ABC News reports on a Canberra naturopath’s suspended sentence for providing patients with medicinal cannabis liquids.
Canberra naturopath receives suspended sentence
Ryan Franzi, 39, was arrested when cannabis oil and tinctures were found in his home last year. In August, he admitted to producing and supplying clients of his naturopathy business who are terminally ill, as well as his own daughter, with cannabis medicines.
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Cannabis oil for his daughter’s anxiety and sleeplessness
He explained in court that he gave his daughter the medicine because she was at risk of trying cannabis anyway. He gave her the cannabis oil for her anxiety and sleeplessness.
Franzi admitted he knew it was illegal to make liquids from cannabis, but he hoped to get a head start in his practice once it was legalized. He got the cannabis from one of his patients.
He first used it himself for an eye condition
He said he first produced the oils and tinctures to treat his own eye condition.
ACT Supreme Court Justice John Burns called it “highly unscientific” that Franzi believed his recovery was due to the medicinal cannabis he produced. He said he accepts that Franzi didn’t sell cannabis for financial gain, but administering it to his daughter was reckless.
He said he understands that Franzi thought legalization was forthcoming, and that he would have an advantage by being prepared, but the supply was to a child, and breached his responsibility as a parent.
Judge says he is reckless
He said the truth is Franzi’s administration of cannabis to his daughter can only be considered as reckless. Justice Burns said it is an unusual case but nonetheless a significant criminal offence, and he accepted the chance of him committing the same crime was slim.
Franzi received a 12 month suspended sentence with an 18-month good behaviour order.
CBD oil for anxiety
It is not clear from the article if the oil Franzi gave his daughter was CBD oil or whether it contained higher levels of THC, but it is more likely CBD oil given the stated reason for its use.
Some recent crossover studies showed 400mg CBD oil decreased subjective anxiety of 10 social anxiety disorder patients that didn’t know whether they received CBD or a placebo. Another similar study among 24 social anxiety disorder patients receiving 600mg of CBD also showed significant reduction in anxiety, as well as reduction in cognitive impairment, and fear of speech performance simulating public speaking, in comparison to a parallel, placebo control group.
In other words Franzi might be considered as reckless by judge Burns, but the reason for him doing this is surely based on existing evidence, and CBD does improve sleeplessness, which could increase anxiety levels naturally. Whether CBD oil reduces anxiety will only be confirmed once further clinical evidence can prove it.