Let me guess – you love your weed! Whether you use it for recreation or medicine, chances are that if you read this way, you have a love for cannabis. But have you ever thought about what effect this plant has on our planet?
Table of Contents
- I. It brings people a sense of closeness to each other.
- II. Improving personal well-being
- III. Cannabis can save lives
- IV. Revolutionising industry
- But we are not there …
I. It brings people a sense of closeness to each other.
One thing hemp is good at is bringing people closer together. There has always been a strong community around cannabis, and this community has only grown since the legalisation campaign recently began.
More and more people are talking about how they use cannabis, showing us that cannabis is no longer just for floats. In fact, some people are even rediscovering cannabis because its use is no longer as stigmatised as it was 50 or 60 years ago.
All over the world, people of all genders, sexual orientations and colors come together, united by their love of cannabis. And we all know that we could use a little more unity in this world!
II. Improving personal well-being
The legalisation of cannabis has been the catalyst for numerous studies of this plant and its effects on the human body. Through this research, we learned that cannabis is more than just a plant that lifts you up.
Research shows that compounds in cannabis such as cannabinoids and terpenes have unique health benefits. For example, CBD has been shown to help relieve stress and anxiety, as well as help manage physical symptoms such as pain and inflammation.
Terpenes such as limonene and pinene, on the other hand, also help fight inflammation, reduce anxiety and fear, while providing a calming and relaxing effect. Many of the other compounds in cannabis have similar effects and can even be used medicinally (more on that in a moment).
Fortunately, the health and beauty industry has indeed harnessed the full power of cannabis, spawning a huge variety of different cannabis-derived products. You can find everything on the market today, from hand creams and moisturizers to nutritional supplements such as oils and capsules.
III. Cannabis can save lives
It can be argued that one of the most important ways in which cannabis is changing the world is its potential as a medicine. There is a growing body of research showing that compounds in the cannabis plant have very important medicinal benefits.
For example, THC has been shown to help fight inflammation, relieve physical and neurological pain, and even help fight the growth and spread of tumours. CBD is also known as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, and can also help reduce symptoms associated with mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
This is all due to the fact that the endocannabinoid system (the system that mitigates the effects of cannabinoids in the body) is involved in many key processes that help our body fight at its best and protect it from disease.
For more information on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, be sure to check out the Medicine section of our website.
IV. Revolutionising industry
One aspect of the hemp plant that is often overlooked is its ability to transform industries. Hemp has been an integral part of the industry for centuries. From cannabis, which was used to make clothes and paper, to its use as a potential biofuel, it has helped humanity grow ever since we started farming (and maybe even before that).
With the growing interest in cannabis in general, the hemp industry is also receiving more attention.
More and more people are learning about the industrial potential of cannabis, and an increasing number of companies are again looking for cannabis for specific solutions.
But we are not there …
While cannabis definitely has an impact on the world, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can truly begin to realise the plant’s full potential.
For example, the medical industry still needs to do a lot more research on understanding the plant before it can be taken as a conventional medicine. The same goes for the health and beauty sectors, as well as many other industries that are starting to use cannabis.
We still have a lot to learn about this plant and its potential. In addition, we also have a long way to go in eliminating the stigma associated with cannabis use. Years of prohibition have created a very unhealthy attitude towards cannabis and its use (whether for recreational or medical purposes). Unfortunately, while this stigma begins to fade, we still have a long way to go before it disappears completely. Take a look at year 2020 of cannabis.