With the Farm Bill and legalization changes of marijuana and CBD across the country, and the world, many people are left feeling confused by the marijuana and Cannabinoid CBD movement. One web site says this, another says that. My doctor says this, my body responds to that. Or I hear this is a “drug” it’s illegal. Where can you find information that is valid and can be backed up by testimony, results and the law?
Let’s go over a few misconceptions and the area at which most retailers lean into false information. First and foremost. marijuana is still illegal. However in many states however as mentioned in previous articles many states (11 states recreationally and 34 medically) have passed state laws on the use and sale of marijuana. Let me just say this, marijuana and or CBD do not cure anything. Yep, it’s true it doesn’t cure anything. So how does it help with so many documented aliments?
When scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system, they realized our bodies have receptors for cannabinoids (CB1 and CB2). Cannabinoid compounds are found in the largest quantities from hemp and marijuana plants. However, did you know that the human body also produces its own cannabinoids? This is how your body regulates inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of most pain.
Here is another interesting fact. It has been known for some time that the brain can modulate the gut. With endocannabinoids, it appears the gut can also modify the brain.
So how do cannabinoids work and why does CBD seem to assist with so many things? It’s called the hemptourage effect, sometimes called the “whole plant” effect. The constituents of the cannabis plant help put your body in a state of homeostasis allowing your body to regulate and repair itself.
Think of your body like an orchestra pit. You have your winds, percussion, and strings. When your born your body is in balance. When an orchestra starts playing, they are all on the same page as well. Everything is firing and talking in sync. Over time whether through injury, age or poor health our bodies fall out of sync causing a slurry of symptoms and discomforts or diseases. Cannabinoids act like the conductor in our bodies, just like in an orchestra pit assisting with putting the strings on the same musical bar as the winds and percussion. Imagine what an orchestra would sound like without the conductor? Even though the musicians play their instruments perfectly they can hear or see what the other side of the orchestra pit is doing. The conductor creates the path, that synchronization to create beautiful music. When this analogy is translated to our bodies cannabinoids work with our endocannabinoid system to allow our bodies to become in sync thus assisting with our own body’s regulatory systems for a plethora of issues and discomforts.
Marijuana is not magic, how our bodies need and use what it offers is.
Good resources to learn about cannabis in the medical world can be found on www.pubmed.gov as well as many other publications. Always make sure as you learn your way to being your own health advocate that where you get your information can back its source.