Medical Cannabis & Women’s Health: Exploring the Connection

 


A strong focus on women’s health has dramatically evolved over the years. New therapeutic approaches are emerging to promote and regulate women’s health, and medical cannabis is leading the way.


Strainprint is collecting and disseminating information from tens of thousands patients across the country. More than half of Strainprint users are women, and it’s clear that they’re using medical cannabis in ways that healthcare professionals may not be fully aware of. Aside from more typical uses, the data shows these patients are also using cannabis for treating menopausal symptoms, sexual health, reproductive health issues, PMS, including mood disorders, often associated with hormone fluctuations.


Providing Pain Relief for Reproductive Health
It’s rare to find a woman who hasn’t experienced mild to severe menstrual pain. For some women, their menstrual cycles represent a complete physical and emotional nightmare. Healthcare practitioners who prescribe cannabis are now looking at it to help treat specialized conditions such as a dysmenorrhea and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Both cause extreme, debilitating cramping. Cannabis is providing an alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers with very high levels of patient efficacy. Patients are not only using traditional dried cannabis and oils but also next generation products such as THC-infused topical creams, transdermal patches and rectal/vaginal suppositories. Many patients have been making these products on their own! (As many are not yet available in Canada through Licensed Producers or are only available in select States like California and Colorado).   

Mojo-ing with Cannabis
One of the big, emerging uses for cannabis, is undoubtedly giving a growing number of women (and their partners) a restored hope for their sex lives. A mid-range THC strain that has higher levels of the terpene Myrcene, is ideal for relaxing the body and calming the mind. With the relatively quick onset of effects, vaping can be an effective way of helping women change gears and get in the mood. But that’s not all. Infused topical oils, and lubricants are becoming available, and talked about, and they’re helping women experience heightened levels of sensation and pleasure.

A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, provided compelling research findings. The study found that women who use cannabis had the most sexual encounters compared to non users with 7.1 encounters over a 4 weeks period compared to 6 encounters by their non-cannabis using women in the study.


Help For All Stages

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) affects all women within their lifetime, the severity of symptoms and duration of symptoms will differ based on age, physiology and other genetic factors. Some women experience severe mood swings or feelings of depression in the days leading up to their menstrual cycle, and cannabis is showing to help stabilize these moods.
Then comes Menopause. During this stage of life women often experience a number of physiological, hormonal and emotional issues that are uncomfortable to deal with. Some women enter menopause as early as 40 years old with the average onset age being 51. During this time, women’s estrogen levels go through a dramatic decline. This disruption affects sleep, body temperature regulation, appetite, energy levels and once again, mood. Fortunately, the endocannabinoid system (which is what processes cannabis in our bodies), also helps regulate these things. So in theory, introducing cannabis into the body, can provide relief from all these new life-stage discomforts.

Adding Something Extra to the Cosmetic Bag

Cannabis topicals are on the rise in legal cannabis markets across the globe because of their potential for promoting beauty and a healthy glow. Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate the global beauty industry to be worth $24 billion dollars, and you can bet that cannabis companies are very invested in getting in on that action. As the legalized market advances, we’ll be able to see new products emerge that are designed to connect cannabis with beauty and overall well-being. Infused balms, salves, soaps, oils, perfumes, shaving creams, and bath soaks, are poised to become must-haves for the cannabis enthusiast who believes in the various uses of cannabis for beauty.


Looking Ahead
In Canada, we’re at an exciting time and place, as new products will become available and accessible in the coming years. This is just the beginning. As we continue to learn from our users, and those users start sharing with their girlfriends, sisters, moms and daughters, women will be reaping the benefits of cannabis in ways they would have never considered a few years ago.


If you use cannabis for any women’s health issues, we’d love you to expand on your experiences, anonymously if you wish, by emailing us at info@strainprint.ca. The more we learn from one another, the more we can inform others!

Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd. Welcomes 48North Cannabis Co. parent company of ACMPR Licensed Producer Delshen Therapeutics

TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ – Strainprint™ – the leader in cannabis data collection and strain efficacy reporting – is excited to announce that 48North Cannabis (48North) has subscribed to Strainprint’s world-leading cannabis data & analytics platform to help guide its operational growth and product development.

48North’s Ontario-based cultivation facility Delshen Therapeutics is a Health Canada Licensed Producer with unique genetics sourced from the Netherlands’ first cannabis license holder, MariPharm B.V. 48 North plans to use Strainprint’s data and analytics tools to support the existing medical research on their proprietary strains and to develop cannabis products and brands that meet the needs of a variety of consumers.

