Marijuana enthusiasts have talked about the miraculous effects of their favorite plant for more than 12,000 years, but only now are we beginning to understand the real potential of their powers.
You may have accused these marijuana users of feeling cheated by the effects of high-grade smoking a few years ago, but countries around the world are beginning to repeal draconian ban laws and allow scientists to finally investigate the plant, and what they have discovered. is incredible.
Speaking on news.com.au after Sydney's extraordinary CannaTech conference in Sydney, where hundreds of paid entrepreneurs walked around inspecting the latest weed-growing technology, Paul Benhaim, founder of Hemp Foods Australia, said the plant could contain superpowers that could have a profound impact on our lives.
The cannabis researchers who spoke at the conference stated that the compounds found in the plant could potentially be used to treat a massive variety of ailments such as anxiety, depression, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome for acne and even schizophrenia, all without the addiction and liver damage caused by some symptoms. deals.
However, this weekend is not going to heal magically with just smoking a few joints.
Speakers made it clear that cannabis is incredibly complex and extracting the precise components it needs to prevent harmful side effects is still a work in progress.
Mr. Benhaim pointed out an investigation that has emerged in the last two decades and that shows that we all have something in our body called the endocannabinoid system.
This is the way our body processes and even creates its own cannabinoids, the chemical compounds found in the weed plant.
Working together with our circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems, it is argued that the endocannabinoid system can affect our appetite, modulation of pain, digestion, reproduction, motor learning, stress and memory.
"This has only been discovered in recent decades and is incredibly important because it affects the balance and communication between our cells," he said.
"It is connected to our bodies because it is the master of our equilibrium system, called homeostasis.
"This means that if some aspect of your health disappears due to stress, your endocannabinoid system responds immediately by modifying your physiology to try to restore homeostasis.
"It is one of the most important systems in the maintenance of human health. It is literally a bridge between your body and your mind. "
He said that people often confuse hemp and cannabis, but in reality they are the same plant and parts of it, like hemp seeds, that contain almost none of the psychoactive and intoxicating properties of THC that make weed smokers they are drugged, they are immensely beneficial for human health.
"Everything is really one, the plant, the cannabis is a single plant and there are many different parts of the plant that can be used for many different uses," he said.
"By removing the water content, his brain is made up of 60% omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and he realized that hemp seed was a great source of that."
He says that we need a constant supply of these fatty acids in our body.
But disconcertingly, this protein-rich superfood, which can be used in more than 50,000 uses of acne treatment for textiles, bioplastics, paper and fuel production, was only legalized in Australia less than a year ago.
Australia was one of the only places in the world where it was banned.
However, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approved a proposal to allow the sale of low THC foods with hemp seed last year and in April 2017, the Australian government ministers responsible for food regulation considered the proposal.
At that time, a FSANZ spokesperson told SBS: "Our risk assessment found that foods with low THC hemp seeds are safe for consumption and can provide a good alternative source of nutrients and polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially Omega-3 fatty acids".
Now, Mr. Benhaim is debating with Australian pollies in an attempt to make them aware of our endocannabinoid system and the potential health benefits of allowing non-psychoactive forms of weeds, such as CBD oil, to be available to Australians.
"We know that the endocannabinoid system is active in the embryonic stages of human development," he said.
"We know that even breast milk contains cannabinoids, but they still tell us that it is not healthy or safe for you."
When he tells you this, he simply points to the evidence.
United Nations research shows that 180 million people consume cannabis worldwide and only 72 of them died after consuming it, contrary to the widespread myth that no one has died from weeds.
However, in the same period, alcohol killed 3.3 million of us and tobacco killed 7 million people worldwide, almost double the population of Sydney each year. And, interestingly, researchers in Germany even found that CBD reduces the level of alcohol in our blood.
"Synthetic cannabinoids produce frequent and unwanted side effects, which the Australian government always points to this to say we should avoid this," he said.
"But the only problems are caused because certain chemical compounds still can not be totally isolated."
Mr. Benhaim added that there is a "very fine line" between recreational use and the use of medical cannabis if there is no harm.
"We are made for cannabis," he said.
"People just need education, but we should not use it until we have 21, which is when their endocannabinoid system and their brain are fully developed."
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