What you should know about medical cannabis:
It's important to know a few principles about medical cannabis, especially with the variety of strains available. Being educated is essential, as different strains will have varying effects on patients.
There are three varieties of cannabis:
1. Indica: More suitable for patients seeking pain relief and aid with sleeping, its medical effects are body-dominant, sedating, relaxing, muscle-relaxing, pain-relieving, nausea-reducing, appetite-increasing and dopamine-enhancing.
2. Sativa: Geared toward patients seeking relief from depression due to its uplifting nature, with medical effects that are mind-dominant, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, activating, uplifting, alertness-enhancing, and energy-increasing.
3. Hybrid: a combination of both indica and sativa strains.
There are different methods of ingesting medical cannabis:
Inhalation: Smoking & Vaporizing – Choose a strain of raw flower, or select extracts and concentrates, which will have higher levels of THC.
Edibles: Ideal for patients who cannot or prefer not to smoke cannabis.
Topical: Ointments and lotions used to alleviate pain.
The affects of medical cannabis can associated to certain compounds within the cannabis plant known as “cannabinoids.” These include cannabidiols (CBD), delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabigerols (CBG), cannabichromenes (CBC) and many others.
Cannabinoids bind with receptors in the brain and body to create the therapeutic and medical affects of cannabis. Each plant has its own profile of cannabinoids, which work together to create what’s known as “the entourage effect” – that is, the way multiple cannabinoids work together for healing. These different compounds are important because each binds with specific receptors within the body’s endocanabinoid system, and a different balance of cannabinoid compounds will determine the full therapeutic effect of the medicine.
Physical effects include:
Slowed reaction time
Less pleasant effects may include:
A distorted sense of time
It’s essential to recognize the signs of impairment. If you notice a patient having trouble with balance, or motor functions, the patientl may be impaired from consuming medical cannabis / products.