As a society, we’ve become more dependent than ever on pharmaceutical drugs. However, it’s important to know that there are natural alternatives like hemp that can provide the same level of relief (if not more!). Today in America, 55% of men, women, and children are prescribed medications—and each of those Americans are prescribed an average of four medications.
Our modern healthcare system would rather prescribe you one drug for each of your symptoms instead of CBD, a natural remedy that treats a wide range of illnesses and symptoms.
Does this mean that modern healthcare serves no purpose?
Of course not, certain prescriptions and surgeries have their place. Rather, our discontent with modern healthcare specifically stems from the overuse of prescription drugs in general—especially in the treatment of non-acute, non-life-threatening conditions.
In many cases, CBD can be used to treat a variety of symptoms, without the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals. And contrary to archaic social stigmas about the debilitating effects of cannabis, hemp derived CBD has no psychoactive effect.
Natural vs Synthetic
Hemp comes from the earth, while pharmaceutical drugs are made in a laboratory. Synthetic pills often target symptoms, and do nothing to remedy the root of the problem. CBD however, often treats the root issue, rebalancing the body and alleviating the symptoms in the process.
Think about it like this: our bodies have a natural capacity to heal themselves, right? So, why take a synthetic pill to deal with the symptoms when you can consume a natural plant extract that solves the root issue (as opposed to just the symptoms)? Another example: would you rather eat a green salad to get your nutrients or take a synthetic pill? It’s the same argument.
Lack of Medical Efficacy
Pharmaceutical drugs often enter the market and are promoted as effective by pharmaceutical companies and doctors, even when clinical trials have shown them to be ineffective (and often unsafe).
See this excerpt from a 2008 study led by Dr. Irving Kirsch of Harvard Medical School that looked at the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs.
“Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance, specifically, a lack of serotonin in the brain. Indeed, their supposed effectiveness is the primary evidence for the chemical imbalance theory. But analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect.”
If we boil this down, this study suggests that the efficacy of these antidepressant drugs is similar to that of the placebos. The solution? Turn to natural alternatives like plant-based medicines.
No Risk of Overdose or Dangerous Side Effects
It is impossible to overdose on CBD. In fact, people have taken up to 1,500 mg/day with no dangerous side effects. Alternatively, over 70,000 people die each year as a result of taking pharmaceutical medications prescribed to them by their doctor. This suggests that the pharmaceutical industry exists to make money, not to heal people.
Pharmaceutical drugs often carry with them a huge list of side effects. You’ve probably heard the antidepressant commercials for Cymbalta on TV, where in a calm but rapid fire tone, the voice-over runs through alarming, potentially deadly side effects: “Tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide. Antidepressants can increase these in children, teens and young adults.”
Why is suicide a side effect of an antidepressant medication?
Ironically enough, many people are turning to CBD to help alleviate the side effects that come from intensive medical treatments like anti-psychotics.
CBD has such a wide array of therapeutic applications without risk of overdose or dangerous side effects.
Minor side effects some people experience are dry mouth and sleepiness.
Kick the Addiction
Medications like sleeping pills, antidepressants, and painkillers are addictive and unhealthy when taken regularly. Your body develops psychological and physical dependence to opiates, stimulants, and depressant drugs. This is why so many people feel like they can’t get off of their prescription medication.
The good news is CBD actually combats the addiction and withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine, opiates, and even cigarettes.
Try a free CBD sample pack and find out how CBD can improve the quality of your life.