Cannabinoids, Anandamides And Bliss Consciousness

A sequential biochemical and neurological pathway through life

Draft For Review June 22, 2002

Recent advances in Cannabinoid receptor biochemistry have uncovered numerous relationships of the endogenous Anandamides and exogenous Cannabinoids with a whole sequence of neurological and general biochemical processes. Anandamides play an important role from fetal development throughout childhood and are not only protective of the developing nervous system and early immunity, but are keys to the blissful joyous innocence of childhood. While the role of Cannabinoids in conception and implantation remains complicated, it does appear that Cannabis during pregnancy can lead to relatively blissful healthy children.

As animals begin puberty, the Anandamides often fade as the sex hormones kick in. The Anadamides are still protective including modulation of these hormones and other new growth processes. In rats and other herbivores this 1st year maturing coincides with the maturing of Cannabis, and by fall mature Cannabis is available to herbivores and birds. This allows young animals to supplement the dwindling Anandamides and reinforces herbivore grazing, nutrition and growth. In humans, the whole gamut of agricultural activites and the seasons, are a vital part of growth, building strong healthy bodies, active participation with plants and animals, raising happy children, seasonal social events, and a prosperous productive Cannabis Culture, with Cannabis playing a key role not only in Farming but also Ranching, Land Reclamation and a vast array of useful products.

The supplementation with Cannabis in adolescence is well known in herbivores and human teens. It may also be related to other forms of self awareness and chemical stimulation in the environment, such as beer and other active plants, such as caffeine, cocaine, opiates, psychedelics, ginseng and many tasty herbs and sensous fragrances. It's a time of awakening of the senses and mind to the wide variety of available culinary, nutritional, medicinal and spiritual plants worldwide. A teenage approach to having fun.

In young adults, Cannabis begins to play other roles in modulation of agression, stress, inhancement of social, artistic and sexual pleasures. Cannabis use is often associated with relaxed socialization, parties, music, dancing, and courtship. Its light headed springtime carefree feeling balances the many difficulties of these years, although in prohibitionistic societies it can lead to much trouble and disruption of parental and societal expectations and personal goals. Nevertheless, Cannabis is widely enjoyed and highly reguarded by large percentages of young adults.

And then as adults begin to feel the wear and tear of life's hard work and aging begins to show, Cannabis can play important roles in nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine protection, leading to a longer more active life, while the kind smoke gives a pleasurable reward after a hard day's work. Whole Cannabis has an extraordinary abundance of high energy nutritients, especially Essential Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Water Soluble and Fat Soluble Vitamins. The amounts of Fat Soluble Vitamins are exceptionally abundant. This rich healthy combination has a very high synergistic quotient. Numerous types of preparations and extractions have been developed thoughout history, with uses as teas, spices, resins, smokes, tinctures and oils being the most widely used for a whole range of nutritional and medical needs plus a warm feeling of well being. But remember the ancient saying about Hashish, "A little warms, a lot burns!".

In older adults and the elderly, Cannabis can take up some of the slack for the decreasing Anandamides, Hormones and other biochemicals, providing support for numerous systems, as seen in the wide range of recepetor sites. When used in conjunction with the wide array of nutritional and hormonal supplements now available, it can help maintain a fairly complete biochemical equilibrium. But more importantly, Cannabis plays supporting roles in the immune system, perhaps much the same as Anandamides play in early life. Immune modulation, protection and inflamtion responses that can help sustain weakened, injured, infected, and malnurished individuals. With the global catastrophy of war, erosion, malnutrition, starvation, disease, incredible suffering and death, Cannabis has a much larger role and potential benefit for all life.

Then with advanced age related degeneration, disease and pain, Cannabis can play a vital role in easing the physical and mental suffering, leading to a calmer feeling of well being, better rest and sleep, enjoyment of the later days and to a more spiritual approach to our ultimate death and rebirth. Cannabis use among a full range of ages means much fuller family relationships and generational closeness that has been all but destroyed by prohibition.

So as we now see, Anadamides and Cannbinoids play a deep fundamental sequential lifelong role in our development from the gleam of conception, the wonder of pregnancy, childhood joyful bliss, to adolescent excitement and fun, young adult active and sexual lives, mature health and happiness and onto the easing of the pains of old age, our spiritual maturity and the harmony of bliss consciousness, the cyclic continuum life and oneness with the Great Spirit.

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