As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), I’d consider the day i finished up my very first Flower & Freedom cannabis 101 workshop as a significant milestone for me. It’s a truly humbling experience to come from a research and science background and be able to apply that professionally in the cannabis industry.
Something I have noticed in my time in the cannabis industry is that while some of the science is there, it’s not yet mainstream or clear cut. Take the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for example; it was only discovered in the 1990’s and therefore not a focus of the curriculum of most medical and science courses, yet we’ve learned in the 20 years since its discovery that it plays a major role in many of the bodies daily functions, including sleep, appetite, digestion, pain and maintaining overall balance to name a few. While it’s true that the cannabis science is constantly evolving and we’re at the early stages of research, it’s promising when it comes to both the medicinal and therapeutic powers of the cannabis plant.
“I can see a genuine need for open and honest discussion of how we consume cannabis.”
The more I am exposed to this realm, the more I understand the unique effect cannabis has on the human body. We all react differently to the plant, and why wouldn’t we? It’s as complex as our individual biochemistry that hinges on many mitigating factors. If we compared cannabis to nutrition it would equate to the well-known fact that one style of eating or type of supplement will not be suitable for everyone, rather it rests on understanding the person as a whole. This idea makes answering the the common question “what method/dosage/product should I consider?” a very difficult one to answer.
When it comes to my personal consumption I found that the most important thing for me is to be clear on my intentions. What am I looking to achieve? Is it to alleviate stress or pain? Or perhaps enhance a physical workout? And even now as an experienced consumer who is aware of my limits I always start low and go slow. When i first started, I experimented with micro-dosing, which is essentially consuming the minimum amount of cannabis possible before noticing the effects or gradually increasing the dose until I find my sweet spot. This is like writing my own cannabis user manual, and in my opinion it’s the best way to take charge of my experience and decide what is right for me.
Through my work with Flower & Freedom I’ve had the opportunity to chat with various cannabis curious folks, and whether they’re looking for an overall health tool or our cannabis for fitness focus has peaked their curiosity, I can see a genuine need for open and honest discussion of how we consume as health and wellness advocates. It’s up to us as individuals to figure out what’s right for our own specific needs, but it takes a community to ensure we have a place to learn and explore.