One thing is getting more clearly every day: Cannabis and your health do have a lot in common!
Since cannabis is getting more accepted by the majority, the research to this plant and it’s medicinal benefits has increased massively. This is very positive as they already have found many different medicinal properties of the cannabis plant (and they are still discovering new one’s every day).
On this page:
- Why does cannabis have medicinal properties?
- Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Phytocannabinoids
- CBD, what exactly is it?
There is 1 main reason why cannabis has such a positive medicinal effects: The endocannabinoid-system. This is a system of strong neurotransmitting receptors found in the human body. These cannabinoid-receptors respond to multiple compounds that are found in cannabis(cannabinoids) and our body (endocannabinoids) as they bound perfectly. These receptors are known as the most abundant neurotransmitters in our body and when cannabinoids bound with them, it results in different medicinal effects.
Back in 1973 scientists already discovered these opiate receptors but only in the brain. However due illegality and the Controlled Substances Act from 1970, there wasn’t a proper research to it untill in 1988 Allyn Howlett & William Devane started a gouvernment funded study. Only then they found out that these receptors responded to compounds found in cannabis. Later on, they discovered even more types of receptors and endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids & Phytocannabinoids are both chemical compounds that are able to perfectly bound with the receptors in our endocannabinoid system. There are a lot of them and they all have their own functions, thats why it’s sometimes pretty complicated to know which one you need and in what kind of product they can be found.
Even when these 2 types of cannabinoids are able to bound with the same types of receptors in our body, there is still a big difference between them:
- Endocannabinoids: These are chemical compounds that are able to interact/bound with receptors in our ECS, but are only produced inside our body. (for example: AEA, 2-AG)
- Phytocannabinoids: These are chemical compounds that are able to interact/bound with receptors in our ECS, But are only produced in plants. (For example: THC,CBD)
- Cannabinoids: When we are talking about “cannabinoids” we mean all chemical compounds that can interact/bound with the receptors in our ECS. Regardless of where they are produced.
Next to that, both types of cannabinoids will impact the ECS differently resulting in different medicinal properties.
More about Cannabinoids!
If you already looked up some information about cannabis and it’s medicinal properties, you probably have heard about CBD (or Cannabidiol). CBD is a Phytocannabinoid (so produced in plants) that is used for lots of medical issues and can be found in many products. CBD is mainly found on hemp species and available almost everywhere as it’s not an illegal substance.
Unlike other phytocannabinoids like THC, CBD is not psycho-active and won’t get you “high”. However when it bounds with the receptors in your body, it results in major medicinal benefits that could help with multiple medical issues. Researchers have found that CBD could help with the following problems:
As you can see, CBD is a wonderfull molecule that coud help many people. However, there are many products and different ways of using CBD based on the medical condition your are dealing with. This causes confusion and despair for new patients that want to try CBD.
If you are one of these people, make sure to check out our “Cannabis health plan”. There we personally help you finding a solution (good product) specified in your condition and wishes.