Trends in health and wellness come and go. Kale and acai have both been hailed as superfoods, only to be replaced by quinoa and cold-pressed juices. Yoga, ballet fitness classes, SoulCycle, and Zumba have all exploded in popularity, only to slowly fade as people move on to the next “great” thing.
Even ideas can come and go. One of the current ideas in the health-wellness complex is the idea of wellness itself. People have latched onto the idea of looking after their health from earlier stages, adopting preventative health practices and focusing on the idea of “total health” or “well-being.”
Although medical cannabis is unlikely to truly be a “trend” in the medical field, its rising popularity has people talking. The question is the same everywhere you go. How can medical cannabis be used to boost wellness?
What Is Wellness?
The medical field tends to deal with people who are ill or injured. They have a medical condition that needs to be treated or managed. Some are temporary, such as the common cold. Others, such as arthritis or epilepsy, are chronic, life-long illnesses.
Wellness is the idea that human health extends beyond the absence of injury or illness. A person can be “unwell” without necessarily being sick or hurt in a way that requires treatment. Most often, this is related to an unhealthy lifestyle, such as an unhealthy diet, sedentary behaviour, or a high-stress job.
Eventually, these unhealthy lifestyles, habits, and activities can lead to medical conditions that do require treatment. The wellness industry is focused on promoting health and well-being long before a treatable condition develops. An example might be a person with a high-stress job attending workshops on stress management, taking yoga classes, and engaging in meditation to lower their stress levels.
The Rise of Medical Cannabis
As interest has been growing in wellness and well-being, a parallel trend has emerged in the medical field. Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, but it’s only just now becoming reputable among medical practitioners. The burgeoning field of scientific research is helping to foster medical cannabis’s acceptance.
Research is pointing to the many ways medical cannabis could eventually be an effective treatment for many different medical conditions. Preliminary studies have suggested it could be useful in the management of mental health conditions such as anxiety and PTSD. Other research suggests it’s an effective sleep aid and pain management treatment.
More experimental research is investigating the role medical cannabis could play in the treatment of any number of other conditions, including epilepsy, AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Intersection of Wellness and Medical Cannabis
The wellness industry has been paying attention to the growing body of research on medical cannabis. While scientists are busy trying to prove how cannabis can play a role in improving the treatment of various medical conditions, the wellness industry is interested in the role medical cannabis could play in improving overall human health.
Ideas emerging from the wellness industry have included everything from cannabis-infused skin care products to teas to the combination of yoga and medical cannabis.
Does Any of It Work?
The effectiveness of medical cannabis in the treatment of almost any medical condition is still fairly experimental and unproven. Only more research will confirm if cannabis can help manage medical conditions or even treat diseases.
Since this is the case, it’s probably a good idea to regard any benefits the wellness industry promotes with some skepticism. While early scientific literature suggests cannabis could help some people relieve stress or manage anxiety, the wellness industry often acts like this is a foregone conclusion.
Some uses of medical cannabis will undoubtedly be proven, and the use of medical cannabis could benefit many people. Its applications for human health outside the treatment of disease and injury need to be investigated more thoroughly.