Cannabis: Fact vs. Myth

Fact vs. Myth

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All medical cannabis is organic.

Not all medical cannabis is likely to produce the “high” effect.

Medical cannabis needs to be smoked in order to experience its effects.

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This is a myth.

This is a fact.

Only some medical cannabis is organic. In order to be considered organic, the grower must follow strict standards when growing medical cannabis. As well, when extracting the plant to make concentrates and edibles, the grower must avoid using harmful chemicals. This is particularly important for cannabis extracts that are smoked or vaporized, as the extraction process may concentrate any harmful pesticides present. All this ensures the final product delivered to the patient is free of harmful pesticides, chemicals or other contaminants, such as fungi and bacteria.

The chemical compounds that provide the effects of cannabis are known as cannabinoids. Two of the most common and best-studied cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which are responsible for the majority of effects of cannabis on the body. THC is known for producing the “high” effect people associate with cannabis use. CBD, on the other hand, does not produce the “high” or euphoria that THC does.

The cannabis strain, soil and climate conditions, growing and production techniques, and many other factors can all affect the concentration of THC and CBD in the cannabis. This means it is possible to have medical cannabis that contain different ratios of THC and CBD. Products with high CBD compared to THC are less likely to produce the “high” effect or feeling, which some patients may prefer. Talk to your doctor to ask which product is right for you.

Smoking isn’t the only way to consume cannabis. In fact, cannabis can be used in a number of different ways, including vaporizing, consuming cannabis oil, or eating baked goods and other edibles made with cannabis. These different forms provide options to patients who do not want to smoke cannabis. Additionally, depending on the type of cannabis product used, the strength, how quickly it works and how long the effects last will vary. Talk to your doctor to determine which one is right for you.