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Emerald Health Therapeutics is dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals. As a company rooted in the science of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, we want to help HCP’s make informed decisions for their patients.
So whether you are looking for scientific information on medical cannabis, or to understand the differences between products, or obtain access to medical cannabis for your patients, our HCP portal is the perfect place for you to start your journey.
The Emerald advantage
Emerald Health Therapeutics has over 60 years of growing experience combining core competencies in pharmaceutical innovation and plant genetics with large-scale agricultural expertise.
We are driven by science and harness the complexity of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the cannabis plant in new ways to deliver controlled, predictable, and effective outcomes for health from a natural plant-based source.
We guarantee consistent quality in everything we do; including in our precise delivery of exact dosages, allowing for predictable outcomes for each patient. We believe our cutting edge technology and research in Cannabis science help patients improve their quality of life.
Science of cannabis
Cannabis is one of the oldest plants known to humans whose roots tie back to centuries.
Cannabis has provided fibre for making cloth and paper, seeds for human and animal food, and oils and the aromatic resin containing compounds for recreational and medicinal use. The first record of medicinal Cannabis use can be traced back to ancient China around 5000 years ago, where extracts from the plant were used for relief of cramps and pain.
Cannabis growers mainly differentiate cannabis in two species: Sativa and Indica. Others divide cannabis into three species: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. The cannabis plant contains a wide variety of chemicals, with about 500 compounds identified being unique to this plant.
THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid that causes the “high” feeling associated with cannabis use. It may be used therapeutically to reduce nausea, stimulate appetite, and manage pain. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid reported to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-ischemic, antipsychotic, anti-epileptiform and anxiolytic effects.
Potential therapeutic uses of cannabis
For over 5,000 years, the cannabis plant and its extracts were used for medicinal purposes to get relief from cramps and pain.
Medical cannabis may be helpful for pain management through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system found in central and peripheral pain pathways. Preclinical studies suggested that cannabis may relieve both acute and chronic pain. Results from clinical trials indicated that cannabinoids may be more effective for healing a chronic than acute pain. Chronic pain is a complex condition composed of physical, psychological, and psychosocial factors, which contribute to a reduced quality of life. The strongest evidence for cannabinoid use is for neuropathic pain from HIV, diabetic neuropathy, posttraumatic or postsurgical neuropathic pain and peripheral neuropathic pain states.
Dosing and administration
Given the differences in individuals in their response to cannabinoids, it’s best to begin cannabis therapy using a “start low and go slow” approach, while monitoring patients for desired and adverse effects.
Medical cannabis can be inhaled, orally ingested or topically applied.
Since cannabis has many variables that do not fit well with the typical medical model for prescribing drugs, it is difficult to establish uniform dosing schedules for cannabinoids. While precise dosages have not been determined, some "rough" dosing guidelines are available.
Like some other prescription medicines such as certain strong pain killers, cannabis dosing remains highly individualized and relies to a great extent on titration. Patients with no prior experience with medical cannabis therapy should be cautioned to begin at a very low dose and to stop therapy if any side effects occur.