Cannabis: Breaking Down the Science
We have heard a multitude of names for this talked about plant, but its official name is ‘cannabis’. And thanks to continuous studies and developing science, the benefits this plant offers are becoming more and more recognized to extend beyond recreational use, even being used as treatment to common ailments. So what part of this pointy leafed plant can be used for medical remedies? We break down the facts for you.
Grown For Greatness
Let’s start at the root of it all, quite literally. A 2012 study described that more than 100 controlled clinical trials of cannabinoids or whole-plant preparations for various indications have been conducted since 1975. The findings of these trials have led to the approval of cannabis-based medicines. They looked at the cannabis flower, which is covered in tiny ‘crystals’ called Trichomes. These resin glands contain the chemical compounds that cause the cannabis effects many of us have experienced. In fact, there are more than 80 cannabinoids available but the primary ones are called Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinoil (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
What causes us to have a therapeutic or relaxing reaction from exposure of these compounds is they activate a series of cannabinoid receptors already found in our bodies, called the endocannabinoid system, located prominently throughout our brain and nervous system. Health Canada has stated these naturally occurring receptors help regulate and maintain brain activity, heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, immune system activity and more interestingly, the perception of pain and regulation of stress.
The Goodness Inside Trichomes
Inside these little trichomes on each cannabis plant are terpenes, along with cannabinoids. Terpenes give different cannabis varieties their unique flavours and aromas, depending on the combinations each. Registered Bonify members can view each strain’s most prominent terpenes to interpret what the product may smell and taste like.
There are many types of cannabis each offering their own unique genetic makeup or cannabinoid profile. This allows us to try multiple strains that will cause a range of effects.
Knowing Your Strains
Although there are a plethora of cannabis strains, most of them can be one of 3 categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid. With different strains and aromas come unique effects, here’s what sets them apart:
- Indica strains are associated with physical sedation. The perfect strain to have when relaxing.
- Sativas provide a more uplifting cerebral effect that pair well with physical activities, social outings, and creative outlets.
- Hybrid strains are a combination of both Indica and Sativa. Some are sativa-dominant and some are indica-dominant. There is a very broad range of effects.
In every strain you will find an aroma due to the levels of Terpenes found within them. Terpenes’ aroma can soothe the mind and body and can have anything from a fruity odour to a minty one, so you can experiment with different options that suit you best.
Bonify offers members a variety of medical cannabis products neatly categorized by one of the three following pillars, based on the THC and CBD levels they contain:
Bonify I – Low CBD : High THC
Bonify II – Mid CBD : Mid THC
Bonify III – High CBD : Low THC
Discover the strains we are currently offering here.
Breathe to Relieve
Thanks to extensive research, scientists have taken these findings of how different parts of the cannabis plants respond to our bodies and have studied how they can be used medically. In Canada, these clinical trials showed positive results of using medical cannabis and Health Canada further comments that these clinical studies supporting the safety and efficacy using cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
With more clinical trials being conducted worldwide, the scientific and medical community will continue to uncover more of cannabis’ benefits for everyone. Have any questions about how you can incorporate cannabis into your life? We’re here to help! Give us a call at 1.844.586.3556 or leave us a message here.