For centuries, the cannabis plant has been used for medicinal benefits & recreational enjoyment, and unluckyly, the plant became acquaintanced with disadvantage connotations that were largely government & substantial company propaganda; People with even-handed medical conditions were denied a natural, safe & effective treatment! Research into the potential of this holistic plant was undoubtedly halted.
- Only recently has the stigma lessened! As more & more states legalize both recreational & medicinal marijuana, the industry continues to grow undoubtedly swiftly, however my interest in the cannabis plant led me to do some research! I wanted to understand how it works, but while I knew that smoking weed could produce a high effect, I didn’t know why.
I also had no clue how the plant could provide health benefits. I learned that the cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, and the most well-known cannabinoids are THC & CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychoactive effects, while cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive… Both provide curative potential. The cannabis plant also provides more than 150 terpenes. Terpenes are found in a wide variety of plants, including limes, lemons & lavender, & are the reason for the distinctive flavor & stink… Different cannabinoid & terpene profiles influence the distinctive experience. It is believed that these compounds work better together than on their own. The body’s endocannabinoid system or ECS is a network of enzymes, receptors & natural cannabinoids that handle homeostasis. The ECS regulates everything from pain, reproduction & sleep to mood & focus, however cannabis cannabinoids interact with the ECS by binding to CB1 & CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain & central sad system. CB2 receptors are acquaintanced with peripheral tissues, especially those related to the immune system. By binding to these receptors, cannabinoids create a diverse range of effects.