Is Cannabis right for me?

Cannabis has shown promise for a number of ailments; it is important to understand how cannabis interacts with your body to understand if medical cannabis is right for you.
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Cannabis Applied to Ailments

While cannabis research is still in the early stages, it has shown promise in treating and managing the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments. Below, is a list of ailments cannabis can potentially help.

Relax

Eat

Sleep

Forget

Protect

Epilepsy
Migraines
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson's Disease
Tourette's Syndrome
Cancer (Chemotherapy)
Eating Disorders
Nausea
Insomnia
Depression
Anxiety
Alzheimer's
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Arthritis
Chronic Pain
Eczema and Psoriasis
Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma
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Endocannabinoid System

The ECS is found in all mammals and is responsible for eat, sleep, relax, forget, and protect responses. The ECS is comprised of two receptors, cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid 2 (CB2).

Endocannabinoids that interact with these receptors, regulating our bodies homeostasis, these endocannabinoids are called anandamide and 2-AG. The last component of the ECS are the enzymes our bodies produce to break down these compounds.

THC and CBD - Cannabinoids

There are over 113 cannabinoids with more being discovered. The most commonly discussed in the medical cannabis industry are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body, by “taking the place” of the endocannabinoids found within the body.

Tetrahydrocannabinol

Binds with the CB1 receptors in our endocannabinoid system, and can potentially provide great pain management and reduction. THC is also the cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis.

  • Anti-Nausea
  • Pain Relief
  • Appetite Stimulant
  • Sleep Aid

Cannabidiol

Binds with the CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system and can provide huge anti-inflammatory effects and potential benefits. CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis, which means, unlike its partner THC it does not get you high.

  • Anti-Nausea
  • Pain Relief
  • Appetite Stimulant
  • Sleep Aid

Terpenes

The chemicals responsible for the smell and taste of all plants. Terpenes lend certain traits and characteristics to different strains of cannabis, creating unique and specific medical benefits, as well as flavors and smells. Below we’ve listed six common terpenes that are found in cannabis.

Pinene

Pinene is a potent bronchodilator and could be helpful in the treatment of respiratory issues such as asthma.

Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Bronchodilator

  • Energizing

Myrcene

Myrcene is able to augment THC effectiveness, and is also a helpful sleep aid.

Properties

  • Sedative

  • Muscle Relaxant

  • Sleep Aid

Limonene

Limonene is a potent mood-boosting, antifungal, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic terpene.

Properties

  • Anti-anxiety

  • Anti-depressant

  • Anti-bacterial

Linalool

Linalool has clinical potential as an anti-convulsant and anti-bacterial agent with pain and anxiety reduction qualities.

Properties

  • Anesthetic

  • Anti-convulsant

  • Anti-anxiety

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene has beneficial properties against diabetes, depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis, and colitis.

Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Cell protection

  • Analgesic

Humulene

Humulene is considered to be anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anorectic (suppresses appetite).

Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Appetite Suppressant

  • Analgesic

Entourage Effect

This theory states that using “whole plant medicine” where you are ingesting or inhaling multiple compounds from the cannabis plant changes and in some cases enhances the effects of these compounds.

Compounds such as terpenes also double down on the effectiveness of cannabinoids, creating more “bang for your buck” in your medicine.

Consumption Methods

There are many different ways to consume cannabis, below we’ve listed some of the most common consumption methods along with the pros and cons.

Inhalation

Onset
Instantly
Duration
3-5 Hours

Both vaporizing and smoking cannabis allow for instant absorption through your lungs.
Best for ailments that require fast acting relief, like anxiety attacks, or breakthrough pain

Edibles

Onset
45 Minutes
Duration
5-7 Hours

Ingesting cannabis through edibles has a gradual, stronger and longer lasting effect.
Edibles provide long lasting relief for ailments that are constant like chronic pain, or insomnia.

Tinctures

Onset
15-30 Minutes
Duration
4-6 Hours

Ingesting cannabinoids through tinctures and cannabis oil is quite similar to edibles but can absorb into your body much faster.
Tinctures provide long lasting relief, best for ailments that are constant like chronic pain, or insomnia.

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