Medical Cannabis History
Cannabis Sativa, also know as marijuana, has been valued for 5,000 years as one of the most therapeutic herbs on the planet. Seventy years of marijuana prohibition have generated a plethora of biased opinions, misinformation, and unscientific public policy. Luckily, medical cannabis is making a return to the front lines of medicine, where its versatility, safety, and efficacy stand out amongst the alternatives.
Medical cannabis interacts with a person’s endocannabionoid system, a physiologic system within all people which functions to promote balance and healing at a cellular level. The endocannabinoid system is already hard at work helping you recover from injuries, coordinate your immune system, balance the brain and nervous system, and much more. Using cannabis appropriately can enhance these healing properties.
CONDITIONS ALLOWED BY STATE OF MAINE LAW:
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms (including MS)
Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
Chronic pain, which has not responded to conventional therapy for more than 6 months.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRAINS:
Indica- sleepy, couch lock, pain, sleep, muscle spasms.
Sativa- more energizing, appetite stimulation, good for ptsd, (can cause anxiousness in higher amounts).
CBD- non psycho active, pain, anxiety, seizure control (for some)
Onset of effects: Immediate and peak within 15-30 minutes.
When smoked, approximately 5% of cannabinoids reach the bloodstream.
When vaporized, approximately 20% of cannabinoids are bioavailable.
Both methods can last about 2 hours
Onset of effects: Immediate to 15 minutes and peak within 30 minutes as metabolism occurs (sublingual administration increases immediate bioavailability via capillaries in oral mucosa). Sublingual delivery is 3-10 x greater than oral.
Onset: 45 minutes – 2 hours and peak usually by 2.5 hours. Effects may last 4-6 hours depending on dose. Due to gastric digestion and individual metabolism effects can vary greatly by person and type of edible. Start low dose and go slow. Do not increase dose for the first 2 hours to avoid unpleasant side effects of anxiety, nausea and extreme fatigue. Absorption of edibles is approximately 30-40%
Rectal Absorption: Onset: 15-30 minutes and peaks within 1 hour. Effects last 4-6 hours Absorption and bioavailability is 70-80% with this delivery method depending on base. Cocoa Butter is preferred for less irritation and keeping form during insertion. Make sure there is little to no residual solvent in your suppository product to avoid irritation. May cause gas, bloating and diarrhea for the first week of detoxification.
Topical: Onset: 15-30 minutes. Builds in system over a period of days of regular use. For joint or muscle symptoms use 2-3 times per day. Little to no psycho activity unless used on vascular areas such as throat.