There are several reasons why smoking marijuana has such a holistic effect on people’s health. Scientists have discovered that humans and animals produce compounds called endocannabinoids, eerily similar to those found in cannabis. The cells in our brain, nervous system, liver, kidneys and lungs all have cannabinoid receptors, more commonly known as CB1 receptors. Additionally, human blood cells and our immune system have additional receptors also known as CB2. These receptors are activated naturally by our endocannabinoids, as well as by consumption of cannabis or its manufactured derivatives. The inspiring news is that over 90 cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana are known to activate the CB receptors in a not so surprisingly therapeutic way.
Scientists have gathered anecdotal material and conducted research on the effects of marijuana on the human body. What their discovering is that pot may help in the treatment of a wide spectrum of ailments; ranging from chronic depression, life-threatening diabetes and heart disease, PTSD, MS and other various forms of life-threatening cancer. The two main compounds, and concentration and metabolic interactivity, are Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol – more commonly referred to as THC, and Cannabidiol also known as CBD. THC is the more popular cannabinoid as it possesses the psychoactive compounds that produce the highly desired Buzz experienced by users who consume marijuana. However, researchers have become very interested in the CBD cannabinoid.
The CBD cannabinoid (Cannabidiol) counteracts the infamously sought after high that so many marijuana smokers Chase. Today’s potent strains of marijuana that reside at the upper end of the THC scale, are consequently low in CBD cannabinoids and other active compounds. Smokers who enjoy the intense euphoria of high THC strains, might accidentally miss out on the natural balance that this miraculous Herb provides. While many understand that getting high on pot’s THC cannabinoid can be mentally therapeutic, the other cannabinoid compounds can inadvertently provide balance to your body and your high. Israeli researchers have long been working on cultivating strains of marijuana which are devoid of THC…while elevating the CBD cannabinoid. Additional research is necessary to determine if a properly balanced fusion of cannabinoids with THC actually strengthens the healing process.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which affects millions of Americans. According to the national Institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases, “most of what we eat is broken down into the main source of fuel for our body: glucose. Insulin is required for glucose to get into ourselves. When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the required insulin. With diabetes, the body’s pancreas produces inadequate amounts of insulin, or the cells do not respond properly.” This illness can cause a multitude of disorders, including despair, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease, and can even require amputation of extremities due to improper circulation. “CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. The results (of the present study)… Suggests that CBD treatment inhibits diabetes by induction of regulatory TH2 cell responses.
Smoking, eating or dabbing marijuana that is known to be high in CBD concentrations may help lower blood sugar levels. Studies in diabetic mice indicate that the CBD receptor interaction with marijuana compounds such as CBD and CBC can also neutralize the body’s overreaction to blood sugar imbalances, the results of which causes nerve cell destruction and retinopathy.
Understanding that nature does what man can’t – many scientists are concerned over the drawbacks of allowing drug companies to synthesize marijuana compounds for medicinal use. As with all mass-produced medicine, users run a very high risk of dangerous side effects. Marijuana is a natural herb that interacts with our bodies holistically, on a cellular level. So spending money for overpriced medicine that can potentially be harmful, due to a lack of balance from the beneficial cannabinoids, seems… more than a little ridiculous. Particularly since the alternative medicine in question is naturally derived from a readily available process – organically growing from the earth.
An additional consideration is that cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals will keep marijuana use illegal, and many fear the pharmaceutical companies might lobby Congress to more strictly enforce federal marijuana cultivation laws. The potential issue is that any amateur gardener can currently grow marijuana relatively inexpensively. Likewise, users can purchase hundreds of cannabis strains, legally or illegally. These two factors cut ominously deeply into the potential profit margin of the pharmaceutical companies.