The Basics of Cannabis

What is (Medical) Marijuana?

Marijuana is the flower from the Cannabis plant species.

Cannabis has two main sub-species, Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Hybrids are marijuana strain mixes from different strains of indica and sativa. A hybrid carries certain characteristics – such as how the marijuana appears, tastes, smells, and its different effects.

Marijuana has been used recreationally and medicinally for thousands of years by various civilizations. Recently, Arizona legalized marijuana for medicinal use, allowing patients state-wide to take advantage of it's ever-expanding list of benefits.

The friendly and experienced staff at Local Joint is happy to help guide you through finding the perfect strain and methodology of consumption

Know your Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in marijuana that provide relief for a wide array of health conditions. Scientists

The most well-known cannabinoid and the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, found to be neuroprotective and have pain relieving properties


Provides a majority of the medicinal benefits. Can inhibit cancer cell growth, relieve anxiety, suppress muscle spasms, reduce pain, and more.

Health Benefits

Scientists have begun to discover amazing health benefits that come from marijuana. These are the ten most common uses.
Glaucoma 1
One of the commonly discussed alternatives for the treatment of glaucoma is the smoking of marijuana, because smoking marijuana does lower the eye pressure.
Alzhiemer’s 3
One of the main factors in Alzheimer’s progression is the prevalence of beta-amyloid proteins in the patient. Medical marijuana can help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and slow the disease’s progression. THC found in marijuana, slows beta-amyloid production.
Seizures 5
Early evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports, and small clinical studies over a number of years suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) could potentially help control seizures.
A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study.
Multiple Sclerosis 9
A significant amount of evidence suggests THC and CBD-based medications can be used for treating muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.
2 Anxiety
A significant amount of evidence suggests THC and CBD-based medications can be used for treating muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.
Cannabinoids found in cannabis activate the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system, which in turn modulates the release of neurotransmitter and produces a wide range of effects on the central nervous system, including an increase in pleasure and the alternation of memory processes.
6 Cancer
The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
8 Inflammatory
Bowel Disease
THC, is also known for being an effective reliever of pain and nausea, which are two of the most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. CBD, the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid works as a powerful anti-spasmodic that also produces calming effects in patients.
10 Chronic Pain
Medical cannabis for chronic pain has been shown to be an extremely effective treatment and much safer than opioids. Patients suffering from pain related to the nervous system have found particularly strong improvement in symptoms, whether they smoke cannabis, eat it or use it in an oral spray.

Methods of Consumption

Explore three common methods of cannabis consumption to fit any preference or lifestyle.
Inhale the smoke from heated cannabis flower.
  • Quick and easy to consume.
  • Ability to dose in small or large increments.
  • May cause irritation of lungs/throat.
  • Widely available in dispensaries.
  • Largest selection of strains.
  • Gives patients better control over pain management.
Vaporizing cannabis involves inhaling the vapor from concentrates wax or oil.
  • Easy and controlled dosing.
  • Less lung and throat irritation than smoking.
  • Provides immediately relief, similar to smoking.
  • Medicine contained in a vaporizer concentrate typically lasts longer.
Edibles come in a variety of forms. They contain concentrated, digestible cannabis.
  • Longer duration of effects.
  • Indica strains can help stop spasms and insomnia when taken before sleep.
  • Edibles are a great alternative for those who prefer not to inhale/smoke cannabis.
  • Start with a low dose. Edibles tend to hit users much harder.