In this week’s episode we dive deeper into understanding medical cannabis. Does it really cure what ails you or is this all smoke and mirrors?
Fact: Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), the raw acid form of THC, is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.
What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
a biological system composed of endocannabinoids first discovered in the late 1980’s promotes homeostasis at every level of biological life all vertebrates are known to have receptors have been found all over the body and interact with the major systems found within our body.
ECS is Made Up of 3 Parts
Endocannabinoids Receptors in the nervous system and around the body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with Enzymes that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids
Functions of the Endocannabinoid System
Research shows it is an overall body modulating system, doing its best to get our body to balance and keep it there.
Memory Appetite Digestion Mood Inflammation Energy Storage and Metabolism Stress Response Immune Function Female Reproduction Autonomic Nervous System Analgesia Thermoregulation Sleep Physical Exercise May play a dual role on the regulation of tumor generation and progression
Two Known receptors in our body that interact either with internal or external cannabinoids are the CB1 and CB2.
Cannabinoid - The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain and nerves of the spinal cord (central nervous system or "CNS"), but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys. Endocannabinoid - The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system
Risks of Self Dosing with Recreational Cannabis
Not seeking recommendation on dosing from a medical professional may be problematic to the individual.
Drug to drug interactions Self-misdiagnosis Correct dosage
Cannabis and Inflammation
THCA tinctures infused with coconut oil or grapeseed oil THCA is non-psychoactive until introduced to heat Very effective in maintaining a healthy inflammation response
Cannabis and Sleep
D. Anderson has said, "Less than six hours, and more than nine hours of sleep is bad." Often poor sleep is the root cause of issues like depression and anxiety Indica strain of cannabis plant is good for sleep - take one hour before bed L-Tryptophan is also a good option to aid sleep
You will hear 2:1 ratio, 4:1 ratio, 8:1 ratio, 16:1 ratio. This can be CBD:THC or THC:CBD. Always ask what that first number is. Don't be afraid to ask the question, “what is the first number?
Considerations When Using Medical Cannabis
Avoid synthetic versions due to side effects Be educated before talking to your Doctor Use reputable dispensaries who create clean cannabis and provide test results May be used as preventative wellness medicine
The Sacred Plant
John Malanca is host and advocate, along side Founder Manny Goldman Provide education and insights from the Patient, Physician, Caregivers, Researchers, and more perspective and experiences with Cannabis as medicine Helping break down the stigmas, understand the research, and using this information to continue advocacy
United Patients Group
Founded by John and Corinne Malanca to fill the information void surrounding medical cannabis. Don't sell products - patient advocacy - strictly education and information. Teach local, state, international governments, as well as local, state and international medical institutions about medical cannabis. All courses are CME (continuing medical education) approved by the American Medical Association.
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