Research

Research and Development

One of the more recent and certainly one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of recent years is the EndoCannabinoid System. All mammals have this system which regulates eating, sleeping, memory and relaxation. Even more important it regulates the immune system and large networks of nerves within the central nervous system. Phyto-cannabinoids, which are plant based cannabinoids, behave similar to the endocannabinoids produced by the human body.  It has been concluded by some researchers that we may have a deficiency of these chemical compounds and may be able to supplement our diets with these plant based cannabinoids. Cells within our bodies have receptor sites for these cannabinoids so they are meant to be part of the human physiological experience.

Clinical research performed over the past few years continues to show benefits arising from medical marijuana. There are well over 1 million “medical marijuana” patients in the US and an increasing number of physicians are writing prescriptions or recommendations as they are called in some states.  Medical cannabis has also received another boost from Dr. Sanjay Gupta. His editorial series on medical marijuana appeared on CNN exposing countless more people to the information and issues surrounding these breakthroughs. Dr. Gupta has admitted that he had previously been a skeptic of medical marijuana mainly due to the influence of government propaganda. The 2nd installment of the series included the stories of young epileptics who suffer from rare seizure disorders. After other conventional treatments failed dramatic improvements were realized through oral CBD rich extracts. This news created a surge in demand from parents of children who suffer from similar conditions.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is the 2nd most active ingredient in cannabis. It has proven to be quite useful as an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic. It is among many other things a neuroprotectant and a formidable antioxidant when combined with THC. CBD is 1 of the most prevalent non psychoactive cannabinoids so it appeals to users not comfortable with being high. This also makes it ideal for treating children. Cannabinoids can address myriad illnesses with safer and more effective results. We all look forward to further discoveries. Independent lab research is crucial to the success of this process and must be thoroughly encouraged and supported.