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Our approach to understanding and valuing health is one that has had its flaws. In fact, even now, there are many flaws that continuously reign their ugly heads. Like any other aspect of modern life, healthcare is a work in progress. We are always striving to add more to our protective onslaught, to work towards a healthier future. Therefore, we are practically always working to achieve a deeper, stronger understanding of the world around us and the ways that it all impacts our health. There are many different approaches to understanding whole health (think companies like Royal CBD, or treatment approaches like psychology or therapy, for instance). But when it comes to understanding the branch of health that exists underneath the aesthetic surface of us all, this is where there is significant room for improvement. We are more easily able to discuss and explore physical health because it often presents so aesthetically, making it relatively easy to identify. Our mental health, on the other hand, is a different story altogether.

Mental health is arguably the most important fundamental contributor to overall health and yet, interestingly, it is also the most misrepresented aspects of health there is. That might sound strange, even off key, at first. But think of it like this. When we are broken physically, the mind can be (and has proven to be, time and again in cases all over the world) powerful enough to drive us to put ourselves back together again. On the other hand, if we are seemingly fine physically, but even fractured mentally, it can be difficult to successfully carry out everyday tasks like simply getting out of bed, let alone making it through the day at work or interacting with people, even loved ones, as normal. Mental health really is the core component of overall health, and our mental state is very much capable of altering our experience and interactions with the world around us. The most powerful innovator there is, mental health has the power to change, quite literally, everything. 

It is an issue that has ballooned over the years to become the international crisis that it is today. Part of the reason this has become such a crisis is that there is a stigma attached to mental health that, over the years, has led to the misinterpretation that makes people so wary of it. For so long (too long), mental health has been widely regarded as a behavioural issue, rather than a genuine health concern. People often believe that they could never be affected by mental health struggle because they simply do not allow themselves to think the thoughts that lead to that mindset. Not only is this attitude inherently dangerous, but it is also fundamentally incorrect. Anyone can be affected by mental health issues at anytime, anywhere in the world. Similarly, mental health is not a sign of weakness, as it has been considered for so long, but instead a mark of when one has been strong too long. This stigma has created a sense of loneliness in those who suffer with their mentality, and often this feeling, this lack of support, can result in dangerous outcomes, and even fatality.

The international crisis of mental health struggle is one that is long overdue to be addressed. We must work towards being more conscious of the way we respond to and treat those who are suffering, the attitude we put out in the world towards this type of health issue, and the ways we are willing and able to help make a difference. It is an interesting paradox, really…despite being the foundation that overall health is laid upon, mental health is the aspect of health that we know the least about handling adequately. The time is well and truly here (and long overdue, at that) for change, and we must all work together and within ourselves to be part of that positive change. It is our responsibility to band together and create a new norm, a new attitude towards mental health and all that it encompasses. At the end of the day, the next person who needs help might be someone you love more than anything else, or even yourself, and would you not want people to be supportive? So, extend that same curtesy to others. Do your part. The time is long overdue, and we have lost too many.

With 20% of the population suffering from some from of mental health issue such as anxiety, CBD oil has become the go-to option for those who are not prepared to take the jump into getting a prescription filled. This reluctance is fueled by the reports of feeling numb or falling into a depression when on anti-anxiety medication, a side effect which is not found in CBD oil. This could be due to the lack of research, but for the time being, it is not associated with the same side effects that medication for anxiety has. Therefore, making CBD an appealing alternative. 

The reason many enjoy the recreational effects of marijuana could be linked to CBD (which will not make a person “high”). According to PsychologyToday, cannabinoids aka CBD are molecules made naturally “by the body when we are feeling relaxed and secure of involved in something that makes us happy”, giving the example of hugging a loved-one. It is also a molecule that is released “when we sleep well and exercise”. These correlations “were discovered in 1992, the main cannabinoid molecule is called anandamide, which is translated from the Sanskrit as ‘bliss molecule.’”

The world of health is one that is always changing and shifting, seemingly forever being broadened and sharpened by innovations, discoveries, and further explorations. Given that our health is literally the means between life and death, it is important that we continue to keep learning and growing, always doing our best to ensure that we are improving our understanding and approach to all aspects of health, all the time. Over the years – and especially in recent history – we have become especially good at going out of our way to work on further understanding our physical health, but our mental health is still very much misunderstood, both from a collective perspective and an individual perspective. Arguably the single most important aspect of overall health there is, mental health is shockingly underrepresented in terms of medical research, case studies, and overall honest, open, and supportive discussion surrounding the topic. Amid what has become a global epidemic, the tide is finally turning. There is a way to go yet, but we are finally seeing positive change.

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