Cannabis fosters a state of balance within your body and can greatly improve your overall quality of life. Compounds within the plant bind with receptors in the brain and body to create the therapeutic and medical effects of cannabis.
For those suffering from serious illness, the effects of cannabis may help make treatment more comfortable, aid sleep, increase appetite, reduce nausea and pain, and elevate mood.
Additionally, select strains, known as Sativas, provide an uplifting effect that may relieve symptoms of depression and help you feel more energized throughout the day. Alternate strains, known as Indicas, have a calming effect that may help you relax and sleep better.
The effects of cannabis can be attributed to certain compounds within the plant known as “cannabinoids.” While over 100 cannabinoids have been identified, the most well-known include cannabidiols (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Each cannabinoid has its own range of potential benefits, from anti-depressant to anti-inflammatory, to sedative and sleep aid, to anti-nausea and digestive aid. Additionally, each cannabis strain has its own profile of cannabinoids, which work together to create what’s known as “the entourage effect”— that is, the way multiple cannabinoids work together for healing.
Also found in each strain of cannabis are a unique set of terpenes. Terpenes are the flavorful and aromatic compounds that give all plants their individual smell and taste. They range from floral to fruity, citrus to spice, as well as a variety of earthy and natural profiles. The terpenes in cannabis work harmoniously with cannabinoids, adding to the individual therapeutic benefits of each strain.
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