What is medical cannabis?
Evidence suggests that the cannabis plant has been used as a medicine for mind and body in different cultures all over the world for millennia. It contains a diverse array of natural chemical compounds that are secreted by its flowers.
These compounds are called cannabinoids and terpenes. So far, at least 85 different cannabinoids have been isolated and there are around 200 terpenes which give cannabis its distinct and varying aromas. Together, cannabinoids and terpenes produce a wide range of effects and therapeutic benefits known as the “entourage effect”.
When medical cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in the brain and body interacting with the body’s own endocannabinoid system which influences pain, mood, memory and appetite in humans and animals.
Medicinal cannabis can be administered in several forms including: orally as a tincture or via oil-filled capsules; topically via skin creams and transdermal patches; infused into food products such as olive oil; or vaporised for respiratory delivery.
Lights, action, Cannabinoids!
The active ingredients in Medical Cannabis are a diverse group of chemical compounds called Cannabinoids. They work by reacting with our body’s natural cannabinoid receptors.
Did you know there are over 600 active compounds (that we know of so far) in the cannabis plant? Recent Australian legislation is now giving researchers the opportunity to investigate the exciting potential of cannabis to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions.
Take a look at the most common Cannabinoids and their key characteristics.
FACINATING WORLD OF Terpenes
Terpenes are active compounds that are found in most plants. They are what make plant species taste and smell different from one another. Recent research into cannabis has shown that terpenes interact synergistically with cannabinoids to engage our body’s receptors. Around 100 different terpenes have been discovered in cannabis plants and we’ve listed some of the most popular ones here.
What’s the most effective way for patients to take Medical Cannabis?
There are many different ways to take Medical Cannabis. The important thing to remember is that you are unique, so different cannabis varieties and consumption methods may affect you differently from someone else.
At LeafCann, our golden rule is to start slowly with small amounts. By doing this you can gradually and safely discover what brings you optimal relief.