Hi All,

Last year I started using CBD cream to alleviate pain in my legs. It works really well and I've been able to avoid using OTC medicine.
This year I'd like to explore the world of medical cannabis to see if it's something that will work for me. I'll be discussing this with my Dr at my next appt.
Please share if you have any expertise or experience using medical cannabis.

Here are some interesting facts along with some reference links at the bottom of the page. Hope you find it helpful.

Cannabinoids are certain chemical compounds found naturally in cannabis. There are about 500 compounds found in the cannabis plant, at least 85 of which are cannabinoids. The two most well know are THC and CBD.

THC is the acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the most well known of the cannabis compounds. THC stimulates the section of the brain that causes the release of dopamine; this means, simply, that THC affects perception, mood, and behavior and is the source of the “high” we feel after ingesting cannabis products. The higher the level or dosage of THC, the stronger the high you experience. It is important to note that in addition to the psychoactive effects THC offers, this cannabinoid also has anti-inflammatory and therapeutic benefits (for pain relief). There is also evidence of THC-A (the acidic kind of THC) fighting cancer cells, specifically prostate cancer. Pharmacologists are conducting research on THC and other cannabinoids to better understand best uses, benefits, effects and medicinal properties of the cannabis plant. For newer users, it is important to begin your cannabis experience with a low dose of THC (5mg or less) to figure out your individual preference.

CBD is perhaps the second most popular cannabinoid and you’ve probably been hearing more about CBD and seeing products with higher doses, either together with THC or on its own. The acronym stands for cannabidiol and it is used more medicinally than THC, as it is not psychoactive (rather than stimulating you emotionally like THC, CBD calms you down and alleviates anxiety and pain).

Benefits of THC & CBD (components of cannabis)

Fun Fact: FDA has approved 3 synthetic cannabinoids and 1 plant-derived cannabinoid for medical treatments.

Cannabis does not have to be smoked (save the lungs.) Intake methods include vaporization, eaten in food, taken under the tongue or swallowed as a tincture, oil or even juiced.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medical cannabis if you are taking any prescription medications.

Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law and carries stiff penalties and consequences in many places.

  • Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.
  • The District of Columbia and 11 states -- Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington -- have adopted the most expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
  • A number of states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.


Wishing Good Health to All,