According to recent statistics, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. And although they affect so many people in America, only 36.9 percent seek treatment.
From medication to therapy, there are a lot of options to treat the disorder, but for people like Malika Haqq, natural remedies have become the best option.
Known for her roles in hit movies such as 'ATL' and 'Sky High' and as Khloe Kardashian's BFF, Haqq has been in the spotlight for quite some time. With that, however, comes added stress and anxiety-inducing situations. The actress and reality TV star recently spoke with AOL about how and why she replaced prescription pills with CBD products as a remedy to her ongoing anxiety.
"I have struggled with anxiety since my 20s, and for a very long time I was on prescription drugs because that was the only solution that anyone truly had," she revealed.
Before the rise of holistic anxiety-reducing products such as CBD, Haqq, like many others relied on medications such as Xanax. But according to Haqq, the symptoms associated with the pill eventually turned her off.
"[CBD] has been a godsend for me," Haqq exclaimed.
As the actress began her journey with CBD products, she came across beam, a Boston-based wellness company offering organic, full-spectrum (100 percent THC-free), pharmaceutical-grade CBD products, made from hemp grown organically in Colorado.
Health benefits of marijuana
Health benefits of marijuana
Cannabis has been found to help slow tremors and pain in Parkinson's patients. According to Medical News Today, the compounds in marijuana help to "reduce the effects of reduced dopamine in the brain".
A study conducted by Israeli scientists found smoking marijuana helped reduce these tremors. "We not only saw improvement in tremor in these patients, but also in rigidity and in bradykinesia," said researcher Ruth Djaldetti.
Furthermore, marijuana has been found to slow the progression of Parkinson's because of its antioxidant qualities.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology describes glaucoma as a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged over long periods of time. It can limit vision and sometimes lead to blindness.
The link between glaucoma and marijuana has been studied since the 1970s, as smoking marijuana has been found to lower eye pressure. Doctors are working on ways to elongate the effects of marijuana.
The American Cancer Society claims that the drug can also lower pain, reduce inflammation and calm anxieties of not just chemo patients, but patients suffering from a chronic illness or disease.
Scientists have found that cannabinoids, one of the many chemical compounds found in the plant, can inhibit tumor growth. It was particularly effective in the inhibition of colon cancer.
According to an article published by CNN Health, marijuana may be beneficial for Alzheimer's patients. It was found that THC, an ingredient in cannabis, blocks inflammation in the brain and "stimulates the removal of toxic plaque".
Marijuana has also been used to help dementia patients. Author and doctor David Casarett told CNN, "I spoke to many family members of people with mild or moderate dementia who believed that THC or whole-plant marijuana was effective in alleviating the confusion and agitation that sometimes occurs."
5. Skin Diseases
It is widely known that marijuana possesses antiinflammatory benefits, helpful to patients who suffer from arthritis and cancer, amongst many others.
A study published by the University of Colorado found that using the drug topically can alleviate pain and "may be effective against eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis. More and more dermatologists are encouraging the use of cannabinoid cream.
6. Stroke victims
Cannabis and stroke victims is an interesting topic of study for many researchers, some of whom contend the drug can "shrink" the damaged area of the brain.
Doctors, who tested the drug on mice, rats and monkeys, believe the chemical "shows promise as a neuroprotective treatment for stroke”, according to the Huffington Post.
Advocates have argued that marijuana can provide immense relief for patients, specifically veterans, who suffer from PTSD. In states like New Mexico, "medical marijuana is legally prescribed for PTSD".
A study conducted by the University of Haifa fond that marijuana helped block the "development" and progression of PTSD in rats. But, researchers explain, that there is a critical window of what marijuana can do.
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"Getting older and trying to find better ways to take care of my body such and working out and not being dependent on medication has made CBD really, really good for me," the star dished. "I had become accustomed to popping a pill and just going, and the best thing about the CBD oils like beam’s THE ONE, instead of that, I am now placing these liquids drops of gold into my tea or coffee first thing in the day and that is where I am getting my relief and my comfort to just prepare me mentally for the day."
Haqq loved beam's products so much that she recently partnered with the brand. Through the partnership, Haqq advocates the benefits of using beam's CBD products which include regulation of important functions such as inflammation, digestion, mood, sleep, physical pain, immune function and more.
While the CBD industry is still in its early stages, Haqq is positive beam will be here for the long haul.