Cannabis Sativa is one of the most fascinating and unique plants with an amazing polypharmacology and a complex phytochemistry. It consists of more than 500 active constituents. At least 113 of these belong to a family of diverse chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Of this group, the two most commonly researched compounds are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). The presence of receptors in our bodies indicates that we have evolved alongside this plant for thousands of years, and while both THC and CBD interact with our system, they produce different effects.
THC is a psychoactive compound and has the following effects on a user:
CBD’s medicinal effects are making CBD-heavy strains a popular choice as:
As a result of these effects, THC is typically used to treat pain, nausea, sleep apnea, or stress disorders, as well as to combat the symptoms or side effects of chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, AIDS, or spinal injuries.
CBD, on the other hand, is being used to treat inflammation, stress, depression and anxiety, while also being used to combat cancer, epilepsy, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, migraines, arthritis, and the side effects of cancer treatments.
Livingstone is supporting urgently needed re-medicalization of cannabis and cannabinoids as many patients are waiting for a cannabis-based medicine and are running out of time.
Increasing awareness for healthy nutrition is changing the perception on how we look at food and how we choose our diet. In a life time approximately 35 tons of food is passing through the human gut. As such, we are not only feeding ourselves but providing nutrients to the gut microbiota which significantly influences human health and well-being.
Phytopharmaceuticals and phytoprebiotics have long been recognised as essential to support and maintain human health dependent on healthy gut microbiota. By promoting the growth and diversity of gut bacteria we can create a positive effect on human health and well-being. Further the risk of dysbiosis-related diseases can be reduced.
Prevention of diseases associated with infectious, inflammatory, dysfunctional and malnutritional conditions associated with cardiometabolic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes or atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, allergies and even psychiatric diseases such as anxiety and depression.