Do you feel like everyone with cancer is using marijuana or cannabis? (Ya…me too!) With pressure and questions from family, friends, and fellow cancer fighters, you might be wondering if you should be taking a cannabis product as well. But if you are anything like me… a proclaimed goodie good…then you might be feeling like all this weed stuff is WAY out of your scope. What’s the difference between cannabis and marijuana? Should I be using THC or CDB (or neither or both)? Do I have to learn how to roll and smoke joints or is there another way to take these products?
Attached here is a great infographic on Cannabis 101 but I’ve included a few additional pieces of information below. Read on for Cannabis and Cancer for Dummies.
First let’s understand the most basic and commonly used terms about marijuana. What’s the difference between marijuana, cannabis, and cannabinoids?
Cannabis is the technical term for the plant itself. Cannabis refers to the family name (genus) of the plant with different species (subgroups), such as cannabis indica or cannabis sativa, following under that family name.
Cannabinoids is the name for the chemical compounds that acts in receptors in the body to cause various health effects. Cannabinoids can be found in the cannabis plant or made synthetically in a laboratory. Both THC and CBD (as well as many others) are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Marijuana is a nickname or term used to refer to cannabis. Other names include pot, weed, dope, ganja, grass, Mary Jane, and on and on and on.
Ways to Consume
When we think of cannabis, the first thing that comes to mind is smoking a joint. But with the evolution of this drug, have come other ways of consuming. See different option below.
When to avoid
Lots of times people jump into using cannabis without first considering if it is safe for them. You should always talk to you health care professional or pharmacist about your specific medication situation. Below are some general reasons why you might need to avoid using these products:
-Pregnant or breastfeeding
-Under the age of 25 years
-History of psychosis
-History of cardiac disorders
For further explanation of other common cannabis concepts, check out this Cannabis 101 document I absolutely love! Free PDF here