A lot of this summary you’re about to read was taken from A Consultant’s Guide to Medical Cannabis – Danny Gagaoin.
Let’s keep talking about cannabinoids. THC -Delta 9 which is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the the most well known cannabinoid compound inside the cannabis sativa plant. THC is known because it gives you the “high”. THC has been known to have analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmotic, appetite stimulating, and neuroprotective properties.
THC attaches to the CB1 and CB2 receptors which are divided into the two different parts of our Endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors which are located in your brain, digestion tract, and other various muscle tissues in your body are often stimulated when THC is inhaled. Since CB1 receptors are predominately located in the brain, it makes sense that a lack of motor skills and altered perceptions happen when THC is smoked. When CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by properly using THC your body can reach homeostasis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoid compounds that the cannabis plant produces and is properly becoming the most popular cannabinoid on the market. CBD exhibits numerous therapeutic properties, but what is making this popular is that it does not get you “high” and has no psychoactive properties. In fact, CBD can help with reducing the anxiety that can come from being to “high” from THC.
CBD can be used therapeutically as an analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ischemic, anti-psychotic, anti-spasmotic, bone stimulating, immunosuppressive, and neuroprotective medicine.
The over hype happening right now is the misconception that this one and only cannabinoid can heal all! All by itself! Which is false. When cannabinoids are combined the patient gets true medical benefits. CBD works synergistically with other cannabinoids to create a powerful holistic therapy known as Entourage Effect. This means that each of the compounds contained in the plant, terpenoids and cannabinoids both, work together to create the super powerful therapeutic effect.