Do you really need the whole marijuana plant or simply a few cannabinoids? With the FDA approving a CBD based cannabis medicine, more and more pharmaceutical companies would start studying cannabinoids – with the aim of developing their own cannabis medicines.
The problem with this approach is that while individual cannabinoids might hold medical value, the whole marijuana plant provides additional value.
Let’s look at the marijuana plant and its medical properties and why every legalization effort should ALWAYS include home growing.
The Marijuana Plant and the Entourage Effect
As mentioned, there are many pharmaceutical companies out there trying to isolate cannabinoids to make their own medication. The issue here is, they are limiting the medical potential of cannabis.
Cannabis contains roughly 400 compounds within it. All of these cannabinoids provide some sort of functionality in terms of relieving health-related issues. Additionally, these cannabinoids work together in a synergistic fashion known as the “Entourage Effect”.
The entourage effect essentially means that the cannabinoids work in unison to provide greater health benefits. This is something that can’t be replicated in a lab.
Thus, while the individual cannabinoid medication can help certain conditions, the net effect of the whole marijuana plant is infinitely better and provides a wider range of benefits to medical patients.
The Raw Marijuana Plant is a Dietary Necessity
Furthermore, using the marijuana plant in its raw form provides plenty of benefits as well. You can consume 100% of the cannabinoids within the plant without ever getting high.
The reason being that the THC within the plant itself is still in its acid form (THCa). It only becomes psychoactive when it gets activated through heat. This means that you can take higher doses of this cannabinoid without ever feeling the euphoric effects of the substance.
People usually consume the raw plant in juices. According to Doctor William Courtney, the cannabis plant in its raw form is a dietary essential.
Seeing that we significantly decrease our endocannabinoid activity past the age of 25, consuming marijuana helps replenish the lack of cannabinoid activity.
Think of your endocannabinoid system as the “oil” to your motor. Without the oil to keep everything working smoothly, friction occurs and the machine starts breaking down.
This is why drinking raw cannabis is one of the healthiest things you could do for your health.
While individual cannabinoids do promise to bring us a large range of cannabis-based medicines, there is nothing that really compares to all of the cannabinoids working in conjunction found within the whole marijuana plant.
Seeing that this amazing medicinal plant can be grown right in the comfort of your own home [with moderate experience], patients can finally become more autonomous within their medical treatments.
This is why it’s important to always include “home grow initiatives” in any pro-cannabis legislation as it promotes greater health and medical freedom for patients and recreational users alike.