Cannabis 101

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of answers to commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question or require more information please contact us.

Q: Is cannabis addictive? A: The definition of addiction is “A compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance”. It is possible to develop a psychological addiction to most things that are taken to excess, however cannabis is not physically addictive, although it is accepted that in some cases a psychological dependence can occur in heavy to chronic users. According to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicines 1999 report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base: “Compared to most other drugs dependence among marijuana users is relatively rare, although few marijuana users develop dependence, some do. But they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.” Even heavy cannabis users won’t suffer withdrawal as is the case with alcohol, hard drugs and prescription medicines. Chronic users who stop using cannabis report experiencing irritability, restlessness and find it difficult to sleep for at least a week after discontinuing use.

Q: What are the different strains of cannabis?
A: There are three distinct types of cannabis plant that are grown for their psychoactive content. These are Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Ruderalis. The fourth classification is given to what is now referred to as Hemp, this is the name given to non psychoactive cannabis plants that are grown commercially for seeds, oil and fiber. These plants typically contain around 3% THC content, however, hemp strains have been artificially bred to contain very little cannabinoid content to satisfy the prohibition lobby. In reality if farmers could grow regular cannabis they would be able to utilize more of the plant and earn extra income from the cannabinoids which could be used as medicine.

Q: What medical ailments is medical marijuana most commonly used for? A:  Here are some of the more common ailments that marijuana is used to treat.

  • Sleep Disorder
  • MS
  • Nausea
  • IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Skin cancer (studies are still being done on the success rate of skin cancer)
  • Spinal/bone/head injuries
  • Parkinsons
  • Pain relief

Q: What are some rare ailments that medicinal marijuana can be used for? A: Here are some of the more rare ailments that marijuana can treat:

  • Tourettes Syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Pruritus
  • Sickle Cell Deiease
  • PTSD
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Osteoporosis

Other conditions which may benefit from medicinal cannabis:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Anorexia
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Migraines
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Muscle spasms/twitches/aches
  • Movement disorders
  • Depression
  • Addiction withdrawal
  • Great for nausea and vomiting (usually sought after by chemotherapy patients at the end of the treatment or sometimes their choice to use alternative medicinal marijuana opposed to chemotherapy

 

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