Medicinal cannabis is often confusing for some people, with many thinking mostly of uni students “smoking pot” and getting high. Medicinal cannabis is not this. Medicinal cannabis is claimed by many as the future of health care. Research is positive and happening worldwide. Medicinal cannabis is said to help relieve symptoms for a number of medical conditions. Medicinal cannabis is a cannabis plant extract and is generally taken either as a pill, an oil or some sort of nasal spray.
Whilst research is ongoing, results are encouraging, and the internet is littered with millions of positive success stories about results on medicinal cannabis, there is still more research to be done. It shows promise for people with chronic and terminal illnesses as well as those that haven’t been receptive to traditional treatments, or suffered debilitating side-effects.
Here are just a few of the areas where treatments with medicinal cannabis are being researched and patients have expressed positive outcomes.
- multiple sclerosis nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy or treatment for HIV/AIDS different types of pain
- palliative care.
The active ingredients in medicinal cannabis are cannabinoids. So, what are cannabinoids?
The cannabis plant is an incredibly complex one. It produces between 80 and 100 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals.
The two most commonly used cannabinoids, those that are found to have therapeutic benefits are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Others might but the research is inconclusive. THC reacts with particular receptors in the brain, causing a psychoactive high. CBD can moderate this high as it has an anti-psychoactive effect. It can also reduce anxiety which is often associated with TCH usage.
Medicinal cannabis, in a drop, oil or spray format, commonly uses CBD.
Whilst the High associated with THC is well known and incredibly popular in some circles, it does have some medicinal properties. It is found to act as an analgesic, and it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as being able to prevent and reduce vomiting.
The side effects of medicinal cannabis are still being studied. Whilst the benefits of medicinal cannabis are well documented, as with all prescription medications there may be some side effects. These side effects may include:
- difficulty concentrating
- problems with balance
- problems with thinking and memory.
If you are after more information about medicinal cannabis or are looking to get medicinal cannabis to help treat your condition (or the condition of a family member) please check out our website and get in touch.