The cannabis plant traces its origins to what is modern day Kazakhstan to the Eastern Himalayas. Though the plant shows archeological evidence of growing in the wild nearly 37 million years ago, humans have only purposely cultivated the cannabis plant for the past 8,000 years. Check out the video below from TopTrending.com to improve your understanding of the science of marijuana.
“The plant evolved to make use of the chemical THC as a defense against plant eating animals; due to its extremely unpleasant taste and psychoactive effects that all of its predators are susceptible to.”
THC is a defense mechanism for the cannabis plant, but interestingly, THC is appealing to humans as a recreational and medicinal drug. This is because, just like plant-eating animals, we have an Endocannabinoid System that naturally regulates many of the processes that our bodies need for healthy functioning.
“THC works by mimicking the effects of preexisting neurotransmitters in our brain, known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are present in all animals. It will cause specific regions of the brain that deal with thoughts, imagination, or perception to heighten. It also has the potential to increase anxiety in people who are not used to it.”
“THC acts like Anandamide the fatty acid neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating hunger and other central nervous system functions. Anandamide has also shown an ability to halt the progression of breast cancer cells; it also regulates aspects of the immune system.”
The video mentions that marijuana can be addictive. But it also goes on to suggest that sugar, heroin, coffee, and many other “things” can be addictive—it would be crazy to call marijuana addictive absent context.
“Cases of marijuana dependency are extremely low. About 9% of marijuana users report dependency compared to 13% of coffee drinkers who report dependency.”
Marijuana can be a miracle for many people. It can also be destructive. To each his own. At the very least, know the science and make your decisions based on facts not the opinions of politicians or people who have had bad experiences.
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