While medical cannabis is slowly making ground across the country, it wasn’t that long ago that it was well established as a diverse medicine for many conditions. With the resurgence of human interest in holistic healing rather than strictly pharmaceutical treatment conditions, it is once again coming into the light. How do we harness the full potential of this wonderful plant?
The fundamental difference between the traditional approach of modern medicine and holistic healing is one of results. Traditional medicine treats symptoms. The pharmaceutical industry makes far more money treating symptoms than it would curing conditions. Holistic healing is about solving the problem and preventing new ones.
Cannabis is a wonder of wide-ranging applications for medical conditions, but if we limit it to use as a pharmaceutical, we risk making the same mistakes of traditional medicine.
Holistic healing takes a full spectrum approach, incorporating nutrition, exercise, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, mental health care, and cannabis. By treating all aspects of the situation simultaneously, the efficacy of cannabis use is enhanced.
The wide range of applications
With over 20,000 studies, cannabis is one of the most researched substances on the planet. It is an effective agent in the treatment of dozens of cancers, tumors, lymphoma, anorexia, nausea, lupus, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, asthma, arthritis, intestinal disorders, brain injury, depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and many more conditions. This is why it is so feared by the pharmaceutical industry. It is cheap, accessible, and self-sustainable.
Why we need to change our approach to cannabis
Right now, most patients with legal access get their information on cannabis from budtenders at dispensaries. While they no doubt read up on all their products, and try to give the most accurate information they can, at the end of the day budtenders are still counter clerks. The difference between a budtender and a holistic physician is the same as the difference between a car salesman and a mechanic. One can tell you what he has been told, the other can tell you how it works, and how best to make the most out of it.
Both budtenders and traditional physicians are working on improving their knowledge of how cannabis can help various conditions, but more education is needed to give patients the best resources they can get. A physician that only has a brief appointment with a patient and a limited knowledge of how cannabis can help is not giving the most effective help they can give. Now, some physicians are leading tours of dispensaries to help patients know what to look for and ask.
When deciding how to apply cannabis as part of a strategy to improve your health, take the time to speak with a holistic practitioner. They can take an in-depth look at not only your condition but the changes in lifestyle that can help you get the most out of the beneficial aspects of cannabis.
For example, if the condition is pain, then perhaps a change in diet, low-impact exercise, and acupuncture or chiropractic treatment will help minimize the origin of the pain. If the condition is a mental one, such as depression or PTSD, then diet, along with negative habit reduction training, mental health therapy and counseling, and yoga or meditation can help cannabis to not only treat the symptoms but go a long way to healing the situation. Remember, treating the symptoms doesn’t make the problem go away, only healing does that.
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