In an article written by My Chronic Relief…Cannabis is a flowering plant. When cannabis is grown for medicine, the flowers (also known as buds) and leaves of the female plant are cured resulting in what we generally regard as cannabis, or the more commonly used pejorative term “marijuana”. Hemp and medicinal cannabis are in the same genus – cannabis, (cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and hybrids), and both have psychoactive qualities. The difference is in breeding/growing methods – hemp is grown for its fiber, which is used to make clothing, rope, paper, etc., and medicinal cannabis is bred to have larger buds and a higher cannabinoid content. Highly versatile, cannabis provides relief for many different ailments and symptoms with a high degree of safety. Sound like Snake Oil to you? It’s not. The reasons that cannabis benefits so many different illnesses and ailments boils down to the fact that some of the active pharmacological components of the cannabis plant mimic chemicals produced by an internal chemical harm reduction system in the human body that keeps our health in balance – the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is controlled by chemicals that our body produces called endocannabinoids. Our endocannabinoids are responsible for keeping our most critical biological functions in balance such as sleep, appetite, the immune system, pain and more. When the body gets out of balance and moves into a state of stress, endocannabinoids go to work to fix the problem. The pharmaceutically active components in the cannabis plant mimic endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids, one class of chemicals produced by the cannabis plant, can be effective in helping the body manage crises and restore itself after trauma when the body’s endocannabinoids are not able to restore balance alone.
You are probably wondering, “Why does cannabis benefit so many different illnesses?” The short answer is cannabis is highly effective in treating pain and inflammation. It does this by working with the endocannabinoid system, which controls pain and inflammation says on Lakeland Marijuana Doctor. Can you think of a disease that does not come with inflammation and pain? I can’t.
The cannabis plant happens to be one of the most (if not the most) pharmacologically active plants on the planet, containing over 400 active chemicals. The unique active components of cannabis are called cannabinoids, which are found alongside active chemicals called terpenoids (we also refer to them as terpenes) and flavonoids. These chemical components work together to provide a wide variety of therapeutic benefits to the human body.
Resources & Links
Florida Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Florida Police Chiefs Association
Florida Fire Chiefs Association
Florida Association of Counties
Building Officials Association of Florida
New Law: Chapter No. 2017-232
Previous Law: 318.786, Florida Statutes
Amendment 2 Ballot Language (2016)
Previous DOH’s Administrative Rules
DOH Rulemaking Procedures
Denial of Petition to Initiate Federal Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana (DEA)