Mental Health & CBD

Is the lionization of the physical health business overshadowing mental health? 

“What mental health needs are more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

Glenn Close

I am sure reading this blog article would motivate you to take charge of your mental health with more involvement.

Nordic Oil wishes you a Happy Mental Health awareness month! 😊

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Institutional framework for Mental Health

In the year 1949, the National Association for Mental Health, in the United States of America established Mental Health Month and is observed in May every year. Their objectives were developing awareness of the importance of mental health, celebrating recovery from mental illness, through media, events, outreach activities, and distribution of a toolkit of material that could guide and touch millions of Americans’ lives.

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And NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness)- is America’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to support, serve, and treat mental illness. 

According to WHO, one in four of the world’s population suffers from different mental, behavioral, neurological disorders, drug abuse, epilepsy, dementia, mental retardation, schizophrenia, and stress-related disorders. 

The rationality behind this is that improved health care and advancements in medical facilities have increased life expectancy which has impacted an increase in the population that has to face exposure to morbidity due to mental health problems. WHO also reports that the mental component of health has deteriorated. 

To address this issue WHO initiated Nations for Mental Health in 1995, within the UN system designed to address mental health in underserved populations. 

Some Alarming Statistics

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1) According to a study on world mental health facts and figures, 

  • 264–300 million individuals worldwide live with depression;
  • 284–300 million live with anxiety-related disorders;
  • 46–60 million live with bipolar affective disorder;
  • 20–23 million live with schizophrenia;
  • 16 million live with eating disorders.

2) World Bank’s Development Report estimated that 8% of the global burden of disability and morbidity in the world is due to mental and neurological disorders, and 42% behavior related illness. 

3) A study focusing on mental illness: is there really a global epidemic? Reports figures based on the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME) that:

  • Under 300 million people worldwide suffered from anxiety, 
  • 160 million people from a major depressive disorder
  • 100 million from Dysthymia
  • 971 million people – suffer from some kind of mental disorder.
  • Dementia is the fastest-growing mental illness.

4) Do you feel the pinch of the marketing effect of physical activity promotion in business and Industry?  

I would like to bring reference to a research study in this context. 

On the one hand, organizations are increasing weightage to implement employee programs that promote healthy levels of physical activity in worksite settings like gym facilities, corporate membership in health clubs, sports activities, etc. This contemporary approach is being implemented to offset absenteeism, sick leave, ill-health effects, health care costs, disability, etc that are a consequence of the sedentary nature of work, undue pressure to increase work efficiency, minimize redundancy, etc. 

On the other hand, the rise of the physical fitness bubble. The increase in health clubs worldwide has significantly influenced the demand patterns of people. For example, from the year 2009 to 2014, the number of health clubs increased from 128,500 to 183,000 worldwide.

Europe has the second-largest amount of health clubs, 8000 in Germany, 6600 in Italy, 6000 in the UK, 40,710 in North America majority located in the United States (biggest health club market in the world)

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Therapeutic Role Of Cannabidiol In Mental Health 

According to a 2020 study on the therapeutic application of CBD for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, it recommends the use of CBD for the treatment of schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And a limited number of available studies recommend CBD for insomnia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Tourette syndrome. 

There is a growing body of research and interest that has been specializing in specific receptors and the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis in dealing with different disorders.

The outcome of the study emphasizes policy development and an impetus to pharmaceutical research in this field to expand the evidence base. 

A 2019 study, some participants of a public speaking task, were ingested with CBD before the event, the results showed that they had reduced levels of stress. Similarly, in another study 47 adults diagnosed with anxiety also showed a rapid decrease in symptoms.

The wide-range use of CBD makes it a highly versatile treatment for a cheaper cost than traditional medications.

Key Takeaways From Statistics & Research 

Extensive research has disabled the previous stereotypical incomplete judgments about CBD and has started to prove its therapeutic benefits. This has led many countries to adopt CBD based medications to treat a wide range of medical conditions. 

Summary

  1. Understand about the ECS and how CBD works on our body.
  2. Just being grateful and appreciative of life and people around you can have amazing benefits on mental health
  3. I have shared my personal revelation moment with CBD, share yours too!
  4. Increase your awareness about various mental health issues, and initiate yourself to seek help, discuss and develop a conversation with friends and family. 

Free of cost remedies that promote good mental health:

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  • Go back to childhood days, ignite the innocent child in you, read Aesop’s fables

The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller, The Ass and the Grasshopper, The Ass Eating Thistles, and so on. All of these fables had a moral at the end that would reinforce qualities of kindness, patience, good deeds, living mindfully, and many more life messages. Probably if we were too young to understand the depth of these fables, it would be a great idea to read them now!

  •  Laugh aloud, never mind if it is for stupid things, abstain from hiding spontaneous emotions. Never fear being judged. Live for yourself.
  • We are now used to texting a lot instead of speaking, re-develop courage, and practice speaking openly. A psychology report says that 90% of people text things that they can’t say in person.
  • Observe people around you, be it your friend or family member. If you notice any change in their behavior or moods, talk to them, go the extra mile to understand them. 
  • Singing and listening to music reduces anxiety and changes the way you perceive the world around you. 
  • Gift your friends, help others, random acts of kindness bring happiness and can elevate your moods and also make you feel important.
  • Making others happy is the biggest happiness that one can experience. 
  • Mark Twain quotes “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.” 

             I don’t want to miss my mind. What about you?!

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Published by Akeso

Akeso

I am Akeso. A seeker. Natural medicine is what I seek. I have been ardently practicing a lifestyle led way of living for the past five years and I am very happy about it. Rediscovering our ancient cultures, learning about contemporary healing practices, and alternative medicines, and trying them out is my all-time passion. I document and record the outcomes of my experiential learnings and share them with friends who seek my help. The opportunity to understand the invaluable botanical gifts of mother nature, amazing people whom I have met so far, add great value to every day of my life! I wish to spread this positivity to as many people as possible. The numbers are encouraging so far. Thank You! I got one more today! :) Invigoratingly, A k e s o

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