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The Endocannabinoid System

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The endocannabinoid system (ECS) refers to a collection of receptors and molecules. Cell receptors are like ‘locks’ on cell surfaces and the ‘keys’ are chemical molecules called agonists. Consequently, the ECS is composed of cell…

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Endocannabinoid system overview

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What is the endocannabinoid system? The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a neuromodulatory system that is found throughout the human body. The ECS plays a role in numerous biological processes such as brain development, learning and…

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Mythbusters: Common Misconceptions about Cannabinoids

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Medicinal cannabis has become a topic of considerable discussion in recent years. The volume of information available can often be overwhelming and leave us feeling somewhat confused. Below are explanations to some common misconceptions that…

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Classification of pain

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Pain can be classified in one of three ways, according to the signaling pathway involved. Namely, the classifications are nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is the most common and it is high threshold pain…

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What makes up a cannabis plant?

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As many of us may know, cannabis plants contain cannabinoid components, which interact with cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system. Interestingly, cannabis plants also contain non-cannabinoid components. Overall, these plants contain at least 750 constituents…

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