First we should answer the question: what is cannabis? Cannabis, or marijuana, is the product made from the flower of a cannabis plant.
Cannabis contains more than 60 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant with many beneficial medicinal applications.
The two most well studied Cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC is responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects - the ‘marijuana high’. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not cause ‘a high’. According to Dr. Neema Araka, M.D., CBD stops the pain-processing pathways.
CBD and THC levels vary from plant to plant. By using selective manufacturing techniques, licenced producers of medical marijuana can grow and test cannabis with specific levels of CBD and THC.
What is Integrated Medical Marijuana Therapy (IMMT)?
Cannabinoid therapy has been shown to manage a wide range of illnesses, from sleeping issues, inflammation and chronic pain to epilepsy, autism and cancer.
We believe that fitness, nutrition, sleep therapy and other wellness initiatives can be integrated with cannabinoid therapy to manage health issues and create a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Our approach to wellness is founded upon an Evidence-Based Practice of medicine, which aims to integrate the best research evidence with clinical excellence and a patient-first view. We believe in an integrated path to wellness for those in our care, recognizing that the use of different yet synergistic treatments working together can lead to positive health outcomes.
Does IMMT require getting high?
No, you don’t have to ‘get high’ to benefit from IMMT.
Some Licensed Producers of Medical Marijuana are able to scientifically manufacture medical marijuana with precise levels of THC and CBD.
By reducing the level of THC and increasing the level of CBD, marijuana’s psychological effects can be reduced while maintaining the non-psychoactive benefits of CBD such as pain relief.
Do I need to smoke marijuana to benefit from IMMT?
No, some Licensed Producers of Medical Marijuana have developed different delivery systems, such as capsules, oils, lotions, tinctures and edibles such as smoothies or baked goods.
Can eating medical marijuana deliver cannabinoid benefits?
To activate Cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) Medical Marijuana must be decarboxylated, or ‘decarbed’. Decarbing is a chemical reaction resulting from heating the Medical Marijuana.
Decarbing occurs when dried Medical Marijuana is smoked, however, decarbing for oral consumption is a different process.
Do I need a prescription from a doctor?
To obtain medical marijuana, you need a medical document from a medical professional.
The Government of Canada outlines the step-by-step instructions to obtain cannabis for medical purposes from a licensed producer.
Coral Health Group has a team of doctors and medical professionals ready to connect with you online or over the phone, at your convenience. Speak with a Coral Health Group nurse today to assess your eligibility for IMMT.