*WHY DOES CANNABIS PROMOTE HEALING? *
The human body (all insects and mammals, too) have an endocannabinoid system. This is the master regulator of every other system in the body. Endo cannabinoid receptors may be found in every body cell. Our human body produces its own cannabinoids! Yes! Scientists named these human endocannabinoids, anandamide, and 2- AG. Current hypothesis (still being researched) suggests that illness or feelings of un- wellness happen because our body is not producing enough of these natural body chemicals. Quite simply, by using plant cannabis, we are trying to correct our human body endocannabinoid deficit and restore ourselves to health (homeostasis and wellness). Diabetics use insulin to maintain proper glucose control. We would never stigmatize a diabetic for using insulin to correct their body’s internal insulin deficit. Using plant cannabis to restore our endocannabinoid and body systems to health is similar. It’s time for the stigma of cannabis use to cease!
*WHAT IS “IN” CANNABIS AND WHY DOES IT PROMOTE HEALING? *
1-Plant medical cannabis obtains its healing properties from the female cannabis flower. It contains the popular THC (causes psychoactive ‘high’) and CBD. Scientists have discovered 140 subtypes (substrains) of cannabinoids found in the female flower. Terpenes are the “sticky stuff” on the outside of the female flower bud that gives the cannabis aroma when smoked. Plants have terpenes that give off odors, limes, and lemons- limonene, pine trees and cones, pinene! Other plants contain cannabinoids, such as cacao, black pepper, curry plant, and many others!
- HOW TO USE CANNABIS? *
Historically or typically, cannabis is smoked or inhaled. Other routes of administration are topical applications, liquid cannabis extracts, oral gummies, used in food products, THC Epsom salt bath soaks, vaginal or rectal capsules, raw cannabis flower may be eaten directly, brewed in tea of blended with fruits or other foods.
*CANNABIS CAUTIONS *
1-When storing cannabis, use a locked container to prevent accidental and potentially dangerous ingestion by children or animals.
2-Discuss cannabis use with a health care provider and review the current medication list and possible drug interactions.
3-When beginning cannabis use, start with only a low dose of THC (not more than 5 mg). Too much THC, especially when swallowed, is first metabolized by the liver, making it about four times as strong, as when smoked. Too much THC may initiate an anxiety/panic attack. This will pass but may discourage a person from further medical cannabis use! With THC, “Start low and go slow”
4-Too much or too little cannabis may not be effective for relieving disease symptoms. This is known as the “bi-phasic” effect of cannabis. When initiating medical cannabis use, start with small amounts and increase dose and frequency until disease symptom relief is obtained and the THC psychoactive effect does not cause impairment. Caution should be used with THC when operating dangerous equipment, driving a vehicle, or being responsible for the care of others.
5-Cannabis use disorder will occur when a person is using cannabis and neglecting personal and social responsibilities. This will necessitate a cannabis “vacation” to reset the endocannabinoid system’s tone!
6-Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome may occur due to genetic predisposition and or overuse of cannabis. This would necessitate a decrease or cessation of cannabis use.
*HEALTH AND WELLNESS *
Cannabis is part of a journey to better health. Other considerations to restore endocannabinoid health are healthy diets, exercise, relaxation and meditation. Basically, consider the food you eat and what you drink, as medicine that you put in your body. If the food you eat will go bad, its good for you. If the food that you eat never goes bad, its not good for you! Pay attention to your omega 3/omega 6 fatty acid consumption. Before our process/Western diet, the ratio was 1:1. With the past decades of processed and unhealthy food consumption, the omega 3/omega 6 fatty acids are 1:15. Our brain chemistry and endogenous anandamide and 2AG need a balance of 1:1 for produce these chemicals that are needed for proper brain health and function. Examples of omega 3 fatty acids are flax seed oil, fish oil, walnuts, salmon and other foods! 1 and go slow!”