Cannabis and Herbalism

Cannabis has become quite prevalent in the healing space.

With states following in California’s legalization movement, cannabis is making a modern medicinal, and recreational, imprint on health and wellness. However, many are wondering how herbalists are responding to the national and global cannabis mania, with clients consistently requesting cannabis in formulas or turning to it over other plants. Is Michael Pollan right that perhaps cannabis has intoxicated us for its own reproductive benefits or have we simply co-evolved together? And so, the question remains – did cannabis take over the plant healing space? My answer is no. Cannabis is a plant medicine and should be acknowledged and admired as such. Most herbalists have been quite welcoming to it into the healing space. Our job is to HEAL with plants and listen to what our clients need. If cannabis will help, then we will prescribe it! I believe not only is cannabis helping heal humans, but we are also helping cannabis flourish and prosper. In addition, hemp itself is a very sustainable and versatile plant, with thousands of years of medicinal and practical uses in traditional Chinese, Native American, Muslim, Greek, Persian, and Roman cultures. Today, it remains essential for its immense potential for human and environmental health. And frankly, its stigma is pointless, rooted in segregation and racism. During the Mexico Revolution of 1910, the Mexican population was driven into southern states, where their culture recreationally used cannabis, calling it “marihuana.” At this time, even though white Americans were using cannabis medicinally, they were unfamiliar with the Mexican term or its recreational use. As prejudice against immigrants became more prevalent, so did fear over cannabis, with propaganda being spread about “marihuana” being a “killer drug.” As such, racial tensions continued to grow and so did the stigma against cannabis, which led the federal government to increase regulations on “marihuana” (now known as marijuana). Healers and enthusiasts alike have waited decades for not only legalization but the de-stigmatization of this herb. I do not see cannabis and “other” herbs as separate.

They are all plant medicines. In fact, many herbs enhance the medicinal properties of cannabis and vice versa. Cannabis’ cannabinoids are powerful and pair well with most herbs. Similar to cooking vegetables, individually, the ingredients such as potatoes, beets, garlic, tomatoes, etc. taste delicious, but when combined, each flavor elevates the other to create a unique, magical dish. 1⁄8 oz Cannabis Your Weekly Dose Of Wellness Receive the latest savings, events, herbal education and 10% Off your first purchase. 1⁄8 oz Red clover 1⁄4 oz Cat’s claw 1⁄4 oz Burdock 1⁄4 oz Soursop 1⁄2 oz Sheep sorrel 1⁄2 oz Turkey Tail 1⁄2 to 1 cup cannabis oat milk to desired dosage 1⁄2 lemon 1 carrot 1 cup cashews 1 pasta box of choice 1 small sweet potato 2 tsp mustard powder 2 tbsp Nutritional yeast 2 to 3 large cloves garlic 3 heaps tbsps pumpkin puree Salt and pepper to taste Sprinkle paprika, chilli flakes, culinary herbs and any additional cooked vegetables as desired. In 2018, I founded New Zealand’s first herbal smoking brand, Flower Infusions, made with only legal, organic herbs.

The company sold three blends of loose leaf bags and pre-rolled packs of biodegradable smokes in 100% recyclable materials. Two of the blends, Reherb-ilitation and Holy Smokes pair perfectly with cannabis. This blend is a helpful alternative to a tobacco cigarette. It is meant to help overcome tobacco addiction and ease withdrawal symptoms related to quitting nicotine. It is specifically formulated to help reprocess nerves and calm the inflammation and adrenaline addiction in the brain.

They are ideal for those who want to smoke a healthy version of tobacco and ground their present energy. 10g Tulsi 10g Gotu Kola 10g Lemon Balm 10g Mullein 5g Cannabis sativa 2.5g Passionflower 2.5g Rose Petal This spiritual blend helps promote lucid dreaming, enhance meditation and open your intuitive third eye.

They are extremely calming, making them an excellent alternative or addition to cannabis. Be prepared to transport your body, mind and soul on a cosmic earthly journey. Ingredients 10g Mugwort 10g Damiana 10g Catnip 10g Blue Lotus 5g Bearberry 5g Cannabis indica Molly Helfend is an herbalist, ethnobotanist, and writer. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Holistic Health, a Masters of Science in Ethnobotany, She started her journey as an environmental activist with Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network. She later used her passion for plants to travel the globe, working as a clinical herbalist and using cultural competency to influence her work in USA, Australia, New Zealand, England, Indonesia and more. She has worked as a content writer, product developer and creative marketing consultant for prominent health and wellness companies around the world. Whether through the alchemy of herbalism, the research of indigenous plants, or the healing practices of being a practitioner, Molly has educated countless people about how to improve their own health and work with plants.

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