. . . and Some History of the Medicine
George Washington grew his own cannabis to treat various ailments he and his family suffered from. In his personal journals, he laments a season that he did not harvest his plants correctly and the batch was lost to mold.
It is known that cannabis has been used from the start of recorded history as a medicinal resource. It has only been in the last century that the research available to us has come up with the connection to our cellular structure that opens the channel for healing from this herb.
In a nutshell, we have discovered that the human body (and probably all living organisms) have a cannabinoid system. Like our other chemical systems such as the adrenal and endocrine systems, the cannabinoid system attends to specific areas of our systems. Research is ongoing, particularly with the legalization of cannabis to identify the specific areas in our body that the 114 separate cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant effect. Legalization at the federal level will enhance this research as universities will be able to purchase cannabis more easily when it is no longer a Class 1 drug.
In the meantime, we know that cannabis helps suffering humans. It decreases pain, dampens anxiety, reduces seizures, helps with sleep disorders, eases chemotherapy side effects and there are exciting signs of benefits for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. These are a small list of real and potential benefits. There are many resources out there for you to research how it may benefit you and those you love who are in need for a natural remedy. We wish you good health!