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Why Cannabis Works

UnderstandThe endocannabinoid system

Pain, Mood & Memory

Every person has an endocannabinoid system, just like a nervous system and digestive system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in many processes in your body, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory.

Similar Chemicals

Your endocannabinoid system naturally produces chemicals similar to those found in cannabis. These chemicals work to pass messages between the brain and different parts of the body through your neurons and receptors.

Leading to the Symptoms

Some medical ailments affect the proper functioning of the endocannabinoid system, which can lead to many of the symptoms that patients experience as part of their condition.


The cannabinoids introduced with medical cannabis (which are called phytocannabinoids) help to treat those symptoms by supplementing the endocannabinoids normally produced in your body, and subsidizing your endocannabinoid system as a whole.

Demonstration Receptors & Neurons

This illustration demonstrates how the cannabinoids from cannabis subsidize the standard messages sent between the receptors in your neurons. The dots represent the locations in the body where cannabinoids act on the endocannabinoid system.

Learn about the active ingredients in medical cannabis here.

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Receptor Diagram Receptor Diagram