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  1. 1. Did you know the US Dept. of Health and Human Services holds a patent on CANNABINOIDS AS ANTIOXIDANTS & NEUROPROTECTANTS? US Pat. No. 6,630,507 www.sespe.org 855-722-9333 SOME COMMON TERMS: Cannabinoiods – a class of chemical compounds that activate specific receptors in the brain. At least 85 have been isolated from the cannabis plant alone, all exhibiting varying effects; THC is the most well-known. CBD (Cannabidiol) – non-psychoactive cannabinoid known for its cancer-fighting properties as well as relief of epilepsy, inflammation, anxiety, cough, congestion, and nausea. CBD can be used to modulate the psychoactivity of THC, reducing anxiety and paranoia but amplifying the medicinal benefit. Decarboxylation – the process of removing a carbon molecule from CBDA/THCA thereby “activating” it into CBD/THC for cannabinoid receptors. Decarboxylation happens when cannabis is heated by smoking or vaporizing, and when cannabis is cooked into oil/butter. Terpenes – compounds that modify the effects of THC and other cannabinoids, and impact the medicinal effect of the strain as well as smell and taste characteristics. Terpenes are being used to fingerprint and identify each strain to better understand their physiological impacts. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties and relief of pain and insomnia. MEDICAL USEFULNESS OF THE MAJOR CANNABINOIDS Even if you have never touched cannabis, there are cannabinoids in your body. Your endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood, sleep, and memory. Experts believe that the main overall function of this system is to regulate homeostasis. Homeostasis is a key element in the biology of all living things and is best described as the ability to maintain stable internal conditions that are necessary for survival. Most of the clinical conditions patients present are a result of a failure to achieve homeostasis, making the endocannabinoid system a unique target for medical applications. Thus cannabis has the potential to treat not only the symptoms of disease, but the disease itself.
  2. 2. BEYOND THC: THE OTHER CANNABINOIDS Marijuana contains its own inherent cannabinoids that mimic and enhance those in the body with varying, complex effects. These phytocannabinoids and their sidekicks, the terpenes and flavonoids, create an “entourage effect,” a team effort that regulates, modulates, stimulates and protects virtually every cell in the body. Recent findings based on pre-clinical and human studies show that Cannabidiol, or CBD, has anti- inflammatory, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, anti-tumorigenic and pain-relieving properties. CBD has also been shown to be effective against cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and multiple sclerosis. It helps prevent and treat heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It even appears to improve psychological conditions like schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, depression and ADHD, often working better than the drugs typically prescribed, and with virtually no side effects. CBD has even been shown in vitro to be effective against the difficult-to-treat bacterial infection MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, Cannabigerol (CBG) has been shown to relieve interocular pressure, making it useful against glaucoma. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown effective against gastrointestinal disorders like IBS. CANNABISISCANNABIS,RIGHT? WRONG! Cannabis is one of the most diverse plant species on the planet, so all marijuana is not the same. The trick to benefitting the most from this medicinal plant is matching the right strain to the right patient ailment and consuming it in the most effective way. This may take a little trial and error before you find the right combination for your unique needs. The good news is that any negative side effects are generally mild, especially compared against the horrific ones that are associated with many pharmaceutical drugs. BEYOND THE BUD: METHODS OF MEDICATING Some patients are apprehensive about smoking, but studies have shown that marijuana smoke alone is not associated with lung disease. However, there are a number of alternative ways to medicate that are healthier and more discreet. Vaporizing Vaporizers gently heat the plant matter or concentrate without combustion, so there is no smoke and vastly reduced odors. There are many types of vaporizer, ask a dispensary professional for guidance on which is right for you. Edibles Edibles are an excellent option, offering more precise dosage control and longer-lasting relief. It may take up to two hours to feel the effects, so use caution until you know what works. Once the dosage is right, edibles are safe, effective, and discreet. Tinctures Tinctures, drinkables, and other sublingual applications have the advantages of an edible, but are much faster-acting. Juicing raw cannabis leaves is another option. Concentrates Concentrates (hash, wax, oil) are a higher potency alternative which can be “dabbed” alone or on top of flowers. Most require specialized equipment, please consult a dispensary professional to learn more. Note this is a general guide; terpenes, methods of consumption, and even time of harvest will all alter marijuana’s effects on the mind and body.
