One thing that we are now sure of, is the ability of cannabis to treat wildly different symptoms, associated with dozens of unique medical conditions. Many people, however, are still unaware of how the plant actually accomplishes this. For this reason, we’re addressing exactly how marijuana affects the systems of the body and produces such a wide range of medical benefits.
How Marijuana Affects the Systems of the Body
It’s important to understand that each of the systems below, rely on one another to keep the body functioning optimally. If one system is not functioning properly, all of the other systems will begin to suffer. Marijuana acts as a buffer, to help these systems function as they should and keep you healthy & happy!
The marijuana plant itself is made up of hundreds of different elements. The elements mainly responsible for the medicinal benefits are called cannabinoids. Chances are that you’ve heard of the two most popular cannabinoids: THC and CBD.
These components produce a lot of the effects on their own, but they each have several “off-shoots” that work to produce their own effects, as well. Of course, when these elements work together (entourage effect) the benefits can be even greater!
CBD is an anti-ischemic, meaning that it can reduce the risk of arterial blockage, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!
CBD and THC will work together in the circulatory system to increase blood flow to the brain. This will keep you strong, balanced, focused, energized, and clear-headed!
THCv, a relative to THC, will act as an appetite suppressant. This will come in handy if you’re trying to lose weight.
THC on the other hand, often acts as an appetite stimulant which is especially helpful to those suffering from eating disorder, or nausea from chemotherapy treatment.
CBD will reduce contractions in the small intestine, helping you to absorb more nutrients. When you suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s Disease, your small intestine may contract too quickly. This will usually result in loose, watery stool. Therefore, CBD can help reduce symptoms associated with these diseases.
Endocrine System and Immune Response
CBD and CBG will work together to slow, or even kill bacteria growth within the body, greatly reducing the risk of infection and illness. CBG will also treat fungal infections like Athlete’s foot or Ringworm.
CBD has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels, making it extremely beneficial to people who have been diagnosed as Diabetic. CBD can also treat skin conditions such as Psoriasis.
Muscular and Skeletal System
The cannabinoids CBD, CBG, CBC, and THCv, promote bone growth. This is extremely beneficial to patients suffering from Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
CBD, CBN, and THC can reduce muscle spasms associated with disease like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
One of the most common uses for medical marijuana is to reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body. THC, CBD, and CBC can work on their own to accomplish this, but may be even more beneficial when used together.
CBN and THC can oftentimes help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
CBD and THCv will reduce seizures associated with Epilepsy, as well as uncontrollable convulsions.
Another one of the most common patient requests for medical marijuana is to treat general stress and anxiety. CBD has proven itself to be highly-effective at reducing these symptoms.
Bonus: Whole Body Relief and Protection
Perhaps the most astounding benefit of marijuana is that THC, CBD, CBC, and CBG all have the ability to inhibit growth of tumors and reduce the spread of cancer cells.
Last, but certainly not least, THC, CBD, CBN, and CBC share the ability to reduce or eliminate pain throughout the body.
Amazingly enough, the benefits above don’t even cover all of the potential medicinal properties of this amazing plant!
There are literally hundreds of different compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are numerous, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. Both of these cannabinoids produce healing effects, but THC is the one that will get you high. There are also compounds called terpenes. These are fragrant oils that provide marijuana with its amazing, unique scents. The entourage effect is the interactive synergy of these cannabinoids and terpenes which produce the wide-array of medical benefits.
Isolates vs. Whole Plant Therapy
The entourage effect is a prime example of why THC-isolates or CBD-isolates may not always be the best choice for treating your condition. While it is true that isolating these two cannabinoids can be extremely helpful, this process can potentially decrease the cannabinoids symptom-treating abilities.
Whole plant therapy utilizes the entire plant, using the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds, instead of just one. Smoking cannabis flower is the main way to experience the entourage effect. Combining multiple cannabinoids and terpenes, or leaving them in their natural state, will allow them to work together, and even accentuate their healing capabilities.
Every Compound Matters
You may be wondering why you’ve only ever heard about THC and CBD. “If the other cannabinoids are so important, why don’t I know about them?” This is because on their own, they may not be so important. THC and CBD isolates are the only two that can produce significant effects. The other cannabinoids however, greatly influence the effects of these two main compounds.
You may also be wondering why terpenes matter so much. “Does the smell of marijuana actually play a role in its medical properties?” Why yes, it does! There are over 200 terpenes in the cannabis plant, all of which have different aromas. Our built-in (endocannabinoid) system, responds differently to each terpene. Terpenes play a role in how quickly cannabinoids can enter the bloodstream. The interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes can increase the medical benefit, significantly.
The Medical Possibilities are Endless
There are perhaps thousands of medical possibilities waiting for us. With so many cannabinoids and terpenes to work with, the combinations and therefore, medical possibilities, are endless!