The purpose of this blog is not to provide medical advice, nor to judge anyone’s choices in what mediations they take that support them. It is simply to provide insight about CBD and its many varying, supportive uses, for many different people in a movement towards a more wholesome future of sustainability and conscious healing.
Nearly 70% of people who live in the United States are on prescription medications. Many medications that are consumed are very supportive for those who take them. For instance, hypertension medication, diabetes medication, and antiretrovirals, to name a few, are examples of drugs that allow those to take them to live longer and healthier lives, even with chronic illness. While this is true, it is no veiled dilemma that consumption of pills in this society is extensive.
While many of the medications are appropriately indicated and used, there are a handful of ailments for which alternative options might be appealing and appropriate. Especially for those who might desire a more wholistic approach to healing, or simply just want a different type of support other than pharmaceutical, (or perhaps as a synchronous support of their already-useful pharmaceutical regimen). The top of the list of alternative, natural forms of plant medicine is the ever-versatile CBD.
CBD has been on the rise of natural healing agents in the recent years, and for very good reason. Along with countless other benefits (more blogs to come on this) one particular aspect of CBD, that is exceptionally appealing and impressive, is the fact that it is one medicine that has a wide range of differing healing benefits. In the world of pharmaceuticals, multifactorial uses are not particularly common, that is unless you count the small handful of drugs that have some random “off-label” uses. For the most part, many medications were created with only one targeted use in mind; thus, many people find themselves having to take a different pill for every ailment; which of course leads to the mess of polypharmacy (which is another concern of its own, for another blog, another day). On the other hand, the uses of CBD are so vast a differing. To name a few:
pelvic pain and dyspareunia (the fancy word for pain with sex)
relief from arthritic joints
Another benefit of CBD is that it is non-habit forming, physically and mentally. That is not something that can be easily said about many short-time or long-term anxiolytics on the market currently. Also, the side effect profile of CBD, unlike many pharmaceuticals, is nearly nonexistent, which, again, is not something often said about many other forms medicine.
CBD is something that can and is appreciated and used by various people with differing backgrounds and life circumstances. Molly, a 65-year-old gardening and knitting enthusiast with arthritis uses the benefits of topical CBD for her fingers and knees to support her in doing what she enjoys. Jenna, a 31-year-old real-estate agent ingests it for occasional nausea, sleep, and quite honestly, to cure a wicked hangover. Sarah, a 25-year-old medical student uses is for nerves before big exams and for calm while studying. Julian, a happy dog owner, gives it to his sweet senior dog when she has had a long day of running, to support her appetite and her pain. The list could go on and on. The point of giving these few examples is to show that CBD is a very versatile support for many different people, with different needs at many different stages of life.
CDB is an incredibly supportive product with endless potential, and it is on the rise in a world that is ready for it. Now more than ever, we are seeing more initiatives towards natural healing, and recognizing healing as a wholistic journey that it is: one that comes from the inside out, one that includes the importance of lifestyle changes and support from healing plants. When people turn to CBD for support, they can do so knowing that its indications are numerous, its use is safe, and all from one remedy. You might think it’s too good to be true, yet its not. It appears Mother Earth was feeling extra generous when she gave us the hemp plant.
Bry Kring is a writer, a yogi, a student midwife and family nurse practitioner. Find her on Instagram at @bry_ _k. Find more writings at brybkring.wordpress.com