We at CannaBoss honestly believe the cannabis topic should be given a lot more attention and everyone should be aware of it. Why is that you ask? Simply put, because we have cannabis (or rather endocannabinoids, to be more tehnically correct) in our bodies. Yes, our bodies naturally produce small amounts of endocannabinoids, which have a very similar chemical composition as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Furthermore, our bodies contain thousands of cannabinoid receptors throughout our major organs and bones, which activate on contact with these cannabinoids, helping the human body regulate its functions and promote natural self-healing. This is why cannabis is a topic that concerns us all!
What are cannabinoids you ask? In short, they are the main chemicals found in the cannabis plant, as well as the bodies of all mammals on Earth. The most popular ones you probably know about are THC, which gets you “high”, and CBD, which has taken the medical world by storm due to its amazing properties and success stories around the world of people using it for a variety of conditions. There are however hundreds of these cannabinoids that scientists don’t really know much about, and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the topic of cannabis! The entire system of endocannabinoid production and receptors in the mammal body is known as the Endocannabinoid system, which is an entire topic in and of itself.
Before we dive into the subject further, let us clarifay a few things. This isn’t a typical article describing the science and research behind cannabis. There are thousands of those types of articles that you can read both on our website, and other online sources. This is an article written by us – the people behind CannaBoss – that expresses what we truly believe about this subject. These are our own personal opinions written in our own authentic voice, just as if we were talking to you in person, as a friend.
So let’s get started with some obvious questions. Why do so many people believe that cannabis is bad for you? Why is it illegal? Why do governments punish people for using it? Why all the negativity and stigma surrounding it? Why is it that the only thing most people know about cannabis is that it’s a harmful drug? How can this be good when the majority agrees that it is harmful?
The answer to these questions is very simple. Because 100 years ago, when free information was not travelling at the speed of light, when people had so little certainty about the world they lived in and were not educate themselves that easily as we do today, an informational war started against cannabis. Thus, whatever the newspaper said, it had to be true! You could not even think back then that maybe the newspaper or the government is lying to you, because there are much bigger things in play right? Well today we are more aware than in the 20th century to know that occasionally things like that happen due to huge monetary interests. Today the Internet has given us the ability to search for anything ourselves, choose our own sources, and reach our own conclusions based on evidence, facts, logic and reason, instead of the government or someone else drawing the conclusions for us and spoon-feeding them to us. Today we have informational independence! At least some of us do, and those that take advantage of this privilege can achieve true knowledge, by caring enough about something to do their own independent research! In any case, 100 years ago people had very limited access to information, so they were a lot easier to manipulate, and that is exactly what happened with cannabis. People were manipulated into believing that cannabis was suddenly a dangerous drug equal to heroin, even though cannabis-based medicines were commonly produced and prescribed in the USA since the 1800s for hundreds of ailments. This is a prime example of how easy it is to manipulate people when access to information is limited or restricted, and we should do well to learn from it.
So let me ask an obvious question then. How many of you actually have researched the cannabis topic? How many of you have validated your knowledge and opinions on the topic? If the question “why does it concern us all” comes to mind again, I can give you hundreds of reasons, but let’s just stick to one for simplicity. How about the fact that hundreds, if not thousands of studies have shown that cannabis can cure cancer? Yes, cancer! Most of you reading this have probably had one or more relatives that have died or suffer from cancer, just like we have. If you research the topic more online and see all the new and exciting findings and studies done on cannabis, you will be amazed! After you find all the studies and the huge list of severe health problems that cannabis can help us in a natural way, you will finally understand why cannabis was made illegal in the first place, and why there’s still a fight to keep it illegal or heavily regulated, out of the reach of the average consumer.
