When recreational marijuana was first legalized in Colorado, I was eager to visit the dispensary.
I live in Eugene, and a gorgeous facility opened up just down the street from my apartment.
However, I didn’t want to simply wander around with no idea of what I should buy. Since cannabis has a significant impact on the mind and body, I decided to do some research before purchasing and consuming. As I read up on the subject, I realized that I had a lot to learn. I now know that the cannabis plant contains over a hundred different chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors that make up the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for all sorts of essential functions, including mood, sleep, memory, pain and appetite. It is the job of the ECS to maintain homeostasis. It is basically a signaling system that tells the brain and body when to create endocannabinoids to fix problems. However, there are times when the ECS fails to react properly. Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, can assist the ECS and promote healing and alleviate symptoms. Cannabis has shown promise in treating chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, migraines, insomnia, arthritis, nausea, anxiety, depression, addiction and so much more. We are discovering that cannabis topicals, applied directly to the skin, are valuable in treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, bruises, wounds and more. Educating myself only increased my belief in the healing power of cannabis. I truly appreciate the chance to shop at the local dispensary and improve my health and wellness.