One of the most fascinating findings related to cannabis was the discovery of the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate sleep, hunger, pain response, and general homeostasis. What makes this little known system in the body so interesting is that it’s uniquely suited to interact with the unique chemicals in cannabis known as cannabinoids. In fact, our bodies naturally produce chemicals very similar to the ones found in the plant; they’re called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids can help the endocannabinoid system perform its essential functions. That’s why cannabis is used effectively to treat symptoms as diverse as nausea and neuropathy.
When a cannabinoid causes a receptor to act in the same way as it would to a naturally occurring hormone or neurotransmitter, then it is labeled “agonist.” On the other hand, if the cannabinoid prevents the receptor from binding to the naturally occurring compound, thereby causing the resulting event (e.g., pain, appetite, alertness) to be altered or diminished, it is labeled “antagonist.” Research is mounting to better understand how specific cannabinoids can unlock (or lock in some cases) specific receptors.
Learning about cannabinoids is not where the science of this plant stops. There are important terms to get yourself familiar with, to get the full picture of the plant, its medicinal value and how it interacts with humans and animals. CannaMedica will take you through them step-by-step, ensuring that you are armed with the correct knowledge to make informed decisions.
Basic Cannabis Science:
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