How is it possible that Cannabis seems to be able to cure everything from pain to cancer?
Cannabis medicine is said to be helpful with so many diseases and conditions that it seems preposterous to some, this in itself becomes a reason some people doubt its efficacy. Cannabis is a wonderfully healthful plant, it is both incredibly simple and powerful. How can that be? It’s a peek into the magic and the mystery of the cannabis plant. Many of it’s results are bi-phasic, meaning it can cause reactions which might appear to contradict each other in the same person at different times, in different settings.
Actually we’re not sure that cannabis cures anything. Cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant and immunomodulator, appetite and blood pressure regulator . . . In fact the role of endocannabinoids, the natural cannabinoids made by our bodies, is homeostasis; controlling our body’s homeostatic system which keeps all of our bodily systems operating within proper ranges. In high school biology I was taught that the least understood but most important system in our bodies is our homeostatic system, the great regulator of the human body. It is now incontrovertible that homeostasis in our body is controlled by the endocannabinoid system. This is why cannabis is so effective, it supplies our body’s endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids that our bodies have become deficient in for many reasons, most of them having to do with the unhealthy environments we live it. When you grasp this, cannabis starts to fall into place and make sense.
Endocannabinoids, our body’s naturally produced cannabinoids, are at the heart of health!
There is a theory in modern medicine which postulates that the vast majority if not all diseases are rooted in underlying inflammation, many are driven by immune system issues and by free radicals. Antioxidants protect the body against the destructive effects of free radicals by neutralizing them.
Cannabis is extremely low in toxicity with not one recorded death from overdose so “there’s no harm in trying it” has never been more true, it can only help, it cannot harm. An overdose on cannabis might mean nausea, vomiting, prolonged sleep, uncontrolled giggling, hard to control cravings for food, etc, but nothing about it is toxic, you will not damage any part of your body. This is unlike any other drug known to man.
Cannabis is very easy to titrate, that’s a fancy word meaning to determine the correct dose. There are very few negative side effects, psychoactivity can be moderated if necessary, there is not a single death from overdose reported in any medical literature. In short — this is an incredibly safe medicine. That is why we don’t have to wait for final and conclusive clinical trials. The preclinical data combined with the incredible volume of anecdotal information lead most reasonable people to give it a trial. Start low and go slow, if you find relief, wonderful, if not, move on, what have you lost. You have not taken a toxic drug and you have not damaged any of your organs. If you have one of many conditions for which there isn’t a lot of good news, cannabis may provide some. If the other choices are slim to non-existent, what are you waiting for?
Here’s a great article by a respected Cannabis Scientist
And here is a video on the topic by a person I consider a thought leader in cannabis medicine, Dr. Justin Sulak