This article is the first part of a revision of the first text in which we dealt with the subject. Optimal dosing. To begin this reading, it is essential to bear in mind that the administration of CBD and other cannabinoids is not at all similar to that recommended in the use of allopathic medicines, which are currently widespread.
In short, Cannabis treatments are a personalized, humanized, holistic and individual therapy.
This particular approach to the administration of Cannabis extracts, oils, infusions, vapors and other possible forms of Cannabis has been adopted by many cultures and religions for thousands of years and is still present today.
How was Cannabis used in the beginning of time?
The first record of the application of Cannabis for medicinal or therapeutic purposes was made in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shennong, illustrated on the Image 1. He was also known as "Divine Farmer", indicated the infusion of Cannabis for cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism and even weak memory.
For many years those Cannabis extracts recommended to people were primarily what we call today full spectrum, that is, they contained all the molecules present in the plant. At that time science did not yet have the current tools available to isolate the many substances present in this powerful herb, nor was there the current knowledge about the endocannabinoid system and their receiverswhere these substances act.
But, although the scientific knowledge about Cannabis was not so deepened in the antiquity, there was an ancestral knowledge where the use of the whole plant for the preparations was considered the best option for the effectiveness of the treatments. There is evidence of use in different cultures such as Hindu, Taoist, Assyrian, Muslim, Rastafarian, in rituals of healing, connection, funerals and others. The amount of herb or dosage needed was determined on a case by case basis, depending on the discomfort and condition of the person seeking help.
This administration of the whole plant and the work of discovering the dosage according to the needs of each person was not exclusive to Cannabis, but was common in the indication of numerous treatments with plants. We don't have to go very far to verify this fact in our experience. Even today, for some people, an infusion of chamomile bought at the herbalist's is enough to calm them down and give them a good night's sleep. While for others, a chamomile tea "doesn't even tickle".
In a general way, ancient cultures and traditions around the world have always been based on natural treatments with plants, evaluating the individual as a complex system. The disease itself was not the determinant for the "diagnosis", but just a gateway to begin a study of that being, his universe and the necessary adjustments, as still today consider many traditional medicines such as Ayurvedic, Chinese, Andean, shamanic tribes and many others.
The quest for fast, step-by-step, cost-effective healing!
The scenario of looking at each individual in their particular need and then determining one or more herbs for their improvement, along with a series of guidelines on diet, routine and daily practices began to be lost during the Industrial Revolution, which began in the second half of the sixteenth century. From that period onwards, the idea of personal abnegation for the sake of social welfare began to spread and the individual came to be considered simply a cog in the capitalist system, which would have to be operative if at all. For the maintenance of this system at all costs and taking into account the market potential of the "maintenance" of health, the healing system changed completely.
Beyond the issue of health, with the Industrial Revolution and later with the two great World Wars (1914 and 1939), people experienced profound social, economic and technological transformations. The Image 2 - Dr. Uncle Sam is now in charge of our industrial problems is a World War I poster encouraging industrial cooperation. In the explanation of the World Digital Library "Uncle Sam" is depicted as a doctor, administering the medicine of "cooperation" to patients identified as "wage earner" and "wage payer," while the healer of "agitation" leaves, and a nurse, "the public," sweeps up the "agitator's acid," the "legislative ether," and the "fumes of discontent.
A little birdie comments, "Now a real doctor is taking care of the situation!" .
This bellicose context of the poster brings many reflections between the relationship of war, the pharmaceutical industry, contemporary medicine and people's health. In that scenario the personalized, holistic and herbal treatment started to be ridiculed.
Traditional medicine opened space for a medicine based on patented active ingredients. These active ingredients had many benefits for this post-war capitalist system, being two main ones: it allowed the industry to earn a lot of money with the patent of these substances (even more nowadays) and it also "cheered up" in people the signals that the body gives when something is not going well, continuing in their work functions without complaints.
The plants collected before the Pachamama and often used in a ritualistic context, were now studied by scientists in traditional communities, taken to laboratories, where their active ingredients were isolated, chemically modified to generate patents and huge (insulting) profits for the companies that had that formula and manufacturing secret. The healing based on nature that was freely and freely available to all living beings, became controlled from the formulation, production, distribution and administration.
