The Powerful Medicine within the Cannabis Plant

The Cannabis plant. From the earth, it rose, and with it came abundance. One of the oldest known plant-derived medicines, cannabis, is being revealed to be of greater value to our human physiology than one would expect. Only scratching the surface thus far it should come as no surprise the number of clinical studies already providing evidence of cannabis and its medical prowess. One may access any of the respected medical authorities and do an independent search for “cannabinoids” and “the endocannabinoid system”. It is rather revealing when you are met with the surplus of information. Cannabis as a medicine is becoming a global treatment for almost anything that ails an individual.

Cannabis-derived medicine brings renewed hope to patients suffering the plight of diseases such as Cancer, Epilepsy, COPD, Arthritis, HIV and AIDs, Diabetes .

The medicine derived within the Trichomes of the Cannabis Plant are called Cannabinoids or Phytocannabinoids due to the fact they are extracted from plant matter. Cannabis medicine - Cannabinoids

Cannabis Medicine

Phytocannabinoids – Cannabis derived Cannabinoids

“Phytocannabinoids” are a unique group of chemical compounds, that are present in naturally occurring cannabis (Cannabis Sativa). The classical cannabinoids are concentrated in a viscous resin produced in structures known as glandular trichomes. Currently there are 85 different cannabinoids that have been identified and isolated from the Cannabis plant. The most studied cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN).
The classical cannabinoids are derived from their respective 2-carboxylic acids (2-COOH) by decarboxylation (catalyzed by heat, light, or alkaline conditions). Most phytocannabinoids are nearly insoluble in water but are soluble in lipids, alcohols, and other non-polar organic solvents.

Cannabinoids and their Medicinal Effects

The cannabis medicine is essentially the cannabinoid compounds extracted from the plant. Though each have individual profiles, all those discovered have been studied and exhibit healing properties. The main effects from cannabis use are produced in the human body by the specific, membrane-bound cannabinoid receptors called CB1 (found mostly in the brain) and CB2 (mostly in the immune system), to which many of these cannabinoids bind. THC, for example, is used by both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and its neuroprotective qualities ease pain in most medical marijuana users. The medicinal value of THC is wide-ranging, with new applications being found all the time. Cannabinoids treat various ailments - CBD, CBG, THC, CBC, THCV

There are more than 85 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant

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