World View on Cannabis
If you see the word marijuana and you do not equate it with cannabis, then you have been misinformed about the plant kingdom, as cannabis has been negatively portrayed by using that talked-down name.
If you see the phrase medical marijuana, and you do not immediately think about the use of an ancient medicine in a scientifically informed and humane medical context, still inaccessible for many, then you have been kept in the dark about some very important facts.
Please consider five facts:
Fact 1: Cannabis is a 37 million-year-old botanical that contains a rich supply of cannabinoids.
Fact 2: Cannabis has been used as a medicine by humans in many parts of the world ever since the times of even the very earliest kept medical records.
Fact 3: Only about 20 years ago did scientists discover the reason behind cannabis’s reproducible actions–that humans bodies, and in fact much of life for the last 600 million years, have relied on their own internally made cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, to maintain health and proper functioning, such as that related to appetite, mood, pain sensation, muscle activity, nerve protection, and many other areas.
Fact 4: When consumed, the phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids, made by cannabis interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, and thus can be used to restore function, relieve real medical symptoms, and treat maladies.
Fact 5: The field of cannabinoid medicine is blossoming. There are over 15,000 scientific studies published on cannabis and cannabinoids, over 2,000 on endocannabinoids, and 110 controlled clinical trials of cannabis and other cannabinoid-based medicines have been conducted in the last 30 years, involving over 6,100 patients.
With these facts in mind, one can potentially adjust their world view regarding cannabis.