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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:34 pm    Post subject: Perhaps You're 'Marijuana Deficient' Reply with quote

Not Feeling Well? Perhaps You're 'Marijuana Deficient'

Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.
March 24, 2010 |

For several years I have postulated that marijuana is not, in the strict sense of the word, an intoxicant.

As I wrote in the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009), the word ‘intoxicant’ is derived from the Latin noun toxicum (poison). It’s an appropriate term for alcohol, as ethanol (the psychoactive ingredient in booze) in moderate to high doses is toxic (read: poisonous) to healthy cells and organs.

Of course, booze is hardly the only commonly ingested intoxicant. Take the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol). According to the Merck online medical library, acetaminophen poisoning and overdose is “common,” and can result in gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract) “within hours” and hepatotoxicity (liver damage) “within one to three days after ingestion.” In fact, less than one year ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for tougher standards and warnings governing the drug’s use because “recent studies indicate that unintentional and intentional overdoses leading to severe hepatotoxicity continue to occur.”

By contrast, the therapeutically active components in marijuana — the cannabinoids — appear to be remarkably non-toxic to healthy cells and organs. This notable lack of toxicity is arguably because cannabinoids mimic compounds our bodies naturally produce — so-called endocannabinoids — that are pivotal for maintaining proper health and homeostasis.

In fact, in recent years scientists have discovered that the production of endocannabinoids (and their interaction with the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body) play a key role in the regulation of proper appetite, anxiety control, blood pressure, bone mass, reproduction, and motor coordination, among other biological functions.

Just how important is this system in maintaining our health? Here’s a clue: In studies of mice genetically bred to lack a proper endocannabinoid system the most common result is premature death.

Armed with these findings, a handful of scientists have speculated that the root cause of certain disease conditions — including migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and other functional conditions alleviated by clinical cannabis — may be an underlying endocannabinoid deficiency.

Now, much to my pleasant surprise, Fox News Health columnist Chris Kilham has weighed in on this important theory.

Are You Cannabis Deficient?
via Fox News

If the idea of having a marijuana deficiency sounds laughable to you, a growing body of science points at exactly such a possibility.

… [Endocannabinoids] also play a role in proper appetite, feelings of pleasure and well-being, and memory. Interestingly, cannabis also affects these same functions. Cannabis has been used successfully to treat migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and glaucoma. So here is the seventy-four thousand dollar question. Does cannabis simply relieve these diseases to varying degrees, or is cannabis actually a medical replacement in cases of deficient [endocannabinoids]?

… The idea of clinical cannabinoid deficiency opens the door to cannabis consumption as an effective medical approach to relief of various types of pain, restoration of appetite in cases in which appetite is compromised, improved visual health in cases of glaucoma, and improved sense of well being among patients suffering from a broad variety of mood disorders. As state and local laws mutate and change in favor of greater tolerance, perhaps cannabis will find it’s proper place in the home medicine chest.

Perhaps. Or maybe at the very least society will cease classifying cannabis as a ‘toxic’ substance when its more appropriate role would appear to more like that of a supplement.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/146151/not_feeling_well_perhaps_you%27re _%27marijuana_deficient%27/

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's an interesting issue, and brings up the question of cause. If people are deficient in some hormone-like substances, WHY is that deficiency there in the first place? There is another issue of the life force, which is more fundamental than the biochemical issue, but neither allopathic medicine nor its naturopathic counterpart is equipped to go all the way there.

Cannabis has a wider margin of safety than synthetic drugs simply because it's a whole herb, and herbs are generally safer than drugs. Better to use it in its natural form than to isolate the THC.

Still, Dr. Hahnemann found that even herbs can have iatrogenic effect just like drugs, especially in what is considered therapeutic doses. They may be seen to be non-toxic on the level of the cell, but on the dynamic level of the life force, a different picture emerges.

Cannabis is not a supplement in that it doesn’t simply supply something that is deficient the way that we can eat fruit to supply vitamin C. The plant has an astral quality that is very difficult for people to break down, and then the astrality becomes like a foreign entity within us. Few people are at a level where they can use such powerfully astral substances and overcome the foreign forces within them. If those forces aren’t overcome, they become like rogue elements within us.

So while people are trying to fix biochemical imbalances with herbs, it's often a very inefficient and imprecise way to do it. The herbs themselves impinge on the life force in an unhealthy way and become a disease entity in themselves. The iatrogenic disturbance can be treated with homeopathics, but it's important to understand that crude drugs including herbs (in higher doses than food herbs) aren't benign.

