As the U.S. medical cannabis industry continues to grow, more people are tapping its potential as an alternative healthcare treatment. Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, uses specific compounds from the cannabis plant to address chronic or debilitating ailments.
With more than 80 different cannabinoids in cannabis, it’s difficult to know the right strain and formulation for your needs. But the specialists at the office of Dr. Joseph Jensen can help you get through the weeds.
Different Strains for Different Pains
When it comes to medical cannabis, different strains can have varying effects on both body and mind.
Indica strains typically provide strong “body effects,” making them suitable for pain relief. These strains are often associated with a heavy, relaxing feeling, making them ideal for use during periods of rest or when experiencing persistent discomfort.
On the other end of the spectrum, sativa strains are known for their “mind effect.” This strain promotes relaxation and relief from conditions affecting mental health, like anxiety or depression.
Hybrid strains are bred to combine the benefits of both indica and sativa strains, aiming for a balance between the two.
Comparisons of Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are the active compounds found in cannabis, each with its own effects on the body. The four main categories are:
- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol): THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, responsible for the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. But THC also has potent anti-inflammatory properties. It’s commonly used to treat conditions like chronic pain, arthritis, and insomnia.
- CBD (cannabidiol): CBD is another well-known cannabinoid in cannabis, though it doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects. CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and anti-cancer properties. It’s also used to alleviate nausea and suppress seizures.
- CBN (cannabinol): A metabolite of THC, CBN produces fewer psychoactive effects. CBN is used primarily for inducing sleep, making it beneficial in treating insomnia. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant properties.
- THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid): THCA is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in raw cannabis. It has gained popularity as a superfood when included in smoothies or consumed without heating it up first. However, when THCA is heated or aged, it converts into THC, producing psychoactive effects that some patients may want to avoid.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are considering medical cannabis as an alternative treatment for your health condition, consider Dr. Joseph Jensen at Elevation Aesthetics in Layton, UT. To explore how medical cannabis can potentially address your chronic or debilitating condition, call Dr. Joseph Jensen at 385-424-4567 or schedule an appointment online.