Nurse Mo Smyth, a Hospital Nurse. Photo Courtesy of Green Nexus.
There is much more to cannabis than simply purchasing and receiving it. Knowing its genetics, its individual compounds, and how exactly it works with the body is also important.
Green Nexus is the first authorized American cannabis seed distributor. They are known for their award-winning and globally-recognized products, such as Barneys Farm, Green House Seeds, Dutch Passion, and more.
The ECS is responsible for regulating immune responses; communication between cells; appetite; and many other bodily responses in the human body.
Overall the company works to strengthen the understanding between the cannabinoid and terpene profiles of their products and the ECS. For example, Green Nexus’ blogger and nurse Mo Smyth works to educate consumers. Specifically, she educates them on the interaction of terpene and cannabinoid profiles, and the human ECS.
Realizing the effects that cannabis and hemp have in the medical community is something that Smyth knows.
Firsthand, Smyth sees just how often patients use pharmaceutical medicines.
“For the medical community, as more doctors and pharmacists own up to the fact that polypharmacy, as well as certain individual pharmaceuticals, can do more harm than good, they need to acknowledge the benefits [of] alternative healing modalities,” she said.
The alternative healing includes cannabis and hemp, and how patients can use both to find balance in the body. They all interact with the ECS, which ultimately triggers the human nervous system.
Emerald spoke to Smyth about her role as a nurse, the ECS, Green Nexus, and more.
Emerald Media (EM): What is a day like in your position as a hospital nurse?
Mo Smyth (MS): More than 50% of my 12-hour shift is administering pharmaceuticals and then documenting that these pharmaceuticals were given.
Multiply that by five patients and you can see that the majority of a nurse’s day is dictated by something other than hands-on clinical applications that actually provide healing. Stuff like wound care, pulmonary exercises, teaching, and coaching, as well as improving mental and physical conditioning for long-term chronically ill patients often has to fit in between the margins.
EM: What do you believe are the benefits of cannabis/hemp?
MS: This is cannabis’ and hemp’s main role in the body: to provide balance when a myriad of both external and internal stimuli tries to get the body off balance. It’s called homeostasis. Everything must return to equilibrium in order to keep disease at bay.
To elaborate further, cannabis maintains biochemical, hormonal and neurotransmitter balance in the human body through the CB1 and CB2 receptors to promote better sleep and mood. These receptors also mediate pain response and pain control. Activation of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors can improve the body’s natural inflammatory and immune responses.
Throughout evolution, the ECS cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 have long been balancing metabolic functions like hunger, feeling full, and digestion in humans and all vertebrates, alike.
Even further, with greater technological advances, we now know there is an even bigger matrix cannabis works in called the endocannabinoidome.
Simply put, this all means there is a massive amount of balancing and rebalancing [that] cannabinoids do in the body to create biochemical equilibrium. Logically speaking, when cells, organs, and glands are in balance this way, so goes the mind and body.
Disease process wanes in the state of balance.
EM: Which strain and its individual components highlight the benefits that terpenes and cannabinoids have on the ECS?
MS: Biscotti Mintz by Barneys Farm. Biscotti Mintz has a delicate balance of Caryophyllene (black pepper, cinnamon, and clove), Limonene (citrus scent found in fruit peels), and Eucalyptol (eucalyptus ) that supports healthy blood pressure; produces a long-lasting, relaxing experience that reduces stress and anxiety.
Combined, these three terpenes blend together to create lush aromatherapy with bright notes of citrus, mint, and pine. However, many users also detect a richer, creamier flavor of dark chocolate and cream in the background of the distinctly herbal flavor. This comes from the Cookies variant used as a parent of the Biscotti strain.
EM: What are the core values of Green Nexus?
MS: The Green Nexus mission advances the education of our community members about the relationship between the cannabinoid and terpene profiles of Green Nexus breeders’ products with the beneficial effects of such products on the human ECS.
The Green Nexus ethos is: transparency, consistency, and reliability
Going back to the core values of Green Nexus, the company holds consumer education over profits.
They want their brand to shed light on the terpenes and cannabinoids in each product. More than anything, Green Nexus relays the ethos of their company; they focus on transparency, consistency, and reliability in all that they do.
Overall, it is clear that Green Nexus acknowledges the benefits of alternative healing modalities.
Written by Emma Richter