Medical Cannabis

A tool to achieve health and wellness naturally

Cannabis (also referred to marijuana) has been marketed as a medical marvel of science withheld from the general public until recently due to misguided negative perceptions of the typical marijuana user by mainstream media, the racist, sordid history of the “gateway drug”, and Western archaic drug-war laws. While medical cannabis is neither the new wonder drug or the vile “Evil Weed,” it is an effective tool that a physician can use to treat the entire human body.

What is medical cannabis?

According to DrugAbuse.gov, Medical Cannabis is, “the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions.” It is also important to note that The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine as it is still Federally illegal. With that being said, scientific studies have shown that the chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, are effective at helping patients with a wide range of medical issues.

Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis

PTSD (Anxiety)

Nausea

Depression

Tourette’s Syndrome

Neuropathic Pain

Spasticity (Multiple Sclerosis)

Fibromyalgia

Ulcerative Colitis

Arthritis

Bipolar Disorder

Insomnia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Headaches (Migraine/Chronic)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Autism

Endocannabinoid System

Modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system has turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few.

What is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the 113 cannabinoids identified in the flowering plant genus Cannabis. The psychoactive chemical has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms. THC demonstrates its effects through weak partial agonist activity at Cannabinoid-1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid-2 (CB2) receptors, while having a higher affinity for CB1 receptors. In chronic cannabis users, the CB1 receptor can become desensitized and lead to Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). THC is a Schedule I drug of the Controlled Substances Act and remains illegal on the Federal level in the United States.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis with analgesic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic, neuroprotective, anti-oxidant, and anti-psychotic activity. CBD does not have the psychoactive properties of THC. CBD has little affinity for the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2). Instead, it acts as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid. This means that CBD acts to suppress the CB1 and CB2 activating qualities of a cannabinoid like THC. CBD has also been found to interact with other non-cannabinoid receptors, including 5-HT1A receptors and the vanilloid receptor TRPV-1. CBD is legal in all 50 states.

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