Documents dating as far back as 2900 B.C. tell us hemp (defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less Delta 9 THC) has lived alongside humans for thousands of years and has been cultivated for medicinal purposes for just as long. Cannabis’ impact on the human body can be credited, in large part, to what are called Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by the plant’s trichomes that offer a wide array of therapeutic benefits. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring in plants and are found in great abundance in our cannabis plant, as well as a number of other plants. Cannabinoids serve vital functions within the human body. Cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in the brain and body – this system of receptors is referred to as the Endocannabinoid System.The science behind cannabinoids as medicine is strong; so much so that certain cannabinoids have actually been synthesized (artificially made) and received FDA approval for treatment of illnesses like MS (Sativex, Marinol and others).
The two cannabinoids mentioned, THC and CBD, have been shown to help patients suffering from pain, nausea, sleep and stress disorders, as well as stress relief, anxiety, inflammation and epilepsy.