A simpler, tangible grail, if not holy

Panacea.

A word that has failed to find a home in our world to date. Or has it? Scientists have supposedly been searching for it. Some people have been saying there is one right in front of us.

We live in a time where scientists are discovering ways to treat our ailments by stimulating internal repair systems that preclude the need for medicines in some cases. (Diabetes Study) What we ingest and how we ingest it may allow us not just to prevent, but to heal far more, when allied with the support and knowledge of medical professionals and scientifically validated testing.

Look at how people currently perceive medicine. It is something one has to take to resolve an issue but it likely has negative side effects that have to be expected, as that is how medicine works. ‘Fighting’ an illness is going to take a toll or cause collateral damage, so we accept it.

How about medicines with only positive effects that improve your health? People can get their heads around ingesting essential vitamins and minerals or the now touted ‘superfoods’ and that is how they are perceived. What if we just missed or ignored one of the best sources of positive body nutrient sources until now, as it has been classified as an evil ‘drug’ or at best a potential medicine?

If vitamin C were found to make people giggle, would oranges and lemons be banned?

Those pesky CB1 and CB2 receptors then. One must wonder at the rate of research findings being released over the past 15 years as it is a positive thing. Does appear to be a desperate race to catch up after following the wrong path for decades though.

Those receptors are popping up everywhere, not just in the brain but also in the skeletal muscular systems and various major organs. So, in the same way as archaeologists scrabble to revaluate evolutionary history each time a new discovery upsets all previous understanding, medicine is undergoing such a change today. A lot of careers will be altered, a lot of theories discredited. Individual egos don’t like that. There is understandable resistance.

Give a thought too to the many other species of animal now being dissected in a similar rush to discover which of them may also have these receptors.

Let’s just take a look at some of the areas we are talking about then.

The following link contains a nicely laid out chart. I only enclose this as it lays out a good breakdown of how wide ranging a set of compounds we are dealing with and the areas where research is making serious headway. IT IS NOT NECESSARILY ACCURATE NOR VALIDATED. I say this as I dislike promoting medical claims without quoted sources and any table that contains a grammatical error (The command ‘Aides sleep’) is to be mistrusted.

https://www.coloradopotguide.com/colorado-marijuana-blog/2015/march/31/the-positive-effects-of-cannabinoids/

The official medical stance, in the UK at least, and what seems to be about the only thing to pervade through to the masses (which seems to include GPs and most medical specialists), is that cannabis is good for nausea and maybe muscular pain relief.

Thus, most people who turn to using cannabinoids, do so without any medical knowledge, in a field that has been mired with misinformation for decades. Besides this, if illegal, the availability of a reliable source and visibility of chemical constituents makes the treatment of any condition variable at best.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the developing research findings and then see what industries are affected should marijuana cultivation become a major global industry. The following list is based on my reading a number of medical research papers, giving better credence to their findings (for me at least – want to know? Type a simple search).

  • Helps to regulate energy metabolism in skeletal muscle. Something that could help counter obesity as oxidation of lipids in skeletal muscle appears an issue for obese people, regardless of exercise and diet.
  • Contains both appetite suppressants and encouragers.
  • A variety of skin conditions can be treated by topical application of cannabinoids. If the endocannabinoid system were not present, our bodies would likely not be able to control inflammation.
  • Is a proven regulator of Dopamine in the brain and has been shown to work with agonists to aid the treatment of debilitating age related diseases. Research is underway to investigate findings that suggest it can delay the onset of these diseases.
  • Demonstrably capable of regulating sleep and or treating insomnia and stress related conditions.
  • Proven to aid in the control and management of a variety of muscular conditions. From epileptic fits to MS.
  • A viable alternative to traditional pain relief. Provides a stable and low impact (far lesser side effects than say ibuprofen) alternative to traditional long term pain management, which can combine with inflammation regulation benefits.

So which industries would suffer by the replacement with something that can be grown by anyone and requires minimal refinement?

  • The dieting industry – One plant can provide appetite suppressants and also encourage appetite which could thus be refined into differing products, helping both dieters and those with appetite deficiencies? Oh dear. That is not going to do this industry filled with crackpot scammers much good is it?
  • The pharmaceutical industry – Deaths by big pharma’s favourite, opiates, have dropped dramatically in places where cannabinoids are legal. Many opiate based treatments can be entirely replaced by cannabinoids thus that’s an immense loss to another industry. What, some of those same companies make highly toxic dieting drugs? Oh deary deary me.
  • The medical industry – In countries where one pays for medical assistance, fewer illnesses requires fewer medical staff. Now this is actually an immensely positive aspect for the provision of medical aid as the elimination of millions of minor illnesses and a reduction in deaths from overdosing or side effects, means that medical care can be focussed more on serious illnesses and injuries that will continue to demand medical resources. In somewhere like the UK, the NHS would be far better placed to continue to provide services simply by not being so beholden to pharmaceutical companies and having a lower patient turnover. Currently there are not enough resources to cope with demand. Reducing demand reduces the problem.
  • The petrochemical industry – Already assailed on many fronts, another contender to replace their products or even just erode a market share is not going to be appreciated. As with pharmaceuticals and diet, there’s enough money there now to have time to buy into the new markets.

It doesn’t even end there if we return to the first word. There are non-medical industries that can be supplied from the raw materials available, if industrialising the production of marijuana plants.

  • Hemp paper is far superior to wood based paper.
  • Clothing can be and is made from hemp.
  • Foods and oils can be extracted from both seeds and plant for both humans and animals.
  • Plastics similar to the wheat based bio-plastics.
  • High grade fuel (one barrel of ethanol per tonne of plant waste)
  • Oh yes, nearly forgot. It can be taken recreationally for intoxicant effects apparently!

If panacea feels too strong for you still, you’ve got to admit that little old marijuana plant is quite versatile isn’t it?

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