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The Legendary Healing Power of Cannabis
Throughout ancient and medieval times, cannabis was referenced for its medicinal properties. Our historical knowledge of the plant’s medical uses, integrated with advancing science, has fueled the creation of potent medicinal cannabis products and the science to breed medically enriched strains. Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, scientific studies of the medicinal use of cannabis have been limited in scope. What we do know for certain is that for over 10,000 years, many individuals reported immense therapeutic benefits from the use of cannabis.
The medicinal qualities of cannabis stem from its multitude of cannabinoids: the chemical compounds found in the plant which imitate naturally produced compounds in our bodies called endocannabinoids. The cannabinoids interact with receptors in the brain and body to create our experience with the plant, ranging from a euphoric high feeling to its capacity to ease nausea. The array of cannabinoid compounds offer different effects based on which receptors in the brain and body they bind to.
Most scientific studies count over 80 different cannabinoids, but many of these have not been researched to understand their medical capacities. Current research mainly focuses on a few cannabinoids and their effects on our body and brain. Understanding the individual cannabinoid and how it interacts with our body is the key to determining its appropriate medicinal use.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well-known cannabinoid due to its psychoactive effects. THC may alter behavior, consciousness, mood, and perception, and it is also known to stimulate appetite and ease pain.
THCa, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in raw and live cannabis. THCa converts to THC after the plant is harvested and is expedited with heating. THCa is emerging as a powerful therapeutic cannabinoid.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid and the most referenced for health benefits. CBD does not have psychoactive effects, and it is enriched in medicinal cannabis products and strains.
Cannabinol (CBN) provides a mild psychoactive effect and induces sleep.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid researched for it’s antibacterial effects.
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