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Curious about the medical properties of cannabis, Meredith Patterson RN, BSN, CRRN aka “the brain nurse”, provides a “tour guide through the lobes” as she writes a series of popular science cannabis blogs for GB Sciences.
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6, 2018 /PR Newswire/– GB Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: GBLX) offers a series of blogs by “the brain nurse”, Meredith Patterson RN, BSN, CRRN. In her over 25yrs of experience in neuroscience nursing, Meredith has always paid close attention to her patients. She listens to them; she learns from them; and then she searches for answers to their questions and her own. It was the process of learning and listening that first made her curious about cannabis. How could a drug so vilified treat such a wide array of disorders from Parkinson’s to chronic pain?
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Meredith now writes a series of popular sciences blogs in which she explains all the benefits, dispels the misconceptions and helps put minds at ease about a drug that’s been vilified for so long. What follows is her second in a series of blogs which focus on CBD.
CBD at Work: What the Heck are Receptors?
To explain how CBD works in a multitude of ways involves an understanding of some of the receptors that CBD binds with to produce therapeutic effects. For those readers who loathe deciphering the complicated language of chemistry, here’s a short science lesson on cell receptors.
Think of cell receptors as tiny buttons residing within the linings of cells. When you touch a particular button, it operates like a light switch, turning on or off. The little buttons come in different colors and shapes. Each time one is switched on or off in a sort of giant cellular switchboard, different effects occur. But flipping the switches requires the help of various chemical “messengers.”
Now imagine these chemical messengers as tiny fish swimming about near the receptors. Some of the fish prefer the green buttons and they sink their teeth into them (what chemists call “binding”). Other fish varieties go for red, blue or purple buttons. When enough of these messenger fish bind to a particular receptor button, the switch is flipped and various chemical changes ensue. In the body, cell receptors can modulate all sorts of things – like how badly your sore back is bugging you, or how much of an appetite you have today, or whether you feel relaxed or charged-up.
CBD has the potential to interact with many different receptors, consequently explains why it holds the potential for affecting the human body and mind in so many ways. That’s why I call CBD a “multi-tasker”. Stay tuned for the next stop on my quest where I visit “pain relief”.
GB Sciences’ Chairman and CEO John Poss comments, “Meredith is an important part of the GB team. Her experience and intellectual curiosity bring to the public a better understanding of the medical foundations of cannabis.”