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Understanding the Science of Medically Prescribed Cannabis

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February 05, 2018 9:00 AM

Understanding-the-Science-of-Medically-Prescribed-Cannabis---compressor-1.jpgIn 2001, Canada legalized medically prescribed cannabis. The Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) allowed Canadians who suffered from cancer, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis to use the drug to treat symptoms such as pain, seizures, nausea, and muscle spasms. Since then, two other regulations have been created to enable citizens to use medical cannabis. 

In 1923, marijuana was criminalized, which put roadblocks in front of researchers. There are still stringent rules surrounding medical cannabis research, but scientists are trying to catch up and learn as much as they can.

The Main Components in Medically Prescribed Cannabis

There are two main components in cannabis: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabinoids like THC interact with neurological receptors in the body in the same way that naturally occurring chemicals do. They can affect everything from the immune system to the ability to remember details in the short and long term. As scientists learn more about cannabinoids, we’ll start to understand the full effects.

 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component that produces the psychoactive effects or the “stoned” feeling you get. While, at first glance, it can seem like this component wouldn’t be beneficial for anything other than recreational use, scientists currently believe it can help reduce pain. This would make it a better option than an opioid because it doesn’t have the addictive qualities that an opioid does.

Cannabidiol is a component that gives a relaxing effect to the body, without the psychoactive effects that THC has. This component is often used by people suffering from PTSD or epilepsy.

Understanding the different components of medically prescribed cannabis can help scientists further learn what they can do. For patients, it’s helpful to understand how medically prescribed cannabis works and how it helps. The more information you have, the better able you are to make informed decisions about your medical care.

Different Strains of Medically Prescribed Cannabis

New medical users often don’t know much about cannabis. For example, they don’t know that there’s more than one kind of cannabis. Medically cannabis comes in many different strains, which can be sativa, indica, or hybrid. Each strain has its own unique effects, and thus some strains work better than others to treat different health problems. Some of the most popular strains are Sour-Diesel, Granddaddy Purple, and Blue Dream.

Sour-Diesel is one of the best strains for producing uplifting and energizing effects, so it’s often used to treat depression and stress. It’s also used for pain management. Sour-Diesel also contains a high amount of THC, which can leave people feeling high.

Granddaddy Purple (GDP) creates relaxing and euphoric effects (because it also has a high amount of THC). It’s used to treat a variety of health problems such as pain, stress, muscle spasms, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

Blue Dream is one of the hybrid strains, and it’s one of the most popular because it relieves patients’ symptoms quickly without giving them the high.

There’s still so much that scientists don’t know about medically prescribed cannabis because of the laws in place that prevent scientists from learning more about it. What we do know, however, is very promising. Medical marijuana is a good option for treating a variety of symptoms. For more information about medical cannabis, go to Aleafia’s Total Health Clinic, as the doctors there will be able to give you more specifics about medical cannabis and how it can treat your health problems.

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