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Your body has a built in network of receptors called the Endocannabinoid system. By now, you’re probably aware that cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant. The two most popular cannabinoids are THC and CBD. This begs the question, why does our body have an Endocannabinoid system? Do we have naturally occurring cannabinoids in our body?

Scientists discovered the Endocannabinoid system about 25 years ago. As scientists studied how THC and CBD affect our body, they discovered this special network of receptors. They began to wonder, why would we have a built-in system like this if we didn’t produce cannabinoid-like chemicals on our own.

Naturally Occurring Cannabinoid

As a result of their discovery, scientists dove in and discovered that we produce a chemical called Anandamide. This neurotransmitter binds to endocannabinoid receptors and produces a “blissful” or “peaceful” feeling, much like THC.

What does the Endocannbinoid System Do?

Generally speaking, the Endocannabinoid system controls vital life functions related to the immune system, memory, appetite, sleep pattern, mood, pain sensation, temperature, pleasure, and even reproduction. Basically, it is responsible for establishing and maintaining human health or homeostasis in the body.

What does This Mean for Medical Marijuana?

CB1 and CB2 are the two main receptors in the body.

CB1 receptors are in the central and peripheral nervous system, and are the most abundant receptors in the brain. THC binds to and activates the CB1 receptors, producing it’s classic psychoactive effects. Anandamide also binds to and activates the CB1 receptors, however, it is only produced by the body when it is needed and disposed of as soon as it is not. The effects of THC last longer because the body does not dispose of them right away.

CB2 receptors are in the immune system, digestive system, and several main organs. They are primarily responsible for reducing inflammation. CB2 receptors are “the cause of the massive range of cannabis’ medical properties.” THC interacts with them, but only CB1 receptors can produce the classic high. CBD interacts with both CB1 and CB2.

When it comes down to it, medical marijuana is only able to produce such amazing medical benefits because of the Endocannabinoid system. For this reason, medical marijuana would essentially be useless to us without it. 

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If you’re a medical marijuana patient, you may be wondering: How long does marijuana stay in your system? While it’s important to point out that every individual is different, the following are basic, averaged-out guidelines of how long traces of marijuana will remain present in your body.

It is crucial that you understand, that just because you have a medical marijuana card, does not mean that you can’t get in trouble with your employer if found to have marijuana in your system. As unfair as it may seem, every company still has the right to terminate your employment if they deem it necessary.

With that being said, knowing how long marijuana will stay in your system can help you work around your employers drug tests. If your company drug tests you without warning, you may want to abstain from using THC based products. Most employers use urine tests to test employees for drug-use.

How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?

Urine

Single-Use: Marijuana will remain in your urine for 2-7 days.

Occasional-Use: Occasional means a few times per month. Marijuana will remain in your urine anywhere from 7-20 days.

Regular-Use: This is when you use marijuana a few times a week. Marijuana will remain in your urine for approximately 20-30 days.

Heavy-Use: This is when you use marijuana daily. It will remain in your urine for approximately 30-100 days.

Blood

Single-Use: Marijuana will remain in your blood for 1-2 days.

Occasional-Use: Marijuana will remain in your blood anywhere from 1-3 days.

Regular-Use: Marijuana will remain in your blood for approximately 2-7 days.

Heavy-Use: It will remain in your blood for approximately 7-18 days.

Hair

Standard methods look for marijuana in your hair within the last 90 days. Keep in mind that it is possible to see even farther out than that.

Saliva

Single-Use: Marijuana will remain in your saliva for up to 24 hours.

Occasional-Use: Marijuana will remain in your saliva for up to 24 hours.

Regular-Use: Marijuana can remain in your saliva for up to 3 days.

Heavy-Use: It will remain in your saliva for up to 7 days.

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Of course, you can also access medical marijuana containing THC. If you’re not worried about being drug tested, it may be the right option for you.

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Most of us have first hand experience when it comes to the effects of alcohol. As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, many of us are now also aware of how our bodies respond to cannabis. As the use of marijuana continues to become more mainstream (much like alcohol), we must ask the the question: Can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time?

The short answer is yes, you can, however, this doesn’t mean that you should.

Alcohol Vs. Marijuana

Alcohol is a depressant. While it affects everyone differently, it can cause you to become angry, sad, aggressive, and make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make.

Marijuana is an antidepressant, however it too will produce certain effects on your mind and body. It can cause some people to become relaxed or energized, while others can become anxious, depressed, and paranoid.

Obviously, you don’t want to combine the two if you’re someone that gets angry or depressed from using one or the other, as combining them would make the situation worse.

Two Studies

If alcohol and cannabis relaxes you, you may be able to combine them. There were two studies conducted on the combined use of alcohol and marijuana.

The first study found that cannabis activates CB2 receptors. These are receptors that are built in to the human body to help with pain relief, immune response, etc… Smoking cannabis interacts with these receptors, altering your gut motility. The study found that smoking marijuana before drinking alcohol actually caused blood alcohol levels in the participants to be lower than if they had just drank alcohol alone.

The second study had the opposite effect. Participant’s drank alcohol first and then smoked cannabis. This caused the levels of THC in their blood plasma to skyrocket. This is due to the fact that the alcohol caused their blood vessels to dilate, which allowed the body to absorb the THC much faster than it would have had they not drank alcohol.

The Answer

According to the studies above, if you ARE going to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana around the same time, smoke first and drink after. Drinking before smoking marijuana can increase the effects, causing you to feel extremely nauseous, anxious, paranoid and more.

As with most things, moderation is key. Keep in mind that these studies are based off of smoking marijuana. There is no research to suggest how drinking alcohol while eating edibles, dabbing, or using tinctures will affect you.

So, can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time? You can, but we highly recommend choosing marijuana and forgetting about alcohol. If you’re anxious, stressed out, or seeking relief it will help you a lot more than alcohol will. It can treat a wide variety of symptoms with a lot less risk of negative side effects.

We feel that it’s also important to note that alcohol will leave you with a hangover the next day, while marijuana will not.

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If you feel you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation with one of our certified physicians online, today.

By now, we are all well aware that marijuana has the potential to treat a vast array of illnesses and symptoms. Often times, when we think about medical marijuana, THC and CBD come to mind. While it is true that many of the medical properties of cannabis stem from these two main compounds, they are not the only two found in the plant. There are over 100 other beneficial compounds in Marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities when compared to THC and CBD. While they are not as prevalent, they still have a huge impact on how THC and CBD affect us.

First, we’re going to examine the medical properties of THC and CBD, and then we will look at some of the lesser known cannabinoids to better understand how medical marijuana can help us!

The Two Most Well-Known Cannabinoids

THC

This compound is the most well-known component of marijuana. It’s most notable effect is the mid-altering, euphoric feeling that it can provide to the user. This compound:

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Protects against Sleep Apnea
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pressure in the eye associated with Glaucoma.

CBD

This compound is the main reason why cannabis is such an effective medical treatment. CBD continues to prove its worth, as studies continue. It can:

  • Relieves pain
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Manages psychosis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces function in the immune system (helpful for autoimmune diseases)
  • Decreases contractions in the small intestine (helpful for GI disorders)
  • Protects against nervous system degeneration
  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Minimizes organ rejection

Important Cannabinoids You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of

While these are found in much smaller concentration in the marijuana plant, they can have a huge effect on health benefits and the way that THC and CBD affect us. For instance, CBC, CBG and CBN can lessen the effects of THC while aiding the benefits of CBD. THCV also has the opposite effect of THC, when it comes to appetite.

THCV

  • Suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions

CBC

  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Increases blood pressure (vasoconstriction)

CBG

  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth

CBN

  • Relieves pain
  • Acts as a sleep aid
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

Why are These Important?

Three words: Whole Plant Therapy. This is the form of medical treatment that uses the entire plant, as it is believed to have a stronger effect when all of the cannabinoids work together. You can learn more about it, HERE.

Many products on the market are THC isolates or CBD isolates, meaning the compounds have been extracted to be on their own. While these isolates can be effective, whole plant therapy may be even more beneficial. The bottom line is, the medical properties of cannabis are vast, and will continue to grow as research progresses.

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If you’re a Florida resident, and believe that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today.