It’s 2019 and the pressure is on to eat better, sleep more, lose weight, exercise, and stay calm while you carry on. But rather than feeling bad about all the things that you’re neglecting in your wellness regime, this may be the year to try a different approach to support a healthy lifestyle.
Increasingly, cannabis researchers and casual fans alike are discovering that the plant offers numerous paths to aid in wellness. Of course, marijuana isn’t a cure-all, and it won’t miraculously teleport you to that spin class. But in all its forms – flower, sublinguals, tinctures, topicals, and vapes – cannabis can help support you as you pursue your wellness regime.
Cannabis helps balance and augment our vast endocannabinoid systems, according to Dr. Bonni Goldstein, medical director of Lawndale, California-based Canna Centers, which helps patients integrate cannabis into their treatment regimen.
“We have cannabinoid receptors in our guts, our brain and in our immune system,” Goldstein explains, “and when we’re chronically stressed, have a poor diet or don’t get enough sleep, there’s clear-cut scientific research that these conditions produce a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system.”
Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique, but this cellular receptor system helps regulate digestion, pain response, inflammation, the cardiovascular system, emotions, hormones, and metabolism, just to name a few of its jobs.
Cannabis’ phytocannabinoids – the most prominent are THC and cannabidiol (CBD) – bind to the cells found throughout our endocannabinoid system and can act as a medicine to help balance what’s out of whack.
For example, if you’re getting only two hours of sleep a night, chances are you’re going to reach for processed comfort food, skip the gym, get anxious – and it’s all downhill from there.
“Everyone in the Western world can benefit