Cannabis produces kindness towards self and others, making it the best medicine of all.
Ever notice that, when in the cannabis flow, people tend to be more playful, smile, spontaneously belly laugh, and talk more with others? Cannabis helps bond people in friendship through shared humanity.
Intrapersonally, this cannabis flow consciousness reduces aggressiveness, anger and hostility, diminishing one’s cognitive ability to hold onto ill intent towards others. Perhaps this is why cannabis treats PTSD disorders so well.
This gentle, 100 percent safe plant helps to produce a positive, creative state of consciousness accompanied by a profound state of peace, insight, emotional connectiveness and camaraderie with others.
This flow state is also accompanied by a generalized relaxation of tense body musculature, a standing down of the fight or flight module, which also outwardly signals to others that you are a not a physical threat and are open to communication.
The Healing Effects of Cannabinoids
Cannabis produces an overall physical parasympathetic response, signaling the mind and body to rest, sleep,digest, heal and bond with friends. Additionally, cannabis acts as an anti-inflammatory neuroprotector, which heals and protects the brain — most useful for the elders of the clan. Cannabis puts one into a zone of healing.
Phytoremediation: The first plant-based medicine
Cannabis was the first effective plant medicine used by humans over 10,000 years ago in some of the first attempts to use science in medicine. Unknowingly at that time, the endocannabinoid system was being activated to heal mind and body.
Cannabis is considered the first and best generic medicine ever discovered to treat such a wide spectrum of human illness.
Endocannabinoid module activation produces kindness towards others
The synergy between plant and endocannaboid system activates receptors in the amygdala which shut down aggression and stimulate those that produce cooperative behavior.
In humanistic terms, this means we become more friendly, more accepting of self and others, and outwardly start getting along with others. These behaviors are seen universally across cultures with cannabis use.
The CB1 receptors on the surface of a cell is activated by cannabinoids from this plant, instructing brain cells in the amygdala to override anger/aggression modules by stimulating a cooperation module which satisfies group belonging needs such as getting along with others, cooperation over fighting, and working for the common peace within the clan.
In short, this attitude can best be described as “cannabis kindness,” as when human meets plant, producing cooperation and harmony.
The Dalai Lama was once asked, “If there is no concept of any type god or deity in Buddhism, then what do you worship?” He answered …. “Kindness.”
Overall “it appears that this part of the brain may play a role in the display and modulation of aggression.”
Using an evolutionary psychology explanation, when activated, our endocannabinoid system in turn activates our “cooperation module,” whose function is to build bridges of cooperation by displaying kindness to others, which is then reciprocated. This was perhaps the original model that humans evolved over 250,000 years, accepting acts of kindness as the currency for returning favors called on in the future. Humans are hard-wired to trade kindness.
Did humans evolve in the last 12,000 years to use cannabis? It sure is starting to look that way.
From an evolutionary psychology perspective, a module is a dedicated information node that processes only one type of information which may inhibit other modules or produce a display of behavior necessary for survival. The human brain is just a tight bundle of independent brain modules talking to each other at the same time, which produces the buzz we call awareness.
Examples of other dedicated modules are the pathways that process sensory and internal information, such as sex, aggression, hunger and sleep. We even have a mirror neuron system that reads the facial expressions and emotional intent of others.
Each module has its own internal logic and memory, and may or may not be aware of the function of other modules. Have you ever had a strong desire seize you, and just come out of nowhere? That is the operation of an unconscious module’s output into your awareness for what it seeks.
“Our neural circuits were designed by natural selection to solve problems that our ancestors faced during our species’ evolutionary history.”
“Different neural circuits are specialized for solving different adaptive problems.”
In this case humans evolved a dedicated “kindness module” to display kindness and sharing with a mate, children, kin, and tribe. This solved the adaptive problem of how to show cooperation living in a group which is beneficial to producing offspring.
These very brain modules for cooperation are the ones cannabis strengthens, this neural pathway of neurons that fire together and wire together over time, becoming your default state of being. And that’s a good thing.
Cannabis use brings out the best in human behavior to peacefully coexist. Here is a plant that teaches humans how to be kind to themselves and others.
Cannabis kindness is the best medicine of all … it is the medicine of the people.
Editor’s note: Ron Marczyk is a retired high school health education teacher who taught Wellness and Disease Prevention, Drug and Sex Ed, and AIDS educaiton to teens aged 13-17.
He also taught a high school International Baccalaureate psychology course. He taught in a New York City public school as a Drug Prevention Specialist. He is a Registered Nurse with six years of ER/Critical Care experience in NYC hospitals, earned an M.S. in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology, and worked as a New York City police officer for two years.
Currently he is focused on how evolutionary psychology explains human behavior.