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Cannabis Science: Could Cannabinoids Improve Efficiency of Mitochondria?

Cannabis Science: Could Cannabinoids Improve Efficiency of Mitochondria?

Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. They are organelles that act like a digestive system which takes in nutrients, breaks them down, and creates energy rich molecules for the cell. The biochemical processes of the cell are known as cellular respiration. Many of the reactions involved in cellular respiration happen in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the working organelles that keep the cell full of energy. (1)

Now there is scientific data that has demonstrated that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the two main cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, can directly and indirectly affect the mitochondria . The biological pathways that involve the mitochondria such as: neurotransmitter release,  energy homeostasis and oxidative stress — are regulated by exogenous (external) and endogenous (internal) cannabinoids.

And a recent study conducted by Andras Biokei-Gorzo at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany is suggesting that cannabis (or the activation of the brain’s cannabinoid system) triggers the release of antioxidants, which act as a cleansing mechanism. This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve the efficiency of mitochondria.  The study was published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, B. (2) To read the entire study click here.

This is great news… These discoveries shed new insight on how natural cannabinoids hold the capacity to literally kill the brain inflammation responsible for causing cognitive decline, neural failure, and brain degeneration.

By supplying these receptor sites with cannabinoids, patients may be able to overcome brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and more, not to mention premature brain aging. The human brain contains an extensive network of special receptor sites that modulate nervous system function only when activated by the appropriate cannabinoid compounds, which are found in the cannabis plant.(3)

Article Sources

Biology4kids.com (1)

WonderCBD.com   (2) 

Cannabisoil.ca

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