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One of the most common health conditions among Americans is Arthritis. Approximately 1 in 10 people live with the disorder. There are two main forms of arthritis: Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Contrary to popular belief, people have been choosing cannabis for treating arthritis for thousands of years.

Osteoarthritis

This is the more common form of arthritis, affecting almost 3 million people each year in the United States. It’s a common sign of aging that occurs as cartilage wears away over time. Osteoarthritis affects the neck, hands, lower back, hips, and knees.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, also referred to as RA, is the more debilitating, life-altering form of the disease. It’s an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints, causing severe debilitation in sufferers of all ages. This disease often produces other immune-related health issues.

Cannabis for Treating Arthritis

Unfortunately, no cure exists at this time for arthritis. Cannabis, however, contains two main cannabinoids (CBD and THC) that have shown promise as a medical treatment for both forms of the disease.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is capable of working with the immune system to treat autoimmune disorders like RA. It also is an analgesic, meaning it’s capable of treating pain.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is known for its anti inflammatory and pain-killing properties. Often times, people that suffer from chronic pain and/or inflammation, also struggle with anxiety, depression, lack of appetite, and sleep disorders. THC has the ability to not only treat arthritic pain directly, but also treat the side effects that come along with it.

Diseases like this have become the main focus of the medical marijuana movement. Due to the fact that arthritis is such a widespread illness, the development of special drugs has become of interest to several cannabis-based companies.

Reducing Prescription Medication

Cannabis has proven itself, time and time again, that it can effectively treat all of the symptoms associated with Arthritis. With that being said, people are still treating their disease with pharmaceutical, prescription drugs. These medications may cause more issues than they solve.

Even if you’re an Arthritis patient that must continue to take prescription drugs, medical marijuana can still help ease the side effects associated with them (nausea, lack of appetite, sleep disorders, etc…)

If you’re currently taking prescription drugs, consider trying cannabis for treating arthritis. It can treat your suffering, without the negative side effects. 

Find Out if Medical Marijuana Can Help You

If you’re interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today. There’s no reason to prolong your suffering when there is a real, viable treatment available in the form of medical marijuana.

If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you probably have quite a few questions floating around in your head. The most common question among new patients is what is the difference between THC and CBD? There are 4 main differences between THC and CBD, which we will address below in order to help you understand which of the two may be a better option for you.

1. Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive

We have built-in receptors all throughout our body. These are cannabinoid receptors, more easily referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in practically every major organ in the body. CB2 receptors are specifically related to the immune system.

THC is psychoactive, meaning that it affects the body and the mind. This cannabinoid is what gives marijuana it’s classic “high” or feeling of euphoria. It accomplishes this by binding directly to the Cannabinoid receptors. THC is better used at night, or when you know you’re going to be home for a while.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it has the capabilities to heal, without the euphoric high. CBD binds indirectly to the Cannabinoid receptors. This is an excellent choice for those that need relief during the day. It will allow you to reap the medical benefits while maintaining a clear head.

2. Found In:

THC is only found in Cannabis plants. Generally, marijuana needs to be grown in warm, humid climates. The typical cannabis flower contains 10-14% THC. This cannabinoid is still illegal in some states.

CBD is not only found in cannabis plants, but hemp plants as well. Hemp can be grown in a wide variety of environments, and contains less than 1% THC. While CBD is found in marijuana, hemp plants actually contain a higher concentration of CBD than cannabis plants do. CBD is legal in some form in all 50 states.

3. Helps Treat:

THC can treat pain, stress, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, Glaucoma, muscle spasms, and more!

CBD is capable of treating inflammation, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines, arthritis, epilepsy, paranoia, digestive problems, and more!

It’s apparent that THC and CBD can treat several of the same symptoms. It accomplishes this because they share some of the same properties. The main difference is that THC is associated with a high, so if you’re looking to stay clear-headed, you should choose CBD. If you’re seeking that euphoric, enlightening feeling, consider trying THC.

4. Possible Side Effects

THC can produce side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, memory impairment, changes in appetite and/or weight, etc… It’s important to note that THC does not cause anxiety or paranoia in everyone, however, it’s difficult to know how you will react until you give it a try. If you’ve never used THC before, do so in the comfort of your own home around a trusted, sober friend or family member.

CBD can cause you to experience drowsiness, changes in appetite and/or weight, and sometimes, though rarely, diarrhea. It is extremely uncommon to experience any negative side effects when using CBD, but if it’s your first time use caution. Start out slow and progress from there.

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We hope that we’ve cleared a few things up for you so that you can better understand the main differences between THC and CBD.

If you feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation ONLINE to speak with a certified physician who can answer any questions that you may have.

By now, we are all well aware that marijuana has the potential to treat a vast array of illnesses and symptoms. Often times, when we think about medical marijuana, THC and CBD come to mind. While it is true that many of the medical properties of cannabis stem from these two main compounds, they are not the only two found in the plant. There are over 100 other beneficial compounds in Marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities when compared to THC and CBD. While they are not as prevalent, they still have a huge impact on how THC and CBD affect us.

