Cannabis research these days is focused on the endogenous cannabinoid systems (ECS), discovered in 1992. The ECS is a physiological system found internally (“endo”) in all mammals. It creates natural cannabinoids (the best known are anandamide and 2AG) that help the body maintain balance, a process called homeostasis. Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant mimic those internal cannabinoids. When our homeostasis in “out of kilter” using cannabis can help regain the body’s internal balance.
There is a great deal to learn about the ECS and scientists around the world are captivated by this newly discovered physiological wonder. In 1993 there were just 10 studies of the ECS found in PubMed, the national database for scientific research. By 2015 that number had exploded to 6,521!
In a recent study, researchers at Indiana University found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana. “The most exciting aspect of this research is the potential to produce the same therapeutic benefits as opioid-based pain relievers without […]
The journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. It has many excellent articles. This article addresses a frequent question: Will CBD convert to delta-9 THC? Source: A Conversion of Oral Cannabidiol to Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Seems Not to Occur in Humans
There is study after study indicating the vast potential that cannabis has for treating HIV. Source: Is Cannabis The Secret To The Cure For HIV? – Reset.me
Martin Lee provides a report from the recent International Cannabis Research Society meeting. New findings highlight CBD’s therapeutic potential for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, and other disorders. Source: ICRS 2017: Report from Montreal
In the late 1980s, receptors were found in the brain for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. But since THC doesn’t naturally occur in the body, the presence of these receptors puzzled scientists. The mystery was solved a few years later with the discovery of arachidonylethanolamide, later called anandamide. Source: Anandamide: […]
Source: The Clinical Significance of Endocannabinoids in Endometriosis Pain Management