The Case For Cannabis as a Health Supplement and Medicine

Note: Neither does this post nor the website promote the use of recreational cannabis in any way. The aim is always, to educate and inform our readers to think critically about every aspect of their lives.

Pause for one moment and think. How do you live your life? In the sense, how does your food intake look like? Food intake is a function of your economic and social lifestyle. Ideally, the human body needs 1500-2500 calories every day. As far as the actual food is concerned, do you know where your food’s ingredients are being grown? The oil or biscuits or milk or butter or whey protein that you use, which company makes it? Where are the ingredients sourced and transported from? We understand you do not have the time to reflect about all these things since you’ve to work for your pay check and take care of people close to you emotionally.

Think again, what is the definition of ‘being healthy’? As far as an individual is concerned, he or she may think he or she’s healthy if he or she is not obese, with some tummy fat and does not easily fall prey to illnesses and is active in sweating out. He or she may also think that they are ‘not’ healthy if they are working out three times a week, but follow a weak lifestyle habit, like smoking and drinking alcohol from time to time while relying on junk food a few times of the week or any combination of these choices Being healthy is totally a function of an individual human being’s own mind. If you think, you’re fine, no worries. If you think, you could be better, go for it. After all, a healthy body is better for the mind in the long run seeing as you technically save on long-term healthcare costs.

We admit the topic of this post is slightly misleading, in the sense that it seeks to advocate the use of cannabis and its derivatives for one’s well-being. However, what we advocate is this: moderation. Follow your heart’s abandon and indulge in whatever you feel you want to. However, moderate your intake with regards to everything. If you smoke, don’t smoke a lot, monitor your intake. Fill up an excel sheet each time you smoke a cigarette and see how many you smoke in a week. If you drink alcohol, don’t overdo it. Fill up an excel sheet each time you drink (the quantity and type – beer, rum, whiskey, gin or vodka) and see how much have you drunk in a month.

If you work out, fill up an excel sheet and calculate how much are you working out in a week or a month. Ideally, you should be working out more number of times than the number of times you smoke or drink in a month. If you order most of your food from outside, fill up an excel sheet and see how many times you have chosen a restaurant that sells junk food (like a McDonald’s or a Burger King) or healthy food (like a Subway) or routine food (any other restaurant, its up to you to make the classifications) over a month’s time. Then calculate how much you need to work out or sweat out to mitigate all the effects of your lifestyle choices. Ideally, over a period of one year, you should seek to increase your sweat output while reducing the other choices to a bare minimum.

All this being said, assuming you do not fall ill often, or even if you do, cannabis is a plant whose compounds can be used in the form of health supplements to boost your existing diet if any. There are many health supplement brands out in the market like Healthkart’s MuscleBlaze, Herbalife, Amway and Danone’s ProtineX among many others. We do not know the science behind supplements and neither do these brands educate the consumer about how exactly their ingredients actually affect an individuals body systems, seeing as every individual is different. We just do not know.

How did the ancients know so much? How did they know the benefits of cannabis without any idea of the ‘real’ science that we know only now

However, the science behind cannabis is simple and proven and it goes like this: Our body’s main working systems are the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, circulatory system, skeletal system, muscular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, integumentary system, endocrine system and the excretory system. Think of all these systems as eleven states inside the body. Who ‘governs’ all these states? Its the endocannabinoid system, the system that makes sure our body stays in ‘homeostasis’, meaning that the endocannabinoid system makes sure that each system remains within its limits and does not indulge in any excesses, exactly like how human beings are advised to moderate their excessive lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking or sugary or junk food diets.

The main science for cannabis supplements and medicine is this: the human endocannabinoid system consists of endocannabinoid molecules similar to the endocannabinoid molecules found in the cannabis plant. The human endocannabinoids – 2AG and Anandimide, activate the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, similar to how THC and CBD, the main endocannabinoids in the cannabis plant do so. The primary reason why cannabis smokers get high is because THC activates CB1, which is found in the nervous system.

With the science clear, in due course its our duty to study how exactly we can use cannabis as a medicine and a health supplement. Not doing so would be a case of mental laziness. After all, what’re the odds that a molecule produced by the human body to activate a key receptor is found in a plant evolved by nature as well? In a plant? That’s how closely the human body is connected to nature. The ancients already knew this. They just didn’t know ‘why’ and ‘how’. Its our duty to find out.

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