Do you know the different types of cannabis? Are you aware what endocannabinoids are? Do you know what their benefits are?
In this podcast episode, I speak with John Malanca about cannabis.
Meet John Malanca
Through a family hardship in 2011, John and his wife Corinne founded United Patients Group (UPG), a trusted resource and leader in medical cannabis information and education for patients, physicians, pharmacists, governments, and organizations, both domestically and internationally. UPG also acts as a virtual hand for patients and their loved ones struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses by helping them navigate through this ever-changing industry. To date, John enjoys a healthy lifestyle of mind, body and spirit. John believes in a compassionate approach to Health and Healing and has dedicated his career to alleviating pain and suffering. In October 2017, John was faced with terrible heartache. His best friend, his wife, his business partner, but, most of all, his soulmate, Corinne Malanca, passed away from cancer. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of June 2017. John continues his work in the medical cannabis arena in honor and loving memory of his beautiful wife, Corinne Malanca.
In This Podcast
- Introducing cannabinoids
- Different types of cannabinoids and what they do
- How active, healthy people can incorporate cannabis into their lifestyle
- How to figure out what combination of cannabinoids to use for treatment
We all as humans / mammals have an endocannabinoid system that was discovered in the early 90’s. This system craves cannabinoids. You don’t have to be high to have the benefits of this plant. There are 140 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Each of these have different feelings in our bodies. For example, THC gives you a psycho-active effect. But, when fighting cancer, THC has been proven to kill cancer cells and it helps with pain. Despite this (and many other benefits), cannabis has been banned for over 80 years. It’s important to note though, that cannabis isn’t the golden ticket that heals everything, but it can help. Another cannabinoid, CBD, has reported success with epileptic seizures. So, you need to find the right cannabinoid for you.
When it comes to dosage, you need to be sure of the right amount to administer and how often as well. More is not better. In fact, it’s ok to stop to give your receptors a break every now and then.
Different Types of Cannabinoids and What They Do
THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high. THCA, however, is the acid form. THCA is a raw form of cannabis. Once juiced, this is non-psycho active. It’s great for inflammation, cancer fighting, and health and wellness. However, the moment you heat it up or smoke it, it converts to THC. When it comes to CBD, what you should look for is that it’s USCA Certified, that it’s a company that grows it themselves, and that they test the soil. The reason for this is that hemp is often called the ‘mop weed’. This is because it’s often used to suck up all the toxins, pesticides, mould, and metals in the ground. So you need to make sure to test the soil to ensure it doesn’t contain any of this. Also make sure whoever you’re buying it from has a COA (Certificate of Analysis). It’s not up to you as the consumer to look for this, the manufacturer should have it available through a QR on the packaging. Often, to treat diseases, like cancer, you need to make use of a combination of different types of cannabinoids.
How Active, Healthy People Can Incorporate Cannabis into Their Lifestyle
- You can do a topical treatment on certain pain areas
- If you prefer, you can also smoke a bit before you exercise to get ‘into the zone’
- You can use it while stretching, doing yoga, or meditating
- You can use it for sleep (CBN is a great, non-psycho active cannabinoid for this or higher doses of CBD)
- Lower doses of CBD are great to take as medication for inflammation/pain
How to Figure Out What Combination of Cannabinoids to Use for Treatment
I strongly advise having a medical expert involved as what works for one person may not work for another. But you should consider the following:
- Current health condition
- Type of ailment
- Stage of ailment
- Drug to drug interactions
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