There are records dating back centuries ago about the use of cannabis in China and Siberia. Around 3000BC the ancient Greeks and Romans started to use cannabis, and this then influenced Spain and North and South America. People were attracted to the plant as a successful healer and they could also feel euphoric when they consumed it. The irony is that all those years ago, people got better when they used cannabis as a healing substance, pain killer and spiritual “drug” but during the 20th century, it was banned due to politics and misuse.
The ancient Indians regarded cannabis as a gift from the gods and they used it to ensure longevity, to hone the mind, improve decision-making, reduce fevers, improve sleep and treat dysentery. During ancient German and Viking days, the plant was used to ease the pain of childbirth and toothache! Later on, cannabis was a common ingredient in medicines and alcohol.
Cannabis was made illegal in America in 1937 in a row that involved the pharmaceutical industry. Referred to as marijuana, cannabis was banned as a “devil plant” from Mexico that made people high and crazy. The use of cannabis was repressed, and many doctors did not realise the importance of this ban which allowed the pharmaceutical industry to prosper and dominate the medical world. When America set out to stop drugs, cannabis was classified as a schedule 1 drug.
What is Medical Cannabis Oil?
Medical cannabis oil is the healthier choice of medication – a natural therapy that comes from the cannabis plant and has known and recognised healing powers. Medical cannabis oil is generally legal and sometimes prescribed by doctors to heal specific conditions or illnesses. In South Africa, many people are seeking natural alternatives to medication as they start to question the impacts of pharmaceuticals on their health. More and more, cannabis oil is being recommended as a powerful complementary medicine by doctors, neurologists, behavioural specialists, oncologists and fitness enthusiasts.
To date, cannabis oil experts know of 111 cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC and CBD are the most common and the most widely used for medical healing purposes. THC-infused cannabis oil is great for pain and inflammation while CBD is perfect for depression, anxiety, inflammation and epilepsy. Even cancer can be curbed with a blend of THC and CBD!
Some people choose to keep medical cannabis at home for emergencies, or as a standard health supplement.
Cannabis Oil and the Endocannabinoid System
Scientists agree that while cannabis oil has been addictive thanks to its THC content in some instances, it is still a recommended alternate therapy. Who can ignore the fact that cannabinoids can treat severe human illnesses?
THC and CBD work with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This ancient system comprises cannabinoid receptors, endogenous cannabinoids that zone in on these receptors, enzymes that cause changes in the endocannabinoid system and more.
Vital endocannabinoids aim to ensure the balance of pleasure, metabolism, moods, mental states, physical states and the processing of pain and sensory information. The endocannabinoid system keeps the immune system healthy and cannabinoids can assist with this process.