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Cannabis and The Brain

There are 2 main biologically active components: CBD- the anti-inflammatory component with most of the medicinal benefits and THC- the psychoactive component which enhances the action of CBD. 

Cannabis has been receiving a lot of increased attention the past few years as a popular recreational substance with medicinal benefits that continue to be discovered. It’s known medicinal benefits include anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and pain fighting activity. 𝗦𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂? 

🌱There are 2 main biologically active components: CBD- the anti-inflammatory component with most of the medicinal benefits and THC- the psychoactive component which enhances the action of CBD. 

🌱While the science of its impact on the brain is new, some research by @doc_amen suggests that habitual use of THC containing cannabis prematurely ages the brain. Brain scans have revealed that it decreases brain volume, a phenomenon seen in diseases like Alzheimer’s. 

🌱Habitual use of THC containing cannabis may also burn out your neurotransmitter production pathways in the brain by forcing you to continually produce high levels of neurotransmitters to create its psychoactive effects. 

🌱Cannabis is also a slow metabolizer. It’s components store in your fat cells and can impact you for up to 30 days after use. 

𝗠𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦 

Cannabis has some impressive medicinal benefits, especially as it relates to pain. However, patients who are habitually using it for pain or mental health conditions such as anxiety usually need more work on the underlying causes. While some people with these conditions may habitually use 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 working on the underlying conditions, it is best to view cannabis as a tool for management rather than the ultimate solution. It is also worth noting that most medical benefit comes from high amounts of CBD with lower amounts of THC. 

Dr. Chelsea Azarcon, NMD

I am a Naturopathic Medical Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University, San Diego as well as holding a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. I love working with chronic illnesses, infections and environmental toxicity and finding hidden triggers of persistent illness.

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