We strongly advise you do your own research and draw your own conclusions. We are here to bring awareness and help people find all the information they need to make their own opinions on the truth about cannabis. Before we go on further with our views on the plant, we should elaborate a bit on some of the technical details and history of cannabis, so you get a better picture of what we’re dealing with here. After all, as a wise man once said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Cannabis is a plant that belongs to the cannabaceae family of plants, which includes around 170 species. Cannabis has been used throughout history for thousands of years, with written evidence of the plant dating back to the third millenium BCE, and way further than that by archaeological evidence. Interesting, right? Did you know that Humulus (also known as hops), which is the main ingredient used in brewing beer, belogs to the same family of plants? You learn something new every day, right? Even more interesting, the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa species) has lots of applications in industry, medicine, and food. Hemp can be used to make materials such as wood, paper, rope, hemp concrete, biofuel, recyclable plastics that are 10 times stronger than steel, and many others. Fun fact: One hectar of industrial hemp can produce the same output of wood as 4 hectars of trees. Furthermore, it takes hemp just 3 months to grow instead of hundreds of years as is the case for trees. Why are we even cutting trees instead of just growing hemp you ask? Well, it’s still cheaper to cut the trees that are already there at 0 financial cost instead of the costs involved with growing hemp. The only cost is to the healthiness of our planet and ozone, but that’s a problem for next generation to deal with, right? Another fun fact: The US declaration of independence was signed on hemp paper. You like these fun facts? How about the fact that the ship Christopher Columbus sailed in when he discovered the continent of America was made of hemp wood and sails made of hemp?There are many more fun facts about hemp, it has been used for thousands of years throughout history after all, so there’s plenty of those if you’re curious.The seeds are also a huge source of vitamins, Omega 3 and Omega 6, fatty acids, metals, protein, and many other useful substances for our nutrition and well-being. By now, you probably got the point of its medicinal applications too, and how important it is to our natural well-being, due to our endocannainoid system. Another interesting fact is that the hemp plant has a variety of different parts, all used for something, so there is literally no waste! Combine this fact with all its applications, and you get a super-plant with hundreds of uses, unlike any others on the panet! It has been stated that the cannabis plant is like a library of chemical compounds that cannot be found anywhere else in nature from one source! Now, if that is not incredible to you I don’t know is!
At this point, I can understand the potential skepticism you might have. “It can’t be true! Why don’t I know about all this if it’s true? Why isn’t all this known by most people? What do you know about about our health system and drug enforcement that I don’t?”. The answer is simple. Remember the example I gave earlier about how easily people can be manipulated? It’s the same thing happening today, only now it’s just harder to stay uninformed and ignorant because of the Internet. Huge monetary interests from all angles still exist though. Industries endangered by cannabis include the petrol, paper and pharmaceutical industries. You think the petrol magnates owning the vast petrol reserves were happy about a cheaper alternative to petrol in the form of hemp biofuel? How about the pharmaceutical industry? You really think their goal is to completely cure you of all your diseases in the most natural and fast way possible? Of course not, their purpose is to give you the appearance of treating you, by only fixing the symptoms, not the cause of disease. While doing so, of course, drugs have numerous side effects, which cause other problems, and then you need some more pills for those, and before you know it, you have to swallow an entire fist of pills for breakfast and you’re almost a walking corpse. Meanwhile, big pharma is getting richer and richer off your suffering. Here’s another fun fact, you reached this far, looks like you like these: Guess what most modern pharmaceutical drugs are made from. That’s right: petroleum. So in practice, the same groups that profited massively off of monopolizing petrol resources laid the foundations of modern pharmaceutical medicine as we know it today. Talk about a cash cow, right? Now THOSE are some huge interests right there if i ever saw some. You’d have to be blind or just plain stubborn not to see it now that you know the truth. If you’re thinking “what does this have to do with governments passing legislation against cannabis”, the harsh reality is that money makes the world go round, and governments, or rather people in charge of governments, like money. A lot. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise then when I tell you that the US government funded research into cannabis that only showed negative results by employing shady tactics such as testing their patients under extreme conditions, only to push the established agenda. And then there’s all the propaganda of course, with some famous examples such as the “Reefer Madness” movie which today is commonly watched as a parody by cannabis users in search for a good laugh. At the time though it was very real, and public opinion was massively influenced by such propaganda demonizing the plant, claiming it made users euphoric, violent, sexual deviants, suicidal and any other things they could scare the public with. All this resulted in a complete blanket ban on cannabis and all cannabis-based products and medicines, including industrial hemp, which doesn’t even have enough THC to give users the “high” usually associated with cannabis. Of course, that was just an excuse for the US government to first impose heavy taxes on all cannabis and hemp related products, and then eventually making the entire plant illegal, including for medicinal purposes through the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, thus killing the hemp industry and cannabis-based medicines. The rest of the world soon followed in their footsteps, making the plant illegal in international law.
