For dozens of years, drugs have been classified as harmful to our body. Those that cause the most addiction and also the most criticized are plastic drugs, those that need a laboratory for their manufacture, however, those that grow in nature and whose “magical and mysterious” effects have been with humans for thousands of generations, they also enter the same box of drugs harmful to people.
Those who are concerned with disqualifying them do not realize that our bodies also have methods that allow their reception and adaptation to the organism. The most important is known as the “cannabinoid receptor”; it first appeared 600 million years ago in invertebrate marine animals, and then, through millennia of evolution, it reached many animals, including humans.
These receptors, inherited from generation to generation, achieve a function of “lubricant” between the neurons, which makes us forget what is not necessary and we can identify the most valuable connections to survive. In addition, it is believed that they have an active function in almost all the tasks of our organism.
These receptors also fulfill various functions of communication and blocking of signals between the brain and other organs, cells and glands. They have a function of response to morphine, help control the metabolic process of fats, regulate insulin secretion, help generate a better response to the appropriation of nutrients and also achieve the perception of pain or decrease in it.
Cannabinoid receptors are also found in the active substance of marijuana known as THC, so the consumption of this plant should not only be recreational, but also serve as an ingredient for health and disease prevention. In this way, some pharmaceutical companies begin research to use cannabinoids in synthetic medicines for patients against pain caused by cancer or extreme nausea such as dronabinol, nabilone and savitex.
The British Medical Journal found that people who use marijuana have less risk of acquiring diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Among other benefits, the American Chemical Society found, in 2006, that marijuana can block the enzyme for the advancement of Alzheimer’s while preventing clots that inhibit memory and attention.
Marijuana stops the process of metastasis of some aggressive cancers and can stop the leukemia. On the other hand, the FDA considered its use for the treatment of childhood epilepsy and symptoms of Tourette syndrome.
In addition, the use of marijuana has been thought to limit the neuronal damage of a bruise or after suffering a heart attack. It has also been found to help reduce eye pressure, so it can be used by patients with glaucoma, according to a National Eye Institute study.
It is important to close with all the benefits of marijuana, which is also considered that consuming too much can be bad for your health, it accelerates the heart and, in addition, the smoke in the lungs is harmful.