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Benefits of Medical Cannabis

Benefits of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis oil can be used as a complimentary medicine medical practitioners for a wide range of medical conditions or to assist in keeping your body in a state of homeostatis:

It can help with sleeping problems, anxiety, depression, arthritis, pain and so much more.

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Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Dispensary is South Africa’s trusted online resource for medical marijuana. Cannabis oil is a powerful medicine – not an intoxicant – which provides exceptional, proven benefits to patients with a serious illnesses, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. We provide education on cannabis oil and how to use it, and hope to help thousands of South Africans enjoy a better quality of life.

Note: All content is shared for information purposes, not as medical advice. Always consult your doctor or specialist.

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Benifits of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis oil is recommended as a potent complimentary medicine by doctors, oncologists, neurologists and other specialists for:

Pain relief, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, Mood disordere, Anxiety

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Cannabis has proven to be an extremely effective medicine for an array of conditions.    Research has shown that specific cannabinoids can be used for specific conditions and this coupled with the psychoactive properties which is prevalent in some cannabinoids and not others has led to the innovative methods used to seperate them to be used alone or in combination with each other.    This site will give you insight into the benefits of these cannabinoids and how each can be used for various conditions.  We suggest that you do as much research as possible on the subject and to stay abreast with the latest studies on CBD oil.   Please consult your physician before starting treatment.   Visit our Knowledge Centre for additional information on extracts, plant components and strains and the effects of cannabis on the human body.

To buy cannabis oil, get in touch with us and we’ll recommend reputable producers of  tried and tested medical cannabis oil products.

The following products are available from our preferred supplier:

Tinctures

A tincture of cannabis oil with MCT as carrier liquid to assist with absorption.

Dilution available 1:10 in a 10ml dropper bottle
Tinctures available: CBD, THC, THCA and CBN.

Capsules

Capsules are available in different dosages in MCT and Lipids for
better absorption.  Capsules are highly psychoactive as they aremetabolised by the liver on the first pass.  It will take time for the body to develop a tolerance to high doses. Available in CBD or THC.

Topical Balm

An organic topical cream specially formulated for the treatment of arthritis, melanoma, tendonitis and skin conditions.  The composition includes cannabis oil, coconut oil, essential oils and beeswax.

Suppositories

A more effective way of administering high doses of THC and circumventing the psychoactive side effects is the use of suppositories which allows entry into the bloodstream via the large mucous membrane which is absorbent, allowing  the oil to enter the bloodstream before  metabolism occurs.

Vapourising Oils

Either blended resin or pure single strain resin for use in a vaporiser.  in indoor and outdoor varieties and various strains available.   Very effective pain management qualities due to the high THC content.

Read more here 

Cannabis Seeds

A large variety of carefully chosen seeds to grow your own plants.

Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Dispensary is South Africa’s trusted online resource for medical marijuana. Cannabis oil is a powerful medicine – not an intoxicant – which provides exceptional, proven benefits to patients with a serious illnesses, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. We provide education on cannabis oil and how to use it, and hope to help thousands of South Africans enjoy a better quality of life.

Note: All content is shared for information purposes, not as medical advice. Always consult your doctor or specialist.

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Benifits of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis oil is recommended as a potent complimentary medicine by doctors, oncologists, neurologists and other specialists for:

Pain relief, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, Mood disordere, Anxiety

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What is the best way to store my cannabis oil products?

Keep your cannabis oil products in a cool dry dark place. Do not expose it to direct sunlight for extended periods. Suppositories melt very quickly and are therefore to be stored in the freezer.

How long does it last/remain effective/expire?

If stored correctly cannabis oil lasts indefinitely, it improves with age.

Can I take my cannabis oil products on an empty stomach?

Yes you can, your oil does help induce an appetite, so whether you eat before, during or after you’ve had your oil it is perfectly fine.

Are there any side effects?

Cannabis oil is relatively non-toxic and there are a few side effects.

Can you overdose?

No

Is it addictive?

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 it is not physically addictive.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp is used to describe a marijuana sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC. Hemp is a high-growing plant which uses include fibre, oil (not the same as cannabis oil), and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.

Can you use cannabis oil products externally?

Yes, however it’s best to mix with organic coconut oil. Great for external skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, skin cancers, arthritis etc. Read more about types of products here.

What methods of consumption exist?

You can take cannabis oil products orally (capsule), with a vaporiser (oil), through a suppository or by using an ointment. Read more about types of products here.

How long does cannabis stay in your system?

This really depends. No one can really say how long you will test positive for marijuana since the rate of THC metabolism varies per individual. It is detectable in your urine for up to 30 to 35 days since last consumption.

What is a tincture and why would somebody want to ingest cannabis this way?

A tincture is basically a liquid form of cannabis extraction typically mixed with alcohol (Ethanol), glycerin or MCT oil. It can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or put into any food or beverage. It usually comes in a bottle with a dropper. The tinctures are typically less concentrated than straight oils and are used for less severe remedies or maintenance doses. Tinctures are an excellent form of delivery. They are easy to use, flexible because you can put them in just about anything and it’s much easier to dose properly if you are using a product that is transparent about the number of mg of THC or CBD in the bottle as well as per dropper.

Most tinctures suspend cannabis extracted oils in alcohol, but yours don’t. Why?

Because this is medicine, we’re trying to be smart about every step in our process, including what delivery method the medicine comes in. Alcohol burns and many people with diseases or allergies cannot tolerate anything with alcohol in their stomach.  Additionally, alcohol can evaporate which changes the dilution effect of what you are getting, so it makes it more difficult to dose properly.

Glycerin isn’t optimal either, it doesn’t absorb right into your skin or membranes. It also has a limited amount of saturation to it in terms of how many cannabinoids it can hold, so it is not a good natural solvent. So you’ll find glycerin tinctures tend to separate and you need to constantly shake them or put them in a water bath to attempt to get a consistent dose.