Now that you have a better understanding of cannabis, the history behind it and the controlling interests that are pushing the narrative of cannabis being a dangerous drug with no recognized medicinal potential, let’s move on to the topic of how cannabis is connected to our bodies. But first, you guessed it, another fun fact: The US government holds a patent for the use of certain cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant against certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson’s and HIV dementia. This is despite the DEA’s official position, which still lists Cannabis as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medicinal value, same as heroin. Just Google US Patent 6630507. Fun, right? I knew you’d like these fun facts scattered across this document, keep reading if you want more!
The endogenous cannabinoid system (also known as the endocannabinoid system) , which is named after the plant that led to its discovery is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in maintaining our bodies’ health and balance. It is found in all mammals dating back millenia. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout our bodies in the brain, tissues, glands, organs and immune system. In each place, the endocannabinoid system performs different roles, but the overall goal is always the same: homeostasis, or the maintenance of a stable and balanced internal environment despite external factors. The endocannabinoid system, through its complex activities in our immune system, nervous system and all our organs represents quite literally a bridge between body and mind. By unlocking the secrets of the endocannabinoid system we begin to understand how states of consciousness can promote health or disease.
Cannabinoid receptors are embedded in cell membranes throughout our bodies, and are believed to be more numerous than any other receptor system in the human body. When they are stimulated by cannabinoids, a variety of physiological processes ensue, which help the endocannabinoid system in its task of maintaining homeostasis, and much more. The two currently identified cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2, while researchers theorize there might also be a third receptor.
Endocannabinoids are chemicals our own bodies naturally produce to stimulate these receptors and promote homeostasis. They have local effect and are short-lived. Phytocannabinoids on the other hand, are chemicals found in plants. The most famous and psychoactive one is of course Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but there are others such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) that are currently gaining a lot of interest from both scientists and patients alike due to their healing properties. Most cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant, with 113 currently isolated cannabinoids from cannabis, but there are are other medicinal herbs such as echinacea purpura that have recently been discovered to produce non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system and its receptors, coupled with phytocannabinoids and their mechanisms are only just now starting to be properly researched and analyzed. One thing is clear though, their interaction is truly something special! It’s as if cannabis was created for the purpose of interacting with our bodies, a perfect match, a key that fits in the locks of our bodies perfectly, to heal and boost our bodies.
Yes, you read that right, “cannabis was created”. And this is the moment where we smoothly transition into our main message, the reason why we decided to write this article, which is to show you exactly what we truly believe about this plant. If all the “conspiracy theories” haven’t raised any skepticism in you by now, the next paragraph might, but bear with me here, you’re in for some more interesting facts.
The more we studied the plant and its properties, chemical composition, and general interaction with the human body, the more it looked to us as if this is a purposely engineered plant, made to provide humanity with many necessities from one source – industrial materials, food, nutrients and medicine. If you look research this plant in detail you will notice it is really unique compared to any other plants on Earth. For those interested in “conspiracy theories”, Google the origins of cannabis in relation with the Sirius system. Of course, there is no concrete evidence for all of this, and we’re a bit reticent to share our views as there is no way to prove them, but at least try to be open minded!
