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Cannabis's Defense Against Aging

Aging is a natural process. Over time, our DNA and body become damaged until the point where biological systems cease to function properly. While the way we age is partly determined by our genetics, our lifestyle also contributes heavily. Cannabis has the potential to prevent and even reverse some signs of aging in terms of bone, skin, brain, and cell health. Cannabinoids Protect Cellular Function Many of the neurodegenerative diseases and damage to our body is due to damaged cell functions, specifically to mitochondria within our cells. Mitochondria are cell powerhouses that create energy from the things we eat to maintain internal balance in everyday biological processes. Mitochondria also signal to our brain to perform neuroprotective housekeeping when it notices...

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Cannabinoids And Their Effects on Chemotherapy

In terms of cancer-fighting properties, cannabinoids have been shown to inhibit, and even prevent cancer growth across a variety of cancer types. What’s even more promising is that cannabinoids, chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, can potentially kill cancer cells, especially if used after chemotherapy. Chemotherapy works by attacking cancerous cells, but also damages normal, healthy cells in the process. While organic cannabis oils, dried herb, or edibles aren’t a cure-all, they can be a potent treatment against the distressing effects of chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, pain, appetite problems, anxiety, and depression. Cannabinoids Enhance Effectiveness of Chemotherapy It hasn’t been until very recently that researchers have found that both THC and CBD can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. The...

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5 Plants That Contain Cannabinoids

Up until recently, researchers thought that cannabis was the only plant that produced cannabinoids, active chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system which regulates homeostasis inside our bodies. It influences everything from our immune system to our inflammatory response when we are injured. Further research proved that cannabinoid-like chemical compounds were found in other plants like flax seeds that contain CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that helps relieve pain and anxiety. These cannabinoid-like compounds are called cannabimimetics. They work by acting on our endocannabinoid system and sometimes directly or indirectly affect biological functions. If you’re interested in finding additional cannabinoid sources besides cannabis, these five plants are your prime choices. 1. Coneflower (Echinacea)...

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Cannabis as a Successful Hypertension Treatment

If you have constant high blood pressure, you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 U.S. adults have abnormally high blood pressure. Causes of hypertension include alcohol abuse, tobacco use, chronic stress, poor nutrition, age, and genetics. Treatment usually involves a dramatic change in lifestyle in terms of health and an assortment of medications to reduce blood pressure.  Some patients suffer from treatment-resistant hypertension that can’t be alleviated with multiple medications. Fortunately, research into medical cannabis has shown that when cannabinoids are activated, they interact with our endocannabinoid system which regulates a variety of biological responses including blood pressure. Cannabinoids Reduce Hypertension A study published in 2008 concluded that the chemical compounds found...

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