MaxGen Labs introduces their new MaxCannabinoid Genetic Test, only for practitioners to use with their patients. With several states now allowing medicinal use of marijuana and a growing number decriminalizing recreational use, many people are now using this herbal drug. It is estimated that approximately 43% of U.S. adults have tried marijuana, with 13% using it regularly.
Whether someone uses cannabis recreationally (legally or otherwise), or medically, understanding how someone responds to the use of cannabis can be very important when it comes to the person’s overall health, and can significantly affect other treatment protocols for that person, which is why I offer this genetic testing to my clients.
This genetic report analyzes for that person, their potential affects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Almost 500 compounds have been extracted from Cannabis, of which 65 are classified as cannabinoids. THC is the most psychoactive component of cannabis. THC is known to alter cognition primarily through the activation of cannabinoid (CB), receptors on presynaptic axons that are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception.
THC should not be confused with CBD. THC is just one of many compounds found in the resin secreted by glands of the marijuana plant. More of these glands are found around the reproductive organs of the plant than on any other area of the plant. Other compounds unique to marijuana, called cannabinoids, are present in this resin and CBD is one of these. CBD is nonpsychoactive, and actually blocks the high associated with THC.
It’s important to know that the content of THC in marijuana has increased from 3.1% in 1992 to 5.1% in 2002. To learn more about this and the other, less well-known, toxic effects of marijuana, please visit my blog post, “Toxin of Choice: Marijuana.”
The MaxCannabinoid Genetic Test can help distinguish how someone will respond to the THC component of cannabis, both mentally and physically. Every person has minor variations in how they metabolize or break down substances in the body. Some people experience the effects from cannabis use longer than others, and thus this should be taken into consideration with using THC containing cannabis products. In these individuals, it may require less-than-average dosing to achieve the desired response from cannabis products. Some individuals will be more likely to pass a THC drug test from these variants.
Cannabis can increase the risk of adverse emotional symptoms, or psychosis in some people. One may start to believe something is occurring that is not actually true. Individuals who are at risk of psychosis or paranoia with cannabis use, should use cannabis products with caution. Low THC or THC-free cannabis products might be a safer option for some individuals.
Cannabis containing products affect everyone differently. Cannabis use can impair memory and attentiveness. The MaxCannaboid genetic test can provide insight into whether or not the use of cannabis products will affect problem solving skills, attention, and memory. It’s important to know that the use of THC in people under the age of 25 has been known to alter neural pathways, specifically as it pertains to memory and focus; however, it may not be purely age-dependent.
Cannabis contains psychoactive chemicals that can change the way you think and act. Some people report feeling impulsive, which can make decision making difficult on a daily basis. Others notice the constant desire for more cannabis due to the impact on the reward cascade of the brain.
Symptoms of depression, anxiety and happiness are also reported among cannabis users. The MaxCannabinoid genetic test will look at certain genes that are associated with some of these feelings with cannabis use.
Cannabis use has an impact on a variety of physical responses in the body. From heart rate variability to muscle control, each bodily system may be affected. The MaxCannabinoid genetic test will look at some of the more common physical effects of cannabis use.
Your genes may control how much you crave cannabis, what your withdrawal response may be, and how often you are prone to using it. Please be aware that these are things well within your control.
There are multiple conditions that have a genetic link and some of these conditions may also respond to specific cannabis use. The MaxCannabinoid genetic test looks at your genetic propensity for these conditions and whether or not cannabis use would be a good option for you should therapeutic intervention be required.
Different strains of cannabis can have different emotional effects.
A common cannabis app called Leafly rates the emotional properites of different strains into the following sections: Happiness, Relaxing, Euphoric, Uplifting, and Creative properties. The MaxCannabinoid genetic test will try to predict a cannabis strain profile that should be optimal for you. You can download the leafy app from the app store on your phone.
Be sure to consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before consuming cannabis products or modifying any medical protocol. Confidentiality goes without saying, when working with us. This genetic test will help distinguish how you will respond to cannabis, whether for medical or recreational use.
Resource: MaxGen Lab MaxCannabinoid Genetic Panel