WHAT IS MEDICAL CANNABIS?

Medical Cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, refers to the flowering head or “bud” of the female cannabis plant. Medical cannabis shouldn’t be seen as a cure for any disease, however it is a medicine used to relieve the symptoms caused by a variety of medical conditions.

WHY MEDICAL CANNABIS WORKS

(The Endocannabinoid System):

Every person has an endocannabinoid system, just like a nervous system and digestive system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in many processes in your body including pain sensation, appetite, mood, and memory.

Your endocannabinoid system naturally produces chemicals similar to those found in medical cannabis. These chemicals work to pass messages between the brain and different parts of the body through your neurons and receptors. Some medical conditions affect the proper functioning of the endocannabinoid system, which can lead to many of the symptoms that patients experience as a part of their condition.

The cannabinoids introduced with medical cannabis help to treat those symptoms by supplementing the endocannabinoids normally produced in your body, and contributing to your endocannabinoid system as a whole.

THC vs. CBD

THC

THC makes up the majority of active ingredients in most medical cannabis strains. Produces most of the psychoactive effects of medical cannabis.

Common conditions THC may help with include:·

  • · Nerve Pain/Sciatica
  • · Anxiety/Depression
  • · Insomnia
  • · Anti-Nausea

CBD

Does not cause Euphoria (HIGH). It is considered to have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic properties. CBD also helps to make the “high” caused by THC more tolerable and can have an impact reducing the likelihood patients will experience paranoia or anxiety caused by THC.

Common conditions CBD may help with include:

  • · Anti-Inflammatory
  • · Arthritis/Chronic Pain
  • · Chrohn’s
  • · IBS
  • · Anxiety/Depression
  • · Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • · Tremors
  • · Fibromyalgia
  • · MS
  • · ADHD/ADD
  • · Epilepsy
  • · Tremors
  • · Stress
  • · Muscle Spasms
  • · Parkinson’s Disease

CHOOSING STRAINS

There are many different strains of medical cannabis, each can have its own effects and possibly different therapeutic uses. Every strain can provide a different experience which can vary from person to person. To ensure you get the most out of your treatment, it is important to find a strain that best meets your medical needs.

Calming · Night time use

Indica strains are known for their calming benefits, and generally create a sedative feeling. This sensation tends to be centered in the body, which relaxes as muscle tension is reduced.

Uplifting · Daytime use

Sativa strains are known for their stimulating properties by providing a cerebral, energetic ‘high’ effect which is experienced in the mind as well as in the body.

Balanced Strain · Daytime or Night time use

Hybrid strains are a breed of the two main types,Indica and Sativa, which gives a general balanced feeling and the benefits of both plants.

CONSUMPTION METHODS

Cannabis can be inhaled (ie. combusted or vaporized) or ingested for medical purposes. Effects and dosage may vary depending on the method used.
The one important recommendation to follow: Start low and go slow.

INHALATION

COMBUSTION
Cannabis can be combusted with devices such as a bong or pipe, or by a pre-roll.Combustion produces an almost instantaneous effect and, concurrently, a quick symptom relief.

VAPORIZATION
Vaporizing involves heating the dried cannabis until the active cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are released in the form of a vapor. The product is not heated to a point where combustion occurs and smoke is released, eliminating a lot of the harmful chemicals and effects of combustion.

Faster onset of effects: Within minutes.

Shorter duration of effects: 2-4 hours, in some cases up to 6.

INGESTION

Oral consumption has a slower effect than other delivery methods, since the cannabinoids must be first absorbed through the digestive system and liver. To account for the slower absorption, start with a small quantity and monitor the effects prior to taking more.

Delayed onset of effects: Up to 2 hours or longer.

Longer duration of effects: 6-10 hours or longer.

Shorter duration of effects: 2-4 hours, in some cases up to 6.

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