Cannabis Science - Cannabis Studies
January 23, 2018

Cannabis 101: Introduction to Medical Cannabis

Mel Perron
3 min

Whether you’re completely for it or against it, it’s typical to have a strong opinion when it comes to cannabis. The reality of the situation is that while there has historically been a negative stigma surrounding cannabis, this is slowly changing as we approach legalization.

Through organizations like Compass Cannabis Clinic, safe and legal marijuana can be sourced from Licensed Producers. LP’s are growers who are licensed and regulated by Health Canada for the legal production of cannabis for patients. Marijuana has been proven to be highly beneficial for the treatment and reduction of symptoms for a number of ailments.

These ailments include (and are not limited to):

Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic pain, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, Migraines, Multiple sclerosis, Muscle spasms, Parkinson’s disease, P.T.S.D, Seasonal Affective Disorder & many more…

How Cannabis Helps

  • With its natural pain reducing abilities, cannabis is an extension of traditional plant medicines
  • Provides a safer alternative to cigarette smoking for those who are trying to quit
  • Combats loss of appetite caused by HIV, chronic illness or eating disorders
  • Assists with nausea caused from cancer chemotherapy
  • Contains natural chemicals that are sedative, relieve pain, are anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant
  • Cannabis assists people in reducing their need for alcohol and prescription and chemical drugs

The chemical compounds found within cannabis gives the plant the anti-inflammatory properties it is becoming known for. While there are dozens of cannabinoids, the two most famous ones are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

While cannabis does not entirely heal medical ailments, it does provide relief in dealing with such symptoms (i.e. reduced pain, reduced stress, etc.). While the traditional method historically has been to smoke cannabis in rolled paper, today we have a wealth of ingestion methods that are available. This includes smoking through a vape pen, the use of oil and tinctures, and ingesting through capsules and edibles. All have proven to help with the negative effects of everyday illnesses and so cannabis has become an alternative treatment option for patients looking for relief.  

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