There are several ways to use medical cannabis. We invite you to read the Methods of Administration page to better understand which of the methods is best for you.
Since the beginning of time humans have recognized the unique qualities of the cannabis plant and have used it for medical purposes. In Chinese medicine, for example, cannabis is one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Today, even Western medicine recognizes the ability of cannabis to help patients with a wide variety of diseases and medical conditions, and numerous countries, including Israel, have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The growing formal recognition provides a broad base for accelerated development of the medical cannabis market, which brings together the business world, academia and medical institutions. Thanks to the experience and significant knowledge gained by these organizations, today you can find a wide variety of medical cannabis strains that suit different medical problems, are higher quality and stable.
The cannabis plant contains over 450 active ingredients, about 100 of which are molecules known as cannabinoids, and they are the best known for their medical effect. When people consume them, they activate receptors with the same name that are found in the endocannabinoid system, which every single one of us has. Two of the cannabinoids we are familiar with are THC and CBD, which are used to perform important categorization based on the use for patients.
THC is the active ingredient responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effect – the well-known “high” sensation that has made cannabis famous. It is important to know that beyond the psychoactive effect, THC has been proven as an effective substance for the treatment of diseases accompanied by pain, destruction of cancer cells and tumors, easing nausea and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).
CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, but is considered no less dominant than its counterpart, THC, and is recognized as effective in treatment of diseases that include fits, such as Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. The fact that it is not psychoactive makes it ideal for treatment of population segments such as children and the elderly.
While cannabinoids are important for their effect on our bodies, they are not the only substances. In addition to them, it is important to know about terpenes as well – organic molecules that exist in all plants and are responsible for their odors and taste, and this is the case with the cannabis plant as well. In recent years, terpenes have gained growing attention thanks to the discovery of their unique medical properties and contribution to creating the entourage effect – an effect created from the combination of terpenes and cannabinoids that exist in every single strain on the body of each and every patient. Due to this discovery, it is standard to recommend that patients try more than one strain and see the specific effect each has on them
The development of the medical cannabis market contributed significantly to patients, but also resulted in a real headache when it comes to the ability to select the right strain from the dozens, if not hundreds, available as well as the hybrid stains from which the products currently available are produced.
To select the best product for the treatment and the medical need, you need to consider the following:
Consumption of inflorescence or oil.
Sativa or indica.
The composition of the active ingredients in the product (see the previous question as well as the next article).
Regardless, remember that to create the entourage effect (the individual effect of each strain on each patient), you should try more than one strain properly and in a controlled manner.
Another recommendation is not to compromise and to select organically grown strains to protect your health over time. Here you will be able to learn more about our strains and see which of them is the best for you. These guidelines do not replace professional guidance and consultation.
Today, following the new regulation (reform), obtaining a medical cannabis license is much simpler, but you need to know the different stages we wrote about at length here.
The new regulation led to an increase in the number of pharmacies licensed to sell medical cannabis, which in turn led to significant improvement in the accessibility and availability of the products. (You can find the list of pharmacies that carry better products here.)
One of the main recommendations when using medical cannabis is not to settle on the first product you get and certainly not to begin with products that have a strong effect. An increasing number of studies confirm the theory about the entourage effect, in which each strain responds differently in each person due to the particular composition of cannabinoids in their body. That is why we recommend trying different strains and beginning with low doses until you find the strain and dosage that is right for you. In any event, you should not only rely on your memory and should create a table with the times of use and amount taken.
The content on this website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice and/or as a recommendation and/or approval to use cannabis products, whether they are sold by the company or by another party.
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