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What is Full Extract Cannabis Oil?

Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) is a highly-concentrated essential oil of the cannabis plant. FECO differs greatly from traditional CBD products in that FECO contains a much higher concentration THC.  This differs from traditional hemp-derived CBD products, which contain under 0.3% THC.  The higher concentration of THC can lead to hallucinogenic properties, and other negative side effects. However, the medical community appears to be researching the substance in relation to aiding cancer treatments.  Even so, more research is needed to determine its safety and effectiveness in humans before any claims can be made.

Research Studies on FECO

There are very few research studies concerning FECO.

Of the studies conducted, one recent study was by India’s Amit University. The study, published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, seems to conclude that cannabis may be able to relieve some of the effects of cancer. According to the study, “Medicinal research and meta-data analysis over the last few decades have shown a significant potential for both THC and cannabidiol (CBD) to exert palliative effects. People suffering from many forms of advanced stages of cancers undergo chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting followed by severe and chronic neuropathic pain and weight loss. THC and CBD exhibit effective analgesic, anxiolytic, and appetite-stimulating effect on patients suffering from cancer.”

Another research study was published in the Journal of Pancreatic Cancer.  The study, titled  Potential Use of Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer analyzed the impact of CBD and THC on pancreatic cancer. The study suggests, “CBD and THC appear to have antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects.” Even so, the study also recognizes that “[c]linical studies on the utility of cannabinoids in the treatment of pancreatic cancer are lacking and urgently needed.”

As with any research study, such studies should be viewed with caution. Many more research studies are needed to determine the efficacy, safety, and effectiveness of FECO.  At this point, there is little to no evidence showing that FECO has any beneficial qualities or is able to support cancer therapy or other medical treatment. More alarming is that there are side effects associated with FECO.

The Side Effects of FECO

Given that there is a high amount of THC in FECO, it can cause a range of psychological symptoms, including but not limited to:

  •  Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  •  Disorientation
  • Hallucination

In addition to psychological symptoms, it can cause physical symptoms as well:

  • Impaired memory
  • Dizziness
  • Slower reaction time
  • Slow digestion
  • Sleeping problems.

Summary

At this point, it cannot be concluded that FECO is safe or effective based on the very few research studies. Further, due to the high THC content, the side effects, and lack of evidence surrounding FECO, it should be viewed with caution. In addition, individuals considering cannabis for medical conditions should talk to their doctor, and should review the medical marijuana laws in their state. Although some states have medical cannabis programs for qualifying patients, cannabis is illegal under federal law and is scheduled as a Schedule I substance. Cannabis is illegal in the United States under federal law and is classified as a Schedule I substance.

This article is for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing should be interpreted as legal or wellness advice.

 

 

 

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