5 min science lesson on the Endocannabinoid System by LDG

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Are you hesitant to try cannabis, or opposed to its use? Before I became a Cannabis Consultant, I was too. Why? Well, because it was illegal. The laws have changed and continue to change, but it was my own research that changed my perspective. Learning about the body, and about the endocannabinoid system, opened me up to the benefits of cannabis. 

Who knew?! Our body has its own biological system capable of interacting with the active chemical compounds in cannabis. These chemical compounds, call cannabinoids, bind to cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system. There are two different types of cannabinoid receptors, one that works inside the brain and another that works in conjunction with your immune system. These two receptor types bind with cannabinoids to provide completely different effects from improved mood to reduced pain and inflammation. 

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Cannabis is comprised of many different cannabinoids, the most notable being THC and CBD. Although these two compounds are the "superstars" of this class of compounds, there are different derivations of the cannabinoids that still need further study in order to gain a complete understanding of their effects. The delicate interplay between these cannabinoids is still being studied as well. The different cannabinoids have been shown to work in synergy together - amplifying and refining each other's effects. 

After learning about this interplay between our body and this class of compounds, I personally felt more comfortable with consuming cannabis as medicine.