“Strainprint’s unique ACMPR strain efficacy and patient use data will help us to produce the highest quality products that will support our patients and recreational consumers in navigating their cannabis experiences.,” said Alison Gordon, 48North CEO.

Thousands of ACMPR patients have tracked almost 150,000 medication sessions from our industry-leading mobile app generating over 4 million data points on strain efficacy and patient use.  It is the largest and most granular longitudinal data set in the world on strain efficacy and patient use of lab-verified products.  In addition to guiding patients, this data is helping to shape the entire cannabis industry by providing business intelligence for all stakeholders, including licensed producers, doctors and clinics, researchers, pharma and insurance providers.

“Our mission is to help our users and our subscriber customers to better understand how cannabis works and how it can best be used for whatever their purpose.  We are ecstatic to be working with 48North to provide them with the most reliable source of data that will be instrumental for developing premium products for their consumers and patients,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff.

The Strainprint mobile App is free and is available for both iOS & Android from the Apple iTunes and Google Play Stores, respectively.

About Strainprint™

Founded in Toronto in 2016, Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd. is the leading demand-side cannabis data and analytics company, gathering real-time cannabis consumption and efficacy data on lab-verified strains, while providing enterprise business intelligence to the global cannabis industry. Strainprint™ data supports global cannabis research and provides advanced business intelligence to producers, retailers, medical practitioners, pharma, government and industry. Strainprint is HIPAA, PIPEDA and PHIPA privacy compliant, military-grade encrypted and all patient data is completely anonymized and at rest in Canada. Strainprint can be seamlessly embedded or integrated with most electronic medical records (EMR) and seed2sale software systems. The Strainprint App is free to patients and can be downloaded from both the iOS App Store and GooglePlay Store. For more information visit www.strainprint.ca, facebook, twitter, linkedin

About 48 North

48North is a vertically integrated cannabis company. Its first ACMPR licensed facility is located on 800 acres of owned land near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and is operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, DelShen Therapeutics. The company grows unique genetics sourced from MariPharm B.V., a Netherlands based phytopharmaceutical company with over 25 years of experience in the research and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The genetics are grown to exacting standards in DelShen’s state-of-the-art, closed box facility, ensuring patients can count on receiving the highest quality cannabis products. 48North’s values are rooted in the land they’re planted on, and the company has entered into a first of its kind Community Benefits Agreement with certain of its First Nations investors.

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Terpenes & The Entourage Effect: What’s all the Fuss


If you have a medicinal, recreational or scientific interest in the cannabis plant, the term “terpenes” has most likely popped up as you educate yourself on cannabis and the way it interacts with the human body.

The importance of terpenes in all species of plants, especially cannabis, can’t be underestimated. Terpenes are fundamental building blocks of the cannabis plant and have a very important and influential role to play in the plant’s overall biological makeup and all compounds that are derived from it.

What Exactly are Terpenes in Plant Science?

Terpenes are essential building blocks of many different plant varieties and are essentially what gives each plant their special aroma and flavor. Technically, terpenes are groupings of hydrocarbons that give plants their specific flavors and aromas.

Lemons are a fantastic example of illustrating the power of terpenes in a relatable way. Without terpenes, a lemon would not have the flavor and scent profile that we all associate with the lemon. It’s the terpene called Limonene that is responsible for that special flavor and aroma. Limonene is also a terpene that is present in cannabis.

Pinene is another example of a common terpene that is also present in cannabis. Pinene gives off an earthy smell that is very specific to many coniferous trees and bushes all around the world. When describing the scent and aroma of pine, some say the aroma is similar to vanilla. Others say that there are hints of butterscotch. In addition to its powerful scent and aromas, it produces many beneficial effects in the context of cannabis which we will cover below.

Common Terpenes In Cannabis & Their Aromas and Effects

Depending upon the strain of cannabis, there can be vast amounts of terpenes present. Each one is different and lends itself to a scent or flavor. And each one has different reported characteristics and benefits.

While there is a myriad of terpenes present in the cannabis sativa plant, more than 120 at current count, there are a few we should look at more closely, as they are showing extremely beneficial results for medical marijuana users.

Here are some of the notable terpenes found in cannabis:

Pinene

Commonly found in the resin of coniferous trees like the pine tree, α-pinene (“Pinene”), a primary isomer, can be found in cannabis, sage, eucalyptus, olive, rosemary, sassafras, and bergamot, to name a few. β-pinene, a secondary isomer, is found in hops and cumin. Pinene is a very prevalent terpene and has been harvested for centuries, used in alternative and holistic healing.

