Cannabis-based preparations have been used as a Medical therapeutic agent for thousands of years, with its compounds used to treat a variety of ailments and symptoms. This makes it one of the oldest known treatments, derived from nature, known to man.
There is mounting evidence globally that Cannabis based preparations can treat a wide range of conditions. The American National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued a groundbreaking report on The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence that found there is conclusive evidence that Cannabis based preparations are an effective treatment for chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms.
It also found that there is substantial and growing evidence for use in the treatment of many other conditions including sleep conditions, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, glaucoma symptoms, symptoms associated with motor system diseases, such as Parkinson’s, and cancer.
Canada, North America, Israel and many other countries around the world are already using Cannabis based preparations to treat patients with symptoms including muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, nausea from cancer chemotherapy, poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain and seizure disorders including epilepsy.
The Cannabis plant contains close to 500 compounds, of which ~100 have been identified as cannabinoids, with the most active cannabinoids said to be Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Depending on the condition, different variations of Cannabis-based formulations can be used.
These cannabinoids work with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has two receptors: CB1, found in the brain and CB2, located in the central nervous system. Cannabinoids have been found to bind with the receptors, creating a reaction in either the brain or the central nervous system, depending on the receptor. It is the interactions between the receptors and the cannabinoids that have been found to make Cannabis for medical use an effective treatment.
MGC Pharma’s vision is to be a global leader in Phytocannabinoid-based medicines (FDF) within the biopharmaceutical industry; we are facilitating the transformation of Phytocannabinoids into finish medicinal product pipelines, providing solutions to prevalent and treat health issues and improving the quality of patients’ lives.
More countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world realize the significant potential of Cannabis-based preparations as a medical treatment and there is no doubt that this industry will continue to grow.