In the past century or so, there have been more than 20,000 published studies and reviews investigating the medicinal benefits of cannabis, why it affects our bodies like it does, and what this might mean for the future of natural medicine.
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
Cannabis is believed to contain approximately 483 chemical compounds, and about 80 of these are known as cannabinoids.
The body possesses a system that aids in homeostasis called the Endocannabinoid System, which contains cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are in place to interact with the endocannabinoids our bodies naturally produce, but the unique nature of marijuana cannabinoids makes them just as suitable; after cannabins is ingested, cannabinoids bind with cannabinoid receptors and help our bodies heal.Unlike some other, pharmaceutically approved substances used to treat pain and other symptoms, cannabis possesses very minor side effects, none of which can result in the life-threatening overdoses that daily plague users of opioids or narcotics.
Cannabinoids are found in relatively high concentrations in marijuana, but scientists are discovering more and more plants that contain these healing compounds. This is great news since it means patients in places where marijuana is still prohibited have the chance to find a bit of natural relief even without access to this powerhouse option.
THC and CBD
The two best-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. But each of the 80+ cannabinoids has been found to affect the body differently. Using selective breeding and other processes, the concentration of specific cannabinoids can be enhanced in a cannabis strain, making that strain a medicinal treatment suited to specific illnesses and symptoms.
Indica and Sativa CannabisTwo primary varieties of cannabis also exist, whose differing effects make each more suitable for different ailments. Cannabis indica has a primarily relaxing effect on the body, while Cannabis sativa creates a euphoric, uplifting high. (The industrial hemp used for everything from paper to fuel to food is a version of sativa.)
Indica-dominant cannabis strains are best suited to evening use, and can treat insomnia, relieve stress and anxiety, and reduce minor to chronic muscle and joint pain. Sativa-dominant strains should be ingested during the day, and can combat depression and fatigue. Both varieties, as well as hybrids – indica/sativa combinations – are capable of fending off nausea and enhancing appetite for those undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, or suffering from eating disorders. Most strains can also offer relief of headaches and migraines.
Learn About Medical Cannabis
At Growers Choice, we want to make sure you’re informed about the realities and potential of medical cannabis. That’s why we’ve created a resource section not only for the best results in growing our cannabis seeds, but also for the therapeutic possibilities of this healing plant. Here are some of the informative articles we have provided:
- What Is CBD?
- Other Cannabinoids in Marijuana
- Benefits of Smoking vs. Vaping
- Cannabis for Treating Cancer
- THC and CBD charts for each of our strains