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The What, How and Why of Medicinal Cannabis Use

Have you heard about the amazing antidotal evidence regarding cannabis killing cancer cells?

You may have also heard that our bodies have something called an endocannabinoid system.

Like you, the vast majority of our clients have also heard about this miraculous oil, called by many RSO, yet that’s where their understanding ends. There is so much information out there, and so many people profiting off the ignorance of scared people, that it can be, and is, overwhelming for them. Our goal here is to simplify the; what, how, and why on medicinal cannabis so that everyone can have a better understanding of what it will do for them. Because we at Our Pure Family know; the more empowered a person is in their healing the more success they will see.

Why do we feel this way? Because when people are looking for alternatives to enhance their treatment, or health in general, it is important to know enough about it to truly make an informed decision on whether it’s the right fit for them. Another particularly important reason is something we call the X-Factor and completely linked to the mind, body, spirit approach to healing.

We do this through what is known as visualization where we get to use our minds eye to actually witness the healing process working. The beauty of this process lies in using, or training, the mind to heal the body through the incredible spirit we all have within us. Therefore, a basic understanding of the role the endocannabinoid system plays with cannabis becomes essential.

So, let’s dive in. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)??

The Endocannabinoid System was only discovered in the 1990’s so there is still much to learn about it. What we do know is the ECS is one of the largest neurotransmitter networks in our bodies (meaning it communicates directly with the brain, or mind) and acts as a homeostasis regulator (keeps our bodies and it’s many systems in optimal balance and harmony). On top of that, it also assists with fine-tuning most of our physiological functions (sleep, appetite, and pain to name a few) and the impressive list of its benefits keeps growing as the research continues. Research has also shown that our bodies make our own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids that are produced when needed, flowing through the ECS to the area in need, acting as our body's very own team of Scientists, Doctors, and Nurses with the sole purpose of keeping us well.

Okay, now we know what it is, let’s talk about HOW it works?

The ECS consists of 3 basic parts:

  • Endocannabinoids

  • Receptor sites found throughout the body that these endocannabinoids and cannabinoids attach to

  • Enzymes that help break down these endocannabinoids and cannabinoids after their use

Endocannabinoid Receptor sites are found throughout our entire body sending signals, through it’s pathway, to the brain as to their state of wellbeing. When something in our body is out of balance a signal is sent to the brain and compounds known as endocannabinoids are developed to aid in the specific problem. These endocannabinoids are then directed, through the ECS, to the exact receptor sites in need of assistance, for example, when our bodies get hot our ECS regulates it by programming it to sweat and cool it down. On top of that once the area has been regulated the ECS produces specific enzymes to degrade the endocannabinoids to again maintain the crucial balance or harmony our bodies require to live optimally.

So that is the what and the how, are you with us so far? Okay, let’s get into why.

WHY cannabis?

A very cool thing about the cannabis plant is that there are up to 113 different cannabinoids produced by the plant that directly, and seamlessly, engage the endocannabinoid system found in our bodies. Meaning; the body uses these cannabinoids as its own, very much like adding high octane fuel to a vehicle to achieve optimal performance. And better still is the ability for these plant derived cannabinoids to aid in ways that our naturally formed endocannabinoids cannot.

Now, in relation to cancer cells, they have been found to have the incredible ability to target cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells around the tumor unscathed. Research has found that these compounds can attack cancer cells in three different ways; apoptosis (cell suicide), inhibiting (stopping) cancer cell reproduction, and angiogenesis (limiting the cells food supply resulting in cell starvation).

It is important to note that the only area in the brain that does not host these receptors, is the Brain Stem itself and this indicates that cannabis doesn’t have the ability to alter our involuntary actions like breathing and heartbeat. Again, making it completely safe for human consumption.

That is a very basic explanation of the endocannabinoid system, as we could literally write pages about it, but like we said the goal here was to keep it simple. So if this is something you are interested in, and would like more information on the subject, please book a free consultation where we can take a deeper dive into the subject.