Homeostasis is health’s ultimate goal.
In life, we respond to things (defense). We initiate things (offense). We worry about things (suspense). And nearly all of our thoughts and actions are motivated by our desire for equilibrium. We innately crave stable, balanced homeostasis. Our body constantly craves this, too:
Homeostasis “is a process that maintains the stability of the human body's internal environment in response to changes in external conditions.”
When you get over-heated, you sweat. That’s a physiological response intended to help you cool yourself. When you are chilled, you shiver. That’s a physiological response intended to help you warm yourself.
Sluggish? Some reach for caffeine or stimulating pharmaceuticals to feel more energized. Anxious? Some reach for alcohol or sedating pharmaceuticals to feel more relaxed. These are examples of chemicals consumed to feel differently than we do.
A lot of time spent on social media, may actually be an indirect search for a better-feeling state.
Always interested in our comfort and function, our body performs countless mechanisms we never give a single thought to, such as cell communication, metabolism, digestion, elimination, pupil dilation, increased blood flow when needed, etc.
Not that long ago, the system responsible for all these functions was discovered, and then barely discussed.
An unforgivable gap in American medical training.
Try reconciling these two, sadly true statements:
Science verifies the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates our physiological functions, and “holds therapeutic promise for a broad range of diseases, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and inflammatory disorders; obesity/metabolic syndrome; cachexia; chemotherapy‐induced nausea and vomiting; and tissue injury and pain, amongst others” yet
- The endocannabinoid system remains untaught in most American medical schools. Our second largest neuro-transmitter system… skipped.
How in the world are cannabinoids to have their fullest impact on health, when medical professionals are not even educated about the existence of the system that regulates so much of our health?
Paths of research and human clinical trials remain shamefully limited in the US, but other nations like Italy and Israel have contributed greatly to cannabinoid knowledge. Cannabinoids helps stabilize our internal environment. In December 2003, an American neurologist, Ethan Russo, MD helped show that with the following theory.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)
Our endocannabinoid system is made of:
- CB1 receptors, which modulates our psychoactivity (altered mental states), and
- CB2 receptors, which modulates our immunity, pain, and inflammation.
Cannabinoids are the chemicals that interact with these receptors. The ones we make internally are calledendo-cannabinoids, and the ones we get from cannabis and hemp are phyto-cannabinoids. There are also synthetic cannabinoids, but consuming those makes about as much sense as eating a plastic apple. Not recommended. Especially considering the increasing availability of organically grown and harvested flowers and extracts.
There are a few reasons that could explain why some people experience a deficiency of endocannabinoids:
Some may simply have a fewer number of receptor sites in their body, so their ‘endocannabinoid tone’ is predisposed to being on the lower side.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the leading cause of death is heart disease. The leading cause of heart disease is stress. Stress has been accepted as our national lifestyle. So stress depletes our cannabinoids, while leaving us unfulfilled. “Endocannabinoid deficits are associated with a reduced ability or inability to adapt to chronic stress. Prolonged exposure to stress depletes endocannabinoid tone.”
- Bio-chemistry is unique to each person, and some systems may simply need higher intakes of cannabinoids, like Steve D’Angelo, author of The Cannabis Manifesto, speculates at 11:14 in this video.
Traditional health systems are not motivated by healing, or such a healing botanic force wouldn’t be repressed as it has. For this reason, it’s important to take research and responsibility into your own hands. Committing to the strength of your endocannabinoid system, is committing to your overall health, as it regulates more than 25 “mechanisms of action,” according to Dr. Russo. It’s a very efficient health strategy, to target having a healthy endocannabinoid system.
An easily-grown, incredibly effective healing substance came to be “highly controlled.”
Aspirin is synthetically configured willow-bark. THC has twenty-times the anti-inflammatory capacity of Aspirin (and twice that of cortisol). How in a sanely ordered universe, is the plant matter behind these healing compounds made ‘illicit’?
It is a violation of natural law, and good sense.
If you were suffering, or knew/loved someone who was suffering, from one of the many conditions -- including opioid addiction -- shown to be relieved by cannabinoids… what would your ethical and moral response be? If you’re fortuned to live in a legal state, please consider the physical and mental hell of those who live in unenlightened states, healing and justice is actually obstructed.
How can a government PROHIBIT a plant, and also PATENT part of that same plant?
A Schedule I drug is one that has “no current accepted medicinal value in the United States.” But the US government holds a patent for “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity…”
Ironically, the patent itself proves the government has known -- for decades -- many of cannabis’ notable medicinal properties. Patent 6630507 references a dozen other cannabis-related American patents that go back as far as 1942.
Recognition of these medicinal values should disqualify cannabis from its current Schedule I ranking. Why hasn’t it??
Support the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019
The failed War on Drugs has been, unfortunately, a successful War on Health.
Our neural system and overall physiology functions better with cannabinoids.
In addition to the profound healing incentive, there are equally compelling social and economic reasons to support the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019.
Secret Nature provides small-batch, organically-grown and harvested hemp CBD products. We already do this nationwide, but it’s in the interest of the larger cannabis community and marketplace that we hope to raise more awareness about the federal status of prohibition, which does affect each of us, to some degree.