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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

A TED Talk by Elise Keller outlines the importance of cannabis and its integral role in maintaining health in both the body and mind.

If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve likely asked “How does it work?”

Elise Keller was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she explores this same question in her TED Talk entitled “The Surprising Connection Between Cannabis and Mind-Body Health.”

Keller considered herself to be a healthy person. Frustrated by her diagnoses, she sought out ways to come to terms with cancer and move forward.

At the recommendation of her nurse and other patients, she tried medical cannabis, which helped immensely with her pain, nausea and anxiety. After meeting patients with a range of illnesses who all are using cannabis for treatment, Keller wondered how it is possible that cannabis can help with so many unrelated illnesses.

“In a nutshell, I learned that the reason cannabis was working for so many different conditions is because it interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, responsible for maintaining balance in the body,” Keller explained in her presentation. “Used properly, the plant can help activate, tone and support the endocannabinoid system when it’s out of balance,” she further explained.

Many are unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system, which has even been dubbed the body’s own “master system” due to its role in maintaining balance over all bodily networks.

In her 15 minute TED Talk, Keller offers a digestible break down of how the endocannabinoid system works, explaining how mind, body and medicine are equally important in keeping it strong and healthy.

Understanding how the cannabis plant interacts with this system can further support one’s journey towards achieving truly integrated whole-person health.

Watch the video to learn about Elise Keller’s own discoveries around cannabis and mind-body health.

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  1. YearofAction

    July 9, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Anecdotal claims of the benefits of marijuana use have been disregarded with the disparaging epithet, “You just want to get high”, because cannabis plants have been unjustly prohibited since 1937. The endocannabinoid system explains how the anecdotes are truthful, the high is relevant to the medical benefits, and the cannabis smoke is an unnecessary provocation.

    The endocannabinoid system can be supported by cannabinoids from cannabis plants by reconstructing the malformed federal definition of marijuana to make it carefully deschedule the plants, even if marijuana itself remains in Schedule 1 for some time.

    There is a reconstruction of the current malformed federal definition of marijuana that will re-legalize cannabis plants but with limited federal prohibitions of their use that are in accordance with the 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 14th Amendments that will continue to control the undesired proliferation of cannabis smoke, i.e. carefully deschedule the plants. By also eliminating the racism and duplicity from the definition, it will then be formatted in the necessary and proper way to conclusively uphold the Constitution, like this:

    (16) The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    We the voters should tell our favored candidates for Congress to reconstruct the federal definition of marijuana, for the health of our body’s endocannabinoid system, and for the justness of our nation’s legal system.

    Otherwise, we’ll be stuck with faulty workarounds of this malformed federal Schedule 1 definition:

    Sec. 802.
    (16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.
    (B) The term “marihuana” does not include (i) hemp, as defined in section 1639o of title 7; or (ii) the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

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