Skeptics wonder how cannabis can be so effective against such a wide variety of conditions. It’s simple: It is very good at mimicking the body’s own internally produced medical molecules, chemicals called endocannabinoids.
Because modern life and its pollution, lack of exercise, and highly processed foods often result in very poor diet, humans are typically deficient in these molecules. Recent science has revealed that such a problem, called endocannabinoid deficiency, results in a lack of homeostasis within the human body.
It is theorized by some intelligent researchers that this lack of homeostasis may be the root of literally hundreds of conditions. This imbalance, because it involves the central nervous system and immune system, can result in diseases as wide ranging as multiple sclerosis, asthma, strokes, and epilepsy.
Because so many conditions involve inflammation, pain, and nausea, cannabis is simply very effective in treating them. It should be noted that this herb is not always able to treat the core disease or condition that ails a patient, but it typically is an excellent way of decreasing negative symptoms.
One Research Example
Back to the science of cannabis: A 2013 human trial study in Israel revealed that 45% of participants with Crohn’s disease, a potentially fatal form of Irritable Bowel Disease, experienced a full remission of their disease after only eight weeks (they consumed high-grade cannabis containing 23% THC). All subjects were patients who had tried conventional pharmaceutical drugs, but had experienced no relief from their disease or its symptoms.
This is just one of literally hundreds of examples of research studies that either hint toward or prove the efficacy of cannabis. However, “proof” in the world of science means repeatable results.
With the U.S. government opposing cannabis research that extends beyond petri dishes and test tubes due to the Schedule I status of cannabis, such research won’t be occurring in the United States anytime soon.
If you’re offended by this, let your representative or senator know.
How have you benefited from integrating cannabis into your wellness therapy? How does it help you psychologically, emotionally, and physically? Have you been able to reduce or avoid opiates and other conventional pharmaceutical treatments by substituting cannabis?
All text and photos Copyright © 2003-2017 Gooey Rabinski. All Rights Reserved.
Gooey Rabinski is a senior technical writer and instructional designer who has contributed feature articles to magazines such as High Times, SKUNK, MERRY JANE, Herb.co, Emerald Magazine, CannaBiz Jourbnal, Cannabis Culture, Twelve High Chicks, Heads, Weed World, Cannabis Health Journal, Green Flower Media, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself. He is the author of Understanding Medical Marijuana, available on Amazon Kindle.