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Best in Neurological Care

MEND is dedicated to the expansion of knowledge on the medical use of cannabis by conducting quality research, offering the best practice standards and highest quality of products for neurological disorders and respecting the needs of our patients with empathy, dignity, and respect.

M.E.N.D was established to facilitate research of medical cannabis in a well-established clinical environment, achieved through a partnership with the Dent Neurological Institute in New York state. Working closely with Laszlo L. Mechtler, MD, Director of the Dent Cannabis Clinic and a renowned, board-certified neuro-oncologist.

The vision behind this revolutionary project is to become the leader in cannabis clinical research and finding appropriate indications for neurological disorders. MEND supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids and recognizes the need for better and more effective therapies that can overcome the often debilitating symptomatology of neurological conditions.

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity”
– Hippocrates

BENEFITS of CANNABINOIDS

An understanding of cannabis, its consumption methods, and how it interacts with the body is crucial to optimizing medical marijuana treatment. Below is an overview that provides just that. This guide serves as a basic introduction to your cannabis education. Here, you’ll learn how your body interacts with cannabinoids to provide relief for a variety of symptoms. This knowledge will prepare you to have the most productive conversation possible with your personal TGS representative.

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CANNABINOIDS

All plants produce chemical compounds that serve specific purposes. One compound may provide aromatherapy while another defensively poisons threatening herbivores. Cannabis plants are no different, producing CBD and THC, the main cannabinoids that make marijuana medicinal and psychotropic, respectively.

CBD VS. THC

Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychotropic¸ meaning it does not produce the high traditionally associated with cannabis. CBD binds with the body’s CB-2 receptors, and this interaction with receptors is known to treat various conditions including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even several types of epilepsy.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds with the brain’s CB-1 receptors and produces a psychotropic effect. THC interacts with neural receptors to alleviate pain (also known as analgesic), suppress PTSD triggers, and reduce nausea or vomiting, among several other benefits.

Although CBD makes up less of the cannabis plant’s chemical composition than THC, strains with higher CBD concentrations are available for specific treatment and fewer psychoactive effects

ENDOCANNABINOIDS & HOMEOSTASIS

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the human body. Their goal is to facilitate homeostasis (the body’s natural way of stabilizing its health) by keeping cells in touch with each other. This means the body (and especially the brain) is riddled with receptor sites, where chemicals (both internally and externally produced) interact in a variety of ways

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

The system of receptors throughout the body is known as the endocannabinoid system, and it’s not only found in humans, but in all animals. A variety of factors including genetics and overall health (chronic diseases or conditions) can change the system’s response to external substances (like cannabinoids), making it crucial for patients to experiment with different strains and consumption methods, initially in low dosages, to discover which works best for them.