As humans, there is a part of us that is very vulnerable. Our own bodies need some sort of sustenance to function better. It also has its own form of defense whenever it is under attack. It is commonly called our immune system, a series of organs, tissues and cells that help fight back any kind of invasion. Think of it like a tower defense game, with the viruses and harmful bacteria as the monsters and your immune system as the towers. As you grow older, the immune system naturally weakens so you need to strengthen it by living a healthier lifestyle. It is a similar concept to the rest of our body. We can also take in some form of medication when our bodies cannot fight the invading “monsters” anymore. This was how drugs were conceptualized: to improve and repair our bodies.
However, the concept of the word drug has gradually changed through the years. From a helping substance, the word “drug” is now more commonly associated with harmful ones. There is even a distinction: medical drugs or medicines against dangerous and toxic drugs. These two groups sometimes share a commonality, but one is always more harmful than the other. Also, you cannot get the harmful drugs from pharmacies. They are usually obtained illegally and sold in secret.
The topic of drugs has always been very controversial. In every country, there is some sort of prohibition against some form of drug. For example, in North America there has been a persisting problem of cocaine circling around the countries in that continent. Many politicians in the US blame it on drug cartels that started in South America but we can never really trace where it all came from. Years ago, China and other surrounding countries were devastated because of one drug: opium. It was so bad that people killed each other just to obtain and use a batch of it. It is not that different in the modern times, only the type of drug and the approach to obtain it has changed. It is much more discrete, yet still rather deadly.
Many people agree that illegal drugs like cocaine and opium can actually destroy your life, but did you know that these were originally developed as medicine? The coca plant was used as a stimulant by ancient civilizations in South America (Learn more about where cocaine comes from here: https://www.history.com/topics/crime/history-of-cocaine). Opium was also used as a medicinal compound for treating respiratory diseases. It had only grown problematic because many people found themselves getting addicted by the substance. Others tried make their own and sell it ala Breaking Bad and went off with the money.
However, one plant has been testing this kind of prohibition against such illegal substances. Marijuana is considered illegal in many countries, and getting caught using them can mean a prison sentence or even death. On the other hand, Canada and even some states here in the US had already legalized the use of marijuana. With this kind of legislation, people have experimented with ways on how to use the chemical compounds in marijuana without the negative effects. One of the compounds scientists discovered is Cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It comes through many forms like capsules, sprays and the more common CBD oil. So, what is it used for and how can it help you?
It can be used for epilepsy treatment.
Epilepsy is a debilitating neurological illness that can affect anyone. Symptoms may include seizures, abnormal or unusual behavior and loss of awareness. There are many different kinds of epilepsies, and two of the rarest forms of epilepsy can be helped by Cannabidiol. However, you need to check with your doctor first to see whether what kind of treatment you need if you have epilepsy. After all, you need to have a professional opinion before taking in any kind of medication.
It can also help you relax.
Studies have also shown that taking in Cannabidiol can help relieve stress and promote a healthier well-being. Some even prescribe CBD for patients who are suffering from anxiety and other related mental disorders. It was also found to be helpful for people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, although they still need to test it further. Know more about PTSD by clicking here. Regardless, with the right amount of dosage and a prescription from a physician, it may be able to help you if you have these types of problems.
You might be asking: is it harmful to the body?
There is still a lot to know about Cannabidiol and scientists keep on researching on how to take advantage of its benefits without harming anyone. There are some reports about vomiting, headache or nausea after taking the supplement. This is why you need to have medical guidance before using any kind of medication.
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