We chose to use MCT oil for our tinctures. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides and is a form of coconut or palm oil where the long chain fatty acids have been removed, leaving it in a s table liquid form. What is so terrific about using this oil in tinctures is that MCT oil is very easily absorbed by the stomach wall and membranes and is easy to digest. It’s fast acting and produces a very consistent product, because it evenly absorbs the cannabis compounds, so every dropper will have a consistent dose.

What differentiates our cannabis oil?

Our prefered suppliers` extracts are made from multiple strains of the cannabis plant in varying potencies. They do not use byproduct (or “trim”). Traditionally, most recreational products and competing medical oils are made using what the grower throws away and or “substandard” cheap bud.

How does the experience of vapour compare to that of smoke?

The most obvious differences are noticed in the first three minutes and more subtle effects can be noticed the next day. Much of what a smoker experiences in the first minutes are actually the side effects of smoke, rather than being due to any medicinal qualities. The experience is the result of a ‘damage control’ response by the body. Smokers who are not already used to vapourisers often cannot tell that anything is happening at all — until about 3 minutes later! Vapour is generally described as being stronger, lighter, clearer, more thoughtful, longer lasting, and more energetic. You are much less likely to get some of the common physical aspects with a vapouriser. People generally feel better, clearer and cleaner the next day after vapourising – without the ‘fuzziness’ that might be experienced the day after a smoking session.

Where can I buy cannabis oil products in South Africa?

Contact us and we will point in the right direction depending on your medical requirements.

Can I use medical cannabis for my pet?

Yes you can, but its best to do so under veterinary or specialist guidance.  Your animal will love you for it.

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Cannabis strains

When you start researching cannabis, you will discover since the 1970s that cannabis has been divided into three sub-species, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Ruderalis and then there are also hybrids – a result of careful crossbreeding.  Most strains today are of the hybrid type and anything with Ruderalis in it will be referred to as an auto flowering strain, meaning it will produce flowers after a given time period regardless of light exposure. Generally speaking Indicas are more relaxing and Sativas more stimulating.

An easy way to tell the two species apart is by appearance. Indica plants have wider leaves and are shorter trees, making them suitable for growing indoors. Sativa plants are tall with long, narrow leaves. They are usually grown outdoors.

Then their effects are commonly known as:

Sativa

  • uplifting, energising and stimulating
  • cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
  • best suited for day use

Indica

  • relaxing, calming and sedating
  • body buzz or ‘couch lock’
  • best suited for night use

Both indica and sativa are popular for treating medical conditions but different strains are chosen for different symptom management. Expert product formulators have the experience to know which combinations work best for what condition.

cannabis oil sativa leaves

Understanding cannabinoids

Cannabis is a healing plant with many proven benefits. Used with expert guidance, it is a completely natural and safe remedy for a wide range of conditions. In your research, you will come across the term ‘cannabinoids’. You may also read about terms such as THC and CBD, which are types of cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis flowers (the plant) which imitate compounds that our bodies produce naturally, called endocannabinoids. These compounds, if activated, maintain internal stability and health; in other words, they help with the communication between cells. When there is a problem in our endocannabinoid system, then you will experience unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, pain and depression.

Types of cannabinoids
All classes derive from cannabigerol-type compounds and differ mainly in the way this precursor is cyclised. The classical cannabinoids are derived from their respective 2-carboxylic acids (2-COOH) by decarboxylation (catalyzed by heat, light, or alkaline conditions).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC, THC) and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), mimic the action of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body.

These two THCs produce the effects associated with cannabis by binding to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. THC appears to ease moderate pain (analgesic) and to be neuroprotective, while also offering the potential to reduce neuro inflammation and to stimulate neurogenesis. THC has approximately equal affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Cannabidiol (CBD)
Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive, and was thought not to affect the psychoactivity of THC. However, recent evidence shows that smokers of cannabis with a higher CBD/THC ratio were less likely to experience schizophrenia-like symptoms.

Cannabidiol has little affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors but acts as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid agonists. Recently it was found to be an antagonist at the putative new cannabinoid receptor, GPR55, a GPCR expressed in the caudate nucleus and putamen. Cannabidiol has also been shown to act as a 5-HT1A receptor agonist. It appears to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.  CBD has a greater affinity for the CB2 receptor than for the CB1 receptor.

CBD shares a precursor with THC and is the main cannabinoid in low-THC Cannabis strains. CBD apparently plays a role in preventing the short-term memory loss associated with THC in mammals.

Some research suggests that the antipsychotic effects of cannabidiol potentially represent a novel mech- anism in the treatment of schizophrenia. Researchers at California Pacific Medical Center discovered CBD’s ability to ‘turn off’ the activity of ID1, the gene responsible for metastasis in breast and other types of cancers, including the particularly aggressive triple negative breast cancer.

Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabinol (CBN) is the primary product of  THC degradation, and there is usually little of it in a fresh plant. CBN content increases as THC degrades in storage, and with exposure to light and air. It is only mildly psychoactive. Its affinity to the CB2 receptor is higher than for the CB1 receptor.

Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabigerol (CBG) is non-psychotomimetic but still affects the overall effects of cannabis. It acts as an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist, 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, and CB1 receptor antagonist. It also binds to the CB2 receptor.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is prevalent in certain central Asian and southern African strains of cannabis. It is an antagonist of THC at CB1 receptors and attenuates the psychoactive effects of THC.

Cannabidivarin (CBCV)
Although Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is usually a minor constituent of the cannabinoid profile, enhanced levels of CBDV have been reported in feral cannabis plants from the northwest Himalayas, and in hashish from Nepal.

Cannabichromene (CBC)
Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive and does not affect the psychoactivity of THC. More common in tropical cannabis varieties. Effects include anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Medicinal properties of cannabinoids
Descriptions of cannabinoids

This table matches each cannabinoid with the medical value that it has.
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This wheel will help you work out which cannabinoids are best at treating which symptoms, e.g. eating/gastrointestinal disorders, pain, sleep disorders, and more. Click to enlarge.

All about terpenes

The aroma of cannabis is known to sooth the mind and body. This is known as terpenes – the pungent oils that give cannabis varieties their distinctive flavours such as berry, mint or pine. Until recently, medical research on cannabis has mostly centred around cannabinoids. However, terpenes are believed to be the next frontier in medical marijuana.

