Medical Cannabis

Our Plants

Plants are considered harvestable during the late stages of the flowering period, when the buds/flowers are fully developed. It may take several weeks after this point for the trichomes and cannabinoids to achieve  full maturity/potency, but the plant itself  has achieved its maximum size and yield. We currently offer various strains of flower that vary in their genetic makeup. We also offer other delivery systems such as CBD Oils, Tinctures, Oils, Wax and Capsules. Our menu is constantly evolving to accommodate the needs of our patients. A certified laboratory will test botanicals, tinctures, and oils for the percentages of THC and CBD. All oils will be tested for VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).

Our staff will assist you in finding the dose and medicine that is right for you!

The Science

Cannabis – Cannabis is the scientific name (the genus) given to the plant. It grows and has been used as a medicine around this planet throughout human history, in every culture. It is a plant with multiple uses and applications. “Marijuana” is the slang term by which it has become most commonly known in the 20th century. We use the term “medical cannabis” to give the proper respect to the plant for its many therapeutic uses. Training ourselves to use the term cannabis reminds us that this plant IS serious medicine, and helps us to shift our culture’s stereotypes of benefits of using this medicine.

The cannabis plant contains more than 400 chemical compounds.

At least 66 of these are called phytocannabinoids and are unique to the plant. THC or delta-9 tetra-hydrocannabinol is the most well known cannabinoid and is the psychoactive component of the plants effect. CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol) are more recently identified Cannabinoids, which have been shown in some studies to work synergistically with THC to produce therapeutic benefits.

The endocannabanoid system is a recently discovered physiologic system found in the human body.

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are naturally occurring and found throughout the body; in the brain, the organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. These proteins are involved in establishing and maintaining balanced health. The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant bind with the body’s receptors to trigger cellular activity and signal the body to produce more endocannabinoids. This activity then causes the reported therapeutic effects of cannabis. The medicinal effects of cannabis are well documented through research and anecdotal evidence. Symptomatic benefits include pain relief, nausea, glaucoma, spasticity, seizures and movement disorders. Cannabis is also a highly effective appetite stimulant, specifically for those suffering from HIV or AIDS, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Modern research suggests that cannabis may protect the body from some types of malignant tumors and is neuroprotective.

 

Two species of the cannabis plant, the Indica and the Sativa, have particular medicinal value.

Indica plants are very relaxing, sedating and grounding. People tend to feel the greatest relief from Indica plants physically or in the body. Indica varieties are good for pain relief, relaxation and sleep and are good choices for night-time use, or anytime deep pain relief is desired. Some conditions that respond well to Indica varieties are:

  • anxiety
  • chronic pain
  • insomnia
  • muscle spasms, cramps & tremors

Sativa plants are very uplifting, stimulating and energizing. People tend to feel the greatest relief from Sativa plants mentally or in the head. Sativa varieties are good for clear-thinking, focus, motivation, inspiration, creativity and general feelings of mental well-being. Some conditions that respond well to Sativas are:

  • chronic pain
  • depression
  • lack of appetite
  • migraine
  • nausea

Within each of these species there are hundreds of varieties, called strains, which have been developed to express different qualities of the plant. Many are hybrids, which carry some of the characteristics of both the Indica and Sativa species, and those medicines offer a balance of effects felt both in the body and in the mind. Such a strain might provide relaxation and relief from physical pain but allow one to be both productive and clear-minded.

Strains are usually given a name by which they become known and available (such as Blueberry, Northern Lights or Sour Diesel). Sometimes finding a strain that works for your needs takes trial and error, and we suggest that as users try new strains of medicine, they keep a journal or log of its effects and the relief it provides. Developing an awareness of how this medicine feels in your body will allow us to better help you find strains that will work best for you.