Cannabis is More Than Medicine
By Susan Boskey
The ancient cannabis plant continues to bless we humans and animals while exceeding expectations of its medicinal use. Cannabis of today acts also as a portal to possible new discoveries for health and wellness.
In this age of legal cannabis along with the wide use of pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis is often seen as another drug alongside others. We are told about all the conditions it may help alleviate, especially by using CBD. Obviously, this is great news but not the whole story.
Beyond the mindset of conflating cannabis with the medical industry and pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis behaves more like the natural plant remedy it is. Its chemical constituents play a powerful role in learning more about maintaining good health.
There’s a reason why I say this.
The chemical constituents of the cannabis plant configure perfectly with a system of the body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Until Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam and his team discovered it in 1992, no one really knew about or understood the chemical coupling of cannabis within the human body, nor that such compatibility was the working of a previously unknown physiological system.
The discovery of the ECS changed everything.
Cannabis aside for the moment, Mechoulam and his team discovered that the ECS to be a genetically-coded molecular-signaling (communication) system that regulates the homeostasis (balance of health) for each and every other physiological system of the body. All mammals have one. The ECS functions in a lock and key fashion binding the body’s own chemical molecules (keys) to the system’s superstructure of receptors (lock), protecting against the negative impacts of stressors.
Medical researcher, Ethan Russo, MD, discovered that the ECS has a quality of “tone“ which can become weakened with age. Due to the body’s build-up of toxins over the course of time, the ECS becomes deficient and loses effectiveness. When this happens, a person can become more vulnerable to various disease processes. In other words, the ECS needs a boost.
As mentioned, cannabis precisely mimics, externally, what the body is meant to do, internally using its own chemical molecules in a lock and key system. However, with inadequate binding action of the body’s natural chemical molecules to the ECS superstructure of receptors, ECS tone becomes deficient.
To restore ECS tone, cannabis provides a needed boost.
This phenomena has created a portal of unprecedented access for medical researchers to gain further insight into the complexity of how the body works. The cannabis interface with the ECS is a step towards more discoveries about what it takes to maintain the health of this system which, in turn, regulates the health of the body.
For one thing, we already know that the quality of ECS ‘tone’ can be assisted by other substances and processes such as, leafy greens, omega-3 foods and supplements, cocoa, moderate exercise, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy and probiotics.
Perhaps one day we will be able to measure and monitor our ECS tone in order to help maintain it at an optimal level. Once again, the ancient cannabis plant adds value to mammalian life on earth.
Susan is a Certified Cannabis Practitioner and graduate of the Holistic Cannabis Academy with over 45 years of personal involvement in the spectrum of wellness modalities. Her mission today is to intervene in the noise of modern life and help her clients identify and remove stressors that trigger their dis-ease. She personalizes care plans regarding the best cannabis strain, dose and delivery system to address her client’s issue. As a non-physician coach Susan enjoys the added flexibility of also providing protocols for simple lifestyle changes to accelerate the healing process. Visit her website: LifestyleWellnessRx.com