Endocannabinoid System

We have many physiological systems in our bodies: from the muscular system, to the circulatory system, to the Endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as the ECS, is perhaps the single most important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining human health, also known as homeostasis. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. Through each tissue, the cannabinoid systems goal is always the same: homeostasis.

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis that resemble Endocannabinoids which occur naturally in our body. These cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in the brain and body, which are reported to relieve many symptoms.

If the ECS is a lock-and-key mechanism, with the lock being ECS, and the key being Endocannabinoids & Phytocannabinoids, think of it as always waiting for the key.

When cannabis is administered, these compounds bind perfectly in our bodies, which produce different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. Cannabinoids have the potential to be a powerful analgesic, appetite stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-spasmodic, and so much more.

With a greater understanding of the large-scale effects of cannabinoids, we are able to tailor cannabinoid therapy to the patient’s needs.

 
 
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THE MANY BENEFITS OF CANNABIDIOL

 
 

Cannabidiol, CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and produces many therapeutic effects. This compound, as with many other compounds being discovered and studied in the cannabis plant, has the potential to combat and alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, muscle spasms — just about all of the issues in the body relating to health.

 
 

MOOD

• Anxiolytic

• Anti-depressant

• Regulates alcohol, opiate, and nicotine addiction

• Stress response

• Antipsychotic

 

immunity

• Antioxidant

• Immunosuppressant

• Neuroprotective

• Neurogenesis

• Bone stimulant

• Antibacterial

• Anti-ischemic (Reduces risk of artery blockage)

 

disease

• Regulates Neurodegenerative disease

• Regulates hepatic injury/disease

• Used in treatment of diabetes

• Anti-convulsant

• Antiproliferative

• Reduces tumor growth in certain cancers

Pain

• Analgesic (pain relief)

• Anti-inflammatory

• Vasorelaxant (Reduces vascular tension)

• Anti-hyperalgesia

 

Digestion

• Weight gain

• Antiemetic (reduces nausea and vomiting)

 

Sleep

• Reduces Insomnia

• Reduces muscle spasticity

 

 
 
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TERPENES

Terpenes are fragrant oils found not only in the trichomes of cannabis, but in herbs, fruits, and other plants. These oils give the cannabis plant distinct aromas, giving names such as “blueberry kush” a starting ground. Like Cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain, giving varying effects. Various researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes which form a basis for aromatherapy. Around 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis.

 

TERPENES & CBD

Similar to CBD, terpenes have been shown to have healing effects. The combination of these oils with cannabinoids creates an entourage effect, which enhances the healing powers of CBD. Terpenoids and cannabinoids can both potentially increase blood flow, enhance cortical activity, and can produce synergy of treatment for pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, seizures, cancer cell proliferation, and fungal and bacterial infections. Keep a look out for Terpene + CBD products on our shelves.

 
 

5 most prominent terpenes

 
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Myrcene

Myrcene has an earthy/hoppy aroma with tropic fruit on the nose.

It’s most pronounced effect is sedation. It has also exhibited analgesic and muscle relaxant properties.

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Pinene

Pinene has a strong aroma of pine and is the most abundant terpene in nature.

It has been found to have anti-inflammatory, bronchodilation, antibacterial, antibiotic, and memory aid properties.

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Terpineol

Terpineol has a pleasant floral aroma, very similar to lilacs.

It is known for having relaxing effects.

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Linalool

The aroma of Linalool is a combination of floral and sweet citrus.

It has been shown to have anxiolytic, sedative, local anesthetic, analgesic, and anticonvulsant properties.