Attitudes towards cannabis in the modern world

However, stubborn hemp sprouts penetrate into the light through all prohibitions, and since 1985, the use of synthetic THC - dronabinol (under the trade name "Marinol") for medical purposes has been allowed in the United States. A little later, the same thing happened in Canada. As for the countries of Western Europe, currently undergoing research on the therapeutic effects of substances contained in hemp. In particular, three Berlin clinics are undergoing research in which AIDS patients are offered synthetic THC, hemp extract or placebo for pain relief.

It seems that even in conservative Europe, the ice has moved too: The German Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that patients at the Federal Institute for Medicine and Parapharmacy in Berlin have the right to apply for medication containing THC. However, officials took this decision too literally: you can ask, but never get a positive answer to your request! In any case, all applications have been rejected to date.Attitudes towards cannabis in the modern world

However, similar medicines are already available in neighboring Switzerland, so it is not worth crossing the border to look for the right medicine if necessary. In Russia today, the issue of using THC-containing drugs is not relevant, in any case, there are no discussions on this topic. In addition, the folk tradition to treat most diseases with hot drinks is unlikely to allow in the near future to introduce the experience known from ancient times on our harsh soil.

On hemp's therapeutic potential

Whether you are a medical professional looking to broaden your horizons or a patient hoping to relieve their symptoms with a highly effective natural remedy, you will find it useful to learn something about the therapeutic potential of cannabis and its active substances, cannabinoids.

Medical marijuana and cannabinoids

When it comes to medical marijuana (medicinal cannabis), it usually refers to the healing properties of unique substances contained in cannabis, namely, cannabinoids.

Hemp is believed to contain at least 60 phytocannabinoids ("phyto" means plant). The best known of these, particularly when it comes to medical applications, are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN).

THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that gives cannabis its "intoxicating" effect. THC has powerful therapeutic properties and was first isolated in 1964 by Professor Meshulam from the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

THC is also one of the most well-known and widely researched phytocannabinoids. It modifies the effects of THC, although it is itself classified as non-psychotropic. Studies have shown that IPM has a calming effect, and this partially explains why IPM-rich varieties produce a "stone" effect rather than a "hi" effect. We will talk more about these two types of effects below.

After THC and CBD, another prominent cannabinoid is CBN. CBN has only a very minor psychotropic effect and is thought to act as a weak CB1 and CB2 receptor agonist in the endocannabinoid system. It is also known for its numerous therapeutic properties, such as anticonvulsants and anti-emetic drugs. In addition, CBN can be partially responsible for the soothing effect of certain hemp species.