facts about cannabis

After several decades of being a taboo, the image of cannabis is finally being reconsidered. Using cannabis in a healthy way can provide you with mental and spiritual benefits. Of course, any misuse of the plant would be a loss of time.

Let’s have a look at these five facts about cannabis that can make you smarter in one or another way.

1. History

Historically speaking, cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years not only as medicine, but also for food, clothing, and lots of more. Cannabis prohibition is less than 100 years old. The facts reveal a big war that was declared to cannabis by the big industries such as alcohol, paper, tobacco industries and Big Pharma. Cannabis is a competitor to all of these companies that did and still do whatever they can in order to protect and increase their profits.

2. Science

Human body includes a special system of cannabinoid receptors and it is called endocannabinoid system. These receptors interact in several ways with cannabinoid compounds (like CBD) that cannabis contains and, as a result, affect the body functions. A number of studies from the last few decades reveal a whole lot of applications, mostly medical ones, of this interaction and science finally starts acknowledging that cannabis should not be considered an ‘evil plant’ anymore. Cannabis is mostly safe, at least, safer than legal substances like tobacco and alcohol. Actually, science not only proves that cannabis is not harmful but that it can be used to treat substance and alcohol addictions. Cannabis contains non-habit-forming compounds that provide better symptom management. Cannabis works as a replacement for more harmful drugs, such as painkillers and antidepressants.

3. Economy

Many countries are moving towards a more liberal policy of regulating cannabis use. Among other obvious reasons such as health benefits, the financial profits of legalizing cannabis are really some of the most tempting advantages that make many governments reconsider this plant one after the other. Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and, if the trend towards legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry, according to The Huffington Post.

4. Inspiration

All over the world, for thousands of years, cannabis has been a means of inspiration and creativity for artists and scientists – there is no doubt about that. Cannabis has the ability to make it easier to notice things that you would otherwise have missed. If used responsibly, cannabis can enhance your mindset in all sorts of ways and give you a glimpse of a different perspective.

5. Mindfulness

Whether it is Indian yogis, hippies or modern entrepreneurs, all of them agree on one thing: cannabis enhances your mindfulness, your spiritual connection, and helps you concentrate on the present moment, on a current thought or activity. Although some call it awareness or meditation, it is not exactly that: to be more precise, mindfulness is a state of relaxed consciousness. It has been proven that cannabis increases the brain’s ability to focus and thus helps in learning as well. Yoga practitioners often say that they enjoy yoga more when using cannabis before the practice. This paved the way for the so-called Ganja Yoga, which has been extremely popular in San Francisco lately.

As you can see, this plant has lots of benefits and the knowledge of these could make you smarter and more aware. What other facts about cannabis do you know?

Copyright © 2016 Learning Mind. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, contact us.