Great potential for medicinal cannabis
“Science is just starting to get a grip on the endocannabinoid system and its role in the body… but you can visually see that this stops an MS sufferer having shakes, stops a child having seizures…” Xan explains.
The pioneering cannabinoid research and innovation ongoing at OXON Medical, one of the Equinox brands, is a source of great pride for Xan.
Although the UK can grow Cannabis sativa very well, Equinox, which is a vertically integrated British cannabis company, currently works with partners growing medicinal and pharmaceutical cannabis overseas, despite having a licence to grow high-THC cannabis in the UK. These licenses, only a handful of which are available, permit growers to harvest leaves, buds or flowers from their crop.
Having created medical cannabis brand OXON, under the Equinox banner, Xan is now in the process of establishing strategic partnerships in order to support rapid growth and the next stage of development.
- The OXON brand is designed to serve the emerging and fast growing medical cannabis market. The name is an abbreviation of Oxford, a city that Equinox has strong ties with;
- The brand is supported by Oxford Antibiotic Group, driving their innovation and IP, following the completion of a 24-month project to develop Equinox’s proprietary THC and CBD cannabinoid formulations for producing EU-approved medical products to target common diseases;
- Oxford Antibiotic Group is a leading drug discovery and development company that combines Austrian expertise with Oxford’s excellence in Chemistry and Life Sciences.
Opportunities for medicinal cannabis to be discussed
The endocannabinoid system is a fundamental component of the human central nervous system, with a role in pain and inflammation3 but also in appetite, motor control, sleep and many other functions4. It is by stimulation of this natural system, that plant-derived cannabinoids are able to achieve their diverse range of medical properties.
At the upcoming Agri-TechE event participants will discuss the diverse topics associated with Cannabis sativa. and how to move forward with the cultivation of hemp and cannabis production in the UK over the coming years.
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