Active Ingredient

In medicinal terms, the active ingredient refers to the specific substance or component that directly impacts the body.

The term "active ingredients" is used to describe substances that, upon consumption, have the ability to produce biological effects.


What is an active ingredient in medical cannabis?


The active ingredient is the component within medical cannabis responsible for its therapeutic effects. This includes cannabinoids like THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (Cannabidiol), terpenes, and other compounds produced by cannabis sativa L. plants. These active ingredients work together to produce various medical benefits, such as pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and minimising symptoms of certain conditions.


How do active ingredients in medical cannabis affect you?


Active ingredients like THC and CBD interact with your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is considered to be the ‘master regulatory system’ in the body, responsible for maintaining balance and regulating various physiological processes. When medical cannabis is consumed, the active ingredients attach to receptors in the ECS, influencing its functions and producing potential therapeutic effects.

The exact effects can vary based on the concentration of these ingredients and your individual biology. 


How are active ingredients measured in medical cannabis products?


In medical cannabis products, active ingredients are measured in concentrations, typically represented as a percentage of the total product or in milligrams. These measurements inform the patient and prescribing specialist about the product's strength and help determine the correct dosage.


Why is it important to know the active ingredients in your medical cannabis products?


Understanding the active ingredients helps you and your doctor anticipate the potential therapeutic effects and side effects, which can vary significantly between THC and CBD. You also need to understand the concentrations of the active ingredients, and how that may affect your dosage. Your prescribing specialist will explain the different options available and provide guidance on finding the right balance for your individual needs.

At Releaf, we specialise in tailoring medical cannabis treatment plans for each individual patient, considering their unique health needs and preferences.


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