On the other hand, that whole system developed many branches of research in chemistry, pharmacology, ethnopharmacology, botany, pharmacokinetics, pharmacobotany, botany, production engineering and countless other areas of study that had incredible advances in the same period, allowing a part of that ancestral knowledge to reach people. As with everything in this world, there is a duality, and the study and knowledge of any field is neither good nor bad in itself. Good or bad are the uses, applications or actions that are taken from that knowledge.
When we return to the hypothesis that illness is a gateway to a much deeper evaluation of the human being, contemporary medicine and the pharmaceutical industry often did a great job in finding formulas to close every door that opened indicating a maladjustment in the system, where allopathic drugs "annulled" a certain symptom, or even opened more doors because of the countless side effects they generated.
In a general way, a system of containment of the nature of human self-knowledge was created, passing through that biological body, locking those doors/symptoms, throwing away the keys and making people believe that this is the format of health. The INDUSTRY of disease was endorsed by many doctors and scientists, some primarily concerned with financial gain.
It is important to emphasize that, as in any system, there are professionals really dedicated to help improve the quality of life of other people, and there are countless scientific and medical groups that in recent years have met with these traditional treatments with respect and apprentice posture, to merge the undeniable advances of science with traditional knowledge. Thus allowing more complete evaluations, being the strength of Cannabinoid therapies a beautiful example of this union between contemporary science and ancestral knowledge.
So how do I practically use CBD or other cannabinoids?
We come to this point of the text to say that there is no magic or standardized recipe for treatment with Cannabis. Whether for palliative treatment, cases of nausea, vomiting, HIV/AIDS, cancer, chronic pain, anorexia nervosa, sleep disturbances, epilepsy, autism or any other condition, treatment with Cannabis will always be unique and non-transferable for each person, or the same for the same person if needed at different times of life.
For example, two people of the same gender, age, weight and with mild headaches and insomnia want to start taking CBD to improve quality of life and eliminate pain. One of them has a balanced diet and does sports, while the other one is more work-aholic and loves to watch Netflix. It may be that for one of them 3 drops of a 5% Full Spectrum CBD oil every day before going to sleep will be enough to solve the pain and insomnia issue, and for the other one 6 drops will be necessary to get the same effect. Here we will even leave open to which person corresponds each dose in this hypothetical example. But in both cases, to reach the optimal dose, whether it is 3 drops or 6 drops of the same 5% Full Spectrum CBD oil, it is necessary to observe the gradual increase, which we will talk about a little later.
All the above information is fundamental to open us to the perception that the use of Cannabis needs to be looked at with our ancestral eyes, in the old way, where the disease is that door to start an investigation.
Then, if you find a prospectus for the use of CBD or other cannabinoids, hesitate and question the information presented.
In the vast majority of cases, treatment with CBD or other cannabinoids will require changes in other roles of the person's routine and habits, from food, schedules, activity routines and human relationships. Comprehensive treatments require the adjustment of many of these variables and need to be managed or accompanied by a trained therapist or doctor.
So far we made an introduction and if you got here is because the subject interests you, or because some door is open inside you and you want to start a search from the signal of your body or mind. The suggestion is that you first become aware of where you are by answering some questions that you can answer mentally or even better in writing so that you can reflect on yourself and locate yourself in the present.
What do I feel in my body today?
How often am I uncomfortable with pain?
How do I feel when I connect with my emotions?
Am I sleeping well?
How do I feel in my interpersonal relationships?
Do I currently take allopathic/traditional medications?
Like fresh food on a daily basis?
What is my sports or fun activities routine like?
When do I feel gratitude for life?
How regularly do I drink alcohol?
Why do I want to use CBD?
The questions presented are triggers for indicators that can express the quality of life in a person because they directly affect many systems of our body. Now, from your answers you will have more information about your real intentions on why to start a CBD therapy and in part II of this article we will present some relevant information so you can use CBD with awareness, responsibility and always considering the consultation with a qualified professional in sensitive cases.
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