For those that deep down are judging us, thinking we are hippies and stoners with our heads in the clouds that are into crazy conspiracy theories of aliens, you really ought to read more. We support this plant that has the potential to literally change the world because we’re trying to make the world a better place and are passionate and interested in this topic. Of course there are many ways to try to make the world a better place, and everyone has their interests and passions. This is ours, and if your only reaction to all this information I’ve shared with you today is “these guys are hippie stoners”, you should be more open minded and change your way of thinking, develop your critical and analytical thinking, do your own research and allow yourself to admit that you’re not perfect and you don’t know it all, just like the rest of us. There’s always something new to learn, and being misinformed is a lot worse than being uninformed. Take our advice, it will do you good.
Now, why do we believe cannabis can change the world for the better? First and foremost, we believe our way of treating our illnesses will change dramatically in the next years to come, which will be the worst nightmare of the pharmaceutical industry People will realize that they do not need pills for their treatment and that nature has given us everything we need in the most safe and pure way. No more expensive pills that only treat the symptoms of diseases superficially. Not only do they cause other problems such as damaging your liver but they also keep you hooked on them, and get you started on others. Another way in which the world will be positively affected by cannabis is the industrial side of things! No more plastic bags or plastic straws or plastic anything made from petrol that take millions of years to decompose! Use biodegradable hemp plastics instead! No more killing trees to make wood or paper, degrading our quality of air in the process. Just use hemp for Christ’s sake! I dare to say it! No more petrol! No more war for petrol cause it is scarce, as long as there is land there will be cannabis! Use hemp for biofuel or use an electric car instead since we’re on this topic!
If you reached this far, congratulations, this article really caught your interest! If so, do us, yourself and society a favor and go do your own research about cannabis, change your perception if it used to be a negative one, and help others change it as well. Fact check everything you read here, and make a habit out of getting and confirming the information you read from multiple sources. If you know anyone that has an illness that cannabis can help with (and it probably can), inform them! Be a positive change to those around you! We’re not talking about drugs here, this is a plant that has been heavily misunderstood and stigmatized because of mass manipulation, but in fact it has a myriad of uses which we can all benefit from without harming ourselves or the environment. If you do not enjoy the recreational side of it, just don’t use it! Simple as that, we know that THC is not for everyone. However, THC is just a tiny part of what cannabis has to offer! There is no need to focus on that when there is so much more to this plant!
However, if we choose to focus on that for a second, I think we can all agree that looking down on Cannabis Indica (“weed”) while abusing alcohol and cigarettes or prescription drugs is very hypocritical and ridiculous. While one is free to drink alcohol, beat their wife and kids, take the car out for a drive and kill an entire innocent family simply because of too much alcohol. Meanwhile, winding down with some cannabis after a hard day’s work and watching some TV and enjoying a good time is somehow seen as so much worse and socially unacceptable, and it would of course be illegal, you’re a dangerous criminal that should be put behind bars!
No deaths were ever reported from the use of cannabis, fights in bars or clubs don’t start because of it, no emergency room for cleansing the stomach, no car accidents, and there are no signs of body addiction from the scientific studies done on this subject. Just chilled music and natural high vibes that make you want to smile, relax and enjoy whatever it is you’re doing in a more special way. At best it can make you lazy if you are a lazy person, however it can also make you more creative if you are a creative person. THC specifically is tricky and more research needs to be done for more conclusive opinions, but when you compare it to what is freely available on the market, such as opioids, it convincingly seems as plainly erroneous for it to be illegal! If we want to have an adult conversation about cannabis, let’s acknowledge the hypocrisy that exists in our society.
One thing is for sure though, things are changing for cannabis, no other way around it. People are not so easily manipulated nowadays thanks to the Internet, and they are realizing its true properties now that some products such as CBD oils are available on the market. People have started to realize the decades-old propaganda against cannabis was nothing but lies. This is just the beginning we believe, more and more studies and clinical trials will be performed, and new uses for cannabinoids will be found. For all the reasons discussed above we decided to name our company CannaBoss, because cannabis is the boss of all plants and this will be evident for more and more people with the passing of time.