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Cannabinoid Science

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.

Cannabinoids:

 

CBD THC
CBN THCA

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:

 

Cannabinoid Receptors Entourage Effect
Endocannabinoid System Terpenes & Flavonoids

Study: Cannabis Fights Arthritis-Related Cartilage Loss

Findings show cannabis inhibits osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown. A study published recently in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that synthetic cannabinoid treatment reduces osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown, as reported by The Weed Blog. The findings align with years of anecdotal evidence suggesting cannabis may fight osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown as well as … Read more

Using Medical Cannabis in the Battle Against Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is when small holes or weakened areas are formed in the bone that can lead to fractures, pain, and a Dowager’s hump. It is generally seen in older women over the age of 50. The disease often develops unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort until a fracture occurs. The main causes … Read more

Treating Pain Related Conditions with Medical Cannabis

Pain Related Ailments Treatment Guideline This treatment guideline is to be used for products, cannabis oils, that are only endorsed by CannaMedica. It is to be used for pain related ailments, including; “General Pain” Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid & Psoriatic) Fibromyalgia Osteoporosis Lupus (SLE) Most of the people we treat choose the cannabis oils we endorse over conventional western … Read more

Mental Health and Cannabis

Being healthy in both mind and body is a blessing, no doubt. Just ask anyone who doesn’t have it. It can be torture. Days full of anxiety, distress, depression and to compound all of that, judgement from others. Society the world-over has long stigmatized those whose with ‘non-standard’ mental health. But, thankfully, a change is taking … Read more

The Benefits of Medical Cannabis for ADHD

ADHD is not really a disease. ADHD is people, and whether it be a male or a female, it’s really the way your brain chemistry works — and some of it is personality traits. ADHD and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness and excessive energy. Individuals … Read more

Cannabis Study: Full-Spectrum Cannabis Extracts More Medically Effective than CBD Alone

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been the focus of many medical cannabis studies, and continues to prove itself as a powerful anti-inflammatory drug. What makes CBD even more desirable for some patients is that it does not cause the psychoactive effects associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). An extremely interesting study (Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose-Response of Cannabidiol by using … Read more

MCT Oil – A Review of Medium Chain Triglycerides

Interest in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) has grown rapidly over the last few years.  This is partly due to the widely-publicized benefits of coconut oil, a rich source of them.  Many advocates boast that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can aid in weight loss.  In addition, MCT oil has become a popular supplement among athletes and bodybuilders. Here … Read more

THC vs CBD – The Synergy of Cannabinoids

The first written proof of using marijuana as a medicine dates back to 2900 BC when the Chinese Emperor Fu Xi noted that “cannabis was a very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang” As it seems, cannabis sativa has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for five millenniums now, if not … Read more

How and Why Your Brain Makes its Own Cannabinoids

As you probably already know, unlike water, potatoes, and many top-selling pharmaceutical drugs, it’s virtually impossible to fatally overdose on marijuana What you might not realize, however, is that this remarkable attribute of weed stems from the fact that the human body actually produces its own “endogenous” cannabinoids (chemicals otherwise unique to the cannabis plant). … Read more

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