Medical Cannabis Education

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Medical cannabis offers an individualized approach to symptom management. While its benefits vary among individuals, it has shown promise in providing relief for a wide range of symptoms and conditions commonly experienced by veterans and others.

Anxiety and depression, which can significantly impact one’s mental well-being, are conditions that medical cannabis may help manage. The plant’s cannabinoids, such as CBD (cannabidiol), have demonstrated potential in reducing anxiety levels and promoting a sense of calm. Additionally, certain strains with specific cannabinoid profiles, such as those higher in CBD and lower in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), may be well-suited for individuals seeking relief from symptoms of depression.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another condition prevalent among veterans, characterized by intense anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and hypervigilance. Medical cannabis, particularly strains with higher levels of CBD, has shown promise in alleviating these symptoms. CBD’s anxiolytic properties may help reduce anxiety levels and improve overall emotional stability, making it a potential option for veterans seeking relief from PTSD symptoms.

Cannabis Compounds

Cannabis medicine is derived from the flowers or buds of the cannabis plant. Cannabis refers to a group of three plants with known psychoactive and therapeutic benefits; Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. The cannabis plant is rich in chemical compounds that are believed to offer many different positive effects on the body.


Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 80-100 cannabinoids (chemical compounds that are unique to the cannabis plant). The two most commonly studied and researched cannabinoids are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). These two compounds serve different medical functions, but also complement each other when used in combination.


THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and is responsible for the “high” or intoxicating effect, most commonly associated with this type of medicine. THC can affect perception, mood, emotion, cognition and motor function and has therapeutic potential to relieve pain, inflammation, nausea and vomiting.


CBD is the second most commonly discussed cannabinoid, popular for its strong medicinal effect, and that it is non-intoxicating in most cases. Research on CBD shows that it may help with anxiety, inflammation, pain and has strong anti-epileptic effects in some patients.

The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is the widely accepted idea that the therapeutic benefit of cannabis is largely due to all of the cannabinoids and terpenes working in conjunction with one another. Research has found that terpenes may add significant therapeutic value when combined with different compounds and may play a role in enhancing the positive effects of THC and CBD. Although more research is needed to better understand this phenomenon, pre-clinical studies examining the anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD have found that whole-plant extracts of CBD are more effective at reducing pain and inflammation than isolated CBD.

Baron, E. P. (2018). Medicinal Properties of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids in Cannabis and Benefits in Migraine, Headache, and Pain: An Update on Current Evidence and Cannabis Science.

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 58, 1139-1186. Read here. 

Russo, E. B. (2011). Taming THC: Potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. British Journal of Pharmacology, 163, 1344-1364. Read here

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