By Johanna Nuding
Intro: Johanna lived in Bologna a few years ago and since returning to the USA concentrated her efforts in building a successful enterprise in educating people in the Cannabis culture. On her return here she explores how much the Italians have embraced this culture (see potcast note 56 below) while the following article demonstrates some of the health benefits of Cannabis.
You’ve likely seen the cannabis shops popping up around the city and perhaps wondered what exactly is sold inside. Maybe you’re curious about the current cannabis laws and the benefits of using the plant for health and wellness. Or perhaps you’re completely disinterested in cannabis. Either way, I encourage you to take a few minutes to understand the plant that is changing peoples’ lives for the better in a myriad of ways.
No matter your stance, cannabis is a relevant topic of discussion for every member of this community because all vertebrate species – that means you, me, our pets – we all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). It sounds complicated, but its primary function is simple – to create balance in our bodies. The ECS controls essential aspects of our everyday experience – like our appetite, memory, mood, pain levels, and immune system function.
Just as there are ENDO-cannabinoids in our bodies, there are plant-based PHYTO-cannabinoids in nature that do the same thing. And over one hundred various phytocannabinoids have been found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are the most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis that you’ve likely heard of or used and experienced the sensation of being high.
As we age our body’s ECS system declines, which is why cannabis is an excellent supplement to use as we mature and age. The phytocannabinoids we receive from cannabis work together and offer a host of medicinal benefits and are helping millions of people around the world live happier, healthier lives without ever smoking or getting high.
Here are a few examples of how modern cannabis can help you.
Evidence suggests it’s actually slowing the progression and sometimes even reversing the effects of the disease.
Cannabis is a natural mood elevator. Microdosing cannabis is a healthy alternative to consuming addictive pharmaceuticals and alcohol.
Topical cannabis applications work wonders for localized aches and joint stiffness. Cannabis is a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than the over-the-counter alternatives.
One of the most widely accepted uses of the plant as it improves quality of life during the painful process of chemo and radiation. But did you know cannabis has the potential to shrink cancer and tumor cells as well? A 2007 study published in Molecular Cancer Therapy concluded that CBD is the first nontoxic agent that can actually slow down the growth of aggressive breast cancer tumor cells.
Cannabis works wonders on our metabolism and can be a great tool in a diabetic’s medical kit. Cannabis compounds help control blood sugar and inflammation while improving circulation.
Most of you have probably seen at least one of the viral videos of a sublingual dose of cannabis calming a seizing patient. CBD-rich cannabis is providing hope & relief to children, adults, and pets with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
The anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, pain relieving and neuroprotectant qualities of cannabis also make it a great wellness tool for patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and movement disorders.
Cannabis is nature’s oldest pain reliever and a proven anti-inflammatory agent. An answer to the opioid epidemic, cannabis is a safe, holistic option to discuss with your doctor if you take daily prescription pain meds.
Cannabis encourages relaxation, quiets the mind and lowers levels of anxiety leading to regular, restful sleep patterns.
The female reproductive system has cannabinoid receptors that directly interact with estrogen thus affecting the menstrual cycle and menopause. An endocannabinoid deficiency can cause early menopause onset, and conversely boosting these levels may actually help delay it. Cannabis supplements estrogen’s role in the body and tames PMS symptoms.
A great deal of data suggests that many diseases associated with ageing stem from an organisms inability to protect itself against oxidative stress – known as “free radicals” in the body. These free radicals cause all kinds of damage – pain, inflammation, cancer, cataracts, dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, gray hair, hair loss, wrinkles, etc. Vitamins C and E, are thought to protect the body against the destructive effects of free radicals. Health professionals suggest we eat 5-8 servings per day of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables for optimum health benefits. CBD was found to be 30-50% more effective than vitamins C and E.
CBD also decreases bone loss, is a neuroprotectant against the mental fogginess of getting older and the early signs of dementia and Alzheimers.
Cannabis also heightens connection, relaxation, and euphoria. And battles the depression and loneliness associated with getting older and slowing down.
If you want to know more please contact me at www.casuallybaked.com and here are a few more references to follow up on:
“Casually Baked, the potcast” for accessible cannabis for wellness information and support. Potcast 56, Casually Baked in Italy, features the publisher of Bologna Press, Michael Phillips.
CannabisClub.TV for free on-demand cannabis content and information on cannabis brands and products