The Plant Within You
Will change your perspective.
But it's a book I haven't started writing yet...
Well, not on paper, but I have been writing it within.
Both in my mind and in my body...a collection of experiences.
And I believe it's the reason I'm writing this blog for you every other week.
Because I've taken the time to understand my past pain and use it for personal growth.
But I wouldn't have understood a lot of it without the help of some special plants.
Plants that help you to see the world in a way you've never seen it before.
Plants that let you feel, taste, hear, and smell things with more love.
Plants that help you heal from past experiences and pains.
Plants which are medicines more than medicines.
Plants that make you re-think everything.
I wouldn't be here without them.
And I wouldn't be me…
This plant is extra special.
So special that it inspired this blog.
Because it's been a part of my life for years...
The first time I consumed cannabis was in high school.
I had a lot of insecurities at the time and a face full of acne.
I was probably a bit young to be consuming, but it really helped me.
The pressure from my parents was also too much, and it provided me relief.
And from my experience, it wasn’t as harmful and crazy as everyone said it was.
But I always felt like an outsider and a criminal if I was smoking "weed" with my friends.
The stigma around the plant was cult-like but was never backed by any solid science.
People without any experience were clearly influenced by the "war on drugs".
And never took the time to really understand how this plant could help.
Especially with things like anxiety and sleep, as it did for me.
Today, we are learning even more about how it can help.
Especially with more serious conditions/diseases.
Because we have a system for cannabis.
Within each of our bodies…
Often tries to trick you.
Because they don’t want you to know.
That you have an endocannabinoid system within you.
Which allows cannabinoids (cannabis compounds) to bind to it.
It is the same reason cannabis has been cited for helping so many diseases.
It not only helps people with anxiety and sleep, but also cancer, pain, and seizures.
I’ve heard too many personal stories over the years not to believe in its magical power.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the story most people around the world hear about cannabis.
And it’s the same reason we lack the science, knowledge, and education.
But that’s why I do the work that I do and advocate for the plant.
Because I know it can help people and not hurt people.
Yeah, it can surely be abused and overused.
But cannabis has so much potential.
We need to give it a chance…
After years of consumption.
I’m consuming less cannabis than ever.
And I no longer need the plants help as I did.
The personal development work I’m doing is working.
And instead of using the plant to manage my anxiety and sleep.
I’m finding new ways to manage without the need to consume cannabis.
In fact, it’s improved my relationship with the plant and given me new inspiration.
An inspiration to focus my time on its medical value and providing access.
So that other individuals across the world don’t continue to suffer.
But instead, have another option to help their condition.
That is plant-based and grows naturally.
Unlike most other medicines…
Cannabis isn’t for everyone.
But we all have an endocannabinoid system.
That some of you can keep in balance with no assistance…
Whereas others need additional cannabinoids to regulate the system.
And that’s where cannabis’s phytocannabinoids play an important role in history.
For many like me, cannabis was a lifesaver for managing my many childhood traumas.
Keeping the system balanced so that I could continue growing and living a productive life.
Instead of severely damaging my body with years of anxiety and depression medication.
In fact, I’d even argue that cannabis allowed me to connect deeper with myself.
And brought more awareness to how I wanted to live my life on earth.
By constantly challenging everything I’ve ever been taught.
And giving me the inspiration to create my reality.
Instead of accepting the reality I had before.
But it would have never been possible.
Without the plant within me…
Steven Arthur George