Cannabis is a natural plant medicine, and while under practitioner and educator direction, can be wholly therapeutic to patients. Though it traditionally was smoked or inhaled, medical cannabis can be vaporized, taken by ingestible oil, capsules, or made at home into edibles or topicals. CBD counteracts the ‘high’ or psychoactive effects of THC, and in partner with a healthcare practitioner and an educator of medical cannabis, you can begin to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in away tailored just for you.
Many pharmaceutical agents that are commonly prescribed are metabolized by the liver and/or kidneys which potentially causes harm over time. Cannabis however is processed through our blood stream and endocannabinoid system maintaining a healthier balance in our bodies. This system is one of the largest in our nervous system, with an important job to maintain a healthy balance within our bodies. Cannabis’ THC and CBD (phytocannabinoids) work together to replace any of our bodies deficient endocannabinoids (e.g. anandamide and 2-AG) by binding to receptors within the endocannabinoid system.
There are two main species of cannabis; cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Cannabis sativa species is known physically for its tall plants and thin fan leaves, and medicinally they are known for bringing patients an uplifting and mentally stimulating effect. Cannabis indica species is known oppositely for its short, bushy plants and its thick and wide fan leaves; medicinally, they are generally more physically sedative, relaxing the body’s muscles, dulling aches and pains. Hybrids or cross-breeds of the two exist, which bring both effects together for those looking to find both mental and physical relief.
On top of species type, each strain of cannabis plant has a different profile of both cannabinoids and terpenes, which each have their own added ‘bonus’ medicinal effects. The species, cannabinoids and terpenes all work together in what’s known as ‘the entourage effect’. The entourage effect is when the cannabis species, cannabinoids and terpene profile of a specific strain all come together synergistically to magnify certain medical benefits, working together to promote our health in various ways.
See The Endocannabinoid System for more information.