Marijuana. Some alternative truths.
The first reference in history.
Please read this with an open mind and realise much of what you think you know - much of what you have been told concerning Marijuana / Cannabis / Dope / Grass / Avenue to Enlightenment / Spliff / Wacky Backy - call it what you like, is wong, as you have been force fed a pack of lies and deceiptful bullshit meant to keep you in fear of something that is actually very good for you - while allowing you to drink yourself to death with alcohol that is taxed.
Before 2737 BC, the first direct reference of using marijuana was found in China in the writings of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung. The first use of cannabis product was used for psychoactive agents. Gradually its use spread from China to India, and then to North Africa, and reached Europe as early as AD 500. Marijuana was listed in United States Pharmacopeia from 1850 till 1942. It was prescribed for different medical uses such as labor pain, nausea, and rheumatism.
Here is the list of different medical benefits of cannabis:
Slow and stop cancer cells from spreading
Protect the brain after a stroke
Ease the pain of multiple sclerosis
Help with Crohn’s disease
Control Epileptic seizure
Help veterans suffering from PTSD
Treat inflammatory bowel diseases
Soothe tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease
Help reverse the carcinogen effects of tobacco and improve lung health
Lessen side effects from treating Hepatitis C, and increase treatment effectiveness
Decrease the symptoms of Dravet’s Syndrome
Improve symptoms of Lupus, an autoimmune disorder
Protect the brain from concussion and trauma
Reduce severe pain, and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite.
How does marijuana/weed work as a medicine?
Marijuana, more appropriately known as cannabis, works with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system keeps our other body systems in “balance,” a term known as homeostasis.
Our body produces natural chemicals called endocannabinoids which help keep us balanced. So, when there is a problem in this body system (such as not enough of those endocannabinoids being made by the body), it leads to illness and disease when these other body systems are not working properly. Cannabis contains plant-based cannabinoids (called phytocannabinoids) which can be used as a natural substitute for these missing endocannabinoids.
They work well to stimulate our receptors and are able to replace what is missing in our body. In fact, this more recently discovered body system was named after the very substance that led to its discovery— cannabis!
Do we know who the first people were to discover and/or cultivate cannabis?
The only thing that most seem to agree on is that cannabis originated from Central Asia, which would consist of present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. There are also prehistoric archaeology finds that support the use of cannabis in ancient Africa and Eurasia. The earliest known document describing the psychoactive plant came from the legendary historian Herodotus, dated 440 B.C.
One of the most remarkable mummies in the world is the Ukok Princess,( RIGHT ) a woman who lived in Siberia at least five centuries BCE. She was discovered in 1993, buried alongside a bag of weed and adorned in ornate tattoos still preserved all over her body.
Are there any health benefits from Marijuana ?
Positive Effects of Cannabis:
Relaxation: One of the most well known and immediate effects of marijuana is relaxation. The moment you breathe in cannabis vapor , a flood of plant-based anti-anxiety compounds travel through your blood and into your brain. Within minutes of smoking, you’ll be able to breath a heavy sigh of relief and start smiling again.
Creativity: When you smoke herb, activity in a certain part of your brain increases. That region is the frontal lobe. In fact, within 30 minutes of smoking , this region is fully activated in your brain. This is the same region of the brain that is responsible with critical thinking and creativity.
Pain Relief: Natural compounds in marijuana cut in, disrupting the signals. THC and CBD interact with your immune cells by giving them instructions on what to secrete and what not to secrete. When you consume marijuana, those chemical pain signals stop. This lets you go about your day in peace. The herb’s power as a natural analgesic works when it’s consumed via edibles or smoking.
Sleep: A heavy indica will put you to sleep fast and help you sleep more deeply . Cannabinoids like THC induce sleep. At the same time, they also extend your time in deep sleep.
Bliss: It may seem odd, but the effects of marijuana and the effects of exercise are really quite similar. After you workout, bliss-inducing chemicals like dopamine, anandamide, and serotonin are released in the brain. These compounds make you feel amazing.
Nutrients: As neuroscientist and author Dr. Michele Ross calls it, cannabis is vitamin weed. THC and CBD are some of the most powerful antioxidants out there. Antioxidants are essential for reducing environmental damage to our cells. Each time we breathe in car exhaust, accidentally whiff some Lysol cleaner, or eat foods with residual pesticides, we’re breathing in chemicals that can damage our cells. This damage is called oxidative damage.
Lower Average BMI: Marijuana makes you feel hungry, but it also helps you break down what you eat. THC kicks your metabolism into overdrive. It stimulates cells in your digestive tract to secrete hormones that help break down carbs.
Reduced risk of diabetes and obesity: While weed is not necessarily a weight loss tool itself, it DOES help prevent you from gaining weight. Recent studies have shown that cannabis users have lower fasting insulin levels.
Anti Aging: As we mentioned earlier, THC and CBD are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from DNA damage. DNA damage is the reason we age.
Increased Qualities of life: Many studies show that cannabis helps people cope with physical pain, traumatic events, and daily stress. Marijuana may just be the medicine people need to prevent these day-to-day harms from evolving into more serious issues. Cancer, depression , anxiety disorders and degenerative disorders may all be prevented by cannabinoid therapy.
Relief from Debilitating Diseases: Studies are showing that diseases as varied as cancer , multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis, Chron’s, post-traumatic stress disorder, and epilepsy may all be connected to irregularities in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is the largest cell receptor system in your body. Researchers are still uncovering discoveries about how this system works. Compounds like THC and CBD bind to receptors in that system, giving your cells a new set of directions. Marijuana’s ability to correct some of these endocannabinoid imbalances is what makes the plant so important to us as a species.
Naturally, the chemical / oil industry does not like Marijuana as it is a cheap alternative to their otherwise very expensive medications made using chemicals - which have seriuopus side affects - and tax is then paid on these medicines whereas if you gropw your own dope and rid yourself of varuous health problems, and / or easy pain and anxiety, the drug companies are not making billions profit, the tax man is not earning billions oin tax and we - the people - are fucked by the system. A free and decent universal plant that has scores of medical benefits IS BANNED - and they claim it is because you can get high on it - and if alcohol was to be liocensed today it would be ]classified as a drug and banned / made illegal / and have strict guidelines for its sale to the public. The double sytandards and the absolute lies and bullshit told to people about drugs is precisely that - bullshit when compared to alcohol which kills hundrteds of times more people a year than all the drugs put together.
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