Patients use marijuana seeking unconventional treatment when all else has failed. Cannabis has therapeutic value when used and dosed correctly. It is up to you, the patient, to determine if cannabis is right for you. Marijuana typically is split into two categories: cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. However, this oversimplifies the complex nature of marijuana as “medicine”. The therapeutic value of cannabis is actually derived from its molecular structure: Cannabinoids. Infused products on the market today typically break down into five categories: THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, and CBG.
THC, or Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, physically acts like a muscle relaxant while keeping the consumer alert and active. CBD, Cannabidiol, has the same effects as THC with the added benefit of pain relief without the high. Consumers should look for a CBD: THC product with a 1:1 ratio for balanced relief. The CBD lightens the cerebral effects of the THC which still delivers a powerful and euphoric kick.
CBN, or Cannabinol, is similar to THC but is non-psychoactive in effect on its own. Customers may find relief using the Mary’s Medicinals CBN patch which gives you the benefit of local topical application, extended release, and symptom relief. The patch is applied on the skin surface and slowly releases into the bloodstream without producing a cerebral high.
Lesser known Cannabinoids include CBC, also known as Cannabichromene, and CGB, Cannabigerol. CBC tends to enhance the effects of THC and thus the reason why high THC strains are more potent. CGB has no psychoactive effects but is considered by most to be the genesis of cannabinoids.
Used alone, not one of the five most common cannabinoids are as effective as when used together. When shopping for cannabinoid specific products it is wise to look for combinations of cannabinoids that marry common therapeutic properties. Try out Wana products for edibles that taste good and carry a kick. Use Mary’s Medicinals products for precise dosing and a variety of cannabinoid specific choices. As always, use in moderation and consult a physician before using marijuana products.
Source: Smith, Nicole. O’Leary Randall, Alice. Palmer, Noel. Sorkin, Graham. Benefiel, Roxanne. “Mary’s Cannabis primer.” Mary’s Foundation for Caring. MM Technologies. Quarterly, Issue #1, 2015.