Updated: Aug 23
Plants contain powerful healing properties, and with the right knowledge, we can empower ourselves to heal.
My exposure to plant medicine began when I was very young. I grew up in a home where my grandmas and aunties made tinctures and balms with materials using recipes that date back to 600 b.c.e.
I’ve spent my entire adult life as a holistic health practitioner. Bodies and plants have been my teachers. I’ve seen thousands of lives changed for the better by integrating these healing modalities.
The body has an intelligence beyond words. When we nourish this intelligence and allow our bodies to guide our healing process, incredible things can happen.
This is why I love working with the cannabis plant. It’s healing properties catalyze our body’s systems so they begin repairing and resetting themselves.
When people tell me they read somewhere or observed that CBD has varying effects among people who use it, I’m not surprised.
This isn’t unusual - in fact it shows that cannabis is an incredible plant ally. It’s not overriding our body’s systems. It’s supporting them.
Some people with severe nervous system damage need to rest so the body can heal. CBD might make them feel very sleepy, and even sedated. Others will feel more energized, but then sleep better at night. People who use CBD to address anxiety may feel calm and energized. Others who have bouts of depression notice over time their symptoms begin to fade away.
If you are curious about why people have different physiological reactions and responses to CBD, check out my interview with Elisabeth Mack of Holistic Caring. We go deep into this topic and discuss what happens to the body during healing, along with how to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, to improve health (hint: exercise is the number one thing you can do to support the healthy functioning of ECS.)
Looking toward the future
It’s no longer unusual or illegal to address pain with a CBD routine. And more people have access to CBD oils and tinctures since the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (aka Farm Bill) legalized CBD derived from hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC.
Allopathic medicine is still catching up when it comes to integrating the research available. But interest in the topic is exploding, which is great news for cannabis users and practitioners.