Medicinal Cannabis, Natures gift to us can come in a range of different ways from cannabis in its raw form (fresh or dried flowers, leaves, stems and roots) to concentrated extractions, edibles, topicals (balms etc) to pharmaceutical sprays, and pills. It is a very versatile plant providing a range of ways to consume it, and a very broad spectrum of medical conditions that it can help with including but not limited to:
- Cancers of all types, from treatment to relief from chemotherapy in the form of pain killing, sleep and encouraging eating.
- Depression, Anxiety, Ptsd, etc
- Chronic pain
There are many strains (tens of thousands) some specifically bred for conditions such as MS or epilepsy etc. There are strains to suit everyone! From stains with no psychoactive high, to strains highly potent for killing chronic pains, sleeping, and appetite to strains with very cerebral highs - uplifting, and motivating perfect for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and ptsd. [ more about strains ]
There are 6 main cannabinoids (and many minor cannabinoids, terpenes, etc) present in all forms of cannabis in various different percentages from strain to strain.
THC aka delta9 tetrahydracannabinol is the active ingredient in cannabis with the psychoactive effects. (The "high"). The molecule recreational users chase, but also one of the most valuable cannabinoids for medicinal ailments.
CBD aka Cannabidiol. The said to be wonder molecule in cannabis, and no doubt about it, this molecule alone can heal many ailments without the psychoactive high of THC. This magical molecule is the key element in the cannabinoid range to help with a broad variety of medical conditions, from cancers, epilepsy , fibro and MS, to mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, ptsd and many many more.
The other main cannabinoids include: THCV, CBN, CBG, and CBC. It is important to note that conditions treated with cannabis are best treated using ALL cannabinoids together to feed your bodies endo-cannabinoid system. This has been dubbed as "The entourage effect". Where all cannabinoids work together in harmony to run your bodies day to day needs.The list could go on forever!
[ More on Cannabinoids here ]
The human endo-cannabinoid system and the entourage effect.
Do you know that every human being has an endo-cannabinoid system in there body? What is this? You may ask - To put it very simply: The endo-cannabinoid system provides receptors for ALL major and minor cannabinoids.
These are what your body naturally creates (even without using cannabis) to regulate the day-to-day function of your body for functions such as:
- Appetite, hunger, digestion
- Motor control
- Immune function
- Reproduction and fertilty
- Pleasure and reward
- Temperature regulation
Cannabis feeds and replenishes these receptors in which conditions such as fibromyalgia (and many many others) are lacking. It could be said that ALL consumption of cannabis is medicinal being that you are replenishing your bodies valuable endo-cannabinoid receptors doing so. Isolating cannabinoids has merit used on its own however as a top up needed for cannabinoids in products such as balms or edibles extra CBD for example may be added WITH the full range of cannabinoids to provide an extra boost where needed. For more information on the Human endo-cannabinoid system >click here<
Medicinal Cannabis and the law.
The law is a very grey area in New Zealand currently. People diagnosed with a terminal illness are legally allowed to use cannabis, but how they obtain that is not clearly stated, and is literally up to the patient to source it, no other party in this is exempt from the law other than the terminally ill patient. In other words, those supplying these terminally ill people are still at risk of pursecution.
Legal pharmaceutical cannabis based products such as "Tilray" and "Sativex" may currently be obtained with the help of your GP and an application to the minister of health, that may or may not be accepted. Unfortunately you will need deep pockets with monthly perscriptions costing anywhere between $800 and $1400 per bottle. And without meaning to sound cynical these labs are as in the dark ages as any home growers. They may have sterile growing and extraction enviroments, but these companies are missing key factors such as tolerance build up. Everyone builds up a tolerance to cannabis, and these factories/labs such as tilray and sativex etc growing all the one same strain of "medical cannabis" are failing patients in the long run, as tolerance builds to their products, and their products no longer work as good as they used to. This can be easily fixed by providing a mixture of strains tailored to ones needs that patients swap between to counter tolerance build.
These pharmaceutical industries who are our current only legal option fail to recognise this.
This is why we here at Harvest Festival will have all the necessary information for you to leave well informed to make your choice. We also support the Cannabis purveyors, entrepreneurs, and talented breeders, THESE are the people that know the plant inside out, and with a passion. Every family deserves an opportunity to utelise this miracle plant. And we will fight for our legal right to do this, all the while educating and informing the public and government on its true benefits.
Come, learn, celebrate, and enjoy 🌱💚