What Happens Inside of My Body When I Take Medical Marijuana?
| December 13, 2017 |
When you take Medical Marijuana, the cannabinoids found in the plant attach to endocannabinoid receptors naturally found in your body. The endocannabinoid system has millions of receptors that are specially designed to interact with cannabinoids. THC and CBD naturally attach to the receptors and start communicating, which triggers the effects felt by cannabis. Together, THC, CBD and various other compounds work together to create the “entourage effect”, a therapeutic result that varies depending on the plant’s specific cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid properties. The way the cannabinoid receptors react depend on what cannabinoid you ingest, as each has a different set of therapeutic properties.
The onset of the effects of medical marijuana and how long they last also depends on the way you ingest your medical marijuana.
Sublingual/Oral Solution: The properties of the Medical Marijuana are rapidly absorbed through the sublingual artery, your body’s main blood supply to the tongue.
Medical Marijuana Capsules: The capsules are processed through the digestive system first before the Medical Marijuana properties are distributed to other areas of the body. This is why the onset of effects from capsules generally take longer to feel.
Vaporization: Onset of effects are the fastest of any other form of ingestion as the Medical Marijuana properties are delivered directly into the bloodstream.