Did you know that the human brain has a receptor for cannabis?
According to Michael Pollan, in his delightful book “The Botany of Desire”, cannabinoid receptors are found in vast numbers in the brain, immune and reproductive systems.
The body produces a THC like chemical – anandamide (Sanskrit for inner bliss) which binds to the receptors and activates the cannabinoid network to modulate the action of other neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.
It appears that the purpose of this network, is to help the brain from being overloaded.
In this day and age of social media overload – it seems that this is a vital solution to survival!
One has to wonder why there is such resistance to legally exploring the medicinal benefits of a plant that has co-evolved with humans.
Marijuana has been used to treat pain, convulsions, nausea, glaucoma, neuralgia, asthma, cramps, migraines, insomnia and depression.
The key effect of marijuana seems to be the altering of consciousness, the sharpening of sensory perceptions and the sense that time has slowed, allowing one to appreciate the present moment.
“It is no wonder that Christianity and capitalism detest this plant. Both faiths bid us to set our sights on the future and reject the pleasures of the moment in favour of the expectation of fulfillment yet to come – whether by earning salvation or by getting and spending.
By immersing us in the present, and offering something like fulfillment, cannabis short circuits the desire on which Christianity and capitalism depend.
Plants with the power to revise our thoughts and perceptions challenge the belief that we somehow stand apart from nature.”
Perhaps we all need a good dose of anandamide, not only for alleviating the stresses of the modern world, but so that we can come back down to earth and realise that our very existence depends upon the plants and nature round us.