Cannabis as Medicine: More Than Just THC

Cannabis has long been recognized as having medicinal properties by both the scientific and medical communities, and is one of the most researched subjects in history.  There are over 483 known compounds in the plant, as well over 85 different cannabinoids isolated thus far, with those numbers ever increasing.  Our bodies are filled with cannabinoid receptors, and we naturally make endocannabinoids to promote our own health. There are even endocannabinoids passed from mother to child through breast milk! Here is a brief introduction to what science currently believes are the most medicinally beneficial compounds found in marijuana:

 

THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol)- The most widely known constituent of marijuana, and also the one most responsible for the high that users feel.

  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Relieves Pain
  • Stimulates Appetite
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)- the precursor to THC. THCA is converted to THC through a process called decarboxylation, where a CO2 molecule is cleaved from THCA through the process of drying and curing marijuana, or exposing it to high heat. While THCA may be a prodrug to forming THC, it is a less-psychoactive, medicinally valuable compound in its own right.

  • Aids sleep
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

8-THC (delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol)- an analog of THC, with much lower psychoactivity.

  • Relieves pain

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)- a cannabinoid that actually blocks the effects of THC.

  • Reduces convulsions and seizures
  • Promotes bone growth

CBC (Cannabichromene)- completely non-psychoactive.

  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves pain

CBCA (Cannabichromenic acid)

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Treats fungal infection

CBD (Cannabidiol)- The heaviest hitter of the medicinally beneficial compounds found in marijuana. It doesn’t lend itself to the user getting high, and in recent years, marijuana strains have been bred to possess high CBD, and low THC, giving maximum medical benefit while minimizing the characteristic high. Because of this, high CBD strains are prized among the medical marijuana community, while having very little value on the recreational market. I find this compound intriguing, as it possesses a myriad of beneficial health effects, and I would love to research CBD’s effects when taken daily as a preventive, holistic supplement in healthy people.

  • Antibacterial
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • Neuro-protective
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces function in the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage (inflammation is the triggering event in developing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries)
  • Reduces small intestine contractions
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Relieves Pain
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Slows bacterial growth
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Tranquilizing
  • Treats psoriasis
  • Vasorelaxant

CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)

  • Reduces inflammation
  • inhibits cancer cell growth

CBG (Cannabigerol)- non-psychoactive, found in higher qualities in hemp. Treats glaucoma and inflammatory bowel disease.

  • aids sleep
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • promotes bone growth
  • slows bacterial growth

CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid)

  • reduces inflammation
  • relieves pain
  • slows bacterial growth

Each of these compounds could have been elaborated upon for many pages, and there are dozens more that I didn’t mention, as well as those we have yet to discover. Marijuana has been proven time and time again to be safe, effective medicine, and the scientific evidence has been supporting this for years. When will we collectively decide to end the madness of prohibition, and fully harness all that this wonderful plant has to offer us?

~Peter Trzos, MD

HB 5104: The Medibles Bill


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House Bill 5104 – The “Medibles” Bill


At the end of 2013 the Michigan House of Representative proposed two bills to clarify ambiguous areas of the existing Michigan Medical Marijuana Act that have raised substantial issues in the states judiciaries. First, House Bill 4271, that amended the MMA to allow local municipalities to decide whether or not to allow “provisioning centers” to operate with in their communities, was passed with ninety-five representatives votes. In addition, House Bill 5104, which will allow patients legal access to marijuana infused products, was passed in the House of Representative with one hundred votes. HB 5104 also referred to as, “The Medibles Bill” or “The Concentrates Bill” will give patients legal access to marijuana infused products such as edibles, extracts, tinctures, topical lotions, and beverage.
House Bill 5104 is an amendment to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in reaction to the recent Court of Appeals decision that criminalized the production and possession of various forms of cannabis. Since the courts decision, many patients have been deprived of “medically infused products” that have provided treatment to themselves or their children. Some parents have turned to using tinctures and extracts to treat severe disorders that have been unresponsive to other treatment options as a last resort. Theses parents have to weigh their child’s health with the legal consequences of continuing prior effective treatment options. This bill would allow caregivers to provide their patient’s with alternative forms of cannabis and if House Bill 4271 is also passed in the Senate it will allow “provisioning centers” to provide Medically Infused Products to patient’s under government regulations. These government regulations will require “provisioning centers” to clearly label edibles with both the weight and amount marijuana infused in the product. Both bills are expected to be passed in the near future to correct the courts decision that led to patients be prosecuted under the law.

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