Medical Cannabis gave me back my life. I repeat, Medical Cannabis gave me back my life. It helped to heal me from Lyme, regulate my immune system and provided the best symptom relief out of everything I have tried. I think all the various modalities I have used have gotten me on a healing path, but I know that when I added Cannabis into my protocols I got so much better, and quickly.
I know this topic is very controversial but I really believe people need to start learning more and more about its potential to heal and help people with chronic illness feel better everyday. It's a truly magical plant and the fact that there is still rhetoric about it being a "bad and addictive drug" is just plain lies and nonsense. No one has ever died from using Cannabis. No one has ever overdosed from using Cannabis. So many people have benefited immensely from using it for medicinal purposes. It is a plant that has great medicinal benefits just like many other medicinal plants we use today such as Aspirin, Quinine and Opium and has been used medicinally for over 3,000 years!
There is so much science available now proving that Cannabis can be a very effective treatment for Cancer, Lyme Disease, Seizures, Alzheimers, ADHD, Chronic Pain, PTSD and the list goes on and on and on.
Cannabis is a plant from the Diodocious family and is one of the most complex and useful plants on the planet. It has many uses aside from being medicinal such as being one of the strongest fibers available from a plant as well as one of the most nutritious seeds we can incorporate into our diet.
Cannabis is composed of over 85 known Cannabinoids which have documented medicinal properties and the ability to relief ailments and cure diseases. We all have an Endocannabinoid System in our bodies, and as we age we lose Cannabinoids. Essentially the Endocannabinoid System mediates communication between our cells. It is located throughout the brain and the body and it helps to modulate important bodily functions that determine how our body reacts and feels both mentally and physically. When cannabinoids from cannabis bind to our receptors, our appetite, memory, mood and more are all regulated.
When there is a deficiency, we get physical complications and disease. Some of the most popular Cannabinoids are CBD and THC but there are many others we are just starting to learn about.
THC is the most well known Cannabinoid and is responsible for producing the “high” and “euphoric" feeling. It binds to the receptors in the brain and has been shown to be effective as an anti-depresant, appetite stimulant, and useful in killing Cancer.
CBD is the next most popular cannabinoid and it has no psychoactive affect, meaning you won’t get any sort of “high”. Think of it as a plant based IB Profen x100. CBD binds to receptors in the body and has also been shown to be an immunomodulator and support the immune system by being an anti-inflammatory. The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich Cannabis may make it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety and/or anti-spasm effects without disconcerting euphoria or lethargy. In order to activate CBD you must have a small amount of THC so they can work together, but the amount of THC needed is not enough to make you “high”. CBD is the most effective pain reliever I have ever used. It is truly magical.
By combining these cannabinoids you can get very specific types of relief depending on your condition. This graphic from Leafly is a great intro to the various cannabinoids and all of the conditions they can help with. There are 2 main species of Cannabis. Indica and Sativa and they have very different therapeutic effects, but both are equally powerful as medicine, it just depends on what you are trying to heal from.
Sativa plants have less chlorophyll than Indica and they also have a higher THC content to Cannabinoid [CBD] ratio. This causes them to have a much more energetic, uplifting and cerebral “high”. There is this misconception that if you use cannabis you are lazy or tired and out of it, but with a Sativa you can feel like you have had a cup of coffee. This has been instrumental in me feeling well enough to get out of bed and do things when I was at my sickest. Sativa effects generally last 1-2 hours and are recommended for daytime since they can be very energizing.
Indica has a higher CBD content to THC ratio and induces a more physically relaxing effect. Indica is a very therapeutic treatment for chronic pain, seizures, multiple sclerosis, nausea and more. Indica strains primarily have physical effects, although the relief from physical symptoms can also have a positive emotional effect. They are often described as relaxing, sedating, and pain reducing. The therapeutic effects are generally much longer lasting [3-4 hours] than Sativas. Because they can be especially sedating, Indicas are generally best in the evening.
Then we have Hybrids, which are a combination of Sativa and Indica. You can find Hybrids with various ratios such as 50/50 Sativa/Indica or 30/70 Sativa Indica etc. Hybrids are kind of like the best of both worlds. You get the uplifting energizing high from the Sativa and you get the amazing pain relief and body high from the Indica. Depending on the ratio they are good for day or night use.
Recently there have been a lot of CBD strains on the market. These strains have a higher concentration of CBD vs THC and have less of a “high” and more pain relief and are very anti-inflammatory. CBD rich strains have also been very instrumental in healing children who had 100s of seizure’s a day and could not lead a normal life. Realm of Caring developed Cannabis Oil from a high CBD strain called Charlottes Web. With the help of CBD rich Cannabis Oil they have helped thousands of children get their life back and be normal kids.
In addition to the type of Cannabis plants, we can break it down even more to all the strains. Cannabis is kind of like wine. There are so many strains and depending on what you are doing, you can pair different strains with what you need, just like food and wine. For example, I would not smoke an Indica for insomnia in the middle of the day if I was going to clean my house, just like I would not pair a dessert wine with a steak.
There are so many strains and each one has such specific attributes that you can really fine tune what effect you want and what ailment you are trying to treat. Leafly is a great source for learning all about the various strains. They have documented just about every strain and described its attributes and what medicinal effects each one has.
Its great to experiment with various strains to see which ones work well with your body. A good way to initially know if a strain will work for you is by smelling it. If it smells good to you it will work well with your body. If it does not, it may not be the strain for you.