Cannabis as a superfood
(Yes just like kale, but better)

Achieve better health with cannabis leaves

Did you know raw cannabis is linked to enhanced immune functioning, increased bone density, and improved communication between nerve cells? Or that raw cannabis is a potent anti-inflammatory?

Have a read of this article titled 7 Ways to Incorporate Raw Cannabis into Your Diet
https://www.green-flower.com/articles/437/7-ways-to-incorporate-raw-cannabis-into-your-diet

Simply put, cannabis is a superfood. Like other vegetables or leafy greens, cannabis contains naturally derived vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.


LINKS FOR GUIDANCE

Mushrooms as Medicine by Paul Stamets

Leafly – a most comprehensive website for learning all about medical cannabis.

Cannabis Health Radio - podcasts with a purpose: to inform listeners of the many health benefits of medical cannabis primarily through interviews.

Research on Cannabinoids … Raphael Mechoulam - This video examines the several distinct phases in plant cannabinoids.

The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabis and the Microbiome, Ethan Russo - Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI). The video of Russo’s presentation was well received by colleagues and attendees at CannMed 2018.

The Entourage Effect – David Mieri

Women’s Health and Cannabis


ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

The Human Endocannabinoid System

CBD and Human Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins in the body.

How does CBD work with the Endocannabinoid System?

Recent science has found that the endocannabinoid system does not just respond to the endocannabinoids produced in the body, but also respond to external cannabinoids like the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD. Introducing CBD to the body can help reduce the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammation, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, and opioid withdrawal.

CB1 and CB2 Receptors

The endocannabinoid system comprises of two types of receptors, CB1 And CB2, which serve distinct functions in human health and well being. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system whereas CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs and cells associated with the immune system. CBD, CBN and THC fit like a lock and key into existing human receptors. THC can fit into the CB1 Receptor, CBN into CB2 Receptor and CBD into both CB1 And CB2 receptors.

Some of the benefits of activating CB1 Receptors can be:

• Helping with depression

• Lowering intestinal inflammation

• Reducing blood pressure

• Helping with anxiety

Some of the benefits of activating CB2 Receptors can be related to pretty much every type of human disease and even a role in the liver and kidney function, bone and skin health, cancer and pain related illnesses.

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What are Cannabinoids?

Article from Leafly

The following is an informative article from Leafly which is an online resource for information about cannabis, and in this case medical cannabis.

One hefty word that belongs in every medical marijuana patient’s vocabulary is cannabinoid. Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur.

When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain (receptors called CB-1) and body (CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. For example, THC binds to receptors in the brain whereas CBN (cannabinol) has a strong affinity for CB-2 receptors located throughout the body. Depending on a cannabis product’s cannabinoid profile, different types of relief are achievable.

This concept is the cornerstone of cannabis as medicine, and the results are so promising that these cannabinoids have been synthesized for legal prescription use. Some synthetic cannabinoid medications include Marinol, Nabilone, and Rimonabant. While these synthetic forms are effective, research shows that herbal cannabis contains a far wider variety of therapeutic compounds.

Cannabis contains at least 85 types of cannabinoids, many of which have documented medical value. Products and strains have been developed to deliver larger doses of different cannabinoids, so knowing which types best treat your symptoms is a handy piece of knowledge to bring to your next dispensary visit.

The below wheel serves as a resource to determine which cannabinoids may help treat symptoms associated with mood, eating/gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, pain, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions. Click on the infographic for an enlarged version.

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