What if I told you that cannabis is nothing new and that it used to be an everyday part of our food chain without realizing it? There are many misconceptions amongst the general public when it comes to cannabis and what we now call CBD- the oil extracted from the non-psychoactive, agricultural hemp plant. Hemp is a cannabis sativa plant that used to contribute to America environmentally, economically and industrially, but its health effects were undiscovered. The correlation between cannabis and the human body isn’t something we learned about in school because farming hemp in America has been prohibited since 1937 and up until the past 30 years we have been unaware that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. Researchers claim the only way to activate and replenish our endocannabinoid system is found in, you guessed it- cannabis, hence it’s extracted and bottled version, CBD oil and CBD oil is non-psychoactive because it is produced by the hemp plant.
The history of our endocannabinoid system can be traced back to the beginning of civilization when animals ate hemp plentifully and our ancestors consumed the livestock and their byproducts. Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating the health of humans and animals. According to Dr. Dustin Sulak and other integrative medical clinics, the endogenous cannabinoid system is the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis- the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
There are over 50,000 eco-friendly uses for hemp and it was commonly consumed as source of protein before it’s prohibition. David Wise of Hemp Fed Beef Company attended the North American Industrial Hemp Council meeting and explained that before its prohibition, livestock ate hemp because it grew almost everywhere, the high oil content and fatty acids helped animals digest it and hemp was cheap for farmers. Hemp-fed cattle were antibiotic, steroid, and hormone free because the hemp based feed contained CBD that balanced the endocannabinoid systems within livestock. Their meat and milk were free from disease and therefore kept animals and humans healthy as CBD was passed into human bodies through consumption and breastfeeding. Direct heath effects from CBD weren’t realized because CBD functioned as if a nutrient in the everyday food chain.
The homeostasis of mankind’s health changed when farming hemp in America was prohibited under the Marijuana Tax Act of1937. The major differences of THC levels within all plants that fell under the umbrella term cannabis, including hemp and marijuana, were disregarded and all were federally determined a schedule one drug. Americans continue to discover that consuming CBD oil for the first time feels rejuvenating to the body as if it had been given a drink of water after nearly 100 years of dehydration. With the resurgence of interest in the healing properties of CBD oil, scientists are studying how CBD positively affects the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. Various cannabis plants are currently being studied and used in the medical field. CBD can be used for a multitude of health related goals as it has digestive, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects at a bare minimum.
Who knew that cannabis plants could make such a difference in the health of all mankind and cause so much controversy? The prohibition of hemp stifled opportunities for farmers, lead to the creation of synthetics that are destroying our planet’s survival and health and thus, biological change in American anatomy shifted with its new CBD free environment.