What is Medical Cannabis?
Cannabis has a long history as a medicinal plant, likely dating back two millennia, and is one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants. In 1985, pharmaceutical companies received approval to develop THC preparations for therapeutic use, and as a result, cannabinoids were reintroduced into the mainstream healthcare system.
What are Cannabinoids?
“Cannabinoids” is a general name for a class of chemical compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. They are formed in trichomes, which are the sticky glands on the cannabis plant. Some cannabinoids boost psycho-activity while others may provide medical benefits.
There are over 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC) work by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the body.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds that provide aroma and flavor in cannabis and a variety of other organisms, including plants. Terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavors of cannabis and influence its effects by interacting with cannabinoids. There are over 200 terpenes found in the cannabis plant.
How Is Medical Cannabis Consumed?
Each form of consumption has a different route of administration, onset of action and duration of effect associated with it.