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.
Many Common Ailments are Rooted in Inflammation
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.
The Winning Combination of Herbal Wellness and Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to general wellbeing. It’s during sleep that the body is restored, beauty replenished, illness healed and physical, mental and emotional rejuvenation occurs. Disruption to sleep is one of the main causes of body imbalance, affecting hormones, mood, appetite, metabolism, immunity and general wellbeing. Marijuana not only encourages a person to fall asleep and stay a sleep during the night, it actually promotes deep sleep. This is the part of the sleep cycle when the body's healing and rejuvenation occurs. Marijuana helps a person fall into this state faster and stay there longer than usual. Marijuana even helps those whose sleep is interrupted due to disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea.
Using Cannabis to Reduce Stress
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.