A Natural Medicine
Let us make a very important and clear statement about Cannabis right now: it is a safe, effective and natural plant medicine. This is not based on opinion or wishful thinking. This is medically, scientifically and statistically true. “Cannabis sativa”, the true scientific name for “marijuana”, has been in active use by shamans, healers and eventually doctors for at least 5,000 years.
Prior to the Federal banning of Marijuana in 1937, most physicians in America carried bottles of cannabis tinctures in their doctor’s bags to treat a variety of ailments. These included pain, anxiety, to assist in childbirth, skin conditions and many other common medical issues.
In the 5,000 years of archeological evidence of cannabis use, not one person has died from its use. This is a profound finding considering the negative stereotypes given to cannabis and people who chose as their medicine. As a comparison, the current Opiate Epidemic is killing over 20,000 people a year. Opiates are also addicting about 1.5 million patients a year.
The reason for the safety profile of cannabis lies in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) of the human body. The ECS is our own “Cannabis” system that produces its own cannabinoids! Yes, we produce our own cannabis and those cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors in our brain, skeletal system, and many other organs of the body.
Scientists discovered and have been studying the ECS for over 40 years and have found that it plays a central role in helping the body maintain healthy functioning of metabolism, reducing risks of cancers and inflammatory disorders. It is also used for protecting and regenerating the nervous system from injuries, stabilizing mood, and other surprising health benefits. When patients use cannabis products, they are actually activating a system they already have in their bodies. This explains why it is so safe and effective. It is a form of medicine that is “natural” to the human body’s functioning.
When we take away outdated beliefs and use objective and scientific markers of safety and effectiveness, cannabis deserves to be considered a safe and more natural replacement medicine.