Medical Cannabis, Medicinal Marijuana, Phoenix Tears, Canna Oils, THC, CBD, CBG – All are terms you may have heard or used in one form or another when talking about this plant. The fact is, this plant offers so much that it need to be broken down into essentially, what it is and what it does.
THC and CBD – The Critical Components
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive constituent found within the plant. This is the element that creates the ‘high’ associated with most cannabis usage. These medicinal properties have been used for millennia but not until the early 1960’s was it isolated and synthesized ready for modern pharmaceutical practices.
THC is the only natural (the other two being synthetic replicas of THC) cannabinoid to be initially classified as a Schedule I Psychotropic Substance by the UN. Since then classification, along with attitudes, have changed and THC now enjoys a more liberating Schedule IV status enabling more acceptance and a wider global reach.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the other main cannabinoid, of which there are over 100, to be used commercially for medicine. Identified in the 1940’s research and development into application and solutions for diseases and treatments continue to this day. Unlike its bedfellow THC, CBD contains no psychoactive properties thus receiving a much lower classification in legal status. Due to this, CBD in various forms is widely used in the food and beverage and wellness industries much the same way as vitamin and mineral supplements are.
Both THC and CBD derived medicine are being found as extremely beneficial in many areas. Research and development plus real world applications are providing a myriad of options that can be used originating from the Cannabis plant.
Modern Medicines and Applications.
Pharmacology is an ever evolving industry with new drugs and delivery methods being developed. Always striving for efficiency and the ability, if not to cure, then to manage disease and illness. Medicinal Marijunana is currently at the forefront with multiple forms, delivery methods, strength and combinations already established with many more on the horizon.
One of the major benefits that Medicinal Marijuana offers its users is that by being a naturally derived product (with synthetics also manufactured), it has no known overdose dangers and minimal side effects making it especially safe for children and those predisposed to inverse chemical reactions.
Delivery is wide ranging and noninvasive. Medicinal Marijunana is versatile and depending on strength, dosage, treatment plan etc can be administered in a variety of ways, including but not limited to; Inhalation by smoking or vaping. Oral digestion via tablets, pastes, oils, gummed sweets and tinctures. Topical applications including salves, pastes, creams and lotions and rectal with suppository preparations. All will vary greatly in terms of psychoactivity, speed of onset and duration and therapeutic benefits. Thus giving Medical Cannabis, in all of its forms, leading qualities in the future of personal and commercial use.
Treatments and Uses
Having seen the many applications and delivery methods, it makes sense that Medical Cannabis is used in the treatment and management of symptoms across a broad spectrum of diseases and ailments. Some are well known, others are on the cusp of mass market realisation. Now that the endocannabinoid system has been ‘rediscovered’ within the central nervous system, many more medical applications to treat disease will be found and implemented in the coming months and years.
Some of the more well established areas and diseases treated include:
Neurological & Neurodegenerative – Such as Huntigndons disease,
Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and Touretts syndrome.
Psychiatric – Anxiety, Sleep, mood and attention deficit disorders, depression and eating disorders.
Physical – Tumors/cancer cells, Immune system related illness, relief from chemo and radiotherapy. Pain relief including anti-inflammatory and analgesia.
The avenues that continued research is continuing and finding results in are:
Treatment of symptoms of Autism.
Addictions, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders.
Patient specific programs.
Antibacterial resistance support.
Heart disease and other coronary related problems.
It is clear to see that Cannabis is not only a useful plant in treating symptoms of diseases but is also leading the way in research to treating the diseases themselves. The future for Medicinal Marijunana in the pharmaceutical industry is not just vast but truly exciting.
Prognosis of Medical Cannabis
2020 promises to be a big year in the Medicinal Cannabis industry. It is widely regarded to be the biggest growing industry within the US this year, include this with many European countries also making favourable legislation, makes medicinal marijuna one of the most exciting industries to be involved with in recent times.
This year also seems to be the year where accessibility takes priority. For reasons mentioned it is notoriously difficult to enter the medicinal marijuana market, however due to advances in technology and emerging markets in the growdgrowing sector, it has never been easier to get involved. Regardless of location, laws and regulations or even large budgets, up and coming tech such as remote and couch growing will bring the medicinal cannabis industry to the mainstream.
Whether you are an investor, producer, distributer, branded supplier, caregiver or end user – Medicinal Cannabis takes care of you all.
Written by Daniel Gauci – Cannabis Cultivator, Educator, Activist and Writer