Cannabis is Medicine
Post the 2018 election, over 1/2 the states (33) now have legal Medical-marijuana programs. In addition, now we have 10 states with adult use provisions under in place After 70 years of prohibition, America and the world seems ready to move past the drug war era.
At its core Cannabis is medicine. Recent historical research has located evidence of Cannabis trading during the Bronze age over 10k years old. A recent article on Vice.com suggested the possibility that Jesus and others may have used Cannabis in healing oils. For a more comprehensive view of Medical Marijuana please feel free to DL and share this UK documentary from 2014. (50 min)
Researchers have discovered a system internal to ALL mammals that contains cellular receptors that also bind with THC and CBD, which they called the Endocannabinoid system. So we all make our own endocannabinoids.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS), named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
So, its a matter of maintaining balance is it? Many internal systems become more sensitive as we age. Using Cannabis, particularly the CBDs aspect as a wellness tool is a very sensible approach to holistic health, in my opinion. Oh, for those uncomfortable with the notion is getting “lifted”, CBDs are NOT psychoactive.
For more insight on the CBD side, I suggest you follow @projectCBD on twitter. For a very good discussion of ECS operations and the role of CBD in supplementing this vital system, check the interview with Dr Eathan Russo, very insightful. Dr Russo suggests that many of our age-related chronic conditions are a result of ECS deficiencies.
I am in the middle of building a database from my notes regarding the most important current Cannabis research results and this page will update as I sift the info.
- New studies contradict prior results suggesting that Cannabis use by teens and young adults results in lower IQ scores (link)
- NY State Medical-marijuana program, a conservative one, approves use for some specific conditions based on clinical data
- More evidence coming forward for Cannabis as an effective treatment for
- Pain management, particularly postoperative and fibromyalgia types
- Diabetes – several mechanisms as work
- Epilepsy – Sharlet’s Web strain & other CBD studies
- Alzheimer’s – protect the brain from plaque build up
- Cancer – kills cancerous cells without damaging the patient’s systems
Update: Recent articles detail 45 chronic conditions that are helped by Medical Marijuana. In spite of the DEA’s refusal to reschedule marijuana making research easier, the clinical evidence beginning in the ’90s is overwhelming in its implications. MMJ, particularly the CBD component is a gateway to wellness!
Steve Deangelo’s recent book, The Cannabis Manifesto further explains and provides a solid framework for understanding the role of Cannabis as medicine for a variety of chronic conditions. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the Cannabis legalization and reform movements.