Pinene’s benefits are numerous. It offers antioxidant, antibacterial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Pinene is also increasingly studied and recognized in the medical community for its ability to aid in the slowing of cancer cell growth. In addition, Pinene is also known for its expectorant and Broncho dilative properties, helping those with respiratory issues.

When present in the cannabis plant, Pinene is known to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, helpful to those who prefer to stay grounded while undergoing its effects.

Linalool

This is a spicy, often floral scent, found in many plants including mint, rosewood, lavender, and cinnamon. It has sedative and calming effects, used as a sleep aid for centuries.

Linalool is known for its anti-depressant, anxiolytic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It offers pain relief and is studied for its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and regeneration.

Humulene

Found in clove, basil, coriander, and hops (cannabis’s cousin), Humulene gives off an earthy, woody, and spicy aroma.

Humulene has been used in holistic healing for thousands of years because it possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be utilized as a pain reliever and tonic.

Terpinolene

Found in apple, tea tree, cumin, some citrus fruits, oregano, and marjoram, this smoky and woody terpene is also common to the cannabis plant.

It is known for its sedative effects, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.

Limonene

Limonene, which we’re already familiar with, is one of the most common and well-known terpenes. Found in citrus rinds, juniper, and peppermint, Limonene can be found in numerous foods, fragrances, and household cleaners. Limonene is known for its strong citrus aroma.

Limonene possesses a wide array of benefits, including its overall beneficial effects on the entire gastrointestinal system. Limonene also has antidepressant, anxiolytic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to all that, it is also sometimes used as an anti-proliferative and immune-stimulant, helping to protect from the carcinogens found in smoke. Limonene also helps with mental focus, concentration, and clarity.

Terpenes & The Entourage Effect

Entourage Effect is a scientific way of describing the interactions between cannbionoids and terpenoids.  When combined together the cannabinoids and terpenoids generate interactive synergy.  The study of terpenoids in relation to cannabinoids is uncovering new findings as it pertains to the effectiveness of “whole plant medicine,” a term used to explain how cannabinoids and terpenes work together to provide symptomatic relief across a wide range of medical conditions and symptoms.

Although the benefits of terpenes are impressive in isolation, the Entourage Effect displays how, when combined with other terpenes or synergized with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, that there is a definitive increase in beneficial properties, which means that the medicinal value of the cannabis plant drastically rises when the Entourage Effect comes into play.

When terpenes work together in harmony with cannabinoids, medicinal properties seem to augment their effectiveness, making the cannabis plant a true healer.

Research and Findings on The Entourage Effect

In 2010, Dr. Ethan Russo, a prominent neurologist, published his findings in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Dr. Russo studied the far-reaching effects of combining various compounds to produce the Entourage Effect. Different combinations include;

  • Individual– Allowing the terpene to product effects on its own. For instance, the terpene Myrcene helps to better allow chemical absorption by reducing resistance in the blood/brain barrier;
  • Combined with Other Terpenes- Using a combination of terpenes that produce similar effects to increase effectiveness. For example, some combine Pinene, Myrcene, and Caryophyllene with the belief that this combination effectively combats anxiety;
  • Combined with Other Cannabinoids- Directly combining terpenes with other parts of the cannabis plant such as CBD or CBD can create desired effects. For instance, combining the cannabinoid CBG with Linalool and Limonene may be an effective treatment against resistant staph infections such as MRSA

The Benefits of the Entourage Effect and a Call for Additional Research

Whole plant therapy is an increasingly more important category in medicine today. As science continues to study and reveal the benefits of the Entourage Effect and how cannabinoids exist on and perform at a molecular level, we are better able to learn how it affects the endocannabinoid system, both directly and indirectly.

Medically accessing the benefits of the Entourage Effect could greatly augment the positive and far-reaching potential that terpenes found in cannabis have on the body when they interact with other cannabinoids.

In short, terpenes are important. They have also been used for thousands of years in traditional remedies and herb-based medicines and now, thanks to technology and further research, we can finally understand the therapeutic benefits of terpenes so that they can take their rightful therapeutic place in science, health, and wellness.

Terpenes and the Strainprint App

The Strainprint app is evolving to ensure that medical marijuana users can access up to date data and accounts of others’ experiences with certain strains.

When researching your strains, do additional work to understand the terpenes that are present within each strain and the levels they exist in. Record your feelings and what you notice about the strain’s effectiveness when taking certain strains and be sure to record in the Strainprint app.

Together, we can add to the body of knowledge on terpenes and certain cannabis strains for medical marijuana through the Strainprint app!