matter, no oil should ever have any solids in it and the presence there of indicates a poor process in general.

At the end of the day, as an illegal substance, cannabis oils are not regulated or controlled. So as a user the responsibility of safe and metered use is yours. Do as much research as you can about the different types of oils and their main application. Always question your supplier and if they don’t know the origin or process, insist they find out. The more you know about the oil the safer your purchases will be.

Where to buy cannabis oil in South Africa?

Finding cannabis oil is not difficult and many sites trade openly. Your best bet is to compare as many sources as possible, you might even find some of the vendors have the same supplier!

Sites like Zolr.co.za make your life easier and are a great way to compare the quality of oils on the market. The government seems to be dragging their heels on the issue and their regulatory stance is simply absurd. Clandestine oils and the black market will not disappear and so it is up to the community to maintain the standard appropriate for safe use.

Until the government and private sector can provide services to assure the safety of unregulated oils, it is pertinent to find the higher road. Accepting poorer quality oils or processes is only contributing to prohibitive rhetoric. Many states in the USA have managed to maintain an exceptionally high standard, shouldn’t we too?

Find cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa on Zolr.co.za

Related news

SA’s Best Vaporizer Store

61 thoughts on “Cannabis Oil in South Africa – Buyer’s Guide

  1. Excellent article, man. Very informative and entertaining 🙂 Thanks for the info and keep fighting the good fight <3

  2. Oh wow, great article!

    I will be sending this to so many people. Especially know about people with cancer, will send this to their parents so they can ask the medical institutions directly for cannabis oil so we can get the demand going.

    Yes, it is very expensive as it is very difficult and time consuming to make. I never have enough stock for all the people requests. I just couldn’t believe how many people already done the research and is looking for it urgently. So I try to refer them here and fb to join the movement.

    The people WILL prevail and the people WILL win this fight!

    R*

  3. which butane brands available in South Africa that can be used to make HBO

  4. I can help if you need cannabis oil.
    To make your own or to buy at a reasonable price.

  5. hi

    my dad has just been diagnosed with stage IV bladder, prostate, bone and lung cancer and I would like to help him – please can you give me guidance on this!

  6. […] as treatment for cancer and a plethora of other ailments has boomed due to the immersion of cannabis concentrates and oils that are a lot more discreet and desirable than a joint or bong full of zol. The recreational use […]

  7. Thc Crosses the blood brain barrier. The route of administration makes a differance as to the amount of uptake. Anal being the most effective. That is taking oil this route does not prevent getting high.

  8. Anyone had positive results using cannabis oil for children with autism? My son is almost 5 and on medication with many side effects. I am keep on trying a more natural alternative.

    1. Hey there, apparently it works great for autism from what I’m told. Has helped some walk and talk while helping others concentrate and socialise etc.

  9. Before you venture down that road make sure that you have all the facts. DON’T give your child anything with a high THC value. The CBD values in some strains of Indica have proven very successful. BEWARE OF SNAKE OIL SALESMEN

  10. Can we just get this legalized? So many people are suffering

  11. I have been diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Will it help and where can I get hold of it in the Johannesburg area. I can be contacted at johanngrbouwer@gmail.com

  12. […] or medical pioneering that is driving a black market wild west like boom in illicit cannabis concentrate […]

  13. Hi. – western cape here. Very cool article.

  14. THIS is how i got my lover back in just 24hour, my name is marcy from Australia we both were have am affair that lend to engagement of ring before i knew it my best friend that i introduce my fiance to went behind me and started dating my lover with that my fiance put a stop and delay to our weding, i never knew it was my best friend that is telling her everything she the person putting obstacle on my marriage in a matter of time my fiance called me and said he can not continuing with the marriage and the reason is best know to him.that was the reason he never bother to tell me and he stop picking my calls and replying my sms, i was depress in just one month when i was browsing online i saw some great testimony about Dr Ebhoselozala how he bring back people lover and restored all that have lost in just 24hour, that is how i contact ebhoselozalaspellcaster@gmail.com to my greatest surprise after the casting of the spell my fiance called me immediately and run down to my house and start begging me for all he has done to me and how my best friend came and seduce he and how he used charm on him he confess all to me that he very sorry that i should accept him back to my life i was so surprise that my best friend could do this to me. with the power of Dr Ebhoselozala every thing came back to me in just 24hour, people in the world beware of friends if not for Dr Ebhoselozala i would that lost my lover forever thank for Dr Ebhoselozala for every thing contact him on ebhoselozalaspellcaster@gmail.com that is how my fiance come back to me in the following weeks we get married and become husband and wife all with the help of Dr Ebhoselozala contact him now if you want all your problem to be solve.

