What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of chemicals that bind to cannabinoids receptors in the human body and help to suppress signals in the brain. This chemical group is divided into 3 major classes: endocannabinoids (naturally produced by mammals), synthetic cannabinoids and plant cannabinoids (as found in marijuana). There are a number of strains of plant-derived cannabis available.
Marijuana has a long history, dating back thousands of years and has commonly been used for pain relief. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug and its consumption results in a feeling of euphoria; however, the drug may also result in hallucinations and anxiety.
Other side effects of use may include problems with memory loss and cognition after long term use. Some of the beneficial side effects may include an increase in appetite and the suppression of vomiting, nausea and muscle spasms.
This area of therapy is not well systematically developed at this time.
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