Is Your Endocannabinoid System In-Check?
Meta Description: Almost everybody knows that cannabis affects them physically and psychologically, but did you know that your body was designed to consume it?
If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you either actively use cannabis or you’re very interested in it. Cannabis comes in all shapes and sizes and isn’t just limited to the pretty purple, orange, and green buds that you break down, roll-up, and smoke at the end of a long day.
Unfortunately, due to the United States’ history of unfounded cannabis prohibition, research on marijuana, hemp, and how the compounds in these amazing plants affect the human body has been very limited. Thankfully, these days are quickly coming to an end, and the medical research community has been throwing all of their efforts into researching and sharing their finds with the world.
Today, we’re going to spend a little bit of time talking about cannabinoids and how they affect the human body.
What Are Cannabinoids?
As the name suggests, cannabinoids are chemical compounds found specifically in cannabis plants. Depending on which plant you’re using or extracting oils from (Indica, Sativa, Ruderalis, or Hemp), you’ll encounter varying concentrations and levels of cannabinoids.
Each cannabinoid effects your body in different ways, and many of them work together to produce specific effects such as:
- Muscle Relaxation
- Feelings of Euphoria
- Lowered Blood Pressure
- Anxiety Relief
- Increase of Appetite
- ...And Much More!
The most popular cannabinoid by far is THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the only psychoactive compound found within cannabis and is present in high levels in Indica and Sativa strains. Ruderalis and Hemp contain very low levels of THC and are usually used for industrial purposes or for making CBD-rich hemp oils and extracts.
THC produces feelings of euphoria, increases appetite, and is often used to aid in sleep and bodily relaxation. This is commonly known as “getting high.”
The second most popular cannabinoid is CBD. Cannabidiol is an anti-inflammatory compound that is found in very high levels in the hemp plant, but is also present in marijuana strains as well (especially Cannabis Indica). Due to cross-country legalization, CBD oil has become very popular and is used to treat a variety of daily aches and pains. In recent studies, it’s also been shown to work incredibly well for treating epilepsy, ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder, and even PTSD.
Of course, the buck doesn’t just stop there. There are currently 113 recorded cannabinoids. While THC and CBD are currently the most studied, CBN (Cannabinol) is now the latest to find its way into mainstream medical journals for its powerful sedative effects.
As prohibition lifts, and the plant is studied even further, who knows what else we might find.
What Is Your Endocannabinoid System?
By now, you should have a basic idea of what cannabinoids are and how a few of them affect you.
However, I bet you didn’t know that your body was designed to consume cannabis. Your body is full of cannabinoid receptors which are found in your brain, around major organs, and all throughout your central nervous system.
When you consume cannabis, the cannabinoid compounds bind to these receptors to produce some of the specific effects mentioned earlier. You have two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are responsible for regulating psychological effects of cannabinoids and CB2 receptors are responsible for regulating inflammation, bone growth, and more.
Here’s something even crazier though- Your body can produce its own cannabinoids!
That’s right. Many of the compounds found in cannabis are already produced by your body naturally. In fact, studies show that they play a vital part in regulating your over psychological makeup, how your brain ages, and regulating your body’s inflammatory response system.
All this means that when you use cannabis, all you’re really doing is just amplifying your body’s built-in natural abilities.
The next time that some uneducated politician or naysayer tries to tell you that “Cannabis serves no purpose,” or that its a drug that should remain illegal, tell them the truth. Tell them that the compounds found within cannabis plants are already present in the human body. If you want to make marijuana illegal, you may as well go ahead and shut down the natural processes already occurring in your body.
So, until next time keep rolling, keep dropping oil, or however else you choose to use it. Cannabis has been used by civilizations around the world for thousands of years for medicine, recreation, and even religious ceremony. Remember, the whole concept of marijuana prohibition is new and is completely unfounded in any type of scientific or medical research.
-Contributed by Colin Marshall
I am the owner/caregiver at Lowcountry CBD Solutions- a small local CBD store located in the Northwoods Mall (North Charleston). I’m a writer and cannabis enthusiast as well as a strong supporter of full medical and recreational legalization.
I specialize in providing all of my customers with some of the highest quality full-spectrum CBD oils and products on the market at a price that won’t break their bank. Check out my blog at https://www.lowcountryCBDsolutions.com for more info!
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