The Australian Broadcasting Commission reports
After years watching his daughters Morgan and Ariel suffer from the chronic auto-immune disease Crohn’s, Stephen Taylor decided to research medical cannabis.
“A couple of times there I carried Morgan into hospital weighing around 32 kilograms — actually carrying her in my arms and and crying,” he told ABC program the 7.30 Report.
After finding no doctor would take on the lengthy Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) application process for legal access to medical cannabis, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
He began juicing cannabis to treat his daughters.
Now his home has been raided and he’s facing the serious prospect of going to jail.
Iain McGregor, Professor of Psychopharmacology at the Lambert Initiative For Cannabinoid Therapeutics at Sydney University, said juicing cannabis was not at all like smoking the plant.
“Juicing the cannabis green material … gives a very different cannabinoid profile than smoking cannabis,” he told 7.30.
“In many ways, juicing is a positive thing to do because you don’t get nearly as much of the intoxicating element, which is THC [tetrahyrdocannabinol] and you get another component of cannabinoid, which is THCA [tetrahydocannabinolic acid] which has very strong anti-inflammatory properties in the gut.
“Proper clinical trials on THCA have not been done and this is one of the generic problems that we have with medicinal cannabis, this prohibition that we have over the years is really stymieing progress in terms of learning the therapeutic effects of the plant.”