The Science Behind The Medical Cannabis Plant

Most ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but as herbal medicine, likely starting in Asia and is known that Chinese emperor Fu His noted that Cannabis was a popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang (ca. 2900 BC). In western civilization the Greek physician Galen prescribed medical marijuana in the year 170 AC. Marijuana was used as a medicine by Queen Victoria of England who reportedly used cannabis in 1840 for menstrual cramps.

In America, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 placed a tax on the sale of cannabis and a fine to doctors who will recommend its use. Soon enough it became prohibited and in the 1970s President Nixon signed the Controlled Substance Act where marijuana is classified as Schedule 1, as is heroin and LSD and is defined as a substance without any medical value and highly addictive. Now we know better and despite its limitation regarding clinical studies, every day it seems a new property, a new indication for cannabis use is identified. What is it that makes the cannabinoids in marijuana (THC and CBD) react with our bodies, healing and offering relief to the ill?

 

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What makes this plant such a unique medicine, able to treat such a large number of vastly different conditions? In traditional medicine, there are one thousand remedies for one disease. Cannabis medicine is one remedy for one thousand diseases. Only in the last couple of decades that scientists have truly even begun to understand the ways cannabis works within our bodies.

 

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It all started in 1964 when a scientist was able to identify and isolate THC for the first time – just prior to which they were able to identify CBD as well. In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was found in the brain of a rat. These cannabinoid receptors turned out to be plentiful in the brain – more so than any other neurotransmitter receptor. In 1993, a second cannabinoid receptor was found – as a part of the immune and nervous system. Dubbed CB2 (the CB receptors in the brain officially dubbed CB1 receptors) receptors are found to be plentiful throughout the gut, spleen, liver, heart kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, and even the reproductive organs.

For more information on getting your medical marijuana card in Florida, please contact All Natural MD to schedule your appointment or visit us at one of All Natural MD locations today. (800) 250-6737. We have locations in LakelandSarasotaBradentonOrlandoTampa and more.

 

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