The ‘entourage effect’
Terpenes have been shown to block some cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain while promoting cannabinoid binding in others. As a result, terpenes are believed to affect many aspects of how the brain takes in THC or CBD, while offering various therapeutic benefits of their own. This synergy of effects is known as the ‘entourage effect.’

The most commons cannabis terpenes are: 

Alpha-Pinene, Beta-Pinene
Aroma:
Pine
Effects: Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects
Medical Value: Asthma, antiseptic

Myrcene
Aroma:
Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit
Effects: Sedating “couchlock effect, relaxing
Medical Value: Antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, sleeplessness, pain, inflammation, depression

Limonene
Aroma:
Citrus
Effects: Elevated mood, stress relief
Medical Value: Antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, dissolves gallstones, mood-enhancer; may treat gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, depression

Caryophyllene
Aroma:
Pepper, spicy, woody, cloves
Effects: No detectable physical effects
Medical Value: Gastroprotective, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis, ulcers, autoimmune disorders, and other gastrointestinal complications

Linalool
Aroma:
Floral, citrus, candy
Effects: Anxiety relief and sedation
Medical Value: Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-acne

Terpenes in medical marijuana

Cannabis and the human body

Human endocannabinoid systemThe endogenous cannabinoid system
The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life
From the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond. Here’s one example: autophagy, a process in which a cell sequesters part of its contents to be self-digested and recycled, is mediated by the cannabinoid system.

Medical marijuana cannabinoidsWhile this process keeps normal cells alive, allowing them to maintain a balance between the synthesis, degradation, and subsequent recycling of cellular products, it has a deadly effect on malignant tumour cells, causing them to consume themselves in a programmed cellular suicide. The death of cancer cells, of course, promotes homeostasis and survival at the level of the entire organism.

Cannabinoid receptors
Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body, embedded in cell membranes, and are believed to be more numerous than any other receptor system. When cannabinoid receptors are stimulated, a variety of physiologic processes ensue. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors: CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.

Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered. Endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors. The two most well understood of these molecules are called anandamide and 2-arachi-donoylglycerol (2-AG). They are synthesised on-demand from cell membrane arachidonic acid derivatives, have a local effect and short half-life before being degraded by the enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and mono-acylglycerol lipase (MAGL).

Phytocannabinoids are plant substances that stimulate cannabinoid receptors. Delta-9-tet- rahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most psychoactive and certainly the most famous of these substances, but other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties. Most phytocannabinoids have  been  isolated from cannabis sativa, but other medical herbs have been found to also contain non-psychoactive cannabi- noids.

Laboratories can also produce cannabinoids. Synthetic THC, marketed as dronabinol (Marinol), and nabilone (Cesamet), a THC analog, are both approved drugs for the treatment of  severe nausea and wasting syndrome. Many other synthetic cannabinoids are used in animal research, and some have potency up to 600 times that of THC.

Medical conditions and cannabis

Medical marijuana is a popular complimentary medicine for many ailments. Here we overview a general list that can be treated with medical marijuana. Please note: Medical Cannabis Dispensary does not intend to give this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided in this page. Always consult your doctor before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition. You can view a full list of medical conditions that may benefit from cannabis treatment here.

ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also more widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes it’s carrier’s loss of muscle control and coordination along the spinal cord, brain stem and motor cortex. Although there is no cure for this debilitating illness, medical marijuana can be used to help alieviate the symptoms of the disease, including: loss of appetite and chronic pain caused by muscle spasms and/or stiffness. Read more here.

Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a disease that affects over 35 million people worldwide. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, which gets worse as it progresses and eventually leads to death. Numerous studies have suggested that marijuana may be effective in inhibiting the progression of this disease through a variety of biological mechanisms. Read more here.

Arthritis
Arthritis is a joint disorder that can affect anyone of any age, but is most common amongst senior citizens. This inflammation of the joints is often accompanied by severe pain. Numerous studies have provided overwhelming evidence of medical marijuana’s ability to reduce joint inflammation and related pain symptoms. Read more here.

Cannabis oil cancer treatmentCancer
Cancer refers to a group of diseases characterised by abnormal cell growth (known as tumors). Many doctors will prescribe the use of marijuana as an aid to not only help combat the disease itself but also to help mollify the effects of chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy has been known to produce many side effects that can be hard on the patient, including: vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Medical marijuana has been known to help reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite, which helps fight cancer treatment-related anorexia. Studies have also shown a positive effect in regards to inhibiting tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer as well as the invasion of cervical cancer, liver cancer, brain cancer and lung cancer cells. Read more here, and find out more about the ideal diet to follow here.

Recommended supplements for cancer sufferers:

  • Liposomal Vitamin C
  • Curcumin
  • Emu oil
  • Sutherlandia
  • Lemon Grass Tea
  • High quality fish oil /Krill oil

Depression
Depression is a condition known by a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Depression is thought to be caused by low levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Typical treatments include councelling and antidepressant medications that act to increase levels of neurotransmitters. THC has been found (under certain conditions) to exert antidepressant-like effects in patients suffering from pain associated with cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as improve mood and general well-being in healthy test subjects. Read more here.

Epilepsy
Epilepsy causes frequent and unpredictable seizures that cannot be cured. Long-term drug therapy can help most patients control their seizures but not all. Studies suggest a role of the endocannabinoid system in seizure activity and seem to support the use of cannabis as an alternative to traditional drugs. Read more here.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is considered the leading source of blindness in the world and is caused by the degeneration of the optic nerve. The leading cause of optic nerve damage in glaucoma patients is intracocular pressure (IOP). Studies have shown that the use of medical marijuana can not only help stop the damage caused by IOP but can also help reverse deterioration of the optic nerve. The combination of medical marijuana with traditional glaucoma medication is widely accepted as a positive and effective treatment method. Read more here.

HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs when the cells in the bloodstream that make up the immune system become compromised and multiple. The disease attacks the immune system allowing  for a person to contract a variety of opportunistic infections. Although there is no cure for HIV yet, there have been many treatment regimens that help decrease the viral-load within the inflicted’s bloodstream and help prevent the virus from reproducing. However, many of these treatments can cause some harsh negative side effects. Medical marijuana is effective in treating the symptoms caused by many HIV medications, including: nausea, lack of appetite, nerve pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Read more here.

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is disorder that directly effects an individual’s central nervous system and in turn causes deterioration with the individual’s vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Although the symptoms of MS vary from person to person, one of the most frequent symptoms is muscle spasticity, a symptom that causes intense pain, spasms and eventually complete loss of functionality. The use of medical marijuana within MS patients has been known to reduce the muscle stiffness and tremors, allowing from better mobility. Marijuana can also help increase the individual’s balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Read more here.

Pain relief
Many patients suffering from chronic or neuropathic pain gain relief from prescription drugs but not all. One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for the treatment of chronic pain. Cannabinoids – the medical compounds found in marijuana – have powerful pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. Cannabinoids exert their analgesic properties through their interaction with the cannabinoid receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Read more here.

Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by progressive death of dopamine cells. Major symptoms of this disorder include motor impairments – such as shaking, tremors, slow movement and difficulty with walking – as well as symptoms of dementia, sensory dysfunction, sleep disorders, emotional problems and neuropathic pain. While dopamine replacement therapies seem to be effective in reducing overall symptoms, treatments that slow the progression of the dopamine cell death have yet to be developed. Researchers have begun to investigate compounds that may be able to protect neurons from death, leading them to take a closer look at medical marijuana. Read more here.

Spinal cord disease and injury
Individuals who suffer from a spinal cord disease or injury are often at the mercy of their symptoms. As the spinal cord is the tether that holds together the human body’s central nervous system, many people who are afflicted with an SCD or SCI experience intense pain and muscle spasming and/or stiffness. Medical marijuana can be used to help alliviate muscle twitching, jerking and spasticity by switching on the nerve receptors in the central nervous system that help to aid in muscle spasm. Cannabis can also be used as a natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory in cases with intense chronic pain as well as an appetite stimulant and sleep aid.

The right diet

Ketogenic diet and alkaline dietAs with any medication or lifestyle choice, you should take a holistic approach to your health. Cannabis oil products – in particular for cancer sufferers – works best when used in conjunction with a ketogenic diet or at the very least an alkaline diets with absolutely no sugar. We recommend that you consult a nutritionist for a tailormade eating plan.

A ketogenic diet is believed capable of starving cancer cells to death, and thus capable of restricting tumour development. A more alkaline body makes it difficult for tumours to grow. Please consult a nutritionist for an informed eating plan.

Ketogenic diet
This diet is high in fat, supplies adequate protein and is low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body. Fat is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Another effect of the diet is that it lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures.

Alkaline diet
Cancer cells thrive in an overly acidic environment. By taking action to become more alkaline, you can make it more difficult for cancer cells to regenerate. Eating an alkaline balanced diet is the key to staying healthy. Understanding the pH of the foods that you eat is relative to the state of your body’s health.

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Cannabis Oil In South Africa

The benefits of cannabis oil have taken the medical world by storm. Now you can get premium quality cannabis oil in South Africa – in the form of capsules, tinctures, suppositories and more – and use it to treat a number of conditions.

However, from the range of cannabis oil products available – also known as hemp oil, hash oil, butane hash oil (BHO), and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) – make sure you make an informed choice about what you ingest, that you choose a top quality product, and that you have realistic expectations of the benefits you can expect.

What are the main compounds in cannabis oil ?

Cannabis continues to astound scientists with its excellent healing properties. There are over 80 chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers – called cannabinoids – each with unique traits. The impressive thing about cannabinoids is that they can imitate compounds that our bodies produce naturally, called endocannabinoids. These compounds, if activated, maintain internal stability and health.

Here are the main types of cannabinoids to look out for in cannabis oil:

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
THC is the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, responsible for what is known as ‘getting high’. THC is able to ease moderate pain (analgesic) and to be neuroprotective, to reduce neuroinflammation and to stimulate neurogenesis.

Cannibidiol (CBD)
CBD is a cannabis compound with a wide array of medical benefits, without making users feel ‘high’. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. Recent research has found that CBD is highly effective as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, from arthritis and diabetes to cancer and depression.

Cannabinol (CBN)
CBN is a mildly psychoactive compound – its most pronounced attribute is its sedative effect. However, unlike THC, CBN induces little to no psychoactive effects.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
The benefits of the cannabis compound THCA are slowly being discovered but already showing remarkable anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-emetic effects. Unlike THC, THCA is a non-psychoactive cannibinoid.

Cannabis compounds

Understanding the differences: THC vs. CBD

The two main elements sought after by professional cannabis producers and patients are the THC and CBD compounds. Strains high in CBD and low in THC are often favoured by medical users who seek to avoid the ‘stoned’ feeling associated with high THC strains. On the other hand, some ailments will require THC heavy strains.

What determines the quality of cannabis oil ?

First and foremost, when choosing cannabis oil in South Africa, it’s important to know what kind of cannabinoids it contains, as those will determine the results you get. Hemp oil which you may purchase at your local pharmacy or health store, is not the type of cannabis oil we are referring to but an oil made from cold pressed hemp seeds. It does not contain the necessary THC or CBD properties required for medicinal treatment.

If you compare the production of cannabis oil with something like olive oil or wine making, you’ll know that quality starts right from what you put into the soil, through to growing the plant to finally what is extracted. In short – what you put in is what you get out. We control the process from soil to oil.

Grade of cannabis used:
It should be medical grade and ideally organic cannabis, not cheap marijuana.

Flowers only:
The desired ingredients come from the flowers (top quality buds) only, not plant matter, trim, seeds or stalks.

Use of pesticides:
Pay special attention to the use of pesticides and whether they have been used during the growing process as certain patients may be more susceptible to their toxic effects.

