Medical Cannabis Science -
Cannabis Science is one of the fastest moving frontiers medicinal sciences in the world. The pharmacology behind it has been accelerated by the realization that we’re all, already marinated in cannabis-like molecules (endocannabinoids) and their receptors.
Endocannabinoids help regulate many physiological processes such as your mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune function, metabolism and bone growth to name a few. Consuming cannabis also modulates this endocannabinoid system in many ways. And the effects can be benevolent, although sometimes problematic.
Understanding the science behind cannabis is a key factor to being able to fully enjoy its medicinal value.
People have been using Cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. The plant has also been widely used clothing, fuel, food, fiber and medicine.
Cannabis contains more than 120 different cannabinoid molecules. But, as far as we know, only one gets you high: THC. The plant itself contains a huge contains a huge amount of cerebral, non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating THC cousins with emerging medicinal potential. Their abbreviated names are often: CBD, CBG, THC-V, CBC, and CBN to mention a few.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is perhaps the most effective of the lot: a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is present in variable amounts in different cannabis samples and moderates the actions of THC in the brain. Smoking high-cannabidiol appears less likely to cause any problems given studies show that there are no high correlating risk factors in consumption.
THC has important therapeutic effects in multiple schlerosis and pain, in stimulating appetite in HIV or cancer patients, and even for anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Glossary of Terms -
Cannabis wax - referred to as budder - is a cannabis concentrate that has the consistency of ear wax. It is generally made from extracting butane — hence the name Butane Hash Oil, or BHO. In its final stages the butane is pushed through the cannabis plant material, leaching out all of the essential oils for usage.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive one of the main component in marijuana plant. CBD helps to reduce nausea and vomiting, suppresses seizure activites, combats inflammation disorders, and combats neurodegenerative effects. Cbd is an appealing option for patients - who suffer from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures - who want to suppress some medical disorders, but want to not experience the psychoactive feeling.
Cannabis, commonly known as the marijuana plant, is a nature plant that includes three species or subspecies, sativa, indica, and ruderalis. The main strains of this plant fall under Indica plant, and Sativa plant. Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in appetite.
Cbd is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol. CBD is a non-psychoactive one of the main component in marijuana plant.
Concentrates are a more potent consolidation of cannabinoids. They are made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form, into a solvent. The resulting product contains very high THC levels (generally more than flowers or hashish). Concentrates can produce varying products that range from thick sticky oils, to moldable budders and waxes.
A dab is a slang term, that is used to refer to a dose of BHO received through butane combustion and inhalation.
Dispensary is a general term for a location or a store that where a patient can legally obtain cannabis.
Edibles are foods that have been infused with cannabis, and are intended for consumption. Most commonly they are cookies, brownies, drinks, breads, and candies as well. Consuming edibles has a different effect on the body, which usually takes about 45 minutes to start actively affecting the body and breaking into active compounds. They take longer to affect the body, but they also last longer than inhalation because they need to be absorbed through the digestive system and stay in the system for a while.
Hash is shorter term for hashish, which is derived from cannabis plants and can be used for consumption or medication. The typical production involves the removal of the plant's trichomes by sieving or filtering.
Hemp is a fibrous product that is produced from the male cannabis plant. Hemp plants have no drug/medication value, but it is used in the manufacturing of rope, paper, beauty products, and a vast array of other products.
Hydroponics is a form of growing, that does not use typical soil and natural sun for growth. Plants are generally grown in larger volumes of water as to increase maturity and production of the plants.
This strain tends to provide the effects of sedation, relaxation, and relaxing the full body. Indica is the less scientific name for the Cannabis indica species of cannabis. Generally these plants originated in the Middle East and Asia and include both of the famous kush and Afghan lineages.
A joint is a rolled cannabis cigarette(without any tobacco). Joints are still the leading preferred method of cannabis consumption.
Kief is a collected amount of trichomes that have been separated from the rest of the marijuana flower and left in a powdery substance.
Marijuana is the general term for female cannabis plants.
Medical marijuana refers to the use of the Cannabis plant as a physician-recommended herbal therapy.
This strain tends to provide uplifting and creative effects to the cerebral, with hyperactive effects on the mind. Sativa is the less scientific name for the cannabis sativa species of cannabis plant. In general, these plants originated outside of the Middle East and Asia and include strains that are from areas such as South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Thailand.
A strain refers to a specific variety of a plant species. Strains are developed to produce distinct desired traits for the end user of the plant. They are typically named after or by their breeders.
Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) is the most well-known and prominent cannabinoid in cannabis plants. THC is the main component in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects, or the "high."
THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol.