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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!

If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may qualify for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today!

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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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.