How Can Cannabis Help You To Heal Your Body
Cannabis provides a long list of health benefits you should know about
Cannabis has been the subject of scientists’ interest and a vast number of studies for almost 100 years. Researchers are finding more and more curative features of the cannabis plant that can do wonders if used right.
So should we consider cannabis as a healing method and why?
Cannabis is made of up to 100 identified cannabinoids, among which THC and CBD are the most known because of the effects they have on the human body.
The Bliss Molecule
THC is the one that induces the famous cannabis euphoria related to the production of anandamide. Cannabis studies led to the discovery of anandamide, or “the bliss molecule”, which is the endogenous variant parallel to THC.
This discovery brought on plenty of questions related to the potential use of cannabis as a medical remedy, as anandamide has an important role in sleep, appetite, and pain regulation; pleasure and reward system, and even hormonal and reproductive system.
THC behaves like anandamide in the body, so it can be considered as an optional healing method for problems related to anandamide deficiency. Some scientists believe that a vast number of health issues may be related to anandamide deficiency.
Interestingly, anandamide has been found in the universal feel-good food - chocolate. Isolated anandamide in chocolate takes part in the enjoyable feeling all chocolate lovers know.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis and it binds to the CB2 receptor (cannabinoid receptor 2), as opposed to THC that binds to the CB1 receptor. Although THC and CBD are chemically extremely similar, CBD actually blocks the impact of THC allaying the high and adding the calming sensation to it.
The vast potentials of using CBD as a cure have shown the best results when it comes to prevention or treatment of anxiety, heart disease, liver cancer, skin problems, hemorrhoids, epilepsy, mood disorders, and many more.
Currently, CBD is a very studied subject because of its healing potentials and possible medical use. More and more people add CBD products (CBD oil, CBD capsules, and gummies, etc.) as a part of their nutrition. Studies have found compelling evidence for the benefits of using CBD supplements.
The intake of CBD can even boost the body’s ability for self-healing. According to the Wonderfeel.co website, activated CBD formulas are much more effective than CBD extracts when it comes to activating the body's innate capacity to self-heal.
Cannabinoid Receptors and the Endocannabinoid System
Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a part of human body function discovered in the 1990s through cannabis studies – hence the name that literary means in-body-cannabinoid system. ECS works with two complementary components: cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are molecules similar to cannabis molecules, just made by our bodies. They are an essential part of maintaining balance in bodily processes. Endocannabinoids bind to the endocannabinoid receptors to send a signal for ECS to act. The two main cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2.
Since the endocannabinoid system has an important role in keeping the body healthy, cannabis products, isolated from the commonly known psychoactive effects of cannabis, can boost the overall function of the endocannabinoid system – and therefore help the healing processes in the body.
In conclusion - THC OR CBD?
As we saw, the effects THC and CBD induce are considerably different, so choosing which of these two compounds is the best option for you depends on your body and desired results.
THC and CBD can both be beneficial for one’s health. However, because CBD, for instance, dominantly has a calming effect and it will be a far better choice for treating anxiety than THC which can even enhance anxiety.
The controversy around the cannabis plant shouldn’t make us turn our heads on the natural, non-toxic chance to deal with health conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer's and dementia, insomnia, anxiety, etc.