Cannabis has been used for millennia to treat pain, nausea and anxiety, but researchers are now finding positive outcomes to the use of cannabinoids for seizure, almost all forms of inflammation and even brain trauma. Many traditional drugs prescribed for these illnesses and ailments carry hard-to-swallow side effects as well as dangerous interactions with other medications. Cannabis is proving to be an attractive alternative.
Clinical Trials & Research
Now that cannabis use has been legalized in Canada, we look forward to expanded clinical trials and access to research. While we understand a great deal about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, there is still much to discover about its uses and benefits.
Understanding The Endocannabinoid System
Endocannabinoids are receptors and corresponding molecules found throughout our bodies. They help to maintain a stable environment in our bodies. Everything from digestion, to sleep patterns, to communication throughout the body, to immune function and memory is regulated by endocannabinoids. When our bodies experience trauma or become ill, sometimes the endocannabinoid system becomes suppressed. As we are learning more about this system in the human body, applications for use of cannabis are expanding.
When prescribing cannabis, it is always best to start with a lower dose and adjust as needed. Every person’s body, symptoms and needs are unique.
Canadian Family Physician has put out a Clinical Practice Guideline for dosing.
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