Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the world. A depressing fact about depression is that if you're depressed, it's likely to occupy 8 years of your life. That's a long time to be depressed! Lots of people are prescribed antidepressants, including people who don't technically have the condition. These drugs can be very useful, but they have different effects on different people. Some of them for better, some of them for worse. For people who might be looking for a natural alternative to mood regulation, look no further. Let's open the hood and see what kind of remedies mother nature has provided us to alleviate our mood.
Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states and recreational marijuana legal in 2. There's a lot of chatter about those numbers getting larger in the coming years. It's hard to consume information about marijuana use that's devoid of stereotypes. The people who use it are either stoners or sinners. The way it makes you feel are obvious but there's surprisingly few guides about what risks or benefits come from inhaling it regularly. The truth is a little surprising.
Cold season is upon us. I personally dislike cough syrup and try to avoid medication when possible. Echinacea is touted as a cure for the common cold, but I'm sad to say......it doesn't really hold up when put under the microscope. It's useful as a general immune booster, but not as a targeted treatment for anyting....including the cold.
Damiana is one of the most interesting but least understood natural remedies in the world. It's used as an aphrodisiac, a fertility booster and viagra substitute, and a remedy for headaches and fevers, among other things. It's also a little.....ahem.......psychoactive. And that of course just begs the question...........how does it stack up to hemp? (And no, I'm not a stoner!)
Ginkgo Biloba is a type of tree found in Asia that's supposed to improve your memory and cognitive functioning....especially if you're a little old in the tooth. Does this leafy tree deliver on its promise? Can modern medicine verify what's been believed to be true for 5,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine? The answer's actually a bit mixed.......