Welcome to our Lectures on Cannabis as Medicine!

Below you will find information on medical cannabis and its effects on the human body. Lectures start with simple background information to, then, develop into the effects of cannabinoids on specific medical conditions.DonateNowButton-tilt-right

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Lecture 6: The optimal decarboxylation of THC and CBD due to heating

Cannabinoids exist in the hemp plant mostly under the form of the so called carboxyl acids. Heating converts the two THC acids (THCA) into phenolic THC, and the CBD-carboxyl acid (CBDA) into phenolic CBD. This process, whereby a carbon dioxide molecule is cleaved from the acid is called decarboxylation. Yet, only the phenolic THC causes psychological effects and most, although not all, therapeutic effects.
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Lecture 5: The medical use of cannabis and THC

Most of the medical effects of cannabis products are based on the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, in short, delta-9-THC or THC. In a therapeutic context it is also known as dronabinol. For several years, the effect of other compounds of the cannabis plant have been gaining interest. Among them are cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), along with several other cannabinoids and terpenes (essential oils).
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Lecture 4: The cannabis dilemma

The chemical structure of the first phytocannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, was only successfully characterized in the 1930s and 1940s. Due to the large number of cannabinoids with similar chemical structures and their fat solubility, modern separation methods were required in order to clarify their exact composition.
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Lecture 3: The history of the medical use of cannabis products

Cannabis has been cultivated in Asia for several thousand years. Clothes, cloth and ropes have been manufactured from this versatile fibre, and hempseeds have been a part of our diets. Since pre-Christian time, the drug has also been used by many cultures in religious rites and healing ceremonies.
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Lecture 2: The Endocannabinoid System

We all possess our own cannabinoid system and constantly produce our own cannabinoids, so-called endocannabinoids. In addition, binding sites for these endocannabinoids, the cannabinoid receptors, and substances responsible for the synthesis and the degradation of endocannabinoids, comprise the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
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Lecture 1: Medical effective cannabis compounds

This text deals with the active compounds of the cannabis plant, among them THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), Cannabidiol (CBD), other cannabinoides and terpenes (aesthetic oils). For full text, click here!
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General Information: Most important diseases for treatment with medical cannabis

There are mainly five domains of diseases that can be treated by medical cannabis. For full text, click here!
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Hundreds of scientific studies on the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids are published and more will follow in the next years. The International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM, http://www.cannabis-med.org) allows easy access to these studies via a database and newsletter – MCD and the campaign “Yes to cannabis as medicine” will strongly cooperate with IACM to join forces. IACM welcomes and will support the campaign.
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