Cannabis has a wide variety of medical uses. The legalization of marijuana is fast-approaching and many physicians are still reluctant to prescribe cannabinoids because they are not sure what dosage to prescribe. After all, most medical schools don't cover CBD cannabinoids in their pharmacology courses. Medical scientists are just now developing dosing schedules for medical marijuana.
Cannabis has been known to treat epilepsy, seizures, chronic pain, cancer, depression, anxiety and reduces the side effects of chemo or radiation. It can help people as young as eight months old and as old as 98 (on record). For most patients, they find the best way to treat these conditions is through dosages of CBD. A combination of CBD and THC will likely have a greater effect for a wider range of conditions than CBD or THC alone.
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The Plant & Its Properties
Cannabis has three different types: Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis.
• Sativa is an uplifter. One that you would want to take during the day to make you feel happy and joyful throughout the day. However, too much sativa in certain people will trigger anxiety.
For: Day Time Use • Cerebral High • Energetic • Stimulates Appetite • Enhances Creativity • Relieves Depression • Higher THC levels
• Indica is more for evening or night time. Awesome if you've had a rough day and just want to relax.
For: Night Time Use • Body High • Sedative • Relieves Anxiety • Relieves Pain • High CBD Levels
• Ruderalis is a small breed of cannabis along the same lines of hemp which make it low in THC but high in CBD.
CBD and THC both have the same healing properties. The difference between them is that THC gives the user a psychoactive feeling known as the high. Where CBD treats your condition without that feeling. THC actually helps more than CBD with its properties. However, most patients don't like the high feeling.
Cannabis contains almost 500 compounds, of which about 80 are used for medicine and science. Four of these compounds are used frequently in medicine.
THC is the chemical in cannabis that produces its psychoactive effects. This compound has been proven to also be a mild pain reliever, sleep inducer, as well as an antioxidant. CBD is one of the primary compounds extracted for medical benefits. CBD has been proven to relieve convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, cough, congestion and nausea. It inhibits cancer cell growth.
CBN is thought to inhibit the spread of cancer cells.
CB-1 relieves intraocular pressure of the eye and is used in the treatment of glaucoma.
How CBD Affects the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system exists to respond to endogenous cannabinoids produced by the human body. However, scientists have learned that the system will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources. According to the National Institute of Health, manipulating the endocannabinoid system by introducing external cannabinoids like CBD could be useful in treating a variety of medical ailments.
The endocannabinoid system includes two primary types of receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2. Unlike THC (which fit directly into the CB1 receptor), cannabinoids do not fit into either type of receptors perfectly. Instead, they stimulate activity in both receptors without actually binding to them. This results in changes within any cells that contain either receptors. CB1 and CB2 receptors are present throughout the body. The effects of CBD are systemic. According to Project CBD, research has shown that CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC by inhibiting its effect on CB1 receptors.
Other Effects of CBD
In addition to its impact on the endocannabinoid system, CBD also affects the body in other ways. For example, CBD binds directly to a g-protein coupled receptor known as TRPV-1,which is responsible for mediating body temperature, perceptions of pain and inflammation. CBD also activates serotonin receptors. Furthermore, in studies conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center, it was shown that cannabidiol has the power to inhibit the ID-1 gene, which is known to cause several aggressive cancers including certain cancers of breast, brain, lungs, ovaries and pancreas.
Medical research involving the possible use of CBD is ongoing. The list of conditions CBD could potentially help continues to grow.
Not Sure What To Do With It?
There are many ways to medicate. You may find that one method is more effective than another for specific needs. The effects vary with each method; sometimes effecting the length of time it takes for the herbal medication to take effect or how long the effects last.
Here are the five most common ways patients medicate with cannabis:
Historically the most traditional consumption method is smoking the dried flower or leaves of the cannabis plant. Cannabis can be smoked through a pipe, rolled into a joint or smoked using a water pipe.
For most patients, the effects of smoking dried cannabis are felt almost immediately. Depending on the individual patient and the cannabinoid content and potency of the cannabis strain, effects wear off almost completely within 90 minutes to 4 hours.
Note: Regularly smoking any plant material including cannabis for health reasons can have a negative impact. It is recommended to patients to vaporize or use edible forms for medical cannabis whenever possible.
