True Farma Beginners FAQ Video
We have written records of medical use of cannabis for over 5,000 years. It is believed to have originated in Central Asia, but has expanded its reach to an international scale over time. People all around the globe consume cannabis and their reasoning is largely the same: it makes them feel better without side effects.
While there are 500 known chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, cannabinoids are the most active chemical compounds, although researchers are learning more about the terpenes and flavanoids that coexist in the plant. Although science has identified over 130 cannabinoids, by far the dominant cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive (doesn't get you "high") and is one of the strongest anti-inflammatories known, getting at the root of many conditions from arthritis to diabetes to cancer and much more.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is psychoactive when smoked or consumed in amounts over one mg, although that varies depending on the patient’s metabolism. THC is an excellent pain reliever and, in small amounts, very good in treating insomnia. THC does not get you high when you MICRODOSE it or when it is applied topically.
CBD and THC work well together and enhance each other's efficacy when they are both contained in the same medicine (the entourage effect).
Other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, THCA, THCV and others are currently under study to how they heal and for what conditions they are best used.
HOW DOES CANNABIS HEAL?
In 1993, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered to exist in humans and most mammals. The ECS consists of cells, receptors and neurotransmitters that bind and engage the phytocannabinoids in cannabis in order to provide therapeutic benefits for a variety of ailments. In fact, cannabinoid receptors are present in mammals in utero and the compounds themselves are even found in breast milk. Simply put, our bodies are naturally tuned to interact and heal with cannabinoids. And a growing body of scientific evidence supports this renewed belief of cannabis as an amazing herbal treatment.
CANNABIS AS MEDICINE
- Used properly, medical cannabis may be effective in:
- Alleviating pain from inflammation, injury and disease
- Counteracting insomnia, stress and anxiety
- Weaning patients from opioid addiction
- Addressing stomach and bowel diseases such as celiac disease,colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Crohn's disease
- Limiting neurological damage from strokes, trauma, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia
- Treating children with epilepsy, Dravet’s Syndrome, autism and ADHD
- Addressing cancer palliative care issues and chemo side effects (appetite, nausea, pain)
- Slowing the growth of cancer tumors and killing cancer cells without harming the normal surrounding cells
- And much more!
Even the US federal government has recognized the distinct healing properties of cannabis and for many years has been taking out patents to contract with pharmaceutical companies to develop cannabis-based infused products, nutraceuticals, isolates and synthetic derivative drugs to mimic the effect of natural cannabis in treating many health issues.
ROUTES OF DELIVERY
Medical cannabis is an herbal healing medicine, not just treating symptoms but restoring health on a cellular level. Medicinal cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways.
- Vaporizers – Technically, this is the fastest delivery route, through the lung tissue. However, vaporizers provide the shortest relief window.
- Tinctures – Tinctures, administered by swishing in the mouth, provide the most effective delivery method. The medicine absorbs into the bloodstream through the oral mucosa. When cannabinoids are absorbed into the blood stream, these chemical compounds work with the ECS to restore homeostasis, or balance, in the system – and they begin to HEAL on the cellular level, not just treat symptoms.
- Suppositories – The speed of this method of delivery is similar to tinctures, but for useful for patients who cannot tolerate anything in the mouth (e.g., infants, patients with oral cancers, etc.)
- Transdermal Patches – The patches, which are applied to the top of the foot or inside of the wrist, may provide slow, steady dosage over 8-12 hours, depending on the strength of the medicine infused into the patch. Perfect for those who do not want to medicate multiple times a day.
- Edibles ,Capsules ,Beverages – These products provide a slower route of delivery since the medicine needs to pass through the digestive system, which can partially break down the cannabinoids. However, the effect generally lasts longer than other routes. In fact, with edibles, the baking process can increase the potency of THC, so tread lightly with these products (see Dosing below).
- Lozenges - Lozenges are best melted in the mouth before swallowing, making them as effective as tinctures in reaching the blood stream without breaking down in the digestive tract. Lozenges are also portable, allowing for discreet consumption on the go.
- Chews, Candies – If allowed to melt in the mouth, these can be as effective as tinctures and lozenges. Watch out for lots of ‘extra’ ingredients that you don’t need or want in your system, such as sugars, corn syrup, starch, emulsifiers, etc.
- Topicals (oils, salves, creams, balms) – These medicines, applied directly to the skin, work locally on the affected body part. They can give extraordinary pain relief and are very effective treating a number of symptoms.
With herbal medicine, more than any other health care treatment, the patient needs to be in charge of his or her dose. The rule of dosing all herbal medicine, cannabis included, is that it is individuated. One person’s dose may not work for the next person, even if they are both treating the same condition.
CBD is an excellent anti-inflammatory and does not get you “high”. Most concern about dosing comes with the use of THC. The new trend with THC is to microdose – for example, taking a dot of THC oil the size of the head of a straight pin – and melting it through the membrane of the mouth. The guiding principle should be “low and slow.” Ask yourself after ingesting medicine: Does it make you feel a bit sleepy while it relieves or lessens your pain? That’s your goal. If it makes you dizzy or gets you “high” then the dose is too big. If it doesn’t relieve the pain at all, the dose is too small.
Here are some excellent True Farma blog posts that provide further guidance on dosage of medical cannabis:
True Farma™ sells only medical cannabis infused products – not flower and concentrates that are smoked. Accordingly, all sales require a valid California medical cannabis recommendation from a health care provider, and a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, showing California residency and proof that you are 18 years old. You can upload copies of these documents when you create your True Farma account
If you do not have a valid California medical recommendation, you can easily obtain one through our partner, HelloMD. You will have a video consultation with a HelloMD physician, and the process generally takes about 15-20 minutes, and only costs $49, a $10 savings for True Farma™ customers.
After your evaluation, HelloMD will send you a digital version of your recommendation via email (and will send one to True Farma™, so we can associate it with your account). HelloMD will also send you a physical medical recommendation card via US Mail.
Medical cannabis sales are NOT subject to the nearly 8% additional tax on adult use (recreational) cannabis products.