There is a new bill H.R.5520 [115th Congress (2017-2018)] called the “VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018.” This bill has the support of the top Republican and Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. This bill also has the support of 53 other key lawmakers co-sponsoring the bill. This committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. This legislation not only allows the VA to do cannabis research, it also encourages the VA to do this research, and to report findings.
The VA is the most qualified to do these types of compassionate studies with Veterans. Some Veterans battle pain and PTSD every day, and Veterans are overdosing on opioid pain killers at twice the rate as the general public.
Veterans have been saying for years that cannabis helps them with their post war physiology and psyche. If this bill is passed, the VA will be encouraged to study the cannabis plant and it’s effects. It will become law, no stigma attached to it. Many top lawmakers, Veterans, physicians, nurses and families are in support of this compassionate care legislation.
Prior to the outlawing of cannabis in 1937, major pharmaceutical companies produced a wide variety of cannabis-based medicines, but cannabis has actually been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Although it has a long history, the recent discovery (1992) of the body’s widespread endocannabinoid system (ECS) has thrust cannabis back into the limelight again as a viable medicine.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in cannabis. However, while THC produces a “high” in the user, CBD does not.
It was discovered that the Hemp Family of plants (cannabis, marijuana) is loaded with cannabinoids that stimulate our ECS receptor sites. These sites are found in the brain, organs, glands, connective tissue and immune cells and plays regulatory roles in many physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory. The primary purpose of this system revolves around maintaining balance in the body.
Cannabinoids found in all varieties of cannabis work in harmony with the cannabinoids we naturally produce when our system is functioning properly. It is now coming to light that we may very well be “Endocannabinoid Deficient” and supplementing with Cannabidiol, known as CBD, may provide just what we’re missing to restore optimum health.
The health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) from natural hemp oil is this book’s primary focus. It explores the similarities, differences, uses and benefits of hemp, cannabis and medical marijuana along with the interplay of THC and CBD. Their500 other components are also discussed, such as terpenoids, flavonoids, enzymes, vitamins, etc.
Make no mistake about it, the endocannabinoid system, although newly discovered, is just as important as any other bodily system, like the muscular, cardiac, circulatory or digestive system. The ECS requires its own specialized medicine as found in the Hemp Family of plants, which is also known as cannabis, and which includes all strains of marijuana.
You have an Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS). It helps regulate many bodily systems. Mother’s milk has endo-cannabinoids and you produce your own, or not. You could be suffering from clinical Endo-Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CEDS). The Hemp family of plants is the best source of cannabinoids. One cannabinoid, CBD, just may be the greatest medicines of our lifetime.