Medicinal cannabis comes from three different species of wild cannabis: sativa, indica and ruderalis. It has been widely used as a medicine for thousands of years. There are two main cannabis chemicals known to have the most medical benefit; THC and CBD. Medical cannabis treatments which include the whole plant – a combination of THC and CBD – have a better effect than just the individual components. This is known as the entourage effect. Medical cannabis with different ratios of THC & CBD is prescribed for particular conditions or symptoms.
Cannabis supplements the body’s natural cannabis system; the endocannabinoid system.
This system has an effect on memory, control of movement, modulation of pain, development of nerve growth and plasticity, and the adaptability of the nervous system. It also has an influence on sleep, appetite, anxiety and social behaviour, as well as on the bladder, the bowels, the reproductive system, the heart, the hormonal and metabolic systems, and the control of cancer.
There are natural chemicals circulating in the body that attach to cannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1 and CB2. Through this chemical attachment, the body’s endocannabinoid system performs its functions. Cannabis treatments supplement and assist the body’s natural circulation of cannabis-like chemicals.
At Medicann Clinics, we have ‘start low, go slow approach’ to achieve symptom relief for patients at the lowest dose required. Medical cannabis can be prescribed orally as a capsule, oil or tincture, or as medical grade flower taken with a specialist vaporiser or even as a lotion, balm, oil or topical cream applied to directly to the skin.
Your clinician will work closely with you to ensure that you are confident in taking your prescribed medical cannabis in the most effective way for your condition and symptoms.