HEMP vs MARIJUANA vs CANNABIS

HEMP vs MARIJUANA vs CANNABIS

Industrial hemp and marijuana are both cannabis. Marijuana and hemp are not separate cannabis species, rather marijuana and hemp are political definitions while cannabis is a botanical term…

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CANNABIS PHYTOCHEMICALS

CANNABIS PHYTOCHEMICALS

Phytochemicals are biologically active chemical compounds produced through primary or secondary metabolism in plants in order to help the plant grow and/or protect itself from disease and pests. The term phytochemical includes both nutritional and non-nutritional compounds found in a plant; however, the term is generally used to refer to the non-essential nutrients and compounds in a plant… 

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ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is named for the plant that led to its discovery, but evolutionary evidence shows us that it had been a central component of human physiology for hundreds of millions of years before cannabis existed. Despite early evolution of the ECS and its central role in body function, the ECS was not discovered until 1992…

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CANNABINOIDS

CANNABINOIDS

Phytochemical cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that bind to receptors in the human body. There are currently over 100 known cannabinoids, though most of them have yet to be independently studied and fully characterized…

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TERPENES

TERPENES

Terpenes are chemical compounds produced in plants that contribute to the plants’ flavors and smells. Terpenes protect cannabis from environmental stressors such as excess moisture, mold, penetrating sun, and pests…

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FLAVONOIDS

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids play a role in the color and aroma of flowers to assist in attracting pollinators and are involved in seed and spore germination. During growth, they help the plant filter light and protect them from mold, mildew, and pests…

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SYNERGISTIC EFFECT

SYNERGISTIC EFFECT

While individual phytochemicals have different properties, their effect on the body is greater when different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are combined than when they are used in isolation…

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LOW AND SLOW DOSING PROTOCOL

LOW AND SLOW DOSING PROTOCOL

To minimize adverse side effects and potential harmful drug interactions, it is important for the team of patient, physician and pharmacist to be mindful about benefit-risk analysis. Studies have shown that slower titration at lower doses have a marked reduction in adverse events while also improving the therapeutic efficacy of the medical cannabis…

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SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS

SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS

Cannabis, like any other medication, can have adverse effects and drug interactions. These effects can range from mild (dry mouth, increased appetite) to severe (heart palpitations, platelet inhibition). As such, patients should perform a risk-to-benefit analysis with their primary health care provider and/or pharmacist to ensure that cannabis is the right choice for them…

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DRUG INTERACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS

DRUG INTERACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS

As with any other medication, drug interactions should be checked before a patient starts a medical cannabis regimen. Owing to the need for more research, the fundamental ambiguity of the endocannabinoid system, and the wide range of pharmacologically active compounds potentially present in any cannabis formulation, it is very difficult to definitively list drug interactions…

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FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING MEDICAL CANNABIS

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING MEDICAL CANNABIS

The variety of products on the market make choosing the correct product overwhelming. Identify the symptoms you have that you are looking to relieve, consider the type of products available, and consider the modes of consumption for the products. Products will vary in the symptoms they can best target based on the phytochemical makeup of the product and how it can be delivered…

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