Letters: Cannabinoids from the breast

New mothers feed babies cannabinoids from the breast, says a reader.  Photo / 123RF
New mothers feed babies cannabinoids from the breast, says a reader. Photo / 123RF

Did you know that all healthy mothers feed their babies cannabinoids from the breast?

This fatty molecule (2-AG) stimulates bone growth, appetite, digestion, and settles baby to sleep after her feed.

Cannabinoids are the essential comms links of our health regulation, protection and growth systems. If we don't make enough of them, our internal health regulation cannot happen, and we cannot be well.

This fact is not taught in our medical schools.

In 2017 The Hemp Foundation educated and surveyed 280 GPs at two national GP conferences.

Eighty-nine per cent did not know about their Cannabinoid System (CS). But after seeing the evidence, 96 per cent favoured immediately using and researching cannabis.

Plant cannabis is a forage, a functional food that supports our long ago evolved health systems, and it cannot get us high unless we smoke it, or otherwise heat it above 100 degrees.

It's the poster child for raw food, and it is of equal benefit to all animals that have a spine.

The benefits of supporting our CS are literally too numerous to list in the space available to me, but include stronger bones, less mental illness and dementia, better sleep, digestion and pain modulation.

Our health system is unaffordable, and our seniors are hitting it in numbers. The future of medicine is a model that works with our natural systems of health and wellbeing instead of across them.

This is presumably why Bayer Pharmaceuticals AG bought Monsanto last week for $66 billion. Their marriage casts a dark shadow across what is possible, and what will be affordable.

Life sciences are the future, and we ignore that at our peril. Here in New Zealand, we have a very small window to begin best practice for our people, our economy and our environment. It requires action now.

The Hemp Foundation is an organisation of concerned doctors, teachers, patients and professionals. We want the best for New Zealand, but realise that will not come about until people understand the subject.

On November 18 we run New Zealand's first recognised training course for medical professionals in cannabis medicine. It's time for industrial use, medicinal use, and responsible use. Knowledge is the key.

T STOPFORD
The Hemp Foundation

- Northland Age

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