August Employee of the Month - Christian Bastidas
We are very happy to announce that Christian Bastidas has been selected as our August Employee of the Month! Christian is a professional in every sense of the word and leads a strong team of Patient Consultants at Health For Life North. His passion for the Cannabis industry is infectious, but his compassion for our patients is what makes him such a standout. We asked Christian to put a little something together for your viewing pleasure and like always he did not disappoint. Below is a glimpse into the world of Christian Bastidas!
I was raised in a traditional Hispanic family from border town El Paso, Texas. Later, I moved to Arizona in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University. Cannabis has become a huge passion in my life because I am very fascinated by its co-evolution with humans and astonishing healthcare properties. I believe this medicine can save many people from the agony of arthritic pain, loneliness of depression, and drastically reduce the number of pharmaceutical overdoses. Throughout the course of history cannabis has been known as a “sacred herb” in ancient cultures within India, Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt, and Africa. People came to realize hemp seeds provided nourishment, the crystal glands contained resin that was pain reducing, and the resilient stalk provided fiber for ropes and nets. Traditionally, Chinese herbalism utilized it for plant based medications and years later PTSD was improved when flowers were smoked during wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Evidently, clinical studies have shown various forms of cannabis oil, such as High CBD tinctures or Rick Simpson, are effective against neurological diseases, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, epilepsy, and cancer. I wish to study marijuana horticulture in order to understand the biological processes of cannabis and the physiological mechanisms by which cannabinoids, terpenes, and organisms interact.
Cannabis exerts its psychoactive and anti-inflammatory effects through the endocannabinoid system, a neural signaling system which regulates biological functions via complex molecular interactions between neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors. THC and CBD are the most abundant phytocannabinoids out of 100 produced by cannabis. They bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors located in the central nervous system, immune cells, and peripheral organs where they induce a cascade of molecular events that regulate emotions, short-term memory, perception of pain, appetite, and motor function. In addition, terpenes are the main class of aromatic compounds found within cannabis that provide distinctive odors and flavors. They have been proven to interact synergistically with cannabinoids to provide a vital range of effects. The medical use of cannabinoids and terpenes is advantageous to chemotherapy treatments, which lack the ability to specifically target and switch off cancer pathways. Cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, have the intelligence to make cancerous cells commit suicide without adverse effects to healthy cells. One of the major causes of death from opioid drug medications is respiratory depression. On the contrary, no patient has died from medical marijuana due to the lack of cannabinoid receptors on the medulla oblongata which oversees autonomic control over cardio-respiratory centers.
I believe in the therapeutic power of cannabis because I personally use topicals which infuse cannabis with other herbal essential oils to relieve pain within elbows, knees, shoulders, and lower back. I highly recommend everyone try the pure CBD crystalline for instant clarity of anxiety and liberation of muscle stress. I am honored to consult every patient that enters Health for Life which offers dependable therapeutic oils and authentic strains which are imperative for alleviating serious mental and physical disabilities. Furthermore, it is quite a blessing to witness the greater change that marijuana brings to society and how this miraculous plant has the ability to heal the sick and calm the afflicted. Overall, my goal is to educate patients on safe, nontoxic consumption methods which accommodate to their specific condition.
"it is quite a blessing to witness the greater change that marijuana brings to society and how this miraculous plant has the ability to heal the sick and calm the afflicted."