Why do I think cannabis is so important?
The cannabis plant has been part of our world for approximately 500 million years. When a plant that has been around for such a long time, wouldn’t it upset the balance of nature to remove it from the world? Of course! This changes everything! Evidence suggests cannabis use dating as far back as 5,000 years ago.
Think back to what the world was like just a short 100 years ago. We have had major changes in transportation, electricity, computing, medicine… too many things to list. Doctors went on house calls with a tincture of cannabis in their bag, ready to dose to the next patient. Computers weren’t invented until the mid 1900’s and today we carry computing devices aka phones in our pockets. What hasn’t changed in the last hundred years?
While life expectancy is longer than ever, we’ve also had an increase in diseases. There are new diseases never heard of before, and old diseases that increase exponentially despite medicines best effort. Why is this happening? Many will blame all the changes in technology, many will blame modern medicine. All of this and more has played a part, but what about the fact that we removed a plant from our world almost 100 years ago? We have added things not made of nature, and removed a major part of nature. The balance has become unbalanced.
It is thought that the cannabaceae family evolved around 60 million years ago.
Why does cannabis help our bodies so much?
We have an endocannabinoid system in our bodies. That system is the largest neurotransmitter system in our bodies. It also controls all other neurotransmitter systems. We have different types of receptors, for cannabis, which are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are located all over our bodies, including the nervous system, internal organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. Cannabis however, also works with opioid receptors, steroid receptors and seratonin receptors.
We are now finding that some people have clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), which can cause migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and related conditions.
Cannabis restores homeostasis
The main job of the cannabinoids in cannabis is restoring out bodies to homeostasis. This is also referred to as the “Goldilocks Zone” of our bodies. When our bodies are in homeostasis, everything is “just right.” The endocannabinoid system is vital in maintaining homeostasis.
The cannabis plant has an entourage effect
The compounds in the cannabis plant, cannabinoids, terpenes and others, combine to create an entourage effect where all of these compounds work together to help our bodies.