Cannabis: Is This Hot Topic The Key To You Living A Better Life?


I had the privilege of speaking to a large audience at the Salt Lake Palace about a topic the government itself owns patents on: Cannabis, or, as you may know it, marijuana.

Now don’t stop reading, marijuana is a made up word...a slang word for the highly medicinal plant found throughout the world.  

If you want an entertaining, humorous, and science filled drive to work, a reason to stay up late watching videos, or something to listen to while walking the great dane, this 50 minutes on cannabis is IT!  

I PROMISE you will enjoy it!

Learn the difference between CBD (Legal everywhere) (nonphycoactive) and THC (illegal in some states) (psychoactive), and why you never need to smoke a thing!

Cannabis is a VEGETABLE for pete’s sake, and the benefits will blow you away. So anchor yourself down and  ENJOY THE VIDEO ABOVE!

Karen Urbanek HHP, TNC, Author, Educator, and MOM!

Following is info from my Cannabis Powerpoint:


•Cannabis – a family of plants with up to 400 known types: Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis are best known for medicine
•Marijuana can be a member of any type and can have %5 - %47 THC. This cannabis grows 2 meters tall
•Hemp member of Sativa or Ruderalis, has no psychoactive value. It can have 2-35% CBD. It grows 4 meters tall
•Endocannabinoids - are lipid metabolites, and endogenous ligands of cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2) that have roles in intercellular communication and the nervous system
•Cannabinoids – a special class of chemical constituents in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol(CBG) Cannabichromene(CBC) and over 125 more! THC and CBD are most common

History of Cannabis in USA

•Early 1600’s – Hemp was an important part of the economy in Colonial America  - Making Ropes , Sailing Canvases ,Clothing (linen), Paper, Food , Oil, Medicine
•Farmers in British colonies were mandated to grow hemp
•1851 - Cannabis Added to the US Pharmacopeia books
•1937 - Dept. of Revenue imposes tax on hemp crops
•1938 - Popular Mechanics published "New Billion Dollar Crop" - Hemp can be used to manufacture over 25,000 different products
•1942 - Henry Ford built an car body out of hemp fiber, which is ten times stronger than steel
•1970 - Controlled Substances Act outlawed cultivation
•2014 - Farm Bill allows industrial hemp cultivation in US

 (Important note: no pesticides or chemicals are ever needed!)

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

•THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis, it produces changes in the consciousness and mood
•THC attaches to cannabinoid receptors CB1 in the gut and the brain, mainly in areas associated with memory, pleasure, thinking, concentration and coordination
•CB1 receptors are dense in the brain, nervous system and the gut (80%), the other 20% are around other organs. When you experience high density works outs or experience an orgasm you produce your own THC
•Medicinal effects significantly increase when combined with other cannabinoids, such as CBD
•CB1 receptors never leave your body and you never create more

Cannabidiol (CBD)

•CBD is non- psychoactive.
•CB2 receptors are triggered by CBD as well as natural endorphins (intense physical activity, sex, etc.) Your body can produce more CB2 receptors, once more CBD is present, more CB2 receptors are produced
•CBD is the second most prominent compound in cannabis
•Like THC, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system
•Found to offer 80% of the benefits THC can
•Bridges the gap of neurotransmission in the central nervous system by providing a two-way system of communication that completes a positive feedback loop
•Cannabis goes upstream, it provides feedback from the post synaptic nerve to the presynaptic nerve, which was unheard of in neurochemistry. It was thought all neurotransmitters were unidirectional.  Then cannabis appears completing the circuit!

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

•A new organ system discovered.  Lays like a mat around nerves and organs. Cannabinoids dock on this mat and upregulate the system, not docking on the nerve itself
•Cell receptors and molecules called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) respond to agonists Like THC and CBD
•The ECS has two primary receptor sites: CB1 and CB2
•The ‘keys’ to these receptors are endocannabinoids
•The 2 main endocannabinoids: Anandamide and 2-Ag
•Endocannabinoid Receptors are abundant in the CNS, Immune Cells, Gastrointestinal Tract and Peripheral Nervous System
•Dysregulation of Endocannabinoid system contributes to a variety of conditions
•Helps maintain Homeostasis, sleep, Appetite, digestion and hunger, Mood, Motor Control, Immune Function, Reproduction and fertility, Pleasure and reward, Pain, Memory, Temperature regulation
•The ECS is required for many physiologic processes throughout the body, maintaining homeostasis. In certain patients – people with illness – this system is the core of the problem. In most healthy children, their endocannabinoid system is functioning. Adding cannabis to the ECS may interfere with developing brains, so we wait until the brain is more developed. But in children who are sick, these are special cases
•“If something is deranged biochemically in a person's body, it may well be that a cannabinoid system can bring things back into balance.” Dr. Ethan Russo


•CBDA, cannabidiolicacid is the raw non-psychoactive cannabinoid precursor to CBD
•THCA, tetrahydrocannabinolicacid is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in raw cannabis. As the plant dries, THCA slowly converts to THC
•Forms of cannabis are modified by enzymatic activity or heat
•Bacteria in us will convert an acid into a modified form
•Cannabis medicines are available as THC-rich, CBD-rich, a combination of CBD+THC, THCA - , and/or CBDA.
•Some cannabis medicine suppliers are combining raw and heated cannabinoids in tinctures to increase the anti-inflammatory benefits. Many patients are benefitting from drinking the juice of raw cannabis plants
•THC enters a Delta stage when heated. There are six versions of Delta. They react differently in different organs


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