Did you know our body has its very own system exclusively for processing cannabis?
Not only does it recognise and bring about the effects of cannabis when it enters the body, but it also plays a very important role in regulating our appetite, mood, memory and a range of other things.
It is made up of numerous receptors located mostly throughout the brain, skin tissue and other organs.
When a person intakes cannabis from various methods such as eating it in a homemade dessert like brownies, just smoking it the old fashioned way or vaporising it as a safer alternative to smoking, natural chemicals are absorbed and created by the body that have therapeutic and medicinal qualities.
These natural chemicals target specific receptors which they are affiliated with and bind themselves together, like connecting the pieces of a puzzle or giving someone a hug.
A bit like that…
This allows the receptors to become activated and is what causes the ”high” feeling associated with cannabis.
There are two key receptors commonly known that are involved in this process. Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) discovered in 1990 and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) discovered in 1993.
Both types of receptors have different signalling mechanisms for interacting with the natural chemicals and are both situated in varying parts of the body.
CB1 receptors are mostly situated in the brain and nervous system and have a very close relationship with the chemical THC which is one of the main ingredients in cannabis.
Cannabis plants with high percentages of THC contribute to a very powerful effect when absorbed by the body.
Not only does it have the ability to leave you in a euphoric frame of mind and the potential to stop violence worldwide, but can relieve many symptoms such as:
- Muscle pain
- Eye pressure
The list goes on…
Its familiar friend CB2 can be found residing in the immune system, tonsils and spleen.
This receptor bonds more closely with the chemical CBD, which although does not give the same blissful effect as THC, compromises with its ability to produce anti-inflammatory response in the body and amazingly, can also combat tumour and cancer cells along with easing some of the symptoms above.
People with certain diseases and conditions will have varying amounts of these receptors compared to people of generally good health, a bit like how a your fingerprint is not the same as anyone else.
Because of this factor, every person will have their own unique response to different types of cannabis strains and medicines like CBD oil.
For example, someone who has a denser amount of CB1 receptors in their brain may be very sensitive to THC and experience the effects quicker than someone who has a lower density.
Or if someone has a lower density of CB2 receptors in their immune system, they may be less sensitive to the therapeutic effects of CBD, so might have to increase their intake.
Research has taken to place to go beyond the horizon of the CB1 and CB2 receptors to discover other receptors that may exist within us.
This may not only give rise to other potential therapies that target particular diseases, but may also give us a deeper understanding of our physiology.
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