It’s October already and that means Marijuana legalization in Canada is on its 2nd year on the 17th! I wanted to learn more about Cannabis so I will be doing research and readings throughout the month and of course, share my learning here on my blog. Now if you want to be updated on my Weed Wednesdays blog series, you better hit that FOLLOW button now!
Initially, I planned to call this blog series ‘Marijuana Mondays’, but I thought about asking my husband if we can think of something else. Then he suggested ‘Weed Wednesdays’, and I said why not! The word ‘marijuana’ sounds to be more likely used in medical or clinical aspect, while the word ‘weed’ seems to be a common term that I think more people will use in their daily conversation rather than the former. In fact, I looked up at Google Trends on searched terms and I learned that there are 165% more interests worldwide on the word ‘weed’ than ‘marijuana’. So I guess I could bring more people into reading this blog series if I will be the title Weed Wednesdays!
Okay let’s go to the topic now and I wanted to kick this off by doing a Q&A portion. I have created a list of questions that I think would be commonly asked by interested parties. Here they are:
What are the differences between these terms: Cannabis, CBD, THC, Marijuana, and Hemp?
Cannabis is the genus name of the plant itself and it has 2 species namely, sativa and indica. Cannabis sativa has 2 strains and these are Marijuana and Hemp. Both strains contain phytocannabinoids and the most notable are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD) from Hemp.
Which one can cause toxicity and which one doesn’t?
The most studied phytocannabinoids are THC and CBD. Between the two, THC acts as CB1 receptor agonist. Agonist is defined as a substance that initiates physiological response when paired with a receptor. This means THC can lead to toxicity. While CBD, on the other hand, has been found to work through a variety of complex pharmacological actions. And aside from that, it has minimal agonism of the CB receptors making a negligible psychoactivity compared to THC.
Which diseases can medical marijuana be used as part of treatment?
Systematic reviews on medical uses of cannabinoids are showing evidence to support its use on chronic pain, spasticity, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV infection, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome.
Although it should be noted that it’s the laboratory-derived cannabinoids (dronabinol, nabilone and nabiximol) that were examined in most of the randomized controlled trials. (Laboratory-derived cannabinoid is just one of the three categories of cannabinoids that I will be talking about on future blog posts!)
I hope the answers to these 3 questions have given you more interests on learning about Cannabis. I am also excited to do this project as I am a knowledge seeker for topics that interests me. I will try my very best to make the blog series content informative for everyone to read! See you on the next Weed Wednesday post!