Cannabis and Holistic Health
When the subject of the many medical benefits of Cannabis is raised, emphasis is particularly placed on specific conditions that Cannabis can treat; psoriasis, sleep disorders, acne, etc. However, Cannabis’ integral role in holistic wellness cannot be overlooked. “Holistic cannabis health” and “holistic cannabis medicine” are terms that have become slowly more mainstream as growing pro-cannabis conversations work to destigmatize the plant, but holistic medicine has been around for thousands of years in the form of traditions like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Holistic health considers and emphasises the interconnectedness of the whole body in the treatment of one’s health. Evidence for the existence of and advocacy for this kind of health practice goes as far back as Hippocrates and Socrates - the latter of which notably warned in the 4th Century that “the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Since holistic wellness concerns itself with achieving an integrated balance in the body rather than treating specific ailments after they strike the body, the inclusion of Cannabis in holistic health practices is an organic conclusion since having a healthy endocannabinoid contributes to a body in homeostasis. So how does Cannabis fit into a more holistic lifestyle? Here are three simple ways to use the plant in conjunction with more integrated wellness routines:
- Introduce Cannabis Topicals to your Skincare Routine - In our everyday lives, our skin is regularly exposed to pollutants and free radicals that may cause inflammation. By virtue of the anti-inflammatory properties of THC & CBD, cannabis topicals can neutralise the effects of these free radicals, while also providing additional antioxidant and hydrating benefits that are effective against acne, psoriasis, wrinkles and dryness.
- Post Workout & Chronic Pain Management - Infused topicals are excellent for their multipurpose nature that allow the benefits of CBD to solve a myriad of health concerns beyond skincare. Another way to implement the plant into a more holistic lifestyle, utilising its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties as pain relief to soothe post-workout aches and manage soreness and muscle pain caused by health concerns.
- Manage Conditions of Depression and Anxiety - A study published in 2011 shows that THC acts on receptors in an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, which increases the release of the pleasure hormone dopamine. Consuming Cannabis in a controlled way can help ease the mental and physical side effects of depression and anxiety.
Cannabis’ ability to treat and manage ailments generally treated with pharmaceuticals such as nausea, chronic pain, seizures, etc, coupled with its non-chemical makeup that allows it to organically work with the human body makes it an increasingly preferred alternative to pharmaceutical drugs that may either have unwanted side effects on the body, or no effect on the condition for which it was prescribed.
Our vast experience with holistic medicine and healing through holistic modalities like acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage therapy led to us earning a reputation in the cannabis community as “The Wellness Duo”, and our personal passion for making natural THC and CBD products more accessible to people looking to improve their wellness routines comes from our belief in the pursuit of clean, holistic healing. After a misdiagnosis and unhelpful prescriptions given to treat the painful effects of what was belatedly diagnosed as Lyme disease, Earth Kisses Sky Inc. KS co-founder Ashley turned to cannabis oil to manage the constant pain and chronic inflammation her illness caused. Alongside co-founder and life partner Tijen, Ashley set out to find a cannabis product that was all-natural, clean, and effective in the management of her painful symptoms. Cannabis proved to be a more effective treatment against Ashley’s significant pain, and this is when EKS topicals were born.
Since then, Earth Kisses Sky’ topicals have consistently evolved and improved into our latest iteration; SHINE - now available at the Ontario Cannabis Store. Our SHINE salve is infused with natural ingredients like plantain, calendula (marigold), St. John’s Wort as well as 300mg CBD:150mg THC. These ingredients come together to provide gentle relief that is soaked up by the skin, leaving a pleasant earthy aroma that does not leave any psychoactive effects.
The most effective way to fit cannabis into a more holistic lifestyle ultimately boils down to individual needs, tolerances and preferences. Whether it be cannabis for meditation, or in topical form for a myriad of activities, understanding the benefits of cannabis for holistic health can contribute to a healthier life.