What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids have an extensive history dating back thousands of years, and currently there are thousands of peer-reviewed scientific publications that document the underlying biochemical pathways that cannabinoids modulate. There is increasing scientific support for cannabinoid medicines, and increasing use of ‘medical marijuana’ occurring in the US and around the world.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compound found in Cannabis plants that have been cultivated for thousands of years for its natural healing properties. Cannabinoids are typically pain killers; inhibit cancer and tumor cell growth, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-epileptic.
There have been more than 100 types of Cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant, each .with its own distinctive healing properties. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD interacts with different receptors in the body to produce a wide range of effects, such as feeling high.
Some applications of cannabinoids have been well established in peer-reviewed literature such as alleviating nausea and stimulating the appetite for people with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Other well-known uses include easing chronic pain and reducing muscle spasms associated with neuromuscular disorders like MS and spinal cord injuries. Some current uses are poorly understood, such as its perceived effectiveness in alleviating certain autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn’s Disease.
New uses for cannabinoids are consistently discovered. For example, scientists recently found that topical cannabinoid-based preparations can be effective against MRSI, the deadly antibiotic-resistant flesh-eating disease. Other topical applications, which are largely non-psychoactive, would target localized pain, such as arthritis and burns, as well as neuropathic pain, for which there are few effective treatments.
In 2001, an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that, based on self-identified needs, it is estimated that 2% (or 400,000) of Canadian adults were already utilizing cannabinoids for medical purposes. With ever increasing use and scientific support for cannabinoid medicines occurring in the US and around the world, we are looking at a new multi-billion dollar industry that will play a dramatic role that will impact human health on a global scale.
So how do Cannabinoids interact with the human body? The human body already naturally consist of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. This is called the endocannabinoid system. “Endo” stands for endogenous, which means originating within the body.
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