Medicinal cannabis – 5 interesting facts

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring substance derived from the cannabis plant.

It makes up almost half of the extract of this medicinal herb. It enjoys great and rapidly growing popularity on a global scale. This is mainly due to its therapeutic properties, which distinguish it from its sister substance THC, which can have a beneficial effect on human health, but with the use of a number of negative side effects, such as intoxication of the senses or mental addiction.

Here are some interesting facts about CBD.

Our bodies produce cannabinoids

CBD contains cannabinoids (the basic building blocks of cannabis) of plant origin, which interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of our bodies and produce our own cannabinoids. This system is a complex network responsible for the proper functioning of our biological system and its balance. An important part of this system are also the brain receptors CB1 and CB2, which are directly responsible for the interaction with cannabinoids. Consumption of CBD results in the activation of these receptors, thanks to which we can enjoy the beneficial effects of cannabis.

CBD is CBD

Some people think that CBD from marijuana is different from CBD from therapeutic cannabis. However, it does not matter where this element comes from. At the molecular level, CBD is CBD.

As Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Drugs noted, “The human body does not care where the molecule comes from. It’s similar to vitamin D. Whether you get it from the sun or salmon, it’s still the same: vitamin D.

While the percentage of CBD contained in some plants will differ from others once extracted, there is little to no difference in the compounds. The only difference is in the percentage of CBD that the oil contains. Depending on the effect you want to achieve, there are oils with 2.5% to 40% CBD. This oil is also used in many medicines and has positive effects on animals.

We have been growing cannabis for thousands of years

The first traces of cannabis cultivation date back about 10,000 years ago! So at almost the same time as agriculture spread. Speculation says that cannabis is quite possibly the very first bred plant we have ever grown on this planet. However, this has not yet been confirmed.

Animals can also use CBD

As mentioned above, ECS (endocannabinoid system) in our body helps us produce our own cannabinoids to interact with CBD. But humans are not the only creatures that have such systems.

It turned out that our favorite pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) have their own ECS for processing CBD in a similar way as we do. In fact, all mammals have this system.

Therefore, owners are now starting to give their pets CBD in various forms, such as capsules or CBD oils, to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases.

Ancient Greece and cannabis on prescription

The ancient Greeks were pioneers and expanded our knowledge and understanding of many things that we take for granted today. Interestingly, they also prescribed medical cannabis under certain conditions.

For example, the famous physician, surgeon, and philosopher Claudius Galen often provided his patients with cannabis medications to relieve pain.

De Materia Medica, a famous book from 50 AD, is considered by historians to be the first document to record the use of marijuana as a medicine.

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