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Understanding the Endocannabinoid System South Africa

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System South Africa

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The Endocannabinoid System

You may of heard about the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. Your body also has what is termed an endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered relatively recently, the endocannabinoid system is a type of communication system that exists within our brains and body that affect key elements within our systems.

Key Functions that are known to be affected by the endocannabinoid system:

  • Appetite and Digestion
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Energy
  • Immune function
  • Inflammation
  • Organ function
  • Psychiatric disease
  • Memory
  • Metabolism
  • Sleep
  • Stress

Diseases, conditions and symptoms known to be managed by the Endocannabinoid system:

  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer or cancer treatment symptoms
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS symptoms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms or pain
  • Nausea
  • Nerve pain
  • Sleep disorders

 

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are molecule compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors and can be found both naturally within the body and also within a variety of plants. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids created by the body to help regulate and balance the various systems.

Cannabinoids activate the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 located within different parts of the body. Different types of cannabinoids are known to cause different types of responses within the body. Although there are at least 113 cannabinoids, the most well-known are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the most well known cannabinoid, its known for its psychoactive abilities, causing the sensation that makes you feel high. According to neurologists, the therapeutic effects of THC include analgesia (including neuropathic pain), muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antiemetic, appetite stimulant, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antidepressant and sedative.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is getting more attention in recent years, due to its apparent medical benefits without the psychoactive effects found in THC. This is because CBD doesn’t ignite the CB1 receptors that THC does. Some of the symptoms known to be alleviated by CBD include nausea, pain, anxiety, depression and inflammation. More research on the benefits of CBD is currently in the works, including studies on how CBD affects schizophrenia, epilepsy and breast cancer.

Each strain of cannabis has a specific percentage of THC and a ratio of THC to CBD. The higher the THC, the more you’ll most likely feel the psychoactive effects. CBD helps reduce some of the unwanted effects of THC, such as rapid heart rate, sleepiness, anxiety and confusion. So it’s important to find a strain with a balance that suits your specific needs.

If you would like to know more about how medical grade cannabis oil can help you today, please do not hesitate to contact one of our highly trained consultants. We are here to help you make the right choice.

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