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What are terpenes?

Terpenes are a large group of natural and aromatic hydrocarbon compounds that can be detected in almost all plants. Although all terpenes have a common basic chemical structure, they look different and each exudes an individual aroma. Terpenes are found, for example, in flowers, resin, fruits and roots and are responsible for the characteristic odor […]

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Cannabis for eyelid spasm

In eyelid spasms, muscle spasms occur when the eyelid closes, which practically means blindness. Therapies such as medicinal elimination of the cramped muscles with Botox or surgery do not always bring success. A small Israeli double-blind study of six sufferers shows that a sublingual cannabis extract has an alleviating effect: Seizure duration decreased significantly, as […]

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How to store cannabis flowers?

Cannabis flowers are sensitive natural products. Phytocannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and other secondary plant compounds, especially terpenes and flavonoids, are important for the medicinal effect. These components can react with the environment under the influence of light, heat, moisture and oxygen. In addition to loss of effect, cannabis can mold if […]

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IBD – How can cannabinoids help?

They cause considerable suffering: chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s Disease (MC), Colitis Ulcerosa (CU) and some lesser-known forms are associated with unpleasant symptoms such as constant diarrhea, weight loss, severe abdominal pain and reduced performance. Although studies on the mechanism of action in the gastrointestinal tract are inconclusive, there is increasing evidence […]

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Medical cannabis: from wonder drug to hate object

Doctors in Germany have been allowed to prescribe medicines containing cannabinoids for five years now. Nevertheless, the prescription of medicinal cannabis continues to meet with skepticism – from patients and experts alike. Why is that the case? A look at history provides some explanations. China: Cannabis as medicine mentioned for the first time Today, medicinal […]

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Anandamide – this endocannabinoid makes us happy

“Bliss” – this is the meaning of anandamide, the best known and scientifically first described endocannabinoid. It is one of the most important endocannabinoids for controlling the balance in our body, called homeostasis. Humans – but also other mammals and insects – produce endogenous cannabinoids, so-called endocannabinoids. These activate the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), just […]

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Cancer and Cannabis: the state of pre-clinical research

Cannabinoids are already used for cancerous diseases to relieve symptoms such as pain, vomiting from chemotherapy and anorexia. Preclinical studies on animals and cultures of cancer cells increasingly show that cannabinoids have an anticarcinogenic effect, therefore, they also fight cancer. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in tumor defense, from which therapeutic effects for phytocannabinoids […]

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How does cannabis work in our body?

Our body has its own cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The main function of this system is to maintain or restore balance (homeostasis) in the body. The components of this ECS are distributed throughout the organism. In addition to receptors and enzymes, the ECS also includes endogenous ligands called endocannabinoids.  This is where […]

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Cannabis for sleep disorders

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) controls many bodily functions such as pain perception, memory, and sleep. An analysis by Canadian researchers of 24,189 user data from the cannabis app Strainprint showed significant relief from insomnia. Discomfort decreased by more than half. Indica-dominant cannabis strains, which contain mainly psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), were preferred. Sleep disorders – widespread […]

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