As new research is continually being published, we are starting to have a better understanding of the plant and its benefits within the human body. A growing number of people all over the world are seeking medical cannabis to find relief from a variety of conditions and unwanted symptoms including chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, PTSD, and more. 

At first, the amount of information you can find online about medical cannabis can overwhelming. At Apollo, our healthcare team of physicians, nurse practitioner, and patient educators are here to guide you and help you in your research and medical journey. 

What is the endocannabinoid system?

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In 1964, a researcher from Israel led to a discovery about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). He discovered this system is innately present in all humans and affects almost every part of our body. It consists of two main receptors in the body known as CB1 and CB2. Our body produces cannabinoids and these cannabinoids send messages to the brain to regulate several different bodily functions including hunger, mood, sensations of pain, inflammation and temperature as well as many others. 

CBD VS THC?

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They are more than 500 different chemicals compound in the Cannabis plants, including at least 140 which are known as cannabinoids. The two most prominent are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it doesn’t have a euphoric effect. It is often used to treat conditions such as pain, inflammation, ADHD and many more. 

THC is the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant and is associated with the euphoric effect that it procures. It is often used to treat conditions such as PTSD, pain, nausea and many more. 

As more research comes out, we continue to see positive results from other naturally occurring cannabinoids as well including CBN, CBG, CBDA, and more. 

What are the Terpenes?

Terpenes are a therapeutic compound found in all plants, including the cannabis plant, that create it’s aroma and taste. There are hundreds of different terpenes present found in the plant, with common ones including linalool, limonene, pinene, & myrcene. Different benefits are often associated with the terpenes such as relaxation, uplifting your mood, energy and more.

Check out some of our Medical Cannabis 101 blogs here below which include resources about the plant, dosing, appointments, insurance, and more:

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Canadian Cannabis & Travelling Laws

July 19, 2022

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November 19, 2021

Top 8 Medical Cannabis News & Research Stories from Q3 2021

May 10, 2021

Medical Cannabis Now: Mythbusters Edition

April 1, 2021

The History of Apollo & Medical Cannabis Research in Canada

February 8, 2021

How to Claim Medical Cannabis on Tax Returns

January 29, 2021

What to Expect From an Online/Virtual Medical Cannabis Appointment

October 16, 2020

What is a medical marijuana/cannabis card?

July 14, 2020

A Day in the Life of: A Manager at Apollo

June 2, 2020

Cannabis Act, ACMPR, and More: Canadian Cannabis Regulation Simplified

May 7, 2020

Free Educational Video Sessions: Medical Vs. Recreational

April 20, 2020

Medical Cannabis Now: Educational Video Series

March 23, 2020

Does Health Insurance Cover Medical Cannabis?

February 21, 2020

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Children

January 8, 2020

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis in Canada

October 29, 2019

Are Cannabis Oil and Hemp CBD Oil the Same?

October 17, 2019

15 Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis Oil

August 31, 2019

Does OHIP Cover Medical Marijuana/Cannabis?

July 23, 2019

Information That You Might Not Know About THC, at Your Fingertips

July 23, 2019

Heard About Terpenes? Here’s How They Can Benefit Your Treatment with Medical Cannabis

July 23, 2019

Medical VS Recreational Cannabis: What’s the Difference?

July 23, 2019

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Gain a Clear Understanding of Our Online Consultation and Prescription Procedures

July 23, 2019

How to Choose and Order from a licensed Producer of Medical Cannabis

July 23, 2019

Is Cannabis an Alternative to Opioids?

July 23, 2019

Science and the Different Strains of Cannabis

July 20, 2019

Cannabis Oil: What’s the Hype?

July 3, 2019

Hemp CBD Oil vs. Cannabis CBD Oil: 9 Differences You Need To Know

June 27, 2019

Is Medical Cannabis Legal for Children?

June 12, 2019

Is CBD Oil Legal in Canada?

June 1, 2019

Cannabis & Legalization: 5 Reasons to Have a Prescription vs Self-medicating

May 28, 2019

THC VS CBD: What’s Right for Me

February 1, 2019

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

November 9, 2018

Not All Cannabis Products Are Legal. Heres What Is (And What’s Next)

September 21, 2018

Terpenes 101: Why They Are Important In Your Medical Cannabis Treatment

September 21, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About The Entourage Effect

June 13, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Self-Medicating and Getting Cannabis from a Doctor?

April 2, 2018

What Are the Differences Between Opioids and Cannabis?

January 9, 2018

Addressing 3 Common Medical Cannabis Myths