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Cannabis Education & Your Heath

Our bodies are made up of many different systems that work in harmony. Studies have shown that Medical Cannabis can help each of these anatomical systems function optimally. The images below illustrate the key areas of the human body and the purpose that they serve. Look, learn and live healthier- holistically. Click an icon below to learn more.

NERVOUS SYSTEM

Brain, spinal cord, nerves.

ENDOCRINE

Glands: Pituitary, Thyroids.

RESPIRATORY

The lungs, and nose.

CIRCULATORY

Heart, blood vessels.

DIGESTIVE

Stomach, Intestines.

MUSCULAR

The muscles.

SKELETAL

Bones, cartilage, joints.

EXCRETORY

Lungs, Liver, Skin, Urinary.

INTEGUMENTARY

Skin, nails, hair.

REPRODUCTIVE

The genitals.

 

Cannabinoids have been shown to reduce the intensity of pain, including inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. Cannabinoids reduce spasticity and the pain associated with muscle spasm.  Beyond decreasing the intensity of pain, many patients report that cannabis changes the nature of the pain, making it more bearable and less distracting. 

 

Cannabinoids may have the potential to regulate the endocrine system and assist with cases of certain endocrine disorders. These compounds may be effective in treating endocrine disorders caused by the presence of tumors on certain endocrine glands.

How could medical marijuana help those living with chronic lung diseases? According to the Lung Institute, medical marijuana has been found useful in reducing inflammation, improving sleep, easing pain, supporting the immune system, and reducing phlegm.

Cannabis exerts bidirectional effects on the cardiovascular system – it can increase or decrease both heart rate and blood pressure.  Typical doses of cannabis slightly decrease blood pressure and increase heart rate.  Cannabinoids can dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow, and animal studies suggest that some cannabinoids could prevent or reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).  Ultra-low doses of THC have been shown to limit the damage of heart attack while preserving cardiac function and promoting faster healing.

Cannabis contains hundreds of active compounds, the two most prominent being THC and CBD. Interestingly, both of these powerful chemicals have potent anti-inflammatory effects which they achieve in totally different methods. A strain of cannabis with a CBD: THC ratio of 1:1 provides a two-pronged means of reducing gut inflammation and mitigating the symptoms of digestive conditions.

Cannabis is a potent & powerful anti-inflammatory. Reducing inflammation allows more oxygenated blood to be delivered to your muscles boosting recovery time. Additionally, cannabis is a powerful muscle relaxant. Relaxing the muscle tissue can also speed recovery.

The most notable effect of cannabis on the skeletal system has been its ability to reduce pain and inflammation in patients suffering from arthritis. Animal studies have confirmed that cannabinoids, primarily CBD, act as an analgesic or pain-reliever, and patients have confirmed that both ingesting the plant as well as using it as a topical preparation can relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

Individuals suffering from urinary incontinence, such as multiple sclerosis patients or those with neurogenic detrusor overactivity, found a 25% improvement in controlling their urges to urinate after consuming cannabis. More studies are needed to find out why this is, but it’s believed that both THC and the cannabinoid named cannabigerol, or CBG, play a role in reducing acetylcholine-induced contractions of the bladder.

Eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and several other skin conditions all involve inflammation, the very thing CBD has been shown to reduce. The cannabis plant is also full of antioxidants that scavenge damaging free radicals.

According to Foria, research indicates that cannabinoids could treat endometriosis by stopping cell proliferation (an increase in the number of cells as a result of cell growth and cell division) and aiding in the prevention of cell migration. Women who suffer from endometriosis become extremely sensitive to toxins that cause inflammation. Thankfully, THC has anti-inflammatory properties due to the way it activates CB2 receptors. This can help to control inflammation caused by an overactive immune system.