Perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in maintaining health, your endocannabinoid system makes cannabis-like substances that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors can be found in the brain, organs, glands, immune cells and connective tissues. While the cannabinoid system performs different functions in each area of the body, experts believe its main role is to regulate homeostasis.
So what’s homeostasis? It’s the process that maintains the stability of the body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions. A functional cannabinoid system is essential for health.
A wheel that shows which cannabinoids help with different medical conditions.
This handy graphic shows which cannabinoids are associated with various medical conditions.
Research has shown that medical cannabis may help supplement the naturally-produced endocannabinoids in your body to help relieve symptoms of various medical conditions including:
- Chronic pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Crohn’s disease
- And more
Also known as Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis. It’s been shown to be an appetite stimulant and may reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting, inflammation and pain.
Also referred to as cannabidiol, CBD is a cannabinoid in cannabis that has very little psychoactive effect and can actually make the ‘high’ caused by THC more tolerable. Medical cannabis with higher concentrations of CBD is showing great promise for treating epilepsy seizures in both adults and children.
For patients who want safe, natural and inexpensive treatment that can improve quality of life and stimulate the body’s ability to self-heal, medical cannabis may be one such solution.