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Medical Cannabis Offers New Hope for Those With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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  • Marijuana contains more than 60 different cannabinoids; chemical compounds the human body is uniquely equipped to respond to. Two primary ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body
  • Your body also has naturally occurring endocannabinoids that stimulate your cannabinoid receptors and play a role in a variety of physiologic processes, including metabolic regulation, pain, anxiety and immune function
  • The endocannabinoids produced by your body appear to perform signaling operations similar to your body's neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin
  • Recent research reveals endocannabinoids play an important role in controlling inflammatory bowel diseases by preventing excess white blood cells from entering your gut and causing damage

By Dr. Mercola

The marijuana plant contains more than 60 different cannabinoids; chemical compounds the human body is uniquely equipped to respond to. The two primary ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the latter of which is the psychoactive component.


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