The medicinal properties of cannabis have been known for thousands of years. But it was not until the last few decades of the twentieth century that scientists, researchers, and doctors began to understand exactly how it worked.
Cannabinoids are simply a family of compounds found in the cannabis plant. So far more than 80 distinct cannabinoids have been identified. Many have been found to have various therapeutic effects, or to enhance or mitigate the effects of others.
This is perhaps the best-known of the cannabinoid compounds. First isolated in 1964, it is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Cannabinoid drugs such as Dronabinol are essentially synthetic versions of THC, and can provide some of the same medicinal benefits as medical cannabis; however, it is generally thought that the interaction between the great variety of cannabinoids found in marijuana provides greater benefits than any isolated cannabinoid drug. THC itself functions as an analgesic painkiller.
Another important compound in cannabis, CBD is not particularly psychoactive, and in fact seems to mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC while not interfering with THC’s medicinal qualities. CBD as a cannabinoid drug relieves convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.
The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM)
Scientists and doctors are still learning how the various cannabinoid compounds work, alone and together, but one thing is certain—cannabis is a very effective medicinal therapy for some conditions. Founded in 2009, the AACM
firmly supports the use of medicinal cannabis and is dedicated to engaging in and disseminating research on cannabinoid compounds and their medical effects.
Dr. Steven Rosenberg, founder of Albuquerque Integrative Medicine, is proud to be a member of the AACM. With more than twenty years of experience in pain management, Dr. Rosenberg understands the science behind cannabinoid medicine. He is pleased to bring his experience to New Mexico.