Cannabis Education

Delta 9 VS. Delta 8

HC or Delta 9 is the most well known cannabinoid, but is not the only powerful compound in cannabis. Delta-8-THC is similar to its relative Delta-9-THC, with several key differences. While Delta 9 offers a psychoactive component Delta-8 offers a more therapeutic component. Delta-8 shows affirmation for patients seeking a blend between the psychoactive effect ( Delta-9) and the medicinal benefit (Delta-8)

Safety and Efficacy

Cannabis and its psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, are considered incredibly safe for human consumption. The Drug Awareness Warning Network Annual Report, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), contains a statistical compilation of all drug deaths which occur in the United States. According to this report, there has never been a death recorded from the use of cannabis. In fact, many studies show it is physically impossible for a human to die from a cannabis overdose.

The documented use of cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic botanical dates to 2700 BC. Between 1840 and 1900, European and American journals of medicine published more than 100 articles on the therapeutic use of cannabis. In fact, cannabis was part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942, and is currently available by prescription in Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany.

Therapeutic Benefits

The cannabis plant has been around for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Central Asia, but has expanded its reach to an international scale over time. People all around the globe consume cannabis and their reasoning is largely the same: it makes them feel better.

We know that humans have cannabinoid receptors housed inside the body that are ready to bind with cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant to provide therapeutic benefits for a variety of ailments. In fact, cannabinoid receptors are present in humans before birth and the compounds themselves are even found in a mother’s breast milk. Medical cannabis gains merit when you consider our bodies are naturally tuned to interact with cannabinoids, and even more so when you acknowledge the growing evidence of benefits to cannabis consumption.

Cannabinoids

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is found in many strains of cannabis ranging from 1% to 15% in rare cases.  Offering a more therapeutic approach, CBD can grant relief from chronic muscle pain, inflammation, and convulsions. Research has also shown its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth   when combined with THC.
Cannabichromere, or CBC, is a rare non-psychoactive found in trace amounts of cannabis.  Better known for its affects used to treat depression, helping you to relax and grant some pain relief.
Cannabigerol, or CBG, also a non- psychoactive cannabinoid present in cannabis ranging from 1%-3%. This cannabinoid attributes to helping glaucoma, pain relief, inflammation, and has even shown promising antibiotic properties.

Terpene of the week: Limonene

Appearing in more sativa strains, Limonene has had a long history in medicine, so it should come to no surprise it offers many therapeutic benefits through cannabis. Found in up to 2% of cannabis terpene profiles, Limonene is one of the most commonly sought terpenes. Affects include but are not limited to, elevated mood, stress relief,  antifungal and antibacterial properties, heartburn and acid reflux.