Benefits of Medical Marijuana: Natural medicines
The benefits of medical marijuana are numerous and I will try to touch on the most common ones.
So, what is actually in cannabis? The most common chemical that most people are familiar with is TCH. The major psychoactive ingredient. Other cannabinoids, in addition to THC, have medicinal or psychoactive elements.
Cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabavarin (THCV), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), delta-8-THC, cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabitriol (CBT), and cannabielsoin are among the many different naturally-occurring cannabinoids. Most are known to have psychoactive and/or pharmacological properties just like many other synthetic cannabinoid analogs. Cannabis plants are unique in that they make a compound called CBG-A (cannabigerol acid). This compound is the “mother” or “grandmother” to all of the rest of the cannabinoids. Some of the more prevalent cannabinoids are listed below. In the plant, CBG-A gets converted mostly along three major divisions: (1) THC-A and derivatives, (2) CBD-A and derivatives, and (3) CBC-A and derivatives. Most of the currently common strains produce primarily the THC-A family. Years of hybridization efforts to increase the psychoactive potency of cannabis have, largely, been successful in this. A few strains are known to sometimes produce more of the CBD-A family and are of great interest now due to recent successful studies showing the great potential of CBD, in particular, as effective for treating numerous ailments. The CBC-A family is much less studied at this point, but, with the advent of new technologies like those at Steep Hill Halent, the identification of strains with significant amounts of the CBC-A family is just beginning. In fact, this is true of almost all of the cannabinoids other than THC and CBD. The research on most other compounds is still in its infancy, but results are being produced at an increasingly rapid pace.
Here is a graphic that describes most of them.
Relieves Pain – Analgesic – (THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, CBGa)
Suppresses appetite / Helps with weight loss – Anorectic – (THCv)
Kills or slows bacteria growth – Antibacterial – (CBD, CBG, CBCa)
Reduces blood sugar levels – Anti-diabetic – (CBD)
Reduces vomiting and nausea – Anti-emetic – (THC, CBD)
Reduced seizures and convulsion – Anti-epileptic – (CBD, THCv )
Treats fungal infection – Antifungal – (CBCa)
Reduces inflammation – Anti-inflammatory – (CBD, CBG, CBC, CBGa, CGCa, THCa, CBDa)
Aids Sleep – Anti-insomnia – (CBN)
Reduces risk of artery blockage – Anti-ischemic – (CBD)
Inhibits cell growth in tumors/cancer cells – Anti-proliferative – (CBD, CBG, CBC, THCa, CBDa)
Treats psoriasis – Anti-psioratic – (CBD)
Tranquilizing, used to manage psychosis – Antipsychotic – (CBD)
Suppresses muscle spasms – Antispasmodic – (THC, CBD, CBC, THCa)
Relieves Anxiety – Anxiolitic – (CBD)
Stimulates appetite – Appetite Stimulant – (THC)
Promotes bone growth – Bone Stimulant – (CBD, CBG, CBC, THCa)
Reduces function in the immune system – Immunosuppresive – (CBD)
Reduces contractions in the small intestines – Intestinal Anti-prokinetic – (CBD)
Protects nervous system degeneration – Neuroprotective – (CBD)
Inhalation: of Marijuana Smoking or vaporizing your medical marijuana is the most common technique: In general minutes you can expect your relief to last anywhere from 30 min 1-4 hours
Oral: Edible cannabis products can often be powerful in even small doses 60-90 min 2-3 hours 6-8 hours
Using strips or drops under the tongue is a viable option 5-60 min 1-2 hours 1-4 hours
Species and Strains
“The plant species Cannabis sativa L. has two main sub-species, Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Hybrids and cross-breeds of these sub-species produce varieties (also referred to as strains) that carry some characteristics of each parent.
Indica dominant strains are higher in Cannabidiol (CBD), sativa dominant strains are higher in the THC cannabinoid. Indica dominant strains are are short dense plants, with broad leaves and often grow a darker green. Sativa dominant strains are tall, thin plants, with much narrower leaves and grow a lighter green in color. Hybrids will vary in their composition of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, and are often referred to based upon the dominant cannabinoid ratio inherited from their lineage; indica, mostly indica, indica /sativa, mostly sativa, or pure sativa.
Cultivators and distributors often give some of these varieties more personal names. One of my favorite sites to read about strains is Leafly.
Some articles and testimonies of people and families that have moved across the country for their medicine.
They are known as “marijuana refugees” — people who have relocated or are planning to move because pot is now legal in some states.
Novaleigh is a beautiful 3 year old girl who was born with a rare neurological disorder-Schizencephaly. She moved to Colorado from Austin for Cannabis Oil.
U.S. Senate Committee Approves Measure That Would Allow Veterans Affairs Physicians to Recommend Medical Marijuana – See more here.
Times do change and this is just the beginning as far as what science is going to find as far as benefits of Medical Marijuana. Thanks for your time.