INTRO TO BLOG and Chapter 1: Pharmacology Basics with an Emphasis on Cannabis

22 Sep 2018 11:30 AM | C.

Hello there! 

I'm going to try something different in terms of the stereotypical educational blog. I'm going to post very short, brief, interchangeable sections in larger chapters here each month. They will build upon each other, but only slightly. Readers will be able to either read the information in the order I believe most useful, or skip around to what they find most interesting.

I'm a pharmacologist - someone who has studied the interaction of drugs with the human body. Specifically, I studied drug discovery in the endocannabinoid system. Pharmacology is the study of drugs and I believe that understanding drug mechanisms and interactions is a critical piece of knowledge that is often undervalued in society.

Over this next month I will be covering topics on this blog pertaining to the very bare-bones basics of Cannabis pharmacology. This initial chapter will serve as the absolute foundation for all the further material I will be covering. 

Here are the sections to be covered:

Section 1: How does a drug work? What is a drug target?

Section 2: What drug(s) are in Cannabis? What is a secondary metabolite?

Section 3: What is a receptor? What type of receptors are CB1 and CB2?

Section 4: What does THC do to the CB1 and CB2 receptors? What does CBD do?

Section 5: What do the CB1 and CB2 receptors do in the body in the absence of Cannabis?

Section 6: What makes up the endocannabinoid system? Where is it in the human body?

Section 7: What do we know about the endocannabinoid system so far?

Section 8: Comprehensive review of covered concepts

Next up is Chapter 2 which will focus on pharmacokinetics, dosing, and toxicity.

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