Previous to my interviews with Sherri and Sandy, I had a very wrong and distorted view surrounding the use of cannabis, either medically or recreationally. For about as long as I can remember, I have been subjected to popular culture portraying the plant as a mind-altering drug which can be used as a gateway to more dangerous substances. Not to mention, the nationwide illegalization of cannabis has done nothing more than delay research about the plant’s medical uses as well as cloak it in a damaging, incriminating stigma. Many states are just now taking the proper steps to legalize the plant, finally allowing for groundbreaking research on the potential benefits of cannabis and CBD. I learned that cannabis and especially CBD aren’t something we should be afraid of, but rather it could be the missing link to a healthy lifestyle. Sandy gave us a deeper look into some of the inner-workings of the CBD industry at Irie Bliss. I believe it is important to know where your product comes from, as most pharmaceutical companies utilize much more industrialized and commercialized methods to mass produce products. I think that Irie Bliss and The Green Nurse Group offer a unique combination of quality products from trusted vendors that can be tweaked to cater specifically to a patient’s treatment needs. This service is virtually unseen, certainly in an untapped market as new as cannabis with the expectations of big pharma’s production rates.
By far the most mind blowing information that I learned from Sherri was the existence of the endocannabinoid system in the human body. Never before in my life had I heard that there was a regulatory system in our body responsible for the upkeep of every single organ. The body actually makes its own THC-like chemical component to match endocannabinoid receptors, however, it can often be beneficial to microdose different forms of THC or CBD in order to give this system a “jump start” if one’s body doesn’t make enough itself. If used in collaboration with a healthy diet and proper physical activity, for example, CBD or cannabis can function to maintain homeostasis within one’s organ systems. CBD and Cannabis should only be used to give an occasional boost to your endocannabinoid system, as excessive activation of receptors can lead to decreased production of the body’s natural THC-like substance. This means that your body won’t upkeep its endocannabinoid system by itself, having to rely on outside sources of the CBD or THC. I learned that CBD has a place in medicine because it could be a potential substitute for many pharmaceuticals with various side effects, regulating the body’s organs with little-to-no risks. It is especially important to emphasize how little information that I brought into our discussion that turned out to be accurate, because many sources of information, particularly school, fail to teach about the benefits of the plant instead of only focusing on the negatives. I think The Green Nurse Group could impact public perception of cannabis and CBD greatly by integrating themselves into health classes taught at school or offering a specific course on the subject. If the public was better informed about the many uses of cannabis, the general public could reap the benefits of a plant that has been around since the beginning of mankind.