Why Medicinal Cannabis?
There are over four hundred compounds in cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. Each has specific medicinal attributes, which combine synergistically to create a holistic effect, so that the therapeutic impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. About eighty of these compounds are only found in cannabis plants.
Cannabinoids relieve symptoms of illness by attaching to receptors found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. These receptors are named the endocannabinoid system (named after the plant that led to its discovery). The endocannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis (the maintenance of a stable internal environment).
There are 3 types of cannabinoids:
- Herbal: occur naturally only in the cannabis plant (phytocabbinoids)
- Endogenous: produced naturally by humans and other animals (endocabbinoids)
- Synthetic: cannabinoids produced in a lab
Cabbinoids and Disease
A lot of diseases actually are all just different symptoms of the same underlying root cause. They all develop because of a deficiency of cannabinoids. All vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system that regulates all bodily systems and helps every single cell type communicate with each other. A healthy body creates a steady stream of endocannabinoids to feed its internal cannabinoid receptors, and help everything in the body to work properly. A lack of well-fed receptors in any location will through off normal bodily activities and cause cells to malfunction. The cabbinoids in cannabis have the ability to replace a lack of endocabbinoids in a patient to feed this untapped bodily system and help the body to work better.