One Plant is Recognized as Powerful Medicine for Many Health Issues

Cannabis Background

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You may have seen the flurry of videos and testimonials lately all stating how cannabinoids (CBD’s) have worked miracles in the lives of many who thought they had hopeless medical conditions. It seems as if the whole world is discovering that marijuana is more than just a recreational drug, it can prevent chronic diseases, reduce pain, as well as relax the nerves.

This isn’t something new, however. Many people don’t know that there has been a systematic suppression of knowledge of the indigenous people’s use of this medicinal plant. The history behind this plant is absolutely fascinating and goes to demonstrate just how the present day system of Big Pharmacy  has worked so hard to keep the medicinal properties of this plant a secret, even going so far as to criminalize it and imprison those who tried to use it.

Well before Christianity was born, cannabis was being used as medicine, especially in India and in Asia. Somewhere around the 19th century, this plant was brought to the attention of Western medicine and it reached its peak use during the last decade of that same century. It was widely used at that time in the way of tinctures and extracts.  Soon after the first few decades of the 20th century, however, the medicinal use of cannabis declined. See more information about marijuana benefits.

More than 5,000 years ago, cannabis was known to have very positive effects on the nervous system. Using cannabis it was easy to obtain stimulation of the appetite, relief from pain, and calm the nerves. Cannabis use goes back to the person many people consider the father of medicinal plants and agriculture, Chinese Emperor Chen Nung. This emperor is thought to have written the first pharmacy guide, written about the medicinal use of various plants. Emperor Nung wrote that cannabis could be used to treat constipation, malaria, age related forgetfulness, menstrual problems and rheumatism. Find out also how cannabis oil helps cancer.

As we stated earlier, cannabis was widely used during the 19th century for medicinal purposes. However, it was also well known that the preparations of cannabis varied from pharmacy to pharmacy. At that time, the active ingredient was unknown and this made any type of quality control virtually impossible. This is one of the reasons cannabis fell out of favor as a medicine.

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Alkaloids were being extracted from plants for their unique properties during the Victorian age. Chemists were successful in those times because the alkaloids they wanted were water soluble organic bases that made crystalline solids when they combine them with certain types of acids. Among just some of the compounds that 19th century chemists successfully isolated were cocaine, morphine, and quinine.

Cannabis molecules, however, are virtually insoluble in water. Therefore, chemists from the Victorian age were unable to remove and make extracts of these compounds. THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, was not isolated and identified until 1964.

By the end of the 1990’s, scientists found two cannabinoid receptors (named CB1 and CB2). This identification of the chemical structure of cannabis, as well as the possibility of being able to obtain pure constituents, caused a significant new interest in researching this plant. Now, a more consistent cycle of the use of cannabis derivatives as medication has begun. This means that the effectiveness of treatment and its safety can be scientifically proven.

It’s interesting to note that our brains contain a large network of specialized receptors that control the central nervous system and these receptors can only be activated by cannabinoid compounds. There is new research being done every month that continues to show the important role cannabinoids have in protecting the function of the brain. This means cannabis can help to stop the aging process and can even reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more about treating Alzheimer’s disease.

The method by which you plan to take cannabis can vary greatly. Some claim that the oil from cannabis is what is effective while others state that you can eat it or smoke it and it will work all the same. Lately, many more people have been inclined to ingest the oil or apply the oil directly to skin cancers, eczema, and other wounds. Oral consumption can be problematic, however, as it must first pass through fatty tissue, and then become metabolized, slowly, by the liver. Vaporizers have become very popular for this reason and many believe that this method delivers the THC directly to the body, rather than waiting for the digestive process.

One last note about cannabis; this plant has a very digestible globular protein that contains all the essential amino acids necessary for life. It has the perfect omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of essential fatty acids. Also, this plant is the only known source of all essential cannabinoid acids as well. It’s pretty clear from history, as well as from recent studies, that every single person on the planet would benefit from access to cannabis.

Sources:

Wikipedia.org

Scielo.br

Cannabisinternational.org

Cannabisnationradio.com

Gwpharm.com