Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cannabidiol Research Explores Many Important Health Benefits

Research on cannabis’ effects led to the discovery of an unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system. This system helps regulate our physiology, mood and everyday experience. This has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health and disease. Cannabinoids (CBD) and other components of cannabis can modulate many physiological systems in the human brain and body. The endocannabinoid system exists to respond to endogenous cannabinoids produced by the body. However, scientists have learned that the system will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol.

According to the National Institutes of Health, manipulating the endocannabinoid system by introducing external cannabinoids like CBD can be useful in treating a variety of medical ailments. The endocannabinoid system includes two primary types of receptors that bind to cannabinoids, resulting in changes within any cells that contain either receptor without the psychoactive effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

In addition to its impact on the endocannabinoid system, CBD also affects the body in other ways, including mediating body temperature, controlling perceptions of pain and inflammation, and activating serotonin receptors. Furthermore, studies conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center have shown that cannabidiol has the power to inhibit the ID-1 gene, which is known to cause several aggressive cancers, including certain cancers of the breast, brain, lungs, ovaries and pancreas.
Research performed by Dr. Christina Sanchez, a microbiologist from Madrid, Spain, found that the antitumor response was activated when cannabis was introduced to a glioblastoma brain tumor. The cannabis caused apoptosis, which cuts off the blood supply to the cancer cells only, leaving all other cells healthy.

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