Why are more and more people turning to alternative medicine? I ask myself that question as I leave the office of an endocrinologist whom I have been waiting to see for over two months. This is the same doctor’s office who told me when I called a month after sending a referral, that the doctor had not even seen it yet, much less evaluated my chart. I shouldn’t have been surprised by how frustrated and disappointed I became after leaving the office. This has been my experience my entire adult life when it comes to doctors and western/modern medicine and what we call a health care system.
When I was eighteen, I went to a doctor because I was having a lot of anxiety related to graduating from a small school and going to huge state university where I would know no one. I have been shy my whole life, but it had gotten to a point where I couldn’t make myself go up to a stranger at a registration table and tell them my name. It was crippling and I didn’t know what else I could do. The doctor told me I was depressed and needed to be on medicine for the rest of my life, just like if I was a diabetic who needed insulin to live. I believed him! I went on to take that medication for thirteen years, even though I would ask if it was a good idea to try and stop taking it. Every time I said I felt good and I didn’t think I needed to be on depression medicine, they would tell me that means that it is working and you don’t need to stop.
These are two very common questions that are asked over and over again. These are also two very simple to answer questions, even though, there is tons of misinformation being spread. It is important to understand the truth about something that you’re considering using as a part of your wellness routine, so we decided that rounding off this educational series here was important.
Have you heard about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how it plays a pivotal role in the function of the human body? There have been all kinds of stories covered by multiple media outlets and medical professionals discussing the ECS. All this talk about it is great and all, but what is the ECS?
The endocannabinoid system also referred to as the ECS, is a part of every mammal on the planet. It wasn't found until 1992, so many medical professionals never learned about it. Raphael Mechoulam discovered the ECS along with NIMH researchers Dr. Lumir Hanus and William Devane.
Since 1992 we've learned a lot about the endocannabinoid system. It plays an essential role in helping to regulate our body. Hunger, sleepiness, depression, happiness, pain, and many other functions are affected by the endocannabinoid system. Located throughout your body are receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors that are a pivotal part of the endocannabinoid system.
CBD is an incredible compound that is allowing many people to find relief from a wide range of different medical conditions and ailments. One of the reasons that this cannabinoid can help so many people in various ways is due to the diversity of products that it can be included in. From lotions, creams, lip balms, beauty products, hygiene products, drinks, foods and capsules to suppositories, oils, vape juices, and more, the list seems almost endless. Here are five simple and easy ways that you can utilize CBD.
CBD can also be consumed internally in many different ways. Some of the most popular are CBD infused edibles, CBD capsules, and CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures such as the Mountain Pure CBD Tincture come in a variety of different strengths and can be taken sublingually but putting the tincture under your tongue, or adding it to your favorite food or drink for ingestion. Tinctures made utilizing cannabis have been widely used in cultures around the globe for centuries.