What is Cannabis?

An understanding of cannabis, its consumption methods, and how it interacts with the body is crucial to optimizing medical marijuana treatment. Below is an overview that provides just that.

This guide serves as a basic introduction to your cannabis education, preparing you to have the most productive conversation possible with your personal TGS representative. It teaches you:

  • Alternatives to smoking marijuana including vaporizing, infused edibles, and topicals
  • How your body interacts with cannabinoids to provide relief for a variety of symptoms
  • How to save time and be confident with your personal TGS representative by knowing some often used terminology

CANNABINOIDS

ll plants produce chemical compounds that might do everything from providing aromatherapy to defensively poisoning threatening herbivores. Cannabis plants are no different, producing (among at least 83 others) various concentrations of the famous CBD and THC, the main cannabinoids that make marijuana medicinal and psychotropic, respectively.

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ENDOCANNABINOIDS

Homeostasis, in case you didn’t know, is the body’s natural way of stabilizing your health. Endocannabinoids throughout the human body facilitate this by keeping cells in touch with each other. This means the body (and especially the brain) is riddled with receptor sites, where chemicals (in and outside of your body) interact in a variety of ways. All of the positive interactions is where the term homeostasis comes from.

CBD VS. THC

CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is non-psychotropic¸ meaning it binds with the body’s (CB-2) receptors, whereas Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds with the brain’s (CB-1) receptors.

CBD’s interaction with receptors is generally positive, known to treat various conditions including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, even different types of epilepsy. This is how cannabidiol supports homeostasis, whereas THC interacts with neural receptors to alleviate pain (also known as analgesic), suppress PTSD triggers, and reduce nausea or vomiting, among several other benefits.

Although CBD makes up less of a plant’s chemical composition than THC, you can request strains with higher CBD concentrations for specific treatment with less of the psychoactive effects.

“It’s important to note that every human’s body reacts differently to chemical compounds in any type of flora, not just cannabis. Which leads us to…”

THE HUMAN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

This is what the previously referred to system of receptors throughout the body is known as, and it’s not only found in humans, but in all biological organisms. A variety of factors including genetics and overall health (chronic diseases or conditions) can change its response to external substances (like cannabinoids), making it crucial for patients to experiment with different strains and consumption methods, initially in low dosages.

“Homeostasis is a 24/7/365 attempt at physiological balance that is rarely perfect and affected by a wide variety of external factors in addition to cannabis consumption such as eating, drinking, even exercising (which causes sweat to secrete or produce lactic acid). This is why the variety of factors is so wide and the effects of cannabis can be so different from patient to patient.”