Cannabis has many facets in which it correlates with our bodies. It’s more than just delivering THC into our bloodstreams. It regulates and maintains proper function of many vital organs and systems. This week we’re tackling the “Endocannabinoid System”, what is it, how does it effect your health, and some of the benefits of marijuana. Sit back and relax, as this easily confused subject will soon be made clear.
Very simply, how CBD and THC can be used to benefit your health is by way of something called the “endocannabinoid system”. This is a series of neural receptors located throughout your body that control things like appetite, sleepiness, mood and pain perception. By consuming cannabis or cannabis extracts, you intake what is known as “cannabinoids” into your system. The most common of these are called THC and CBD.
Today we’ll be focusing on the latter, Cannabidiol or CBD. When taking CBD either through marijuana smoke, specially designed vaporizers, or CBD concentrated oil/pills, you introduce this special cannabinoid to your endocannabinoid system. The speed at which this happens will depend on which method you use to consume your CBD. Oral consumption through pills or oils tend to work the slowest, as they must first be digest by your stomach before they can reach your receptors to work their magic.
Introducing Cannabidiol to our Endocannabinoid System
One way of combatting this long wait is by doing what’s known as ‘sublingual consumption’. Using concentrated CBD oil, you can hold it under your tongue, where it is quickly absorbed by the blood vessels in the tissue that connects your tongue to the rest of your mouth. Simply pour the CBD oil into your mouth, and hold it under your tongue for one to three minutes, afterwards swallowing the rest. This should lead to faster relief of your symptoms. For a picture guide, see below.
An alternative to oral consumption is by vaporizing CBD. By inhaling it into your lungs, the CBD is absorbed directly into the vessels into your lungs, and then on into your blood circulation. This is currently the fastest method of consumption and distribution possible, and should be favored by those with “flare-up” conditions which require immediate relief by the use of CBD.
Method of consumption aside, how exactly does this all work? What is the endocannabinoid system? Well, it is a little bit difficult to explain without a decent background knowledge of biology, but I will try my best using all the layman terms at my disposal. Throughout your body there is located a system of neurotransmitters – this is the endocannabinoid system. By consuming marijuana products, you are introducing cannabinoids to you’re body, which then bind to these neurotransmitters, which in turn produce certain effects to your central nervous system.
Appetite, pain-sensation, sleepiness mood and memory are all effected by the intake of cannabinoids. All research so far points to positive results for a myriad of conditions when taking CBD. For example, CBD can be used to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, certain seizure disorders, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. While there is an overwhelming amount of evidence which points to positive results and greater quality of life, everyone’s body is different, and CBD should be taken as a supplement as part of a greater health plan designed by a healthcare professional. It’s a wonderful thing, but most important is that you find a doctor that YOU trust and following their advice to make sure you have the healthiest, happiest life possible.
Finally, lets go over some of the most prominent benefits of marijuana in relation to health. Below I’ll post a chart with some of the correlations between different cannabinoids and how they affect your body. I would say though that across the board, the primary benefit of medicinal cannabis is as a pain suppressor. Cannabis is amazing at treating short and long-term pain conditions, with FAR less side-effects compared to other, opiate based medications, not to mention the fact that it is non-addictive.
If you’re looking for an organic alternative to messy prescription medications, I cannot recommend CBD enough. Please consider giving it a try, and check out the vendor section of Shop CBD Online for some products which might suit your needs.
Thanks for reading.