Irradiating cannabis does not make it carcinogenic. Carcinogens are only caused in very small quantities when food containing a lot of fat, such as meat and eggs, is irradiated. Cannabis does not contain any fat, and this process therefore does not occur. Also read Irradiation does not affect medicinal cannabis.
There are various ways of administering medical marijuana / cannabis: inhalation with a vaporizer, drinking cannabis tea, via foods, or by taking concentrated extracts or oils. Even though smoking is the best known method, it is advised against for health reasons. Smoking cannabis releases toxic substances such as tar, ammonia and carbon monoxide.
Cannabis can have a relaxing effect on the body and mind. It can also be used as a painkiller, as an anti-inflammatory, and to prevent weight loss, nausea and vomiting. In some cases cannabis promotes sleep and appetite.
There is sufficient scientific evidence to demonstrate that cannabis is effective for the treatment of:
- Pain, muscle cramps and convulsions caused by MS and spinal damage
- Nausea, diminished appetite, emaciation and weakness caused by cancer and AIDS
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy or radiotherapy to treat cancer, hepatitis C and HIV infections and AIDS
- Chronic pain – especially if caused by the nervous system. Examples include damaged nerve bundles, phantom pain, facial neuralgia and chronic pain that remains following recovery from shingles
- Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
- Therapy-resistant glaucoma
Also, more and more information and positive feedback is being received from patients and doctors concerning the efficacy of cannabis for other disorders. However, this is has not yet been sufficiently scientifically demonstrated. Examples include Crohn’s disease, colitis ulcerosa, epilepsy, pruritus (itching), migraine, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD and brain trauma.
See also our Conditions page.
Medicinal cannabis is cannabis that is dispensed exclusively by pharmacies and is used as a medicine. Bedrocan’s medicinal cannabis is of pharmaceutical quality and meets the highest standards. As with ordinary medicines, the composition of the active substances in our cannabis is always the same.
Bedrocan’s products are also guaranteed to be free of pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria and fungi. Each batch is tested for this by an independent laboratory.
THC is a constituent of cannabis that is also known as dronabinol. THC is the best known of all the cannabis constituents. It is what creates the ‘high’ from using cannabis, but also has medicinal effects. It is known, for example, that THC contributes to improving sleep and appetite and also suppresses muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting.
No rights can be derived from these FAQs. The information has been obtained from sources including our website and brochures of the Office for Medicinal Cannabis (OMC), and the booklet Primer for medicinal cannabis, which can be downloaded from our website.
Where mention is made of medicinal cannabis, this refers to the products Bedrocan®, Bedrobinol®, Bediol®, Bedrolite® and Bedica®.