What does Holistic mean?
Holistic means encompassing the whole of a thing, and not just the part. Holistic medicine looks at the whole person for answers, not just at physical symptoms. Holism is the idea that systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic) and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not just as a collection of parts.
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In the early 1990’s, researcher Lisa Matsuda announced that she and her colleagues had discovered receptors throughout the brain and body which fit THC and other cannabinoids perfectly. This was termed the Endocannabinoid System. A series of receptors has been shown to have an effect on all major organs throughout the body – from the skin to the brain and almost everything in between – with a sole function of the of maintaining homeostasis. The body actually produces its own endocannabinoids to help mediate functions within the body. What is really neat is the fact that phytocannabinoids can interact with these same receptors. So one can actually medicate with cannabis and help the balance of the endocannabinoids.
According to an article published in PubMed, “One of the most exciting and promising areas of current cannabinoid research is the ability of these compounds to control the cell survival/death decision” by promoting cellular proliferation in some cases and inducing cellular apoptosis (programmed cell death) in others. Essentially, cannabinoids have been shown to target and destroy cancerous cells while leaving healthy ones untouched. In other words: cannabinoids promote homeostasis – or balance – within the body.