THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are two of the many compounds found in the marijuana plant. They are both phytocannabinoids that are naturally occurring compounds found in a small percentage of plants that can interact with cannabinoid receptors.
THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, which is a reason people have been known to use marijuana as a recreational drug. CBD on the other hand is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that can lessen the psychoactive effects of THC.
When the correct balance of THC and CBD are administered (there are a variety of ways to administer), not only has it been found to regulate normal function of the mind and body, but something much more exciting has also been observed.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found in the brain, reproductive system, immune systems and other parts of the human body. These receptors are CB1 and CB2 and when activated, regulate numerous physiological (body) and pathophysiological (mind) processes.
The body produces endocannabinoids specifically to activate these receptors. In times of physical or mental illness and/or stress cannabinoid receptors may need a boost in the level of cannabinoids to meet the demands of the mind and body. So, when boosted, they send messages out to the body causing it to go into a kind of self-healing, self-correcting mode that has the potential to cure itself from a myriad of diseases, without any known side-effects.
We can get a replica of these endocannabinoids that our bodies make, from the cannabis plant. It’s so perfectly matched that it is reminiscent of honey and a bee.
Just as individuals have a unique makeup so do cannabis seeds. The level of cannabinoids that occur within certain cannabis strains are imperative for optimal results to occur in the human body. It has been observed that certain strains of the marijuana plant are the most effective for medicinal use.
These particular strains at their earliest stage, seeds, need to be safeguarded. They should be treated with the respect they deserve by:
- Being stored correctly - how to store cannabis seeds.
- Protected from cross-contamination.
- Cultivated with great care, so as to sustain pure gene pools.
This is an absolute necessity if we wish to continue to receive the benefits from this powerful plant, now and in the future.