Cannabis as a Medication
A research breakthrough occurred in 1964 when Israel scientist Dr Raphael Mechoulam isolated and identified from the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids THC and shortly after cannabidiol (CBD). Being able to isolate these cannabinoids for the first time was the first stepping stone in discovering the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a biological system that can be found in just about any living thing with vertebrae. The importance of the ECS is that it interacts with cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, affecting the receptors that are all through our bodies.
Did you know that your body has an endocannabinoid system? Perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in maintaining health, your endocannabinoid system makes cannabis-like substances that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Endocannabinoids and their receptors can be found in the brain, organs, glands, immune cells and connective tissues. While the cannabinoid system performs different functions in each area of the body, experts believe its main role is to regulate and maintain homeostasis.
This one system helps to regulate almost every aspect of our well-being – meaning if we can learn to manipulate these receptors (with use of cannabinoids from cannabis) we could possibly have the answer to not only curing diseases, but preventing them all together.
-Dr-Raphael Mechoulam, Dean of the transnational cannabinoid research community.