This is not to say that herbs shouldn't be used - used judiciously, for particular purposes, they have their place. But it's important to understand exactly why they are being used in a particular case, according to what principle. Does the situation really call for applying the law of opposites (fill a deficiency, bring in the opposite effect), OR does it call for applying the law of similars to treat the underlying problem? Most approaches doesn’t have an understanding of these principles and when to apply them.

If we're just trying to fix biochemical imbalances without understanding WHY the imbalance is there in the first place, then the approach is allopathic - trying to make symptoms go away without understanding their real cause and without resting on a solid therapeutic foundation.

A good way that cannabis can be used while avoiding any harmful effects is to use it in dynamized form (“homeopathic”), which actually increases its therapeutic properties without any of the iatrogenic effects. But it would be important to have a skilled practitioner guiding that usage.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good point Karen. I'm not advocating the use in any way, you can take or leave it as far as I'm concerned. Taking into account genetics and environment the situation is complex. I had these terrible stomach cramps on and off for years, I ask the doc about it, "Oh, just a little colic". No mention of a treatment or cure. I happened to stumble upon a herb called St. Benedictine thistle, which was brought to Europe from the Middle East during the Crusades. Using this, I found a permanent cure. Fresh, it was immediate relief and dried it took about three hours. After using this for awhile I no longer get those awful cramps, (my stomach sounded like a mad scientist's laboratory when I had them). I read later that some people with Melungian heredity will have certain medical conditions because they lack herbs which are only indigenous to the Middle East. (The Scots-Irish found a people in eastern Tennessee/western North Carolina who had dark skins and built cabins, calling themselves Melungian.) It seems what is good for some, is not necessarily good for others.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Karen, after re-reading your post several times, you seem to have a more precise understanding of biological processes. Most people don't have this insight, or even know someone who does. So they take a shotgun approach. Not the best way, but all they have. Thanks for the invaluable perspective! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,

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A good point Karen. I'm not advocating the use in any way, you can take or leave it as far as I'm concerned.


Sure, and I was expanding the discussion to include herbs in general, to talk about principles that apply to the use of herbs, but also to distinguish the herbs that have a more highly developed astral quality.

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Taking into account genetics and environment the situation is complex. I had these terrible stomach cramps on and off for years, I ask the doc about it, "Oh, just a little colic". No mention of a treatment or cure.


Not surprising, since they're concerned with the superficial level, suppressing symptoms however they can get that to happen, not to understand the root cause and the laws of nature that have given rise to that.

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I happened to stumble upon a herb called St. Benedictine thistle, which was brought to Europe from the Middle East during the Crusades. Using this, I found a permanent cure.


This is great that you got relief.. you may have needed the thistle to correct a certain imbalance. In simple cases, sometimes the only issue is imbalance, and then the law of opposites applies. In this case, the thistle provides the bitter taste that we’re often missing from our modern foods, and sometimes that can be enough to settle the digestion, stimulate bile, etc.

But usually for modern people there are deeper impingements on the life force that need to be removed as well, and herbs don’t have the capacity to go there. To penetrate the energetic level, remedies that are energetic themselves have to be used, not crude substances like herbs or nutritional supplements. Then the crude substances may also be needed in addition, to help support the system in the healing process, but they won’t remove the deepest cause in those cases.

An important concept here is the distinction between actual cure and relief of symptoms. This goes to the heart of the understanding of what disease and cure really mean. Usually the word cure is loosely used to mean that symptoms have gone away completely. And herbs, even drugs, can often accomplish that at times. But a true understanding of the cause of the original disturbance, plus an understanding of what laws of nature need to be applied acordingly, reveals a much clearer picture. When I began to discover this, it was like discovering a parallel universe Smile.

This is just a little glimpse into the way a case can be understood beyond the usual superficial level of symptoms and the usual approach of throwing various substances at them to get them to go away. In the case of symptoms going away, a good question would be, “What actually happened? Did the symptom go away because its cause was removed, or have we only killed the messenger?” If we’re only killing the messenger, then the disturbance will only reappear in another form, and we haven’t really cured it. But again it takes an understanding of the true cause of disease, and the distinction between disease and imbalance, to sort this out clearly. And that can be done.

