The three main types of cannabis are Sativa, Indica, and a combination or Hybrid of the two. While research is ongoing, Sativa and Indica strains generally have their distinct look and effects. Sativas grow tall and thin. They tend to produce an uplifting effect and can be used for disorders such as ADD, fatigue, and depression. Indicas are short and bushy. They can act as a sedative and are often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain relief.
Every human body possesses a network of receptors and molecules called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. This network helps carry out the chemical and physical processes that maintain health -- functions that range from regulating sleep and managing stress, to fighting pain and curbing appetite.
There are two primary cannabinoid receptors, helpfully labelled CB1 and CB2, which can be found in our central nervous system, brain, and organs. These receptors receive and react to certain chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Naturally occuring cannabinoids are known as endocannabinoids, while cannabinoids found in plants are known as phytocannabinoids.
If the body is unable to produce enough endocannabinoids or regulate them properly, the endocannabinoid system may break down, which can alter how our memory, pain management, immune system and other physiological processes function.
The cannabis plant consists of numerous naturally occurring cannabinoids, which can step in to revive the ECS. The two main ones are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is psychoactive (affecting the mind), and strains containing THC have been used for pain, nausea, sleep, and stress disorders. Strains that emphasize CBD may help alleviate pain, inflammation, and seizures associated with epilepsy.
CB1: present in central and peripheral nervous system.
CB2: found in the immune system, peripheral organs and tissues.
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