The digital age has ushered in a new emphasis on the idea of wellbeing. Today, more than ever, people are fully invested in their own health, mental and spiritual development. The internet has made it much easier to access a wide variety of wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, breath work, conscientious eating, and a variety of different practices and belief systems.
In addition, there is a revival of interest in psychotropic drugs and the human condition. However, this recent interest in these psychedelics can be directly traced back to the legalization of cannabis. This is because cannabis is the wellness drug for modern humans.
In today’s article, we’re going to dig deeper into how cannabis can help shape this modern interest in holistic living. Where the importance of mental, spiritual and physical well-being is paramount for the majority of people living in society.
Cannabis and Holistic Medicine
The term “holistic” can be defined as the understanding that different parts are closely connected and can only be explained by referring to the term whole. In a medical context, it is treatment that focuses on the person’s wellbeing by taking into account mental, social, physical, and spiritual factors rather than just focusing on the symptoms of the disease.
Given that cannabis is closely related to our endocannabinoid system (commonly known as the master system), it makes perfect sense that cannabis helped bring, or at least cement, the idea of holistic medicine into the mainstream.
This is because the endocannabinoid system is responsible for bringing the body into homeostasis. Homeostasis is the tendency towards a relatively stable balance between interdependent elements, especially as it is maintained by physiological processes.
Homeostasis and wholeness are eerily similar in nature, considering that both concepts strike a balance with the aim of sustaining the whole.
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Thanks to the ban, cannabis became the most widely consumed illegal drug on the planet. When it became legal for medical purposes, the use of “pathologically abusive drugs” was switched to the use of a natural plant in order to provide medicinal benefits to suffering patients.
When the relationship between cannabis and the endocannabinoid system was firmly established in the 1990s, the wellbeing revolution began. When cannabis was first legalized for medicinal uses in states like California and Washington in 1997, it was the change of the tide.
Now, 24 years later, cannabis remains one of the most widely consumed medicinal plants in the world, and it seems that it is growing in popularity.
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Cannabis and restoring your health
At some point in the early 1900s, the medical paradigm changed dramatically. Before cannabis was banned in 1937, marijuana was found in about 80% of the drugs used by doctors for hundreds of years.
In addition, a lot of emphasis was placed on nutrition as a form of medicine. With the advancement of pharmaceuticals, however, a clear line has been drawn between natural and chemical medicine. Medicines became the norm because in some cases they were shown to be superior to natural remedies.
However, the pharmaceutical industry began funding medical schools and medical school literature, which changed the paradigm of newly graduated doctors. This continues to this day and is part of the reason the United States is currently facing an opioid crisis.
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Knowing that cannabis has medicinal properties is nothing new. The medical community has known these truths for thousands of years. However, unlike pharmaceuticals, cannabis cannot be patented and grown in your home. And that’s exactly why the pharmaceutical industry bankrolled the ban for years.
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Now that extracts are possible for certain cannabinoids, the pharmaceutical industry has revived its interest in cannabis. Within the DIY generation, however, the idea of growing your own medicine is far more attractive than buying it from a pharmacy. In terms of wellness, health is a direct result of diet, exercise and mental health. Thus, cannabis is becoming the obvious choice as the first line of defense against disease and disease, with drugs being the last resort.
Cannabis for the body, mind and soul
One of the reasons cannabis is so popular with newer generations is because it addresses the whole thing as opposed to a specific symptom. There aren’t many other drugs that can say the same thing.
The reason cannabis is growing in popularity and regaining its rightful place alongside humanity is because it is a drug that can be grown with simple ingredients and that offers a myriad of mind, body and soul benefits.
This is just the beginning of the wellness revolution. COVID-19 served as a pressure cooker, forcing people to look inward for their solutions, and as a result, discovered an abundance of wellness activities online. And if you look at cannabis sales over the past year and a half, these people smoked a lot of weed too.
This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and was republished with permission.