In 1937, the U.S. passed the Marijuana Tax Act and the plants of Hemp and Cannabis have since been on prohibition and deemed illegal with no medicinal benefits.
Countless movies and drug programs have demonized marijuana saying it causes psychosis or “reefer madness,” that it is the gateway drug to harder drugs and that it causes ones brain to fry and dull. It is a plant that grows like a “weed,” however, get caught with it and face criminal charges, years in jail and felony records that can haunt you for decades.
I reflect on this quote when educating myself and the community on cannabis medicine. The healing benefits of this sacred plant has been known for thousands of years, including by the U.S. government.
However, to the lay public, healthcare professionals, scientists and physicians, especially in the U.S., this plant has been demonized and its’ healing properties kept under wraps.
A lot of this information is going to be very different from typical perception and what you’ve seen and experienced. I urge you to remember, that everything can be misused or abused. However, when used in the appropriate manner, minding ratios of bioactive compounds and varying the mode of ingestion, one can see true healing powers from this plant, and with an open, neutral mind, I encourage you to learn the enigma about this healing plant and why fear has no place amidst its powers.
Not only were these plants on prohibition for the citizens of the U.S., the DEA also placed the plant/drug on the notorious Schedule 1 category of drugs -- deemed the most dangerous. Heroin, PCP and other illicit drugs are also on this list, and these drugs have no medicinal value and therefore forbids research as well. Barriers to consumption kept our country safe for sure, but disallowing research set back science, technology, health and wellness more than half a century.
Around the 1990s, scientists studying physiology discovered what they termed as the “Endocannabinoid System,” an intricate neuronal-immuno-endocrine communicating system of neuromodulatory lipids that checks the internal balance of each cell and corrects it.
It is the auto-leveler or auto-balancer of our body and without the ECS activated, we are “off,” out of balance, in a state of disease and a state of chronic dysfunction develops.
Interestingly, at the same time the plant was on prohibition, the war on drugs reigned and the dietary “low-fat” craze abounded. We’ve all heard that “weed stays in our system for 30 days.” This is because cannabis or marijuana and other plant oils are fat soluble. Healthy fats act as carriers for the phytocannabinoids of CBD and THC for max absorption into our bodies. The fat-free DARE nation the FDA launched in the ‘80s kicked off the birth of chronic disease.
Fast forward to 2019, and Missouri is gearing up to join the nation as the 33rd medico-legal state for medical marijuana. With about 20 years of research in the legal states and millions of anecdotal reports, it is now considered one of the safest medicines -- period.
There have been no deaths reported since the beginning of time and the medicinal use of marijuana was used for centuries in ancient cultures and civilizations as medicine and in religious traditions.
Now that we know the true healing qualities about this sacred plant, and we also know that we have an endocannabinoid system, putting two and two together shows that our bodies were designed with cannabinoids in mind.
Another interesting fact that came up on my discovery about medical marijuana and cannabis medicine was that in 2003, the U.S. government obtained patent #No. 6,630,507, which states that “cannabinoids protect the brain from damage or degeneration caused by certain diseases, such as cirrhosis.” Specifically it reads:
“It has surprisingly been found that cannabidiol and other cannabinoids can function as neuroprotectants, ….[they found] unanticipated antioxidant property of the cannabinoids in general (and cannabidiol in particular) ..of preventing or treating diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as neuronal hypoxia, by administering a prophylactic or therapeutically effective amount of a cannabinoid to a subject who has a disease caused by oxidative stress.”
ALL diseases are caused by oxidative stress, especially all chronic disease. Is this true? If this is true, and the government knew about it for so long, I’m saddened and angered by them withholding education, guidance and potentially life-saving treatments from our nation's healthcare providers, veterans and citizens.
It is interesting to note that the rates of chronic disease, especially mental health including autism and anxiety, immune conditions like auto-immune disorders as well as cancers, and GI concerns like IBS and leaky gut are at an all-time high! Could adding cannabinoids back into our system act like the best chiropractic adjustment and put everything in perfect alignment and balance?
From all the research and testimonials I’ve heard, I’m certainly encouraged by what we’ve seen so far, and intrigued by what we have yet to learn about the plant’s unique healing properties and magical enigma.