The Endocannabinoid System

Connecting Cannabis and the Human Body

Dr. Ralph Mechoulam is an Israeli scientist that has conducted revolutionary research on the medical use of cannabis since the 1960’s. Mechoulam has pioneered much of the modern medical marijuana movement and even discovered the link between the human body and marijuana called, the endocannabinoid system.

Click here to view a documentary about Dr. Mechoulam and his discoveries.

The Endocannabinoid System in Plain English

Put simply, the endocannabinoid system refers to the human body’s biological system specifically to receive the compounds in cannabis. This is a remarkable discovery. Our body is uniquely geared to use the compounds in cannabis in a very healthy and medicinal way. Not only does our body receive cannabinoids well, it actually produces its own cannabinoids very similar to the ones found in the plant! This discovery further suggests that we may be missing something crucial when it comes to the medical use of cannabis.

How it Works

There are two main receptors, cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2).

CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, and their basic function is to moderate and change perception of how we experience pain through the introduction of THC in the receptor. Patients with conditions that have severely painful symptoms can often tremendously benefit from this aspect.

CB2 receptors are found in the immune system. Although there is still research that needs to be done, the basic function of the CB2 receptor is an immune system booster, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic. Working in tandem with THC, this can create a very potent solution to a vast menu of medical conditions.

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What You Should Consider

In recent times, marijuana was had a bad reputation in our society, and for some good reasons that we will discuss in later posts.

However, it is undeniable to most researchers that the responsible use and administration of cannabis for medical purposes can genuinely save lives. Our own bodies produce it!

If you feel you might be a candidate for medical cannabis, please schedule a consultation with our office to determine if you would meet the criteria for the state of Florida’s regulations to be a qualified medical cannabis patient.