The Chemical Composition of Marijuana

The Chemical Composition of Medical Marijuana

Clint Werner says in his book ‘The Marijuana Gateway to Health”,

“Marijuana is beginning to emerge from under a cloud of contempt because it has been at the center of one of the most exciting and underappreciated developments in biological science in recent times.”

What is behind this trend? Where’s the science behind it all?  Well, it helps to understand the natural compounds in marijuana and how they affect the human body.

There are over 400 natural compounds in medical marijuana and, of these, over 80 are found in cannabis plants. These eighty special compounds are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids relieve symptoms of illness by attaching to receptors in the brain that look for similar compounds that occur in the human body, such as dopamine. Research done on the psychological effects have led directly to the discovery of a new chemical signaling system in the human body which is now recognized as playing a crucial role in regulating our neurology and physiology (Werner, 2011, p. 9). Most people don’t realize that cannabinoids already exists in the human body. They also exist in most living creatures, and possibly even in single-celled-organisms. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the human body to help govern the physiological process of:

  • pain management
  • immune function
  • thermoregulation
  • memory
  • inflammation regulation

There are five major cannabinoids in medical marijuana that are particularly effective for relieving symptoms of illness, and each one produces different physical and psychological effects. This is why certain strains of medical marijuana are bred to have different amounts of each cannabinoid and are recommended for different conditions.


Learn more how medical marijuana works in the articles below:

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