Herbal Wellness Community Embraces Cannabis for a Variety of Reasons
Herbal wellness, vitamins and alternative health in general is a billion dollar industry. Green drinks, specialized teas, alternative beauty treatments, yoga, vitamins, herbs and eastern medical practices have taken over western culture as people get more in touch with their bodies and experience stronger desire to stay away from harmful, toxic chemicals. So it’s no surprise that the marijuana plant has become a rising star in recent times as a prime option for herbal wellness. The plant is renowned for its medicinal benefits, powerful pain killing properties and anti-inflammatory nature as well as its ability to help the body maintain homeostasis. It’s no wonder wellness seekers have found bountiful uses for the plant.The first thing to note when it comes to marijuana and herbal wellness is its power as an anti-inflammatory. Most disease in the body is related to inflammation of some kind. It could be on any level of the body's functions, within the muscles, tendons, tissues or deeper, but inflammation tends to be at the root of ill health and pain. Even Alzheimer's disease, reproductive dysfunction and fatigue can be the result of inflammation in the body. CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be medicinally beneficial for the whole body whether taken as an oil, eaten, vaped or smoked. Topically, it is even known to reduce muscle and joint pain as well as heal a variety of skin conditions including eczema.Marijuana has a great effect on the health of the body and the psyche. Stress is one of the biggest killers in society today. Marijuana has the ability to uplift the spirit and cure depression, calm anxiety and relieve stress. Even CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana, can relax the body and mind, improve focus and concentration and enhance a sense of wellbeing without the additional aid of THC. The body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This means it regulates appetite, mood, sleep and all the basic functions of the body. It runs off CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found all through the body, in the muscle, tissue and cells. Age, stress and disease all affect the healthy functioning of the ECS. Marijuana directly activates and balances the ECS and, for this reason, even the smallest amounts can improve health and overall wellbeing.