New research reveals that endocannabinoid DNA testing is now available to help medical cannabis patients know which cannabis strains best serve their medical condition. The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the human body in the 1990’s while researchers were exploring how THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, interacts with the body. Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system regulates bodily functions, to keep the body in balance, including:
- reproduction and fertility
- sexual functioning
- liver function
- stress levels
- skin and nerve functions
DNA endocannabinoid testing provides medical cannabis patients with a personalized ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes that align best with each individual’s genetic profile. What this means is that the DNA endocannabinoid test will make recommendations, based on your genetic profile, as to which cannabis strains best serve your own endocannabinoid system.
Just as DNA tests genetic risk for things like Alzheimer’s or celiac disease, DNA endocannabinoid testing can evaluate sleep quality, pain sensitivity, and cognitive function, as well as propensity for conditions like anxiety, psychosis, and dependence. This information helps medical cannabis patients know which medical cannabis strains best serve and “match” to ones own endocannabinoid deficiencies.
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