What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana refers to the use of the flowers or "buds" of the cannabis plant (also known as cannabis or marihuana) taken as a form of medicine or herbal remedy.

Medical Marijuana acts on the endocannabinoid system. This system is associated with many processes in the human body including neural development, immune function, inflammation, appetite, metabolism and energy homeostasis, cardiovascular function, digestion, bone development and bone density, synaptic plasticity and learning, pain, reproduction, psychiatric disease, psychomotor behaviour, memory, wake/sleep cycles, and the regulation of stress and emotional state.1

Due to the vastness of the endocannabinoid system and the influence of Marijuana upon it, Medical Marijuana can be effective in treating the symptoms associated with a wide range of illnesses.

1. Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids. (May 2013). Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/med/infoprof-eng.php#chp70

*The information contained in this education center is intended as a basic guide and it is recommended that anyone wishing to use marijuana as medicine should first consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Quick Facts

Marijuana acts on the human endocannabinoid system. This system affects many different parts and processes throughout the human body, thus giving marijuana many potential medicinal benefits.

There are many different strains of medical marijuana that affect the human body differently due to their unique THC and CBD ratios. Knowledge of these ratios can help patients choose the most effective strain for their symptoms.

Much of the information provided in this Education Center is cited from Health Canada's website. Check out Health Canada's Information for Health Care Professionals.

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