Colour:
The oil should be honey-coloured, not black goo, or green. Because CBD has a red tinge, this is the best indicator of the quality of the oils you are planning on taking.

Extraction methods:
It’s important to know that all solvents used in the process have been properly purged. Take note of these types of extraction methods:

  • Solvent-based methods, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), invoRick Simpson cannabis oil extractionlves soaking cannabis in a solvent and then boiling off the solvent to yield a sticky black cannabis resin. Research on these concentrates has shown that much of the plant’s terpenes content is lost in the heating process, and that often toxic solvents remain as unwanted residue in the final product. These products are also typically sold in syringes – steer clear of those.
  • Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is a popular dangerous DIY extraction metbutane hash oilhod amongst avid smokers, wanting to vape the oils, that don’t have access to Liquid gas-based extraction or CO2 Oil. With butane extraction, you are left with a sticky wax (or if it hardens, a crumbly ‘honeycomb’ or glasslike shatter) also commonly referred to as dab.  DIY BHO oils found in SA are made using fairly inexpensive devices and butane lighter fuel. These oils are not properly purged resulting in an end product full of contaminants.
  • Liquid gas-based extraction is another solvent-based method. Done by professioLiquid gas-based extractionnals, this method is safer than solvent-based extraction as it does not leave contaminants in the end products. A ‘clean’ result is invaluable to discerning doctors and their patients, whose health may depend on the cleanliness of their medicine. One needs very expensive, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to achieve this result – not commonly found in South Africa.
  • CO2 (supercritical) oil Method: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a supercritical fluid, which means that CO2 (supercritical) oilwhen you pressurise it, it converts to a liquid form. This very sophisticated method of extraction is one of the most effective ways of reducing cannabis to its essential compounds and getting a very pure oil that can be smoked, vaporised or taken orally. CO2 is a preferred extraction method because, unlike petroleum-derived solvents like butane, it is a greener method of extraction. Used for: A variety of medicinal uses, as extraction experts can refine the levels of THC in the oil.

The ailments cannabis oil can treat

Medical cannabis oil treatmentCannabis oil has become increasingly popular as a complimentary medicine, whether as pain relief, for its regenerating effects and much more. Every day we are impressed with how it improves the lives of those living with arthritis, cancer and fibromyalgia. See a full list of medical conditions that may benefit from cannabis treatment.

Does cannabis oil cure cancer ?

Because cancer can rear its ugly head in many shapes and forms, it’s not an easy question to answer. Cannabis has shown the potential to fight certain cancers and tumors but it all depends on the type of cancer, the stage and whether it has affected the liver at all. It can certainly help combat the effects of chemotherapy and has in many instances resulted in reduced or even diminished tumors.

Coupled with the right diet, lifestyle changes and exercise, we have seen impressive results. Steve Jobs, a sufferer of pancreatic cancer, managed to prolong his life by 20 years through alternative therapies, a healthy diet and regular detoxing. It was not cancer that claimed his life but liver failure following a transplant operation.

Should you opt for cannabis oil as a cancer treatment, you should choose suppositories of up to 1 gram (1000mg) a day. Read more about the correct cancer treatment protocol.

Don’t be fooled this is my no means a cheap alternative to western medicine.  Clean medical grade cannabis oil is not easy to come by and one can expect to pay R600 – R1000 a gram (1000mg). With the high dosages necessary to treat cancer effectively this means one can expect to pay R15000 – R23000 a month.

Beware of snake oil salesmen

It requires a degree of faith or desperation to turn to cannabis as an alternative to conventional pharmaceuticals. Your supplier is only as good as his or her word! Please be wary of con-artist! Get informed, do your homework and ask the right questions before handing over your hard earned cash.

Where can I buy cannabis oil in South Africa ?

To get your hands on the best quality cannabis oil in South Africa, take your time to do your research, speak to friends and family, and ask the right questions – for example, about extraction methods, cannabinoid ingredients and so on. If you need any advice, get in touch with us and we will point in the right direction depending on your medical requirements.

CBD Oil

CBD Oil In South Africa

About CBD Oil

Medical Cannabis Dispensary is proud to bring you some of the purest, strongest and most consistent CBD Oil available on the South African market – the result of extensive work to ensure that all our CBD Oil is produced from top quality organic CBD cannabis.

Effects of cannabinoidsCBD is a cannabinoid found in both cannabis and hemp. By using carefully controlled organic cannabis – which only contains trace amounts of THC – we ensure that our lab can extract all of the CBD goodness. Our CBD Oil contains less than 1% THC, which means it’s impossible to get high from it. Using the most hygienic and least intrusive methods to extract the oil, the pure CBD Oil is completely free from any herbicides, pesticides, GMO products, preservatives, or any other form of additive. So that you are getting pure CBD in its oil (MCT Oil) carrier – nothing else added.

Medical Cannabis Dispensary CBD Oil has a recommended daily dosage of 5-10 drops, 2-4 times a day, depending on your ailment or condition. Because CBD oil is a perishable product, it needs to be stored in a cool, dark place (ideally a fridge).

Our CBD oil should not be confused with hemp or hemp seed oil which are sold at health shops. Be aware – this type of oil is an expensive nutritional supplement and will not aid in treating any of the ailments which CBD oil can assist with (see list below). Hemp or hemp seed oil contains less than 0,03% THC, compared to our CBD Oil which contains 1% THC.  The THC component is too low for any psychoactive effect to occur however it is essential as part of a whole plant extract in order to produce the entourage effect.

What is CBD (cannabidiol) ?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a natural ingredient found in hemp and cannabis. In recent years, this ingredient has been at the forefront of many exciting scientific studies and investigated for its huge range of effects and applications. CBD appears to have a high degree of medicinal value and it is not psychoactive at all – in other words, it’s impossible to get ‘high’ from usage.

Scientific and clinical studies indicate that CBD could be effective in easing symptoms of a wide range of conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer potential is currently being explored at several academic research centres around the world. CBD is both anti-proliferative (retard the spread of cells) and tumour reducing whilst at the same time having analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic effects. This is essential in cancer treatment for pain, inflammation and anxiety. THC and CBD work synergistically with each other in the elimination of cancer.

