Cannabis is becoming increasingly recognised for its therapeutic potential beyond just getting “high.” The cannabis plant contains over 140 different cannabinoids that interact with the human endocannabinoid system to help regulate various bodily processes and maintain homeostasis. Two of the most well-studied cannabinoids are THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects, and CBD, which does not cause a high but has shown promise for treating conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.
However, the true potential of cannabis likely lies in utilising the entirety of the plant, not just isolated compounds. This is known as the “entourage effect” – the synergistic interplay between cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant components. Research suggests that full-spectrum cannabis preparations with a diversity of compounds may be more effective than purified isolates.
At Revital Health, we take a holistic approach to integrative medicine. This means looking at the whole person, not just isolated symptoms. When it comes to cannabis, it means harnessing the entourage effect by using full plant preparations to optimise the health benefits.
While Revital Health cannot prescribe medical cannabis, we collaborate with medical doctors specialising in cannabis prescribing to provide referral services for patients who may benefit from this treatment option.
Cannabis is not a cure-all, but when used appropriately under medical guidance, it can be a powerful addition to an integrative treatment plan. Potential therapeutic uses include:
– Chronic pain management
– Reducing anxiety and depression
– Aiding sleep
– Easing chemotherapy side effects
– Improving appetite and reducing nausea
– Anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties
The cannabis plant has over 500 identified chemical components that may contribute to its versatile effects. We can test patients to determine if they present with clinical endocannabinoid deficiency and see if cannabis medicine is appropriate to restore balance and optimise health.
Research into cannabis is still emerging, but what we do know is that the body’s endocannabinoid system plays a major role in regulating homeostasis. There is tremendous potential in harnessing the synergistic power of the whole cannabis plant to target endocannabinoid tone, reduce inflammation, ease symptoms, and support overall wellbeing.
At Revital Health, we stay up to date on the latest cannabis research and carefully monitor patients using this natural medicine to enhance their integrative treatment plans. Contact us today to see if a referral for medical cannabis could be beneficial for optimising your health.