Cannabis has been around for centuries, however, its’ therapeutical power has started to gain recognition only recently. While synthetic medical drugs seem to fail in delivering the desired impact and may elucidate drastic side effects, scientists suggest an organic alternative – phytocannabinoids. Studies show, that certain types of these natural cannabis compounds have exceptional healing effects on our bodies.
Phytocannabinoids – what is it?
Every cannabis plant is rich of phytocannabinoids – the active compounds that naturally occur in cannabis sativa. In fact, about 60 different phytocannabinoids can be found in each plant. You may ask, are they any good? Such question is quite common, as the lack of medical information available has shaped a rather negative image of cannabis, associating it with psychotropic effects foremost, while overlooking its’ therapeutic value.
Those 60 types of phytocannabinoids differ in terms of their effects. Yes, there are ones to be psychoactive, but there also are ones to be completely non-psychoactive, so let’s make a distinction here.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the only phytocannabinoid responsible for inducing psychotropic effects. When consumed, it stimulates the brain and causes the release of dopamine, which creates the feeling of euphoria and relaxation. The synthetic laboratory-produced THC is an illegal drug, bringing psychotropic effects and intoxicating human body. Simply speaking, it does more harm that it does any good.
Cannabidiol (CBD), on the other hand, is the dominant non-psychotic component of cannabis and possess high medical value. Even more, it can reduce and regulate the effects of THC. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which is one of the most important physiologic systems in human body involved in maintaining our health. CBD is free of detrimental side-effects, so it is absolutely safe to use. Even for kids.
Israeli scientists have found a way, how to extract the CBD while eliminating the psychotropic substances and saving the most beneficial elements that can be derived from cannabis for medical use. This discovery is a real win for the medicine, providing the ability to bring the advantages of phytocannabinoids healing powers to people.
What are the medical benefits of phytocannabinoids?
Created by Nature, the phytocannabinoids (especially, the cannabidiol) are already recognized worldwide for not only treating diseases, but also for fighting their causes.
Rich of antibacterial and antioxidant properties, phytocannabinoids can be used for the prevention of infections: as the CBD affect the staphylococcus, streptococcus bacteria, it minimizes the risk of blood infections, meningit, having sore throat and fever.
Phytocannabinoids also strengthen the immune system and promote cell regeneration, so it helps to heal body injuries and to enhance post-trauma treatment.
Scientific studies show that the phytocannabinoids can prevent cancerous tumors and help to fight cancer. Phytocannabinoids mediate the endocannabinoid system that is responsible for the regeneration cycle of cells in human body. While keeping the normal cells alive, it has a deadly effect on malignant cancer cells. If powered with natural phytocannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system enhances the anti-cancer processes and facilitates the treatment.
Last but not least, phytocannabinoids can reduce stress and anxiety. For a busy person living in today’s world, it enhances the overall wellness and helps to feel better, stronger and healthier everyday.
In Japanese medicine, phytocannabinoids are called the vitamins of the 21st century. Looking at the healing powers of these natural compounds, it leaves no questions why. From ancient times, we have been using what the Nature give us: lavender to soothes our skin and improve our sleep, pine resin to cleanse our respiratory tract, lemons, as antibacterial agents to prevent infections. Now it is time to add phytocannabinoids to this list and give our bodies the treatment it deserves.