We will use this area to discuss human physiology and cannabis science. We’ll discuss the cannabinoids present in cannabis, and the endocannabinoid system of the human body.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that exist in marijuana. Consider cannabinoids to be the essential oils of the marijuana plant. People often refer to extractions or cannabis concentrates as oils. When we consume cannabis, it is primarily these plant chemicals, or oils, that interact with our bodies and produce a desired physiological effect.
Our bodies possess a unique endocannabinoid system. This human endocannabinoid system is what makes us interact and react to cannabis in different ways. Every one of us is made up of different cells, so we will all react to cannabis consumption differently as well. Our cells have many types of receptors on their membranes; cannabinoid receptors are one type of these cell membrane receptors. In essence, the oils from the plant bind to our cells.
Physiologically speaking, cannabinoids (plant chemicals) bind with and activate cannabinoid receptors (on cell membranes). Understanding that cannabis acts on cells throughout our bodies — in our gastro-intestinal tracts, in our immune system, and in our nervous system — helps to explain why cannabis consumption provides relief for so many different medical conditions.
Since all of us have remarkably different physical make-ups, it becomes important to recognize that cannabis will therefore react differently with each and every one of us. Our uniqueness is in indicator that we should experiment with different varieties of of cannabis strains. The same cannabis strain will have a different impact on you than me. It could help your belly feel better. Or it’s natural analgesic properties may reduce your pain sensations. These physical effects happen at the chemical and cellular levels.
In summary, all of us possess endocannabinoids which are receptor proteins on our cell membranes. These endocannabinoids are produced naturally in humans and animals. Our cell membranes contain many types of receptors, and cannabinoid receptors are simply one particular class of receptors. Different types of cannabis chemicals in marijuana bind with these special cell receptors.
Marijuana is considered medicine because of the impact it has on our bodies. We attempted to explain that impact at the cellular level. It relieves a variety of different medical conditions, from pain and inflammation, to nausea and muscle spasticity.