Besides restoring the body’s necessary cannabinoid levels, Cannabis in Ayurvedic medicine helps the body regain balance on all levels. The cannabinoid receptors in the ECS are of two kinds, CB1 and CB2. A vast majority of the CB1 receptors are present in the brain and the central nervous system.
Thus, when people consume Cannabis, the cannabinoids in Cannabis activate those receptors in specific areas of the brain and the nervous system responsible for regulating the body’s balance.
On the other hand, the CB2 receptors have a high concentration in the body’s immune system. It is important to note that the immune system plays a key role in causing inflammation in the system.
The immune cells produce pro-inflammatory cytokine molecules in response to the damage caused to the body. And often, the inflammation lasts longer than the actual damage and causes other disorders.
When patients consume this herb, and the cannabinoids bind to the receptors in the immune system, they provide the Cannabis with a robust control over the system’s immunity and enhance the ECS. As a result, the ECS becomes more effective in reducing the risk of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type1 diabetes, psoriasis, etc, and alleviating inflammatory health conditions such as IBD and lBS.
A study conducted in Israel found that consuming Cannabis caused significant improvements in fibromyalgia patients due to its strong pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. It also caused over 50% of the patients to stop taking traditional pain medications.
Furthermore, because of this analgesic action and its strong impact on the brain, Cannabis has been found effective for alleviating migraines in patients, causing a reduction of over 55% in acute pain. Besides that, it further reduced the daily analgesic intake and dependence in patients and showed persistent and prolonged improvements in their overall physical and mental health and wellbeing.