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The Best Offense: Preventive Medicine Gains an Ally in Cannabis

Preventive medicine is a hot topic these days – everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and avoid illness.

Until recently, the mainstream medical community would hardly even consider the idea that cannabis could have a role to play in preventing serious diseases. That is slowly changing, as researchers are uncovering some of the plant’s lesser known, but potentially quite powerful, preventive medical applications.

One of the most crucial roles of preventive medicine is to help us maintain our internal balance, called homeostasis. Our bodies consist of many unique physiologic systems whose sole purpose is to maintain homeostasis – the pancreas releases insulin to balance glucose levels between the bloodstream and cells, and the thyroid gland releases thyroid hormones, which regulate vital bodily functions related to metabolism, body temperature and much more. Simply put, our bodies are working constantly to stay balanced in response to our external environment.

One of these physiologic systems, the endocannabinoid system, was discovered by scientists while they were attempting to understand how THC, or the chemical in cannabis responsible for creating a high, causes its well-known intoxicating effects