Sunday, January 10, 2010

Medical Marijuana

Cannabis, the botanical name of a group of annual flowering plants belonging to the Cannabaceae family, comes in two species. These species are Indica or Sativa. Most sativa strains were originally grown strictly to smoke. Indica strains can be smoked or made into hash and kif. When consumed, an Indica plant will produce more of a body high than sativa and they are best for relaxation, stress reduction, body pain relief, and overall calmness. Sativas are better for daytime use and are known to induce more of a cerebral, or mind, high. They, like the Indica strains, can also alleviate pain.
Indica and Sativa strains can be bred together to create a hybrid, allowing a patient to receive the medicinal benefits from each.
Cannabis Indica and Sativa strains produce high amounts of the Tetrahydrocannabinol compound, better known as THC. THC is one of many cannabinoids in a cannabis plant and can promote health in different areas. A cannabinoid is the chemical compound in marijuana. Some of the most common and there effects are as follows:

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive part of the plant. When used for medicinal purposes, it has shown it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It has also shown to protect the nervous system, which is beneficial for people with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Cancer and AIDs patients benefit from THC because it increases appetite and suppresses nausea. It has also shown to slow down cancer cell growth. Multiple Sclerosis patients experience alleviation of neuropathic pain and spasticity. It also prevents the formation of the deposits in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to reduce the amount of schizophrenia-like symptoms other cannabis strains can produce in patients. If you experience these symptoms from strains with lower CBD content, trying this may improve your experience. This cannabinoid has also shown to relieve convulsion, act as an anti-inflammatory and reduce anxiety and nausea.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THV) is found in Indica strains and has shown to help people with Type II Diabetes and other metabolic disorders. This is because it blocks the receptors for THC.

Cannabinol (CBN) is found in plants with low THC. Fresh plants have high levels of THC but THC degrades when exposed to light and air. As the THC decreases, the CBN increases. CBN has shown to help epilepsy patients and also lowers intraocular pressure, making strains high in Cannabinol a good choice for people suffering from glaucoma .

We believe a happy patient is an informed patient. Before choosing which strain is right for you, be sure to talk to our staff about your medical condition and ask them about the options available to you. They can help narrow your choices based on your specific needs. And please check our calendar for information on free seminars regarding Medical Marijuana.

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