  15. I need medical support for cancer treatment in the Pretoria area

  16. Hi there is there anyone in jhb that I can get in touch with to get the oil?

  17. Beware folks 99% of the people saying they have CB Oil are scammers. The fact is people who make this stuff do not advertise their stuff over the internet as they get referrals from people who have used them in the past. Even if the few who post online are legit how can you judge the quality of their product. I understand being desperate for it can cloud ones judgement but the truth is scammers are ALWAYS looking to target the vulnerable. They wont care lying about having cancer and giving you a bogus source who will scam you. The only good news is those who lie about getting cancer or scam the sick are GOING TO GET IT 100% called Karma.

  18. big thanks to Dr. Daniel Floyd and all the management of Dr. Daniel Floyd Pharmaceuticals their life saving cannabis oil cured my wife of thyroid cancer , the doctor told me there was little they could do and despite all the chemotherapy and radiation, she was not responding to treatment. so a friend of mine came to our rescue by ordering the cannabis oil from Dr. Daniel pharmaceutical. Which actually is established by one of the students of Rick Simpson, covered by the legal certification of Rick Simpson. Dr. Daniel Floyd has been helping patients fight cancer of various types, as it is almost impossible to reach Rick Simpson himself on time. So we decided give it a try, so far my wife is improving very well and today she can walk around the house all by herself. I believe it is necessary to let others, especially those suffering from this acute disease that once you have this oil, it can really give a second chance at life. If you happen to be in need of this oil, should contact the via this email: drdanielfloyd@gmail.com

  19. i am grateful toDr. Daniel Floyd and all the management of Dr. Daniel
    Floyd Pharmaceuticals their life saving cannabis oil cured my wife of
    thyroid cancer , the doctor told me there was little they could do and
    despite all the chemotherapy and radiation, she was not responding to
    treatment. so a friend of mine came to our rescue by ordering the
    cannabis oil from Dr. Daniel pharmaceutical. Which actually is
    established by one of the students of Rick Simpson, covered by the legal
    certification of Rick Simpson. Dr. Daniel Floyd has been helping
    patients fight cancer of various types, as it is almost impossible to
    reach Rick Simpson himself on time. So we decided give it a try, so far
    my wife is improving very well and today she can walk around the house
    all by herself. I believe it is necessary to let others, especially
    those suffering from this acute disease that once you have this oil, it
    can really give a second chance at life. If you happen to be in need of
    this oil, should contact the via this email: drdanielfloyd@gmail.com

  20. I want to thank Dr Glenn Whelan and all the management of Rite Aid Corporations for their life saving cannabis oil that cured my wife of thyroid cancer , the doctors told me there was little they could do and despite all the chemotherapy and radiation, she was not responding to treatment. so a friend of mine came to our rescue by ordering the cannabis oil from Rite Aid Corporationsl. Which actually is established by one of the students of Rick Simpson, covered by the legal certification of Rick Simpson. Dr. Glenn Whelan has been helping patients fight cancer of various types, as it is almost impossible to reach Rick Simpson himself on time. So we decided to give it a try, so far my wife is improving very well and today she can walk around the house all by herself. I believe it is necessary to let others, especially those suffering from this acute disease that once you have this oil, it can really give a second chance at life. If you happen to be in need of this oil, should contact the via this email: riteaidcorps@gmail.com

  21. I would like to know if its the plant which is ilegal or the thc in the plant which makes it ilegal? Any idea where i can find information on whats makes a drug a drug in South Africa? Any help would be gratful!

    1. The entire plant is illegal, even the seeds. Check out the drug act and trafficking act of 2002

  22. I have come across a green oil machine which can be used to extract the oils from the plant but it does not seem to be available in South Africa. Has anyone heard of this machine and does anyone know if it can be obtained here?

  23. I am Korean and my mother is the end of ovarian cancer. To save her, I am sincerely looking for more than 50% of THC oil. In addition, the CBD component should be around 2 ~ 20% or more.
    Please contact me at hyunji8803@naver.com if you can help me.

  24. Great article and good advice. Have a eye condition called macular degeneration (wet). Read claims that cannabis oil can be of help. Now the 1000$ question, who is serious legit suppliers and how to recognize and avoid the snake-oil sellers?

  25. Awesome article and still so relevant today. Great job on this resource.

  26. Bobby What can i use for my dads cancer could you email me more info michelledupreez35@gmail.com

  27. Hello All
    Does any one know of a good solvent in South Africa to extract the oil? your help is appreciated

  28. So I am thinking of farming with cannabis to extract the oil, what is the best climate and soil and where can I get the best plants or seed?
    mar@plutusconsulting.co.za

Comments are closed.