The Curtain in Shoreditch
The Green Rush – The Future of Cannabis 25th June 2019
Walking into a trendy London Hotel in Shoreditch, unsure of what to expect, I am met with a warm and friendly greeting from one of the hosts offering a CBD infused green drink. Taking my seat at the event in a room of around 70 attendees from an array of industry professionals and general public keen to learn more about the hottest topic in wellness products, a panel of 4, plus a host, take to the makeshift stage to present their take on the most researched compound from the cannabis plant, CBD (cannabidiol).
The Human Systems
The first point I’ve taken from the event is that the human body has many key systems to keep it functioning such as the nervous system and the immune system. What I didn’t realise is that the body has another lesser-known system called the endocannabinoid system, which actually has more receptor points than both of the other mentioned systems.
It also turns out that like a lot of our other systems, the human body actually can create its own compounds to feed these systems (CBD is found in breast milk), but also like eating our nutrients to feed our immune systems, for example, we need to consume cannabinoids to feed the endocannabinoid system. This has led to research suggesting its highly likely that as humans we are likely to be deficient at some level and only as newer research develops is it becoming apparent of the importance of the endocannabinoid system in our human functioning.
It was discussed that this isn’t a new thing, but rather, that as we would eat a plate of salad with lettuce, rocket and spinach etc today – that 100 years ago that plate would have had hemp leaves in, and that this would have been the case for hundreds if not thousands of years before. It’s only been in the last century or more that we have stopped consuming it due to the laws of the land prohibiting it.
The main function of the endocannabinoid system I learnt was to create homeostasis (balance) within our body. Being deficient in certain areas of this could explain why today we feel so out of balance in general day to day activities leading to feelings like stress and depression.
The Hemp Plant
The hemp plant or ‘Cannabis Sativa’ also has a cannabinoid system, the Phytocannabinoid system, which as the plant grows and matures actually mimics ours, and this is where we can then consume these to feed and nourish our own. The hemp plant actually has over 100 different cannabinoids, all of which have a different function and purpose.
THC, which has been made illegal and due to the potential it has to induce a feeling of ‘being high’ has given the rest of the cannabinoids a rough ride as they seem to have all been tarred with the same brush.
However, until there is more education towards the cannabinoid system (such as this event), it’s becoming more widely accepted that these cannabinoids should be more extensively researched for all the potential benefits they could offer to people’s health and wellness.
There is already a huge number of privately documented cases of people taking CBD based products and seeing huge improvements in the symptoms of everything from epilepsy to Parkinson’s to Arthritis, etc.
Some of my key takeaways I learnt at the event
- CBD is naturally found in breast milk
- There are over 100 different types of cannabinoid in the hemp plant
- We used to eat hemp leaves in salads
- Other European countries use hemp tea to soothe upset children (creating homeostasis)
- We have more receptors in the endocannabinoid system than in the immune system or the nervous system
- CBD has helped people with a wide range of ailments resume normality in their lives
This event was very beneficial and all the companies present in the room were members of the cannabinoid trust which ensures that as the industry grows it helps to regulate the marketplace and educate the consumers regarding what products are of good quality and safe for people who are involved in sports.
We are also a cannabinoid trust member.
As part of this event, Infilife gave away a tincture in the goody bag, which is one of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of CBD.