CBD Oil And Properties

Cannabis is renowned for its active substance THC (Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for the psychoactive effect known as ‘getting high’ or ‘stoned’. However, THC is just one of the cannabinoids which have significant healing properties. There are more than 80 different cannabinoids in cannabis. CBD (cannabidiol) has the widest range of healing properties as you can see in the table displayed. Scientific studies have shown that CBD has a significant effect on neurological and physiological disorders, such as:
Treatments that CBD oil can be used for

How CBD Works In The Body

The endogenous cannabinoid system was named after the cannabis plant. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, in other words the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

Scientists discovered that there are receptors in the human body that responds positively to chemical compounds (cannabinoids). Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body, embedded in cell membranes. When cannabinoid receptors are stimulated, a variety of physiologic processes ensue. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptor systems:

  • CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and
  • CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.

Known beneficial effects of CBD are:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Increases efficacy of the immune system
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces nervous system degeneration
  • Treats psoriasis
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Suppressing appetite
  • Reducing vomiting & nausea
  • Reducing contractions in small intestine
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Tranquilising, used to manage psychoses
  • Reduce seizures and convulsions
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumours/cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Promotes brain tissue growth in alcoholism
  • Reduces nicotine cravings
Seeds

SA’s first online cannabis seedbank

Now you can buy the highest quality fresh cannabis seeds from our partner business: Medical Cannabis Seedbank. A first in South Africa, this online store sells a variety of strains directly to the public as souvenirs – including feminised, autoflowering and CBD rich strains – and offers impeccable customer service.

Dinafem cannabis seedsMedical Cannabis Seedbank has partnered with a top international seed supplier DINAFEM, enabling you to receive the very best quality with the convenience of rapid door-to-door delivery. Shipping and billing are done discreetly and they carry the risk of shipping on your behalf.

With decades of experience in cultivating and experimenting with the cannabis plant, Medical Cannabis Seedbank wants to empower the novice and experienced grower to easily grow cannabis plants, and harness the proven medical benefits of this incredible plant.

If you are a medicinal user interested in the medicinal properties of cannabis or if you have any questions about medical marijuana seeds, visit the website for more information.

Medical Cannabis Oil Treatment Guidelines

Medical Cannabis Oil Treatment Guidelines

Medical Cannabis Dispensary, South Africa (MCD) has a selection of cannabis oil products, CBD, THC, THCA and CBN which are used to treat various ailments and or conditions.

For most conditions, MCD suggest using tinctures. Tinctures allow for micro-dosing enabling one to find their optimal dosages without the need for getting high. Each drop contains 2.mg of cannabis oil concentrate. Tinctures are available in THC, THCa, CBD and CBN cannabis oil concentrates. Tinctures are (1:10), 1000mg of cannabis oil concentrate mixed with MCT and presented in a 12ml glass dropper top bottle. They contain no alcohol and are child friendly if used correctly.

THC, THCA and CBD is also available in various accurately pre-dosed, .mg, capsules. Each capsule contains the labelled cannabis oil concentrate dosage and is mixed with MCT for easy absorption. Capsules can be made up on special request to suit any and all “circumstances” and conditions.

Suppositories allow for very high dosing of THC cannabis oil concentrates from the onset, without the need for gradually building up a tolerance. THC suppositories are relatively non-psychoactive and used in the treatment of cancer mainly. Standard suppositories are 500mg THC cannabis oil concentrate but can be made up to suit any and all “circumstances” and conditions.

General dosing instruction for THC (Delta 9) products, THCa productsCBD products and CBN products.

Sadly this world is not fair and children suffer from the same ailments and conditions as adults do, read more about treating children.

Your loved ones are no different from us and can be treated using the oils too. Dosages are obviously adjusted to take into consideration their size. For treating your pets please see cannabis oil dosages for pets.

MCD only endorses medical grade Co2 based cannabis oil concentrates made from organic cannabis flowers only. MCD does not endorse questionable black goo in syringes.  MCD strongly suggests reading the following articles, Cannabis Oil is Available in South Africa and Cannabis Oil in South Africa before making any purchases. An educated decision is always better than one made in desperation. Read a detailed explanation of why medical grade cannabis oil is so expensive. See what other people have to say about the products MCD endorses on the testimonial page.

Cannabis strains

When you start researching cannabis, you will discover since the 1970s that cannabis has been divided into three sub-species, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Ruderalis and then there are also hybrids – a result of careful crossbreeding.  Most strains today are of the hybrid type and anything with Ruderalis in it will be referred to as an auto flowering strain, meaning it will produce flowers after a given time period regardless of light exposure. Generally speaking Indicas are more relaxing and Sativas more stimulating.

An easy way to tell the two species apart is by appearance. Indica plants have wider leaves and are shorter trees, making them suitable for growing indoors. Sativa plants are tall with long, narrow leaves. They are usually grown outdoors.

Then their effects are commonly known as:

Sativa

  • uplifting, energising and stimulating
  • cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
  • best suited for day use

Indica

  • relaxing, calming and sedating
  • body buzz or ‘couch lock’
  • best suited for night use

Both indica and sativa are popular for treating medical conditions but different strains are chosen for different symptom management. Expert product formulators have the experience to know which combinations work best for what condition.

cannabis oil sativa leaves

Understanding cannabinoids

Cannabis is a healing plant with many proven benefits. Used with expert guidance, it is a completely natural and safe remedy for a wide range of conditions. In your research, you will come across the term ‘cannabinoids’. You may also read about terms such as THC and CBD, which are types of cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis flowers (the plant) which imitate compounds that our bodies produce naturally, called endocannabinoids – read more about the endocannaboid system here. These compounds, if activated, maintain internal stability and health; in other words, they help with the communication between cells. When there is a problem in our endocannabinoid system, then you will experience unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, pain and depression.