  1. 1. Did you know the US Dept. of Health and Human Services holds a patent on CANNABINOIDS AS ANTIOXIDANTS & NEUROPROTECTANTS? US Pat. No. 6,630,507 www.sespe.org 855-722-9333 SOME COMMON TERMS: Cannabinoiods – a class of chemical compounds that activate specific receptors in the brain. At least 85 have been isolated from the cannabis plant alone, all exhibiting varying effects; THC is the most well-known. CBD (Cannabidiol) – non-psychoactive cannabinoid known for its cancer-fighting properties as well as relief of epilepsy, inflammation, anxiety, cough, congestion, and nausea. CBD can be used to modulate the psychoactivity of THC, reducing anxiety and paranoia but amplifying the medicinal benefit. Decarboxylation – the process of removing a carbon molecule from CBDA/THCA thereby “activating” it into CBD/THC for cannabinoid receptors. Decarboxylation happens when cannabis is heated by smoking or vaporizing, and when cannabis is cooked into oil/butter. Terpenes – compounds that modify the effects of THC and other cannabinoids, and impact the medicinal effect of the strain as well as smell and taste characteristics. Terpenes are being used to fingerprint and identify each strain to better understand their physiological impacts. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties and relief of pain and insomnia. MEDICAL USEFULNESS OF THE MAJOR CANNABINOIDS Even if you have never touched cannabis, there are cannabinoids in your body. Your endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood, sleep, and memory. Experts believe that the main overall function of this system is to regulate homeostasis. Homeostasis is a key element in the biology of all living things and is best described as the ability to maintain stable internal conditions that are necessary for survival. Most of the clinical conditions patients present are a result of a failure to achieve homeostasis, making the endocannabinoid system a unique target for medical applications. Thus cannabis has the potential to treat not only the symptoms of disease, but the disease itself.
  2. 2. BEYOND THC: THE OTHER CANNABINOIDS Marijuana contains its own inherent cannabinoids that mimic and enhance those in the body with varying, complex effects. These phytocannabinoids and their sidekicks, the terpenes and flavonoids, create an “entourage effect,” a team effort that regulates, modulates, stimulates and protects virtually every cell in the body. Recent findings based on pre-clinical and human studies show that Cannabidiol, or CBD, has anti- inflammatory, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, anti-tumorigenic and pain-relieving properties. CBD has also been shown to be effective against cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and multiple sclerosis. It helps prevent and treat heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It even appears to improve psychological conditions like schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, depression and ADHD, often working better than the drugs typically prescribed, and with virtually no side effects. CBD has even been shown in vitro to be effective against the difficult-to-treat bacterial infection MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, Cannabigerol (CBG) has been shown to relieve interocular pressure, making it useful against glaucoma. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown effective against gastrointestinal disorders like IBS. CANNABISISCANNABIS,RIGHT? WRONG! Cannabis is one of the most diverse plant species on the planet, so all marijuana is not the same. The trick to benefitting the most from this medicinal plant is matching the right strain to the right patient ailment and consuming it in the most effective way. This may take a little trial and error before you find the right combination for your unique needs. The good news is that any negative side effects are generally mild, especially compared against the horrific ones that are associated with many pharmaceutical drugs. BEYOND THE BUD: METHODS OF MEDICATING Some patients are apprehensive about smoking, but studies have shown that marijuana smoke alone is not associated with lung disease. However, there are a number of alternative ways to medicate that are healthier and more discreet. Vaporizing Vaporizers gently heat the plant matter or concentrate without combustion, so there is no smoke and vastly reduced odors. There are many types of vaporizer, ask a dispensary professional for guidance on which is right for you. Edibles Edibles are an excellent option, offering more precise dosage control and longer-lasting relief. It may take up to two hours to feel the effects, so use caution until you know what works. Once the dosage is right, edibles are safe, effective, and discreet. Tinctures Tinctures, drinkables, and other sublingual applications have the advantages of an edible, but are much faster-acting. Juicing raw cannabis leaves is another option. Concentrates Concentrates (hash, wax, oil) are a higher potency alternative which can be “dabbed” alone or on top of flowers. Most require specialized equipment, please consult a dispensary professional to learn more. Note this is a general guide; terpenes, methods of consumption, and even time of harvest will all alter marijuana’s effects on the mind and body.

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