Did you know that there are many other substances in medical marijuana that are also responsible for the benefits derived from the use of medical marijuana besides CBD and THC? These fall into broad categories called cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. The presence of these other chemicals can have a big impact on the effectiveness of the medical marijuana.
Here’s an example. Studies of the effects of medical marijuana of differing ratios show that Sativex, with only a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, reduces chronic pain and muscle spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis better than high THC medications. This is due to the presence of CBD, other cannabinoids and substances found in plant derived medical marijuana. These cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes act together to boost the medicinal effects of THC and vice-versa. This is called the entourage effect. Terpenes are part of the plant’s essential oils and contribute to the medicinal properties and aroma. This also explains why plant derived medical marijuana is more effective than synthetic THC or over the counter hemp derived CBD, which lacks the more than 140 different cannabinoids found in plant derived medical marijuana.
Dr. David A Zainey is a medical cannabis specialist at Intecare Medical Clinic. Those seeking integrative, holistic care that incorporates use of medical marijuana must be recommended by a licensed medical practitioner. At InteCare Medical Clinic, Dr. David Zainey is certified by the state of Ohio to perform evaluations and make recommendations to develop practical, results-oriented treatment plans that empower patients to take control of their health and better manage their medical conditions. If you are interested in learning more about integrative medicine and holistic care as well as if medical marijuana could benefit you, call Dr. Zainey today at (937) 874-5766 to request an appointment.