When people talk about Cannabis, they always seem to concentrate their focus on the topic of dangers or risks. There is not enough information being shared about the components of Cannabis. And rarely do you hear patients being educated on the Endocannabinoid System
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System
Cannabinoids are the chemical messengers for the endocannabinoid system. While many different cannabinoids exist, they all fall under two categories: endogenous or exogenous.
Endogenous means originating inside the body. Also known as endocannabinoids, these compounds are produced naturally by the human body. They interact with cannabinoid receptors to regulate basic functions including mood, memory, appetite, pain, sleep, and many more.
Exogenous means originating outside the body. The cannabinoids found in marijuana, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are considered exogenous. When consumed, they also interact with cannabinoid receptors to produce physical and psychological effects in the body.
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced naturally within the human body
Did you know that the body produces Cannabinoids? Most conversations are about how much THC or CBD is in a particular strain. But there is much more to know. Everyone reacts differently to Cannabis based on their own personal makeup. It is always best to take it slow and micro dose at the beginning. Just as an example, when you have a headache you may only have to take 2 tylenol, whereas your brother/sister may only need 1. When it comes to pain, there is also the pain threshold that differs between men and women. And also, how Marijuana/Cannabis tolerance builds up
A great interactive website is Cannabis Scope It allows you to click on an interactive wheel based on what you are using Cannabis for. It will then suggest a strain that would work good for you. It has a very comprehensive list
Another issue with new patients is the fear of getting too high. It happens to many, only because they have not been formally educated on how much to use. You should always micro dose when you first start off and know the difference between smoking Cannabis and edibles. When you smoke you feel the results very quickly, whereas with edibles it can take hours. Which could lead to a patient eating too much, too soon. The image below (courtesy of Leafly) tells you what you should do. You should always know how much is in the cookie, or other edible. Start with a 1/4 of a cookie and wait a few hours. A lot of patients tend to use it at night, hours before they go to bed. Especially when Cannabis is being used for pain, Restless leg syndrome or sleep problems.
If every medical professional understood the endocannabinoid system it would open their eyes to a treasure trove of information. When they see it plays important roles in many vital processes, and holds promise as a treatment target for many debilitating conditions. Epilepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, Cancer, pain treatment are just a few of the conditions that you can get a prescription for Medical Cannabis
If you are thinking of using Cannabis for medical purposes there are some very simple things you should know.
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If you live in or near Windsor, Ontario, Canada you are extremely fortunate. An annual 420 event is being held there on April 20th and 21st. , 2018. Speakers from Canada and the USA will be speaking at this event. They will share their personal stories. Several of the speakers used Medical Cannabis to treat their Cancer.