ECS and effects of cannabinoids

While some are available in trace amounts, many are being explored for their therapeutic properties.

Cannabis is gaining acceptance and understanding as a medicinal remedy. More patients are looking into and taking advantage of a more natural treatment plan. As a medicine, cannabis avoids the side-effects of synthetic drugs. The human body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system or ECS that works toward achieving homeostasis. The ECS is made up of receptors found in the brain, organs, immune cells, glands and connective tissues. With intricate signaling processes in our nervous system, immune system and just about all of the body’s organs, the ECS is the connection between body and mind. The body produces endocannabinoids that trigger the receptors and strive to create a healthy balance. The cannabis plant provides cannabinoids that mimic the endocannabinoids found naturally in the body. These cannabinoids link to receptors to create specific effects. The most well-known cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant is THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is recognized as the main psychoactive compound of cannabis and responsible for the high sensation. However, THC has also shown promise in treating migraines, reducing pain, easing anxiety and more. CBD or cannabidiol is another abundant compound found in the cannabis plant. While CBD is similar in structure to THC, it doesn’t cause a high sensation. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While some are available in trace amounts, many are being explored for their therapeutic properties. CBG is gaining attention due to anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Patients are using it for treating arthritis, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Created when THC ages, CBN is present in high amounts in older cannabis. It’s non-intoxicating and used for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory potential.

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