| Posted on Thu, March, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
When Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and the head medical correspondent for CNN released a documentary in which he completely about-faced his opinion on marijuana, stoners were shocked. Potheads and patients everywhere threw up their joints/bongs/whatever in celebration that such a prominent person in the media spotlight was not only speaking for marijuana but had recently spoken AGAINST the plant, showing others that people can change their opinions rather then believing nonsense for their whole lives. Now, Dr. Gupta has released a second installment in his marijuana series, an episode which includes an interesting take on what marijuana does to our brains.
The new documentary includes the journey of a scientist named Raphael Mechoulam. This man is responsible for determining the structure of CBD, the ingredient in cannabis that heals and helps to improve human life, even more so then THC. His discovery of CBD happened in 1963 and a year later, Mechoulam became the first person to isolate delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. His team of scientists continued to isolate the compounds found in cannabis, furthering their knowledge of the previously mysterious plant. They discovered the first known endogenous cannabinoid, or the cannabinoids that our bodies produce on their own and named it "anandamide", which translates from Sanskrit to English as something like "supreme bliss", showing Mechoulam's feelings towards the plant.
At the age of 83, Mechoulam describes his "entourage effect" in the new CNN special. According to this incredibly smart man, the effect is exactly as follows;
" There are more than 480 natural components found within the cannabis plant, of which 66 have been classified as "cannabinoids." Those are chemicals unique to the plant, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiols. There are, however, many more, including:
-- Cannabigerols (CBG);
-- Cannabichromenes (CBC);
-- other Cannabidiols (CBD);
-- other Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC);
-- Cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL);
-- other cannabinoids (such as cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT) and other miscellaneous types).
Other constituents of the cannabis plant are: nitrogenous compounds (27 known), amino acids (18), proteins (3), glycoproteins (6), enzymes (2), sugars and related compounds (34), hydrocarbons (50), simple alcohols (7), aldehydes (13), ketones (13), simple acids (21), fatty acids (22), simple esters (12), lactones (1), steroids (11), terpenes (120), non-cannabinoid phenols (25), flavonoids (21), vitamins (1), pigments (2), and other elements (9)."
Yes, I know you're probably stoned so in pothead terms, this basically means that the many different kinds of substances contained in the cannabis plant work together in order to give us the desired effect. The compounds work together to calm, relax, and enlighten humans, where as if they were alone, the same effect wouldn't be achieved. Think of it like this; by eating real fruits and veggies that are grown on a farm and harvested provides your body with a lot of really great vitamins that you need to function. You can get the same vitamins from taking a pill, but you get added benefits from eating the real fruit, as there are extra minerals and vitamins in skins and seeds. Many drugs seem to be made with single compounds, which as we study further, will be shown to be more then ineffective when fighting illness and disease. The multiple compounds of cannabis offer a far greater effect, as the multiple compounds have many added benefits.