Do You Smoke Medical Marijuana?

June 19, 2018

Do You Smoke Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis: You Don't Have to Smoke It

Cannabinoids have been used to promote wellbeing for centuries


If you are of a certain generation, thinking about cannabis may make you feel a little uneasy. It’s quite possible that you still have memories of a video shown in health class depicting the so-called horrors of this drug. And even though recreational and medicinal marijuana are now legal in several states, it still carries somewhat of a stigma.


The unfortunate thing about this is that so many people aren’t aware of the difference between medical marijuana (which does have its own health benefits) and phytocannabinoid that come from hemp. Cannabinoids can be derived from hemp, and do not contain any of the psychoactive effects that marijuana does, while still providing all, and sometimes more, benefits! To understand these qualities, it is important to learn about the elements that can have a positive effect on our minds and bodies.


What are phytocannabinoids?


The word “phytocannabinoid” literally means “cannabinoid from plants.” And the cannabis plant, where marijuana comes from, contains many different cannabinoids. THC is probably the most well-known cannabinoid, but it isn’t the only one present. In some cases, synthetic versions of these cannabinoids are created artificially, but phytocannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants.


How do phytocannabinoids work?


Cannabinoids aren’t just found in the cannabis plant; our bodies also produce them. These are called endocannabinoids. We also have built-in receptors that allow endocannabinoids to interact with cannabinoids, resulting in the body feeling the effects of the marijuana.   


Is taking phytocannabinoids the same thing as smoking pot?


No. Sometimes, marijuana prescribed for health purposes is smoked, which can create some confusion. However, you don’t have to smoke it as there are many other ways to obtain the health benefits, such as through tinctures, capsules, and lotions.


Do phytocannabinoids have health benefits?


In early 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a comprehensive report about the health effects of cannabinoids. Looking at over 10,000 studies published since 2009, this report found that medical marijuana can be used to treat a number of conditions, including chronic pain and muscle spasms. The report also found that it can prevent the nausea people get from chemotherapy.


Other studies have shown that medical marijuana may help:


  • Control epileptic seizures
  • Relieve arthritis
  • Slowdown the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lessen the pain from multiple sclerosis
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Reduce pain and tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease


Vets say our furry friends can benefit, too


Although there have not yet been extensive studies about pets and marijuana, veterinarians see the advantages. Many people are now starting to use phytocannabinoids to treat anxiety, pain, and arthritis in their pets as recommended by their vet.


“While there are some differences in how cannabis affects pets compared to humans, they can benefit in many of the same ways people do,” says Dr. Gary Richter, director of two animal clinics in California. “There is enormous potential to treat medical conditions with cannabis.”


The SanSal difference


SanSal Wellness was created with one goal in mind: to harvest superior phytocannabinoid products to help people live healthier and happier lives. We do this by growing phytocannabinoid hemp plants through sustainable farming methods that utilize high-altitude virgin land and pure Rocky Mountain water. Our strict protocols ensure that everything we produce is of the highest quality.