In this series we sit down with Ted Smith and Dr. Dave Hepburn to discuss the medical intricacies of cannabis. Ted Smith is the founder and president of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. Ted has been an advocate for medical cannabis, compassionate access and patients rights for 25 years. Dr. Dave Hepburn is a Canadian author and a retired medical doctor. He advocates for broader use of medical marijuana and cannabinoids. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM), the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) and Physicians for Medical Cannabis (PMC).

This week Dr. Dave addresses the endocannabinoid system and how cannabinoids work in our body to influences our internal regulating systems. Endo means from within, and cannabinoids are the medicinal compounds in cannabis, therefore the endocannabinoid system refers to the internal cannabinoid system throughout our bodies that produces cannabinoids and has receptors for those cannabinoids all over our bodies. We were meant to consume cannabis on a biological level, and Dr. Dave takes the time to explain how our CB1 and CB2 receptors function and why cannabis works to relieve our symptoms. Video by John Giles