Cannabis in medicine - how cannabis helps us to better health and well-being
Author: Tanja Bagar, PhD
Published by ICANNA - International Institute for Cannabinoids
We present you the book Cannabis in Medicine - How Cannabis Helps You to Better Health and Well-Being, by Tanja Bagar, PhD. In the field of cannabis and cannabinoids, the book is very popular and desirable, as it brings us closer in a simple way and teaches us about a very important human system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Author of the book, Tanja Bagar, PhD, is a lecturer at the Faculty of Alma Mater Europea, director of the International Institute for Cannabinoids, ICANNA, cooperates professionally and scientifically with the Austrian College of Health and Development. She is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts in Pomurje, the Slovenian Biochemical Society and the Society of Psychologists of Slovenia. She has extensive research experience in the laboratories of the National Institute of Chemistry, the Faculty of Biotechnology, the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Nutrition, the Topolšica Hospital and the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics at the Georg-August University of Gottingen in Germany and at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh. She is also the recipient of the Acknowledgment of the Slovenian Microbiological Society for cooperation in the promotion of microbiology. She completed the intensive four-week e-learning program Concepts of Cannabis Science I, run by Kenevir Research (Oregon, USA), as well as the continuing program Concepts of Cannabis Science II.
Tanja Bagar, PhD, was a winner of the award for gifted students during her studies, graduated in microbiology at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana and received the Prešeren Award for her dissertation. She continued her postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, where she received her PhD in biomedical sciences. As a young researcher, she received the Krka Award for special achievements in the field of research work, and a municipal gold plaque for a successful doctorate. She passed the professional exam at the Ministry of Health.
Konoplja v medicini
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system, a signaling mechanism, that is present in all vertebrates. It consists of endocannabinoids (anandamide or AEA and 2-arachidonoylglycerol or 2-AG), receptors (CB1, CB2, and GPR55 is thought to be the third) and enzymes. Receptors, which are an integral part of our cells, sense the amount or. the concentration of cannabinoids in cells. Our brains also detect changes in the concentration of cannabinoids in our body and consequently respond accordingly. The role of ECS in our bodies is very broad, as all cells on their surface contain receptors that sense the amount of cannabinoids present. You can read more about ECS in our blog.
Hemp is a plant that comprises three subspecies, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis and is the most useful plant that grows on planet Earth. Man discovered cannabis more than 5,000 years ago. The oldest cannabis product site dates back to 12,000 years ago and lies in the area of present-day China. It is a versatile plant that can be used entirely. Hemp fibers were already used in Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt and were added to clay bricks for reinforcement. Until the 20th century, hemp was widely used all over the world, and it is very popular in Slovenia, as well. More about Cannabis plant you can read in our blog.
Cannabis and Oncology
The use of cannabis and cannabinoids in the field of oncology has already been described in considerable detail in the professional literature. The number of published articles is growing exponentially from year to year. Cannabinoids are used as an adjunct to established drugs, especially in the treatment of advanced cancer. Cannabinoid support is used primarily in the area of more difficult-to-manage symptoms and when conventional drugs cause unacceptable side effects. It should be borne in mind that cannabinoids do not represent the first line of treatment for any symptom. Cannabinoids and other cannabis preparations are included as a supplement to classical medicine when standard drugs are not effective enough. You can read more in our blog.