First, we’re going to examine the medical properties of THC and CBD, and then we will look at some of the lesser known cannabinoids to better understand how medical marijuana can help us!

The Two Most Well-Known Cannabinoids

THC

This compound is the most well-known component of marijuana. It’s most notable effect is the mid-altering, euphoric feeling that it can provide to the user. This compound:

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Protects against Sleep Apnea
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pressure in the eye associated with Glaucoma.

CBD

This compound is the main reason why cannabis is such an effective medical treatment. CBD continues to prove its worth, as studies continue. It can:

  • Relieves pain
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Manages psychosis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces function in the immune system (helpful for autoimmune diseases)
  • Decreases contractions in the small intestine (helpful for GI disorders)
  • Protects against nervous system degeneration
  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Minimizes organ rejection

Important Cannabinoids You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of

While these are found in much smaller concentration in the marijuana plant, they can have a huge effect on health benefits and the way that THC and CBD affect us. For instance, CBC, CBG and CBN can lessen the effects of THC while aiding the benefits of CBD. THCV also has the opposite effect of THC, when it comes to appetite.

THCV

  • Suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions

CBC

  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Increases blood pressure (vasoconstriction)

CBG

  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth

CBN

  • Relieves pain
  • Acts as a sleep aid
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

Why are These Important?

Three words: Whole Plant Therapy. This is the form of medical treatment that uses the entire plant, as it is believed to have a stronger effect when all of the cannabinoids work together. You can learn more about it, HERE.

Many products on the market are THC isolates or CBD isolates, meaning the compounds have been extracted to be on their own. While these isolates can be effective, whole plant therapy may be even more beneficial. The bottom line is, the medical properties of cannabis are vast, and will continue to grow as research progresses.

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If you’re a Florida resident, and believe that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today.

A large percentage of Americans now have access to medical marijuana. This natural medicine treats a multitude of different symptoms from a variety of illnesses. There are literally hundreds of different strains available to choose from. For many first time users, it can be hard to decipher which one can treat your symptoms. Dispensaries commonly separate strains into larger categories of either Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids. In order to help you understand the differences, we are going to compare & contrast these 3 larger categories.  

Sativa

As far as appearance goes, the Sativa plant is taller in stature with narrower leaves. It goes through a longer flowering cycle and is better suited for warmer climates that have a longer season.

Effects

Sativa generally has a greater effect on the mind. It is commonly used during the day due to it’s energizing and invigorating properties. Sativa pairs well with physical activity, creative projects and social gatherings. It typically is a mood and productivity booster. These effects are often caused by the higher concentration of THC.

Indica

The Indica plant is the exact opposite of Sativa in the way that it looks. Indica is shorter, with wider leaves. It has a shorter flowering cycle and is better off in a colder climate with a shorter season.

Effects

The effects of Indica are usually quite different than Sativa, as well. Indica has more effect on the physical body than the mind. Due to it’s relaxing and sedating properties, it is perfect for night time use. It can act as a natural sleep aid because of its calming effect.

Hybrid

Hybrids are a combination of Sativa and Indica so they can look like either one, depending on the concentration of strains used.

Effects

Again, hybrid plants can share the effects of both Sativa and Indica. Generally speaking, a hybrid strain can be a good balance of each, boosting your mood and then mellowing you out without making you too sleepy.

Which is Right for You?

It’s important to note that some studies have shown that there is no scientific proof that Sativas will always make you feel energized or Indicas will always produce sedating effects. Jeffrey Raber, Ph.D. is a chemist that has said we need to be more focused on cannabinoids and Terpenes.

The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC produces the euphoric high. People suffering from chronic pain, nausea, migraines, depression and anxiety often choose strains with a higher THC concentration in order to treat their symptoms. CBD offers similar effects of THC, without the high. This is a common choice for people in need of relief that also need to maintain a clear mind for work or school. Mixing strains with THC and CBD offers a slight euphoric effect while still effectively treating symptoms. Terpenes play a large role in producing sedating and/or energizing effects, as well. They are also responsible for cannabis’ aroma, which has a surprising therapeutic effect.

Dr. Raber recommends focusing less on Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids and paying more attention to concentration of cannabinoids (THC & CBD) and aroma of strains. Understanding the effects of THC, CBD and Terpenes will enable you to choose a strain that will better treat your symptoms. Your best bet is to experiment with different strains until you figure out which one works best. Cannabis is a complicated subject. It is extremely diverse, which also happens to be why it is such an effective tool for such a wide variety of people. With so many combinations to choose from, it can help just about anyone.

If you are a Florida resident with questions or concerns, book your free consultation today! We have qualified physicians on staff ready to help! Call us at (786) 224-4005, book online, or visit one of our 12 Florida locations. We’re here for you.