But I’m not dying…

The distinction between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana has made Americans believe there are only two uses for cannabis: getting high or treating a terminal illness like cancer.

In states that have legalized medical marijuana, there are huge differences in what medical conditions qualify a patient to obtain a medical card or recommendation. In California, almost any medical condition qualifies, but in most states qualifying conditions are limited to multiple sclerosis, severe chronic pain, seizures, AIDS, or cancer.

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Recreational marijuana is just a legal term

If you don’t have a debilitating chronic or terminal illness, you might have a hard time convincing others or even yourself that you need cannabis. You will have an impossible time convincing people that your sick child needs it. Keep in mind medical versus recreational marijuana is a taxation scheme dreamed up by politicians. In reality, all cannabis is medicinal, because it does not cause death, has harmless side effects like increased appetite or sleepiness depending on strain used, and reduces inflammation and stress in your body.

Cannabinoids are in more than just cannabis

The media has only focused on cannabis and its most abundant cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Turn on the nightly news and it is likely you’ll hear a story about how CBD cured a child’s epilepsy or how cannabis oil helped treat someone’s cancer. In a country where cannabis is still federally illegally and medically legal in only a few states, it doesn’t matter how effective cannabis is as a treatment if you cannot buy it or use it without being arrested, fired, or having your children taken away from you by Child Protective Services (CPS).

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Your body makes its own marijuana

The dirty little secret of both the medical and cannabis industries is that you make your own cannabinoids in your brain and body. They’re called endocannabinoids, and they are just as powerful as the cannabinoids in medical marijuana at fighting cancer, relieving pain, and all the wonderful health benefits we’ve attributed only to cannabis. The difference between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids found in cannabis? Endocannabinoids are made in your body and thus FREE and legal, and they don’t make you high like THC in cannabis can.

The health benefits of endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) have been studied and published in hundreds of scientific journals. Anandamide prevents the adhesion, proliferation, and migration of breast cancer cells, reduces proliferation of liver cancer cells, and suppress the initiation of pain, among many other benefits.

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How can you boost your levels of endocannabinoids?

You can eat foods that have endocannabinoids or chemicals that boosts their production in the body. You can eliminate bad foods, substitute for toxic medications, and reduce other lifestyle factors that cause your endocannabinoid system to break down. You can manage stress to maintain your healthy endocannabinoid system. Finally, you can add phytocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids made from plants like cannabis, to your daily routine to enhance your own endocannabinoid system. CBD is a phytocannabinoid that boosts production of anandamide.

It’s never too late to start using cannabinoids

Boosting your body’s natural endocannabinoid system is beneficial at any age, but is especially beneficial for seniors. Cannabinoids can slow the onset or development of many diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, while improving your quality of life. It can balance out whatever vices you have, including a bad diet, sleep deprivation, or regular alcohol use.

Cannabinoids can even slow the aging process, keeping both your body and brain young. This is of great importance as our population extends life expectancy, but the final years are riddled with health problems and poor quality of life. Start taking control of your own health by using cannabis to prevent and treat disease.

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Why All Cannabis Is Medical Marijuana