An understanding of cannabis, its consumption methods, and how it interacts with the body is crucial to optimizing low-THC and medical cannabis treatment. Below is an overview that provides just that. This guide serves as a basic introduction to your cannabis education. Here, you’ll learn how your body interacts with cannabinoids to provide relief for a variety of symptoms. This knowledge will prepare you to have the most productive conversation possible with your personal TGS representative.
CBD VS. THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychotropic¸ meaning it does not produce the high traditionally associated with cannabis. CBD binds with the body’s CB-2 receptors, and this interaction with receptors has been used to treat various conditions including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even several types of epilepsy.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds with the brain’s CB-1 receptors and produces a psychotropic effect. THC interacts with neural receptors and is believed to alleviate pain (also known as analgesic), suppress PTSD triggers, and reduce nausea or vomiting, among several other benefits.
Although CBD makes up less of the cannabis plant’s chemical composition than THC, strains with higher CBD concentrations are available for specific treatment and fewer psychoactive effects
ENDOCANNABINOIDS & HOMEOSTASIS
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the human body. Their goal is to facilitate homeostasis (the body’s natural way of stabilizing its health) by keeping cells in touch with each other. This means the body (and especially the brain) is riddled with receptor sites, where chemicals (both internally and externally produced) interact in a variety of ways
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The system of receptors throughout the body is known as the endocannabinoid system, and it’s not only found in humans, but in all animals. A variety of factors including genetics and overall health (chronic diseases or conditions) can change the system’s response to external substances (like cannabinoids).
The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon for diagnosis or treatment of any ailment. Please consult your physician for official medical advice and use of low-THC and medical cannabis.