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What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a plant-based medicine from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica species with the major active compounds: THC and CBD.

The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years from many cultures around the world. In recent years, cannabis has re-emerged as a remedy for many ailments relized through state-supervised medical cannabis programs, such as the one here in Mississippi.

SOAR offers a wide range of products which can be used in a variety of methods. Each person responds to cannabis medicine differently. So you might try several types or methods until you find the best solution for you.

How Does Cannabis Work in the Body?

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

Cannabis works with the body’s Endocannabinoid System. An independent, endogenous system of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, whose goal is to produce homeostasis; optimum balance.

Endocannabinoids bind with their receptors, CB-1 and CB-2, which are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.

CB-1 receptors are abundant in the brain and outnumber most other receptor types of the brain and regulate the levels and activities of neurotransmitter.

CB-2 receptors are mainly expressed in the immune tissues and are principally involved in anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions.

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How Do You Use Medical Cannabis?

The available forms of medical cannabis vary from state to state, depending on the regulations set by the Department of Health. In the state of Mississippi, the forms available to purchase at registered dispensaries are:

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leaf INHALATION

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vape VAPING

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pill ORAL

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drop SUBLINGUAL

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gummies EDIBLE

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icon of a circle CONCENTRATE

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TERPENES?

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that determine the scent and flavor of everything that grows in nature. They also bestow cannabis with their distinctive bouquets and contribute to its taste.

Terpenes are naturally occurring, non-psychoactive compounds which have their own therapeutic value. They work synergistically with cannabinoids which provide effects unique to each plant strain. All products are lab-tested for their cannabinoid and terpene content so patients can notate what works best for them and repeat the experience with other products with similar profiles. Some of the most abundant terpenes are below.

MYRCENE
Aroma
Fruity, musky, spicy
Effects
Sedating, relaxing effect
Helps with
Antioxidant, muscle relaxer, insomnia, pain, inflammation, depression
Also found in
Mangoes, lemongrass, peppercorns

HUMULENE
Aroma
Earthy, woody, spicy
Effects
Anxiety relief, sedation
Helps with
Anti-bacteria, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor
Also found in
Hops, basil, sage

LINALOOL
Aroma
Floral, citrus, sweet
Effects
Anxiety relief, sedation
Helps with
Anxiety, convulsions, anti-inflammatory, depression, and acne
Also found in
Lavender and 200 other plants

LIMONENE
Aroma
Citrus, fruity, sweet
Effects
Elevates mood, stress relief
Helps with
Antifungal, anti-bacterial, mood-enhancing,
gastrointesinal issues
Also found in
Citrus, bergamot, dill

PINENE
Aroma
Piney, resinous, woody
Effects
Alertness, memory retention
Helps with
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, respiratory and neuroprotective
Also found in
Pine needles, dill, rosemary

CARYOPHYLENE
Aroma
Earthy, peppery, woody
Effects
Relaxing, calming, mood-boosting
Helps with
Pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
Also found in
Cinnamon, black pepper, cloves

HEMP

Hemp has very low levels of THC-less than 0.3% and does not cause psychoactivity.

Hemp is grown outdoors. The tall and skinny plants are utilized for its fibrous stalks and seeds.

Hemp, is also called industrial hemp, and used to produce textiles, nutritional supplements, biofuels, and even plastics.

Hemp is legal federally, but not regulated in the state of Mississippi.

Delta-8 is extracted from hemp through a chemical process.

There are no requirements to test hemp for quality, potency nor purity.

Hemp does not require a physician’s recommendation.

CANNABIS

Cannabis contains levels of 10%-30% THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Cannabis is primarily gown indoors in a controlled environment.

Cannabis contains over 400 chemical compounds. Over 80 of these compounds- called cannabinoids-are unique to the cannabis plant.

Delta-9 (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is found naturally in cannabis.

Medical cannabis is legal and regulated by the state of Mississippi.

All medical cannabis must be tested by a third-party laboratory for quality, potency and purity.

In medical markets, cannabis requires a physician’s recommendation.

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See if you have a qualifying condition and get your State of Mississippi issued Medical Marijuana card, today.

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