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March 18, 2019

What is cannabinoid therapy?

Many people are looking to alternatives when it comes to managing their healthcare. We have seen an influx in patients applying for their medical cannabis card. We are also seeing more and more businesses selling CBD. But what is Cannabinoid therapy?

Cannabinoid therapy is the implementation of cannabis into your daily regimen. It's the utilization of cannabis to help balance out our endocannabinoid system. Phyto cannabinoids are cannabinoids or molecules that are contained inside plants. Endocannabinoids means internal or endogenous created by our human body. Together they create balance of your mind, body and soul.If done on a regular basis, cannabinoid therapy helps to bring our endocannabinoid system into homeostasis or balance.

What is the endocannabinoid system and how does it work- Our endocannabinoid system consists of endogenous cannabinoids like 2-AG and anandamide. Anandamide is our own “Bliss” Molecule that creates a sense of happiness. It helps with our reproductive organs and helps with depression. 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) is an endocannabinoid, an endogenous agonist of the CB1 receptor and the primary endogenous ligand for the CB2 receptor. It is an ester formed from the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid and glycerol. 2-AG is one of the main endocannabinoids that is a full agonist to both CB receptors but primarily binds to the CB2 receptor. This cannabinoid receptor helps mediate the immune functions in the body, sending out immune cells to affected areas to promote healing. If your endocannabinoid system isn’t in perfect working order, you might have inflammation from too many attack cells being sent out. And this is when 2-AG comes in. 2-AG is involved in our mood, immune system, bone health, memory, sleep and pain. These are created within our body. We also have receptors that respond to the phytocannabinoids that are found in plant based medicine. These receptors are called CB-1 and CB-2. CB-1 receptors are found primarily in our brain and our major internal organs. CB-2 is primarily found in our lymphatic, endocrine and peripheral organs, including an abundance found on our skin.When you ingest phytocannabinoids for example from the cannabis plant, it opens up these receptors to respond to the phytocannabinoids. THC binds directly with our receptors. CBD acts like a lock and key and will open up the receptors to respond to cannabinoid therapy and elevates endocannabinoids to create some of the potential healing effects.

Phytocannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBN are cannabinoids that are found in cannabis, currently there is over 200 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. There are two forms of cannabis. Cannabis Sativa L. is Hemp based cannabis is essentially any plant that produces less than 0.3% THC the psychoactive component in cannabis. CBD can be found in both types of cannabis. Medical Cannabis is cannabis with THC that is higher than 0.3%. There are many cultivars of cannabis. Depending on the cultivar, the terpene profile is different. Then there are three basic types of species Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis ruderalis.

Who benefits from cannabinoid therapy?

The truth is, everyone can benefit from cannabinoid therapy. Those that are healthy and active and just want to take cannabis as a supplement to maintain homeostasis, can incorporate hemp derived products into their daily regimens. New Mexico currently has 23 medical conditions that cannabis has shown improvements for many conditions. There are over 20 conditions that you may qualify under.

How do I get started on cannabinoid therapy? Talk with your provider. Tell them that you would like to apply for your medical cannabis card. If they can not sign off on your medical cannabis card, then find a medical cannabis provider that can meet with you and discuss your qualifications for the card. Not ready to apply for your medical cannabis card, but interested in hemp based products? Find a local store or retailer that offers high quality products.

What do I look for when it comes to purchasing quality products? Test results. Ask to see test results. Ask how it was extracted. Domestic grown products are highly regulated, so stay away from international hemp based products.  

Have cannabis questions? Ask a Nurse NM is here to help you. You can reach our team of Nurses by calling 505-933-5345 or send us an email at askanursenm@gmail.com.


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