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Alternative Medicine and Mental Health

Mental health issues are common, especially in the 21st century. The numbers may vary by nation, but mental health issues occur everywhere, despite the cultural stigmas that still accompany them. Though mental health issues are a definite part of the human psyche, it is only in the 20th century that the appropriate response to the issues involved gained traction. With the coronavirus pandemic, mental health issues and the ways to mitigate the problems and disorders have taken on greater importance.

Covid brought a lot of issues to the fore. It is a virus that attacks everyone in every nation. No single nation is spared. Globally, there are lockdowns, worldwide fear and the inevitable suffering and deaths. This in itself has exacerbated mental health issues like anxiety, depression, mood and psychotic disorders. As vaccination programs gain momentum all over the world and people start to try and retrieve their lives, mental health issues are unfortunately not as easily resolved. During the coronavirus pandemic, people have lost jobs, homes and even family members. The aftermath of this is not something that can be remedied with a vaccination.

During the pandemic, hospitals were out of bounds. There was and still is, a medication shortage, especially when it comes to prescription medicines. Medical supplies, rightly so, had to be directed to hospitals where they are most needed. In the meantime, individuals who have been relying on these prescriptive medications for personal consumption are left reeling from the shortage and on many occasions, even the complete halt of supply and delivery.

The Need and Search for Alternative Medicines

A simple search on forums will show that in times like these, as it had in the past, people will look for alternatives from natural medicine. After all, there is no reason to compete with the hospitals, especially with the cost of healthcare, medications and medical insurance in America. The use of alternative medicine has always been a controversial issue. To add to that, many ingredients of alternative medicines in themselves can be controversial. This need not be so. As long as proper research is done, the alternative medicine in question is not harmful or even addictive, it can be a good substitute.

One such item that is receiving increasing attention and even recognition within federal and state laws is hemp oil. There is no shortage of information about the uses and applications of hemp oil. As more data is released and more people are requesting access to it, state laws are changing to meet those demands. Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. In California for example, and several other states, you can find THC hemp oil for sale.

How Can It Help Me?

Studies on hemp oil for its use in moderating symptoms of many common health and mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and even schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms are ongoing. There are also studies on its effect on cancer patients and people who live with chronic pain, the alleviation of which would greatly aid their mental health and way of life. Hemp oil has long been in use by ancient civilizations and many indigenous peoples who live close to the land. Current studies and research can only help to cement its relevance as a medicinal aid for modern day ailments.
There is still much that can be learned about the efficacy and safety of hemp oil, but results from recent studies suggest that hemp oil may provide a safe and natural treatment for many health issues, including mental health issues. This is good news for many mental health patients. Not all mental health issues are permanent and prolonged. The use of hemp oil for many of these people can be a temporary and viable alternative until they get back on their feet to mental healthiness.
For people who struggle with long-term and pervasive mental health issues, hemp oil can help them get a hold on their issues, without having to rely on their doctors and being dependent on prescriptions. Many of the medications prescribed for mental health illnesses have side effects and can interrupt one’s ability to work or be outside for long periods. This can in turn decrease mental health, not really solving any real issues.

However, the effects of alternative medicine are not universal. It depends on the constitution and reaction of each individual. Some of the reported side effects include: anxiety, mood and appetite changes, nausea, dizziness and drowsiness. Research suggests that hemp oil with CBD appears to be well-tolerated at doses up to 600mg. Users may rely on their own discretion and monitor their responses according to the dosage. With hemp oil, the user can manage their own supply and dosage, giving more autonomy and a semblance of control over their own mental health — a small but important step towards mental health wellness.

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