Types of cannabinoids
All classes derive from cannabigerol-type compounds and differ mainly in the way this precursor is cyclised. The classical cannabinoids are derived from their respective 2-carboxylic acids (2-COOH) by decarboxylation (catalyzed by heat, light, or alkaline conditions).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC, THC) and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), mimic the action of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body.

These two THCs produce the effects associated with cannabis by binding to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. THC appears to ease moderate pain (analgesic) and to be neuroprotective, while also offering the potential to reduce neuro inflammation and to stimulate neurogenesis. THC has approximately equal affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Cannabidiol (CBD)
Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive, and was thought not to affect the psychoactivity of THC. However, recent evidence shows that smokers of cannabis with a higher CBD/THC ratio were less likely to experience schizophrenia-like symptoms.

Cannabidiol has little affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors but acts as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid agonists. Recently it was found to be an antagonist at the putative new cannabinoid receptor, GPR55, a GPCR expressed in the caudate nucleus and putamen. Cannabidiol has also been shown to act as a 5-HT1A receptor agonist. It appears to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.  CBD has a greater affinity for the CB2 receptor than for the CB1 receptor.

CBD shares a precursor with THC and is the main cannabinoid in low-THC Cannabis strains. CBD apparently plays a role in preventing the short-term memory loss associated with THC in mammals.

Some research suggests that the antipsychotic effects of cannabidiol potentially represent a novel mech- anism in the treatment of schizophrenia. Researchers at California Pacific Medical Center discovered CBD’s ability to ‘turn off’ the activity of ID1, the gene responsible for metastasis in breast and other types of cancers, including the particularly aggressive triple negative breast cancer.

Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabinol (CBN) is the primary product of  THC degradation, and there is usually little of it in a fresh plant. CBN content increases as THC degrades in storage, and with exposure to light and air. It is only mildly psychoactive. Its affinity to the CB2 receptor is higher than for the CB1 receptor.

Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabigerol (CBG) is non-psychotomimetic but still affects the overall effects of cannabis. It acts as an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist, 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, and CB1 receptor antagonist. It also binds to the CB2 receptor.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is prevalent in certain central Asian and southern African strains of cannabis. It is an antagonist of THC at CB1 receptors and attenuates the psychoactive effects of THC.

Cannabidivarin (CBCV)
Although Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is usually a minor constituent of the cannabinoid profile, enhanced levels of CBDV have been reported in feral cannabis plants from the northwest Himalayas, and in hashish from Nepal.

Cannabichromene (CBC)
Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive and does not affect the psychoactivity of THC. More common in tropical cannabis varieties. Effects include anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Medicinal properties of cannabinoids
Descriptions of cannabinoids

This table matches each cannabinoid with the medical value that it has.
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This wheel will help you work out which cannabinoids are best at treating which symptoms, e.g. eating/gastrointestinal disorders, pain, sleep disorders, and more. Click to enlarge.

All about terpenes

The aroma of cannabis is known to sooth the mind and body. This is known as terpenes – the pungent oils that give cannabis varieties their distinctive flavours such as berry, mint or pine. Until recently, medical research on cannabis has mostly centred around cannabinoids. However, terpenes are believed to be the next frontier in medical marijuana.

The ‘entourage effect’
Terpenes have been shown to block some cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain while promoting cannabinoid binding in others. As a result, terpenes are believed to affect many aspects of how the brain takes in THC or CBD, while offering various therapeutic benefits of their own. This synergy of effects is known as the ‘entourage effect.’

The most commons cannabis terpenes are: 

Alpha-Pinene, Beta-Pinene
Aroma:
Pine
Effects: Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects
Medical Value: Asthma, antiseptic

Myrcene
Aroma:
Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit
Effects: Sedating “couchlock effect, relaxing
Medical Value: Antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, sleeplessness, pain, inflammation, depression

Limonene
Aroma:
Citrus
Effects: Elevated mood, stress relief
Medical Value: Antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, dissolves gallstones, mood-enhancer; may treat gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, depression

Caryophyllene
Aroma:
Pepper, spicy, woody, cloves
Effects: No detectable physical effects
Medical Value: Gastroprotective, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis, ulcers, autoimmune disorders, and other gastrointestinal complications

Linalool
Aroma:
Floral, citrus, candy
Effects: Anxiety relief and sedation
Medical Value: Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-acne

Terpenes in medical marijuana

Cannabis and the human body

Human endocannabinoid systemThe endogenous cannabinoid system
The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life
From the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond. Here’s one example: autophagy, a process in which a cell sequesters part of its contents to be self-digested and recycled, is mediated by the cannabinoid system.

Medical marijuana cannabinoidsWhile this process keeps normal cells alive, allowing them to maintain a balance between the synthesis, degradation, and subsequent recycling of cellular products, it has a deadly effect on malignant tumour cells, causing them to consume themselves in a programmed cellular suicide. The death of cancer cells, of course, promotes homeostasis and survival at the level of the entire organism.

Cannabinoid receptors
Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body, embedded in cell membranes, and are believed to be more numerous than any other receptor system. When cannabinoid receptors are stimulated, a variety of physiologic processes ensue. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors: CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.

Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered. Endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors. The two most well understood of these molecules are called anandamide and 2-arachi-donoylglycerol (2-AG). They are synthesised on-demand from cell membrane arachidonic acid derivatives, have a local effect and short half-life before being degraded by the enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and mono-acylglycerol lipase (MAGL).

Phytocannabinoids are plant substances that stimulate cannabinoid receptors. Delta-9-tet- rahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most psychoactive and certainly the most famous of these substances, but other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties. Most phytocannabinoids have  been  isolated from cannabis sativa, but other medical herbs have been found to also contain non-psychoactive cannabi- noids.

Laboratories can also produce cannabinoids. Synthetic THC, marketed as dronabinol (Marinol), and nabilone (Cesamet), a THC analog, are both approved drugs for the treatment of  severe nausea and wasting syndrome. Many other synthetic cannabinoids are used in animal research, and some have potency up to 600 times that of THC.

