Treatment Guideline for Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegenerative Disease Overview

Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which primarily affect the neurons in the human brain.  Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord.  Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die, they cannot be replaced by the body.

Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and/or death of nerve cells.  This causes problems with movement (called ataxias), or mental functioning (called dementias)

Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia
Parkinson’s Disease Prion Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Huntington’s Disease
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA) Lewy Body Disease

Neurodegenerative Conditions

This Treatment Guideline is to be used for cannabis oils that are endorsed by CannaMedica and is to be used as a guideline for the treatment of:

Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia
Parkinson’s Disease Prion Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Huntington’s Disease
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA) Lewy Body Disease


Our clients are people who have consistently chosen cannabis oil that has been endorsed by CannaMedica over conventional medicines that have let them down.  Nobody likes to get high, least of all when you are treating young children – if our oils are used correctly, this can be avoided completely.  Should you not feel comfortable or have any questions at any time, our trained staff are on standby to answer your concerns or questions.


Cannabis oils are best kept in a cool, dark environment.  Oils have a shelf-life of many years, but to avoid degradation, please keep away from direct light and heat.


For dosing when using a tincture, do not dilute in water or juice. All our oils are supplied in a dropper-top bottle for ease of dispensing.  Do not squeeze hard on the dropper bulb, but allow for gravitational dispensing of drops, while applying light pressure to the dropper bulb.  It is best dispensed directly into the mouth, but should you feel unsure, the drops can be dispensed onto a teaspoon to ensure accurate dosing.  CBD has a bitter taste and some people may find this unpleasant.  Should you feel uncomfortable with the taste, a small bit of honey on the teaspoon can assist.

cbd tincture
CannaMedica Endorses Icharos CBD oil – 20:1


CBD refers to cannabis oil with a high content ratio of CBD, which promotes general good health and wellbeing.  Cannabis oils with a high content of CBD are made from CBD-rich strains of cannabis and are not to be confused with hemp CBD, which has little to no therapeutic qualities and is a nutritional supplement.  CBD oil made from the cannabis plant contains a modicum of THC to render it effective.  In order for CBD to be at its most efficacious, it needs to work in synergy with THC, a phenomenon known as “The Entourage Effect”.   CBD is not psychoactive and is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory agent which effectively treats the pain associated with inflammation.

CBD Cannabis Oils endorsed by CannaMedica are CHILD-FRIENDLY.


In addition to the myriad of therapeutic and medicinal qualities that you can expect from CBD oil, taken on its own, can effectively treat the following conditions:

·         General Health & Wellbeing ·         Depression ·         Anxiety
·         Stress ·         Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) ·         Diabetes
·         Cancer Prevention ·         Cancer Remission ·         Heart Disease


CannaMedica endorses CBD oil produced from a CBD-rich strain with a 20:1 ratio CBD to THC.


THC tincture
CannaMedica endorses Icharos Delta 9 tinctures – 15:1


THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that causes the euphoric state that is commonly known as a “high”.  However, when micro-dosing with a tincture, this can be avoided, allowing your body to build up a tolerance over a short period of time.  There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to dosing with THC – it is different for everyone.  Most people need to get on with their daily lives, and cannot afford to be high.  With children, we also want to avoid this completely.  CannaMedica endorses a cannabis strain of 15:1 – THC/CBD.

The recommendation is to start on the lowest dosage, which is 1 drop (2mg), and increase the dosage by 1 drop at a time until you have found the desired dosage.  Remember that you need to feel comfortable – if you feel “high” or abnormal, decrease your dosage and remain on the lower dosage for 72 hours before increasing again.  Dosing twice per day is normally sufficient – early morning and later afternoon.  If you are having trouble sleeping and you are not using CBN as a sleep aid, a third dosage before bed is advisable.



Using our tincture, we recommend starting with a dosage of:

  • CBD: 5-10 drops of CBD 3 times per day.
  • THC: 2-3 drops 2-3 times per day. Starting on 2-3 drops will allow your body to build a resistance, and this can be increased by 1 drop per dosage every 48-72 hours if needed until the desired effect is reached.

All tinctures contain 1000mg extract and are suspended in 10ml MCT oil as a carrier liquid.  Each bottle contains 500+ drops and is supplied in a dropper-top bottle.  Each drop of tincture is equal to 2mg of cannabis extract.

CannaMedica is unable to comment on other cannabis oils, whose origins are unknown to us.  We recommend reading about Cannabis Oil in South Africa, before making any decisions.



All cannabis oils endorsed by CannaMedica are made from medical grade, organic cannabis flowers only.  The oils are processed in laboratory conditions using the latest technology.  Supercritical CO² extraction is the cleanest and least invasive extraction technique and is completely solvent-free.  The entire process, from soil to oil, is controlled – after all, what you put in is what you get out.  Our oils are not lab tested at local laboratories.


Every person’s tolerance levels vary.  Rather be safe and start with low dosages and increase until the desired effect is reached.  This way one avoids getting high altogether.  If too much THC or CBN is consumed too quickly, a “high” or “stoned” feeling can be experienced.  A general change in perception, euphoria (heightened mood) and an increase in appetite.  Short-term effects include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, red eyes and feelings of paranoia and/or anxiety.  In the event of experiencing a “high”, it is best to lie down, take a nap and sleep it off.  The feeling will pass!


The information contained in this guideline is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  All information is provided for educational purposes only.  You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.  Always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other healthcare providers before starting a new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment.  Talk to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Nothing contained herein is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.


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