Medicinal Cannabis

 
 
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What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemicals related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The marijuana plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids. The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals. They play a role in regulating pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain, and the senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight).

 
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Cannabinoids as medicine.

There are two main components of the marijuana plant that are used for medical purposes, THC and CBD (cannabidiol). THC can increase appetite, decrease pain, swelling and nausea, as well as help with muscle control problems. It also can help with glaucoma and post traumatic stress disorder as well as any condition which is chronic or debilitating. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabidiol that relieves pain, reduces seizures as well as eases anxiety and depression. 

 

A Patient's Guide to Medical Cannabis

This guide for patients who use medical marijuana (cannabis) covers everything you need to know. Created by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a non-profit advocacy organization, this publication will help individuals who are using or considering cannabis treatments to better educate themselves, their families and their physicians. Further information is available at their website www.safeaccess.org