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These 5 medicinal cannabis products failed to meet the TGA’s requirements

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Part of the TGA’s job description is to make sure medicinal cannabis products are up to standard. To check those standards, they recently tested 22 medicinal cannabis products available to Australian patients.

For cannabis medicines in herbal form, the requirements state they must not be less than 80% of the stated content, and not more than 120%.

For cannabis medicines in any other form, they must not be less than 90% of the stated content, and not more than 110%.

These are the five which failed the testing:

  • Bedrocan Dried Cannabis Flos for Inhalation – 74.9%
  • Spectrum Blue Cannabis Oil – 87.1%
  • LGP Classic 20:5 Cannabis Oil – 88.3%
  • Althea Jasper Cannabis Oil – 111.2%
  • Althea Capilano Cannabis Oil – 110.1%

As you can see, none failed spectacularly, which is likely why none received any penalties (yet). The TGA simply issued warnings and reminded them of the penalties of not conforming to TGO93.

The remaining 17 products all fell in line with the requirements.

Here are all the test results:

Product NameSupplierStated ContentTest Result
Satipharm CBD 50 Gelpell Cannabidiol 50 mg CapsulesHealth House International50 mg CBD/capCBD: 95.8%
Nanabis Cannabis Oil Extract 8.33mg/mL of THC & 8.33mg/mL of CBDMedlab Clinical Ltd (VIC)CBD 8.33 mg/mL
THC 8.33 mg/mL
CBD: 107.9%
THC: 103.5%
MXP 100 CBD 100mg/mL Oral, drops, solutionHealth House International100 mg/mL CBDCBD: 100.6%
Medicabilis 5% CBD 50mg CBD & <2mg THC per mL Oral SolutionBod Australia Ltd50 mg/mL CBD
<2 mg/mL THC
CBD: 93.5%
THC: < 2 mg/mL
T15 Flower for Vaporisation 10g 15.0% THC, <1.0% CBDCannatrek Medical Pty Ltd15% THC, <1.0 % CBDTHC: 92.5%
Tilray 100 CBD Oral Solution (100mg/mL CBD)Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Pty Ltd100 mg/mL CBDCBD: 102.1%
Tilray 10 THC 10 CBD Oral Solution (10mg/mL THC, 10mg/mL CBD)Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Pty Ltd10 mg/mL CBD
10 mg/mL THC
CBD: 97.6%
THC: 90.8%
Tilray 25 THC 25 CBD Oral Solution (25mg/mL THC, 25mg/mL CBD)Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Pty Ltd25 mg/mL CBD
25 mg/mL THC
CBD: 107.4%
THC: 91.9%
Tilray Purified CBD 25 (Cannabidiol 25mg/mL)Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Pty Ltd25 mg/mL CBDCBD 102.1 %
Bedrocan Dried Cannabis Flos for Inhalation (22% THC, < 1% CBD)Novachem Pty Ltd22% THC
<1% CBD
THC 74.9%
GD Cann C Purified Cannabidiol 100mg/mLGD Pharma Pty LtdCBD 100 mg/mLCBD: 100.8%
Spectrum Therapeutics Yellow Cannabis Oil (CBD 20mg/mL, THC less than 1mg/mL)Anspec Pty Ltd20 mg/mL CBD
<1 mg/mL THC
CBD: 95.3%
THC: < 1 mg/mL
Spectrum Blue Cannabis Oil (CBD 15 mg/mL, THC 10 mg/mL)Anspec Pty Ltd15 mg/mL CBD
10 mg/mL THC
CBD: 98.8%
THC: 87.1%
CDA Health Cannabidiol 240mg/mL OilBurleigh Heads Cannabis240mg/mL CBDCBD: 95.5%
Althea Capilano Cannabis Oil (10.72mg/mL THC, THCA; 12.79 mg/mL CBD, CBDA)Althea Company Pty Ltd12.5 (12.79) mg/mL CBD, CBDA
10 (10.72) mg/mL THC, THCA
CBD: 110.1%
THC: 104.8%
Althea Rideau Cannabis Oil (CBD, CBDA 24.57 mg/mL, THC, THCA 0.98 mg/mL)Althea Company Pty Ltd25 (24.57) mg/mL CBD, CBDA
>2 (0.98) mg/mL THC, THCA
CBD: 107.2%
THC: 0.96 mg/mL
Althea Henik Dried Cannabis for Vaporisation 10g (18.54% w/w THC, THCA; <0.07% w/w CBD, CBDA)Althea Company Pty Ltd18 (18.54) %w/w THC, THCA
<1 (<0.07) %w/w CBD, CBDA
87.3% total THC
CBD not detected
Althea Jasper Cannabis Oil (5.39mg/mL THC, THCA; 10.26mg/mL CBD, CBDA)Althea Company Pty Ltd10 (10.26) mg/mL CBD, CBDA
5 (5.39) mg/mL THC, TCHA
CBD: 111.2%
THC: 108.3%
Althea Champlain Cannabis Oil Champlain (20.19mg/mL THC, THCA; 0.00 mg/mL CBD, CBDA)Althea Company Pty Ltd<1 (0.00) mg/mL CBD, CBDA
20 (20.19) mg/mL THC, THCA
CBD not detected
THC: 101.8%
Althea CBD100 (Cannabidiol 100mg/ml, Tetrahydrocannabidiol less than 1mg/mL)Althea Company Pty Ltd100 mg/mL CBD;
<1 mg/mL THC
CBD: 106.5%
THC: not detected
LGP Classic 10:10 (Tetrahydrocannabinol 10mg/mL:Cannabidiol 10mg/mL)Little Green Pharma Pty Ltd10 mg/mL CBD;
10 mg/mL THC
CBD 94.2%
THC 96.7%
LGP Classic 20:5 (Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 20 mg/mL and cannabidiol (CBD) 5 mg/mL)Little Green Pharma Pty Ltd5 mg/mL CBD
20 mg/mL THC
CBD 88.3%
THC 99.1%

From what we know, this is the first publication of testing results released by the TGA, likely the first of many.

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