Frequently Asked Questions2019-04-28T21:20:16-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cannabis?2019-04-26T13:24:57-04:00

Cannabis is a flowering plant with fibrous stalks. The leaves, flowers, and roots are used for medicinal purposes. On the mature plant, the leaves and flowers are covered with trichomes – tiny glands of resinous oil containing cannabinoids and terpenes that, when consumed, can provide physical and psychoactive effects.

What is medical cannabis2019-04-26T13:22:26-04:00

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients. Medical cannabis can be administered through various methods, including capsules, lozenges, tinctures, dermal patches, oral or dermal sprays, cannabis edibles, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds. Synthetic cannabinoids are available.

What are cannabinoids?2019-04-26T13:27:51-04:00

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers.
There are also compounds called terpenes – chemical compounds that give cannabis its unique aroma. The concentrations and combinations of the cannabinoids and terpenes vary from plant to plant and among the different strains of cannabis. When inhaled, consumed as an edible, or used on the skin as a topical preparation, the cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid docking sites or receptors in the human body and alter nerve transmission in the brain.
The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects.[5]

What is the difference between THC and CBD?2019-04-26T13:50:12-04:00

The two major cannabinoids in cannabis that have been studied are:

  • THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is thought to be the most psychoactive substance (i.e., a substance that changes brain function and alters perception, mood, consciousness or behavior) in cannabis. The concentration of THC in cannabis varies between 1% and 24%.
  • CBD (cannabidiol) is the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The concentration of CBD in cannabis is typically less than 1%, but many strains have higher CBD concentrations.

Both of these substances interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body and brain, but they differed dramatically in their effects.

THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use. This compound works, in part, by mimicking the effects of anandamide and 2-AG. These neurotransmitters are produced naturally by the human body and help to modulate sleeping and eating habits, the perception of pain, and countless other bodily functions.

The effects of THC include:

  • Relaxation
  • Altered senses of sight, smell, and hearing
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Reduced aggression

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the most critical cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. It exists both in agricultural hemp, as well as medical cannabis. While cannabinoids are present within several plants in nature, cannabis is the only plant known to contain CBD.

CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, with the atoms in a different arrangement. This slight variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect, while CBD does not. This fact means that when you ingest CBD for medical purposes, you will more likely experience a relief of your unwanted discomfort, with little or no noticeable effect on your cognitive abilities.

What Are the Medical Benefits of CBD?2019-04-26T14:14:17-04:00
CBD vs. THC for Pain2019-04-26T14:38:29-04:00

Research suggests CBD may be better for inflammation and neuropathic pain, while THC may excel with spasticity and cramp-related pain.
It is worth noting that sometimes high doses of THC can exacerbate pain symptoms. Meaning THC consumed in this capacity should be done in small amounts.Additionally, many individuals experience difficulty managing the side effects associated with THC, rendering useless any potential benefits.
Some experts suggest that a combination of THC and CBD is the ideal way to approach pain, giving validity to something known as the entourage effect.
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Can I travel with medical cannabis?2019-04-26T16:26:29-04:00

Currently cannabis is federally designated as a schedule 1 drug, making it federally illegal to transport cannabis (even medical cannabis) on flights, or across state lines. Although medical cannabis is legal in 30 US states, traveling with it is still not something what we could recommend. Whether traveling by land, sea, or air, you cannot carry it. Medical cannabis patients transporting medicine on their person or in their luggage could encounter serious legal problems and even criminal charges.

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