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How does cannabis actually work? And how can a single herb be a reliable medicine for a wide variety of medical issues? How is that even possible?

The surprising answer is that our body produces a group of ‘cannabis-like’ chemicals called endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids. Named after the very weed that led to its discovery, its thought to be the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.  Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

“The Scientist” is a documentary about Dr. Rafael Mechoulam, the Israeli chemistry professor who first identified the Endocannabinoid system, and then, with his research team, the first two identifiable endocannabioids manufactured by the human body.  Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC and CBD interact with this endocannabinoid system (ECS) — the largest receptor system in the human body — and his research is the foundation of scientific study  that continues to identify the chemical components and medical properties of cannabis. How far ahead of the game is Dr. Mechoulam?  Right now, in the US, we can test for six different cannabinoids.  In Israel, they are now testing for 144 different cannabis compounds, each with its own medical potential.

Learn More

Can CBD Really Do All That? — The New York Times
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs CBD Isolate: the Difference Explained — Medium
Citable research on CBD — Manna Botanics & Pub Med
Visit http://mechoulamthescientist.com/making-of/ for more about Dr Mechoulam and his work

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