Marijuana enthusiasts have spoken of the miraculous effects of their favourite plant for more than 12,000 years, but only now are we beginning to understand the real potential of its powers.
You might have accused these pot consumers of becoming deluded by the effects of smoking high-grade bud a few years ago, but countries around the world are beginning to repeal draconian prohibition laws and allowing scientists to finally research the plant — and what they have discovered is incredible.
Speaking to news.com.au after Sydney’s remarkable CannaTech conference in Sydney — where hundreds of cashed-up entrepreneurs wandered around inspecting the latest weed-growing tech — Paul Benhaim, founder of Hemp Foods Australia, said the plant may contain superpowers which could have a profound impact on our lives.
Cannabis researchers speaking at the conference claimed compounds found in the plant could potentially be used to treat a massive variety of ailments from anxiety, depression, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to acne and even schizophrenia — all without the addiction and liver damage caused by some synthetic treatments. BUY CANNABIS OIL IN AUSTRALIA
However, you’re not going to be magically cured from just smoking a few joints this weekend.
Speakers made it clear that cannabis is incredibly complex and extracting the precise components you need to prevent harmful side-effects is still very much a work in progress.
Mr Benhaim pointed to research which has emerged over the past two decades which shows we all have something in our body called an endocannabinoid system.
This is our body’s way of processing and even creating its own cannabinoids — the chemical compounds found in the weed plant.
Working alongside our circulatory, respiratory and digestive system, it is argued the endocannabinoid system can impact our appetite, pain modulation, digestion, reproduction, motor learning, stress, and memory.
“This has only been discovered in the past few decades and it’s incredibly important because it affects the balance and communication between our cells,” he said.
“It’s hardwired into our bodies because it’s the master of our balance system — called homeostasis.
“This means that if any aspect of your health goes out due to stress your endocannabinoid system immediately responds by modifying your physiology in an attempt to restore homeostasis.
“It is one of the most important system in maintaining human health. It is literally bridge between your body and mind.”
He said people often confuse hemp and cannabis, but they are actually the same plant and parts of it such as hemp seeds — which contain almost none of the intoxicating, psychoactive property THC which makes weed smokers feel stoned — are immensely beneficial to human health.
“It’s all actually one, plant, cannabis is one single plant and there are many different parts of the plant which you can use for many different uses,” he said. BUY CANNABIS OIL IN AUSTRALIA
“Taking out the water content, your brain is made up of 60 per cent fatty acids — omega 3 and omega 6 and realised hemp seed was a great source of that.”
He claims we need a constant supply of these fatty acids in our body.
But bafflingly, this protein-rich superfood, which can be used in more than 50,000 ways uses from acne treatment to textiles, bioplastics, paper and fuel production — only became legal in Australia less than a year ago.
Australia was one of the only places in the world where it was banned.