A Holistic Approach: What is it?
February 1, 2021
Agriculture | Verda Hemp Brokers

How to Define Holism

When searching for a yoga tutorial, a home remedy for a bad cold, or a new vitamin to add to your daily regimen, chances are you’ll run into the phrase, “Holistic Approach,”. Also known as holism, it is defined as, “a study or method of treatment that is concerned with wholes or with complete systems,”. Holism is rooted in the early 20th century when it was coined by General Jan Smuts in 1926 to describe how nature inherently produces wholes from groups of units. Since then, a lot has changed regarding holism, however, the basic idea still remains the same. To live a life that is natural and to live a life that is more whole. 

Holistic Living and Medicine 

In regards to healthcare, holism exists as a complementary approach to standardized treatments. That is, it shouldn’t replace a treatment prescribed by a healthcare professional, but that it should be an aid, complimenting whatever treatment that has already been prescribed. In the medical field, alternative and complementary medicines are known by the acronym, “CAM”. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, CAM is used by nearly, “38% of adults and 12% of children,” in the United States as a way to alleviate and remedy symptoms. 

What is CAM? 

CAM exists in a variety of 6 ways: traditional, body, external energy, mind, sense, diet, and herbs. Traditional includes everything from Chinese and Oriental medicine to acupuncture and homeopathy, while the body is centered around touch therapies such as yoga and thai chi. External energy-based alternative medicines include therapies such as Reiki and Qigong which are known to relieve pain and lessen anxiety. There are even holistic therapies catered around art, dance, and music that help facilitate emotional wellbeing. One of the more notable approaches under CAM, however, is nutrition. Holistic living is widely used as a way to bring balance to one’s diet. Through dietary supplements and herbal medicine, one can bring their digestive system back to a state of normalcy. Through these 6 paths of alternative medicine, CAM can facilitate a healthier and more whole life. Since our founding in 2012, Verda has been dedicated to educating the public on natural medicine and the benefits that a more holistic life can bring. 

After seeing the multiple benefits that a wide variety of people have enjoyed from this plant, founders Vince Williamson and Derek Shields were moved to learn more about how they could get involved. With professional experience in contracting, Vince used his resources to obtain the proper permits in the community to find local farmers, farm land, and begin the process. Derek has been growing hemp and working with CBD since 2012. While working with different strains, he found that each one, with its ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes, has it’s own unique healing properties. This is why Verda cultivates a variety of strains to benefit a wide range of symptoms. After suffering from a shoulder injury resulting in a replacement surgery, Vince made the decision to do without prescription pain medication and found that CBD was a successful replacement. He experienced a pain-free healing process during a time that was understood to be a relatively difficult recovery. Post-recovery, Vince’s continued testimony includes pain relief in several pain areas due to previous sports injuries. Both Vince and Derek are inspired to share the healing benefits, profitability, and culture of CBD/Hemp oil through Verda.

Our Mission & Vision

Ultimately, we want to help! Our mission began by educating farmers to grow a profitable and organic CBD crop. We want to empower farmers to grow this crop while bringing prosperity and income back to the agricultural communities in America and directly to the individual farmer. As we are facilitating farmers on how to make money growing the nation’s newest, most lucrative cash crop- we are focused on communication, understanding, and providing products to CBD users. Our vision is to allow farmers to produce CBD while educating the community and the country on the benefits of CBD in the production, the sale, and the usage.

Defining Hemp

Hemp is a natural compound that is compatible with the endocannabinoid system in the human brain. Hemp can provide medicinal benefits without the reverse side effects we experience through prescription drugs. Acting as a natural healer, hemp may be used to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, act as a sleep and relaxation aid, and provide relief as an anti-inflammatory.