A Brief History
Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been part of humanity’s medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. More specifically, the first recorded use of cannabis for medicinal purposes was in 2737 B.C. by Emperor Shen Neng of China.
There are two main types of Cannabis: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica which are commonly cross-bred to create a variety of hybrid strains with unique characteristics that serve many different patient needs.
• Uplifting and Energetic
• Cerebral, Spacey, or Hallucinogenic
• Best Suited for Day Use
• Commonly used for depression and fatigue
• Relaxing and Calming
• Body Buzz or “Couch Lock”
• Best Suited for Night Use
• Usually used for insomnia and pain
There are over 400 natural compounds found in the medical marijuana, 80 of which can only be found in Cannabis plants. The two main types of cannabis compounds that are most predominate in medical marijuana strains are delta-9-tetraphyrocannibinol or THC and cannabidiol or CBD.
THC physically acts as a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory. Psychologically it acts as a stimulant. THC in medical marijuana acts as a anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, stimulates appetite, as well as lowers blood pressure.
CBD actually reduces the psychological effects of medical marijuana. For most patients, a hybrid strain that has a high THC and CBD content will have fewer “mental” effects and more effective physical ones. Cannabidiol’s effects include reduced pain, reduced anxiety, reduced nausea, sedative effects, anti-convulsive, and anti-schizophrenic.
There are many ways to receive the medical benefits of Cannabis. You can inhale through smoking and vaporizing, digest through edibles or tinctures, oils, topical applications, raw juice, and even pharmaceuticals. When it is not heated, Cannabis does not have any psychoactive effect.