Know Your Medicine: THC | Marijuana

The claim that THC is recreational only and has no medicinal value is bogus. It is time to move on from the “Reefer Madness” propaganda.Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most prominent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and is responsible for the psychoactive “high” effects. The THC molecule was not isolated until 1964 but our ancestors utilized THC-rich cannabis for its many medicinal effects. The claim that THC is recreational only and has no medicinal value is bogus. It is time to move on from the “Reefer Madness” propaganda. Many medical cannabis patients report significant and life-changing relief of medical conditions with THC-rich cannabis.  All humans have an endocannabinoid system which relies on the synthesis of endocannabinoid compounds, often referred to as our “inner cannabis,” which bind to receptors on our cells in a key and lock fashion. The role of this system is to maintain balance — homeostasis — of the cells in our brains and bodies. Mood, appetite, sleep, immune function and other important physiologic functions are under control of the endocannabinoid system. This system cannot function well if one cannot make enough endocannabinoids, resulting in an “endocannabinoid deficiency.” The causes of endocannabinoid deficiency are many: genetically inherited or a result of illness, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, and other causes.  The deficiency causes cells to remain in an imbalanced state. Mother Nature gives us the cannabis plant that is full of phytocannabinoids which can replace the deficiency naturally, with THC mimicking the effects of the endocannabinoids, resulting in balance.

 

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