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Is Medical Cannabis right for me?

 

As anecdotal and scientific information has begun to become more abundant and deliberated over, Medical Cannabis has been brought to the forefront of our daily lives. More and more states begin to legalize cannabis for medical use. We are up to 29 states and counting, many states have the proposition on their ballot for this coming year. A few have even taken the step and legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. So that breeds the question, Is Medical Cannabis right for me?

As much as I would like to say always 100% yes, the reality is that this is a medicine and should be considered in such a light. Frank and in-depth conversations should be had with a doctor knowledgeable in the cannabis field. These conversations are necessary to give a potential patient an understanding of how medical cannabis works, and what they can expect. You wouldn’t go to CVS and grab some Tylenol off the shelf and just start taking it willy nilly your first time. The same should be said of cannabis. While cannabis has rather innocuous side effects and has never been medically linked to any deaths, caution should still be advised. We wouldn’t want a new patient to over consume, not enjoy or get the relief they seek and then write medical cannabis off all together.

A quick intro to some common Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids

A quick intro to some common Cannabinoids

THC and CBD are the two most prominently discussed cannabinoids, but there are actually several more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Many are still being discovered and researched. To name a few there are: CBG, THC, THCV, CBN, CBD, CBC. All of these cannabinoids start off in their acid form, ex: CBGA, THCA, CBDA, CBCA. It is not until the introduction of heat in a process called decarboxylation that we get the cannabinoids that we are most familiar. The acid forms of these cannabinoids do have medical value but we are going to primarily focus on the already decarboxylated versions in this article.

CBG aka Cannabigerol is the primary cannabinoid from which all others derive. It is the first neurogenic compound found in cannabis. (The plant first makes CBGA and then converts it to into other cannabinoids, the three major branches are THCA, CBDA, CBCA)

Some medical properties attributed to CBG are:

  • Non-Psycho active
  • Anti-fungal
  • Bone Stimulant
  • Anti-proliferative (CBG has been reported to inhibit the growth of human epithelial cancer tumors
  • Probably the most intriguing and important of compounds found in the plant
  • Strongly regenerative compared to other cannabinoids
  • Down regulates scar tissue
  • Likely insomnia treatment

THC aka Tetrahydrocannabinol is thought to be the most psychoactive of all the cannabinoids and is largely attributed to having many beneficial medicinal properties. (THCA and its derivatives are the 1st most major branch of cannabinoids)

Some medicinal properties attributed to THC are:

Safe Consumption and Practices

Consumption Safety

Safe Consumption and Practices

We have all had that friends or heard the anecdotal story of someone consuming cannabis in one of its various forms and have a bad time. The “high” was disorienting or they were unable to function in their normal capacity. I’m hear to tell you that is not the typical experience of a medical cannabis patient.

Most negative reactions stemming from cannabis consumption are due to over consumption. Everyone should always consult with their physician before consuming cannabis, there are medical conditions and other drug interactions that can also lead up to unwanted effects when coupled with cannabis consumption. With that being said Medical cannabis is an alternative medication to your typical pharmaceuticals that usually have no to minimal side effects. Anxiety and increased heart rate are among the most common negative effects. Most symptoms or side effects can be mediated by remaining calm, taking deep calming breaths and drinking some water.

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