Cannabis Education

"I don't think of cannabis as a miracle cure — I think it's a piece of the puzzle that in the right hands can be used to help patients."

-  Dr. Mark A. Ware, Associate Professor at McGill University

Medical cannabis comes from the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. This species has two sub-species – Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. A mixture of these two sub-species will result in ‘hybrid’ plants that will have a mixture of desired traits and levels of CBD and THC.

What are CBD and THC?

CBD (cannabidiol) is an ingredient found most prominently in Indica dominant strains, while THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the dominant ingredient in Sativa strains. Strains live on a spectrum of Indica to Sativa with many hybrids in between that will achieve different results. Hybrids are grown with the purpose of finding the desired percentages of CBD and THC, which will aid in addressing different things depending on the condition patients hope to use it for.

strains

How Do I Select a Strain?

With the help of a physician and Canheal’s medical experts, patients are walked through the strains that would best address their issue(s). It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to cannabis, and any one strain will not be written in stone as the one that will help with everyone’s condition despite an identical diagnosis.

It takes much longer for CBD effects (two weeks or more) to be apparent than for THC effects (almost immediate). Be patient, and follow instructions. Strain selection is a work in progress. It may take time to find the best fit for you. Diet, other medications (and if your physician is supporting you in reducing these), stress, consumption method, and other lifestyle factors all affect your experience. The guidance of Canheal’s expert educators and doctors is essential for you to achieve optimal results.

CBD may be used for the following conditions: Epilepsy, Seizures, Anxiety, Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and more.

THC may be used for the following conditions: Mood disorders, Depression, ADHD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and more. Hybrids may be used for many other conditions.

What Does Indica Do?

Indica (the CBD dominant variety) can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce pain
  • Relax muscles
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce nausea
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Reduce frequency in epileptic patients
  • Relieve headaches and migraines
  • Reduce anxiety and stress

What Does Sativa Do?

Sativa (the THC dominant variety) can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce depression
  • Relieve headaches and migraines
  • Energize
  • Reduce awareness of pain
  • Increase focus and creativity
  • Reduce nausea
  • Stimulate appetite

Hybrids of Sativa and Indica strains represent the majority of use among patients, and it is not unusual to receive more than one prescription to be given to help a patient through the day and to sleep well at night.

How Do I Consume Medical Cannabis?

There are a variety of ways to consume medical cannabis: vaporization, edibles, oils, smoking, and even incorporating cannabis into topical treatments for absorption into the system. We actually discourage smoking medical cannabis, as it is not good for the lungs and wears off before other forms of administration such as edibles.

What Should My Dose Be?

To start, new patients are recommended to be given a prescription between 0.5 – 2 grams. This may not seem like much, but the purpose of medical cannabis is not to get high, but to help treat the symptoms of a patient’s condition. If you feel an increase in dose is needed, talk to your doctor and Canheal medical expert.