A vaporizer is a device that is able to extract the therapeutic ingredients in the cannabis plant material, called cannabinoids, at a much lower temperature than required for burning. This allows patients to inhale the active ingredients of vapor and spares them of the irritation and harmful effects of smoking.
Patients who are used to smoking cannabis may feel like they aren't getting anything at first because of the slower method. It is advised to use caution and wait a few minutes to feel the full effects.
Cannabis can be infused into butter or oil, then be cooked into food. Edibles, as they are typically called, usually take longer to take effect compared to smoking or vaporizing. Depending on your metabolism, the effects could range from as quickly as 30 minutes to two hours, maybe longer.
Doses can be difficult to judge. It is recommended to eat small portions of edibles at a time and wait at least one hour and 30 minutes to assess its effects so that you do not over-medicate. Effects will kick in significantly faster if you are consuming edibles on an empty stomach.
In general, the therapeutic effects from eating medical marijuana last much longer than any other consumption method. This method provides more relaxation and more body effects than the cerebral high that is often accompanied with vaporizing and smoking.
Topical medicines are applied directly to the skin or muscles. They include lotions, salves, balms, sprays, oils and creams.
Patients report they are tremendously effective for skin conditions such as psoriasis, joint disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis), migraines, restless leg syndrome, spasms and everyday muscle stress and soreness.
Rosin and CO2 are solventless processes of organically extracting cannabis resin. This is done by using heat and pressure or CO2. This retains more of the original terpenes, and the cannabinoids beneficial for quality medical relief.
Solventless techniques are quickly becoming a preferred method of medicating among patients using concentrates.
Tinctures are concentrated forms of medical cannabis in an alcohol, grape seed or MCT oil extracts. Tinctures are highly concentrated and require careful dosage levels. Start out small and wait to feel the effects before adding more, which typically take 10 to 15 minutes. They can be taken under the tongue or mixed into water or other beverages.
CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabinol. It is extracted into a crystalline compound that does not contain any trace of liquid. The substances are extracted from high-quality imported hemp. CBD isolate can be used for a variety of purposes. It can even be added to your food or beverage. CBD isolate has various medical benefits and is prefused in plenty of organic health products. Pure CBD or crystals contain phytocannabinoids (which is 98% pure cannabidiol) and there are no traces of THC in the mixture.
There are a wide range of applications and uses of CBD isolate. Many people purchase the CBD isolate and bake with it or add it to a larger base like olive oil, coconut oil or other similar oils.
CBD isolate can also be consumed via vaping; with the help of vaporizers that are used to consume wax or oil. When using CBD isolate in your vaporizer, keep it at a point of around 180 to 200 degrees C. The crystal powder can even be consumed by placing it directly under your tongue for a few seconds and swallowing it afterwards.
Getting a proper dose of pure CBD isolate can prove quite positive for your body and you may get various health benefits of it. Some benefits include helping one to quit smoking, reducing anxiety levels and improving digestion. Proper doses of a CBD rich supplement may prove to have magical effects in stimulating your appetite. The substance is sort of a Panacea for various body ailments and helps with relief from pain as well as stress.
At 98% purity, CBD isolate is the most potent CBD product available on the market. CBD isolate is not a synthetic or lab-made cannabinoid; instead, it is an all natural product extracted from the hemp plant and refined down to incredible purity.
Be Careful, Stay Safe
• Do not operate heavy machinery, motor vehicles, boats or motorcycles while taking medical marijuana.
• Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing or caring for an infant.
• Be aware of your surroundings and possible hazards.
• Prepare for your needs before taking medication.
• Cannabis is not recommended to be taken with alcohol as some patients react adversely.
• Remember, edibles can vary greatly in potency. Products often contain multiple doses or lesser doses of medication. Weight, metabolism and eating habits can alter dosage effects.
• Eating cannabis on an empty stomach can intensify the effects. If you feel you have eaten too much, do not panic. Your symptoms will subside within a few hours. Remain calm, stay hydrated and eat food to help symptoms pass.
• Edibles are safe and will not cause any long-term toxicity. Start low and go slow.
Throughout history, dating back over five thousand years, there has never been a single death regarding marijuana.