Seeking Wellness Through Cannabis
With a greater spotlight being put on the combination of factors that can help us lead longer, happier lives, the pursuit of wellness has never been more intense. These days, people are making intentional choices to help themselves feel better, reduce stress, and be more active.
The National Wellness Institute identifies six dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.
Song believes cannabis can play a positive role in each of these areas—and often several at once. Dr. Paul Song, Calyx Peak's Chief Medical Officer, has not only seen evidence of this during his more than 20 years of practice as a board-certified oncologist, but in many peer-reviewed medical studies.
In addition to a website offering expert information about how cannabis can help treat issues that include chemotherapy side effects, seizure disorders, joint pain, and anxiety, Song produces premium quality cannabis products including topical creams and tinctures.
The chemical levels in every Song product are standardized, so consumers can feel confident that the same dosage from every bottle or jar will have the same effect, no matter how many times they replace their purchase. It's the same peace of mind consumers get when shopping for over-the-counter drugs.
In order to ensure consistency, Song send the leaves from each harvest to a lab that analyzes their chemical properties, such as THC and CBD levels. Then, the information is entered into a database that cross-references those numbers with other varietals in order to pinpoint the wellness benefits (such as pain relief, relaxation, or sleeping aid) associated with those specific levels.
Cannabis works with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors that are part of the central nervous system that monitors appetite, sleep, mood, motor control, pain, pleasure, and more. When cannabis is smoked, vaped, or ingested, its cannabinoids bind to the body's natural receptors.
Used in moderation, and in combination with other self-care techniques including mindfulness, exercise, and balanced nutrition, cannabis can support a holistic wellness regimen that attends to mind, body, and spirit. It can help people feel calmer, relax their muscles, spark creativity, or induce better sleep—all of which can lead to a happier, healthier, more productive lifestyle.
Cannabis also been known to enrich the interconnectedness of work and play, and to stimulate productive reflection and self-development.
Naturally, anyone who makes cannabis part of a wellness plan should be aware of the line between self-care and medical treatment. When cannabis is used to manage pain or treat a chronic illness or condition, Song advises seeking ongoing supervision from a doctor.