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Cannabinoids as Functional Medicine, Part 1

This is Part One in a series on Cannabinoids as Functional Medicine with Dr. Joe Cohen, Doctor of Osteopathy, Functional Medicine Provider, and Cannabinoid specialist.


Cannabinoids for Functional Medicine

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

All animals have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) starting with Sea Squirts 600 million years ago. We have receptors throughout our body, the most prominent are known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. When emotional and physical stressors cause our system to be out of balance, we immediately produce our endocannabinoids - anandamide and 2AG - in order to self-correct and bring our system back into balance. That is why cannabis is an adaptogen. Because we are wired for this plant and its ability to bring things back into balance (homeostasis), cannabis may be considered the ideal functional medicine!

The differences between THC, Cannabis, and Hemp

Delta9-THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis and is responsible the “high” that can be therapeutic for many. It is also, especially when combined with non-psychoactive components of the plant, an effective analgesic. CBD decreases the psycho-activity caused by THC as well as undesired side effects such as anxiety and tachycardia. Hemp is defined by having 0.3% or less of THC and produces many non-psychoactive cannabinoids that have recently been found to have significant therapeutic value. This includes CBD, CBN, CBG, CBDa and CBGa- the mother of all cannabinoids, and the other 100+ cannabinoids.


We utilize CannaKoru products, formulated by Dr. Joe, at Holos Health. CannaKoru hemp is organically grown, extracted, formulated and produced in order to provide consumers with the most effective cannabinoid therapy available anywhere. In fact, our hemp is grown and extracted by the PhD botanists who have mapped out the cannabis genome and developed the first ever authorized cannabinoid research facility for Colorado University. With CannaKoru, experience the difference of strain-specific, full-spectrum, sun grown hemp that is researched and formulated by Dr. Cohen and our team of PhD scientists.

CannaKoru CBD Products are Formulated by Dr. Joe

CannaKoru is produced organically and grown locally by PhD scientists formerly connected with Colorado University.

"Based on having treated thousands of patients with cannabinoids as well as researching the literature, I have formulated several compounds in a variety of different delivery systems. These are now available as the ultimate adaptogens and supplements utilized in a functional medicine practice."

I will be providing more detailed information on the benefits of cannabinoids in future blogposts. Be sure to follow us to stay updated with the latest CBD information." To Your Health, Dr. Joe Cohen




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