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Fresh, it was immediate relief and dried it took about three hours. After using this for awhile I no longer get those awful cramps, (my stomach sounded like a mad scientist's laboratory when I had them). I read later that some people with Melungian heredity will have certain medical conditions because they lack herbs which are only indigenous to the Middle East. (The Scots-Irish found a people in eastern Tennessee/western North Carolina who had dark skins and built cabins, calling themselves Melungian.)


That’s really interesting. I wonder if it’s not so much a lack of an herb but maybe they’re eating a diet they’re not adapted to, and the herb tends to correct a certain imbalance caused by that.

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Karen, after re-reading your post several times, you seem to have a more precise understanding of biological processes. Most people don't have this insight, or even know someone who does. So they take a shotgun approach. Not the best way, but all they have. Thanks for the invaluable perspective!


My pleasure, Mike, and it’s my honor to have been studying this brilliant system of true medicine that goes to these politically incorrect depths Wink. My nutrition/regimen counseling practice is grounded in this system, although I don’t practice the medical side. What we call “regimen” includes diet, nutrition, herbs, all the means of balancing and healing. What we call “medicine” is the removal of the energetic impingements that don’t belong there. The two sides are like yin and yang and form a polarity.

The true physiology goes beyond biochemistry, because physiology is about function which is energetic, or what we call supersensible, not material. Chemistry deals with materiality only. So as medicine keeps trying to probe deeper and deeper into chemistry,
it can never get to the destination. It's like the duck who's trying to get to the pond and takes each step half the distance of the last. It can keep walkng forever and never get there Laughing

The more we understand true principles grounded in laws of nature, then to look at what the allopaths are doing, or even many naturopaths who are simply throwing substances at symptoms, it’s like night and day.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great article Mike! And as always Karen your insights and perspectives are greatly appreciated! Cannabis is one of the most nutritional foods you can eat.


No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp. Cannabis Hemp is capable of producing significant quantities of paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland throughout the world with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides. Cannabis Hemp (also known as Indian Hemp) has enormous potential to become a major natural resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment.




Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc. Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and breads.


Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fiber as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals. It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats at around a three to one ratio. This won’t help correct your omega balance if it’s off, but it gives you the right balance to start with.

Further the protein content of the hemp seed is supposed to be very digestible. Many people noted their personal experience of finding that hemp seed protein did not cause bloating or gas, like some of their whey, or other protein shakes did.


And, get this, unlike soy which has super high amounts of phytic acid (that anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals), hemp seed doesn’t contain phytic acid. At the very least, this makes hemp seed a step up from soy.

Below is a list of benefits including what I mentioned above plus some others as well.

Hemp contains:

* All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
* A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
* Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
* Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
* A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid - for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
* A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
* A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
* The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.



“The best way to insure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins is to eat foods high in globulin proteins. Since hemp seed protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also includes quantities of albumin, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away. [Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study, 1955] “


“The use of hemp for food and medicine may be as old as the human race itself. Recent interest in the seed arises from the awareness of the nutritional need for omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, as well as the need for cheap sources of protein to feed a burgeoning population in Asia and the developing world. In addition to its nutritional value, hemp seed has demonstrated positive health benefits, including the lowering of cholesterol and high blood pressure."


In the second century, Galen recorded that some people enjoyed eating fried hemp seeds with their desserts. As recently as the 1950’s in Southern Africa, mothers of the Sotho tribe served the ground seed “with bread or mealie-pap” to children during weaning. Human uses of hemp seed for food are naturally found in India where the oil is pressed to provide a table oil, and in Russia where the oil is made into a kind of hemp butter or margarine.
In Europe, it was once required of monks that three meals made of hemp seed were eaten daily, whether in soups, gruel, or porridges. In the belief that the spirits of dead relatives visit every Christmas Eve, the Polish and Lithuanian people prepared them a soup of hemp seed which was called “semieniatka”. The Ukrainian and Latvian people made a similar offering on the day of Three Kings. In China, hemp seed was consumed by farmers in the north and the seed were listed as a famine food for the starving multitudes of China near the end of World War II. Australians also used the seed during two famines in the nineteenth century.

Today’s hemp seed products are being developed on the working premise of that which can be done with flax seed and soy beans might also be applied to hemp seed. Very basic food preparation, and the processing techniques have been the start of such seemingly remarkable foods as a hemp seed tofu and a low fat cheese substitute that even melts and stretches like real cheese.”


For more info on Hemp please look at my 2 articles

http://childrenofthestars.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cannabishemp-the-mir acle-plant


http://childrenofthestars.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-marijuana-conspi racy-the
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