Medical conditions and cannabis

Medical marijuana is a popular complimentary medicine for many ailments. Here we overview a general list that can be treated with medical marijuana. Please note: Medical Cannabis Dispensary does not intend to give this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided in this page. Always consult your doctor before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition. You can view a full list of medical conditions that may benefit from cannabis treatment here.

ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also more widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes it’s carrier’s loss of muscle control and coordination along the spinal cord, brain stem and motor cortex. Although there is no cure for this debilitating illness, medical marijuana can be used to help alieviate the symptoms of the disease, including: loss of appetite and chronic pain caused by muscle spasms and/or stiffness. Read more here.

Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a disease that affects over 35 million people worldwide. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, which gets worse as it progresses and eventually leads to death. Numerous studies have suggested that marijuana may be effective in inhibiting the progression of this disease through a variety of biological mechanisms. Read more here.

Arthritis
Arthritis is a joint disorder that can affect anyone of any age, but is most common amongst senior citizens. This inflammation of the joints is often accompanied by severe pain. Numerous studies have provided overwhelming evidence of medical marijuana’s ability to reduce joint inflammation and related pain symptoms. Read more here.

Cannabis oil cancer treatmentCancer
Cancer refers to a group of diseases characterised by abnormal cell growth (known as tumors). Many doctors will prescribe the use of marijuana as an aid to not only help combat the disease itself but also to help mollify the effects of chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy has been known to produce many side effects that can be hard on the patient, including: vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Medical marijuana has been known to help reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite, which helps fight cancer treatment-related anorexia. Studies have also shown a positive effect in regards to inhibiting tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer as well as the invasion of cervical cancer, liver cancer, brain cancer and lung cancer cells. Read more here, and find out more about the ideal diet to follow here.

Recommended supplements for cancer sufferers:

  • Liposomal Vitamin C
  • Curcumin
  • Emu oil
  • Sutherlandia
  • Lemon Grass Tea
  • High quality fish oil /Krill oil

Depression
Depression is a condition known by a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Depression is thought to be caused by low levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Typical treatments include councelling and antidepressant medications that act to increase levels of neurotransmitters. THC has been found (under certain conditions) to exert antidepressant-like effects in patients suffering from pain associated with cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as improve mood and general well-being in healthy test subjects. Read more here.

Epilepsy
Epilepsy causes frequent and unpredictable seizures that cannot be cured. Long-term drug therapy can help most patients control their seizures but not all. Studies suggest a role of the endocannabinoid system in seizure activity and seem to support the use of cannabis as an alternative to traditional drugs. Read more here.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is considered the leading source of blindness in the world and is caused by the degeneration of the optic nerve. The leading cause of optic nerve damage in glaucoma patients is intracocular pressure (IOP). Studies have shown that the use of medical marijuana can not only help stop the damage caused by IOP but can also help reverse deterioration of the optic nerve. The combination of medical marijuana with traditional glaucoma medication is widely accepted as a positive and effective treatment method. Read more here.

HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs when the cells in the bloodstream that make up the immune system become compromised and multiple. The disease attacks the immune system allowing  for a person to contract a variety of opportunistic infections. Although there is no cure for HIV yet, there have been many treatment regimens that help decrease the viral-load within the inflicted’s bloodstream and help prevent the virus from reproducing. However, many of these treatments can cause some harsh negative side effects. Medical marijuana is effective in treating the symptoms caused by many HIV medications, including: nausea, lack of appetite, nerve pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Read more here.

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is disorder that directly effects an individual’s central nervous system and in turn causes deterioration with the individual’s vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Although the symptoms of MS vary from person to person, one of the most frequent symptoms is muscle spasticity, a symptom that causes intense pain, spasms and eventually complete loss of functionality. The use of medical marijuana within MS patients has been known to reduce the muscle stiffness and tremors, allowing from better mobility. Marijuana can also help increase the individual’s balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Read more here.

Pain relief
Many patients suffering from chronic or neuropathic pain gain relief from prescription drugs but not all. One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for the treatment of chronic pain. Cannabinoids – the medical compounds found in marijuana – have powerful pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. Cannabinoids exert their analgesic properties through their interaction with the cannabinoid receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Read more here.

Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by progressive death of dopamine cells. Major symptoms of this disorder include motor impairments – such as shaking, tremors, slow movement and difficulty with walking – as well as symptoms of dementia, sensory dysfunction, sleep disorders, emotional problems and neuropathic pain. While dopamine replacement therapies seem to be effective in reducing overall symptoms, treatments that slow the progression of the dopamine cell death have yet to be developed. Researchers have begun to investigate compounds that may be able to protect neurons from death, leading them to take a closer look at medical marijuana. Read more here.

Spinal cord disease and injury
Individuals who suffer from a spinal cord disease or injury are often at the mercy of their symptoms. As the spinal cord is the tether that holds together the human body’s central nervous system, many people who are afflicted with an SCD or SCI experience intense pain and muscle spasming and/or stiffness. Medical marijuana can be used to help alliviate muscle twitching, jerking and spasticity by switching on the nerve receptors in the central nervous system that help to aid in muscle spasm. Cannabis can also be used as a natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory in cases with intense chronic pain as well as an appetite stimulant and sleep aid.

The right diet

Ketogenic diet and alkaline dietAs with any medication or lifestyle choice, you should take a holistic approach to your health. Cannabis oil products – in particular for cancer sufferers – works best when used in conjunction with a ketogenic diet or at the very least an alkaline diets with absolutely no sugar. We recommend that you consult a nutritionist for a tailormade eating plan.

A ketogenic diet is believed capable of starving cancer cells to death, and thus capable of restricting tumour development. A more alkaline body makes it difficult for tumours to grow. Please consult a nutritionist for an informed eating plan.

Ketogenic diet
This diet is high in fat, supplies adequate protein and is low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body. Fat is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Another effect of the diet is that it lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures.

Alkaline diet
Cancer cells thrive in an overly acidic environment. By taking action to become more alkaline, you can make it more difficult for cancer cells to regenerate. Eating an alkaline balanced diet is the key to staying healthy. Understanding the pH of the foods that you eat is relative to the state of your body’s health.