Saturday, February 23, 2019

Cannabis 101 Part 2

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What Is THC (Marijuana)?
THC is the most common and well-known cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. Often associated with its psychoactive properties, THC can be very helpful in different medical applications. THC’s pain-relieving properties make it effective for patients managing their chronic pain.

What Health Conditions Can THC Help?
Besides chronic pain, THC can also help:
Ease stomach discomfort through the reduction of nausea and vomiting
Stimulate appetite in older patients and those experiencing chemotherapy for cancer treatment
Those who suffer from chronic stomach issues such as Crohn’s disease irritable bowel syndrome
Reduce muscle spasms, helping patients with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease control        excessive muscle movement

What Role Do Other Marijuana Cannabinoids Play?
Cannabis is much more effective in the whole plant as opposed to when one cannabinoid is used in isolation. It’s the interactions taking place among the various cannabinoids—called the entourage effect—that helps drive positive effects in the human body.

THC and CBD work in harmony on the endocannabinoid system in the body. For example, having a balance of THC and CBD in a strain of cannabis can allow for the highly successful pain-relieving aspects of THC with less of the psychoactive effect—because non-psychoactive CBD counteracts THC.

* Though THC and CBD are the most prominent compounds, many other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabichromene (CBC) can provide a range of benefits. Studies have found THCA to have anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-emetic and antiproliferative properties, while CBC appears to be an effective antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-depressant and analgesic compound.

Article by:
Dr Pierre Milot, PhD, PhD (tc)
Life Transition / Therapeutic Counsellor
Grief Recovery Specialist – Clinical Hypnotherapist
Winchester Ontario
Tel: 613 774 4389

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