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What Makes Cannabis Medicine?
The debate about cannabis and it’s uses continues on. There are numerous studies that show the positives of cannabis use, especially for medicinal purposes. And yet, it’s still criminal in most states and still quite a taboo subject in most places. If you’re a grower or a medicinal user, it can be tricky to know how to respond to the question of how something illegal can be beneficial.
At Clones Bros Nursery, we’ve found that the best thing to do is to arm yourself with cannabis chemistry. Know specifically how it affects the brain and body will help you educate others. As a safe, effective, and entirely natural remedy, cannabis can’t be beat.
Know Your Cannabinoids
This is one word that needs an upfront spot in your medical vocabulary. The two most well-known cannabinoids are CBD and THC. These are the chemical compounds that a cannabis flower secretes and they provide relief for a long list of physical symptoms including:
- Muscle ache
- Body pain
How Do They Work?
Surprise! Endocannabinoids are found in the human body. They help regulate memory, appetite, immune function, pain modulation, and more. The cannabinoids secreted by the cannabis flower mimic these natural body compounds in order to create internal stability.
To really break it down, cannabinoids mediate between your cells. Wherever there is a deficiency within the endocannabinoid system you’ll have physical complications and pain symptoms. Cannabinoids come in and bridge the gaps and restore the system to balance.
Let’s Get Technical
Consuming cannabis allows cannabinoids to bind to receptor sites in the brain and body – known respectively as CB-1 and CB-2. Different cannabinoids will have different effects depending on the receptors they bind to. CBN (cannabinol) tends to head straight for the CB-2 receptors found everywhere within the body. But THC likes the CB-1 receptors in the brain.
The key to pain management and improved health is to send the right cannabinoids to the right receptors in order to relieve specific symptoms.
This is exactly what pharmaceutical companies are trying to do with synthetic cannabinoids. Marinol, Rimonabant, and Nabilone are just three of the medications that have been legalized for prescription use. While effective to a point, natural compounds have a larger variety of therapeutic compounds. Like most things when it comes to the human body, natural is better.
There are at least 85 cannabinoids in cannabis. Most of which have researched and documented medical value. Strains have been developed that will deliver a larger dose of specific cannabinoids in order to treat various health problems. The next step in your cannabis education is knowing which strands treat which symptoms. That way, you can grow or buy the most appropriate strand in order to get the greatest relief.
Whether the symptom is insomnia, gastrointestinal, neurological, pain, or mood fluctuation, there is a strain out there for you.