I’m a huge proponent of holistic medicine if it has real medical value.
- I wouldn’t take a supplement that doesn’t work, but things like kava and valerian root are good at reducing anxiety with minimal side effects.
But other supplements like kratom have me worried when I ask proponents if there is a possibility of developing a physical dependency. One of my friends swears that this is merely a myth perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies that would rather have people addicted to their deadly opiates than let them choose kratom as an alternative. But another friend claims they were addicted to kratom for over a year and it was a hellish experience for them. They struggled to get people to take it seriously because all of their friends claimed that kratom was perfectly safe. With so many possibilities for abuse, I decided to stick with CBD instead. I can’t write kratom off completely, but at least with CBD I don’t have to obsess over the possibility of developing a physical dependency while using it everyday. But after successfully using CBD to great effect for so long, I began to learn about other alternative cannabinoids to THC aside from CBD itself. Examples include CBC, CBG, CBN, and THCV. These cannabinoids all have medicinal value in their own right, with CBG offering mood stabilizing effects for bi-polar patients. I’m so thrilled to have access to CBD and other cannabinoids. If you can’t have THC, CBD is a great alternative for medicinal value. Now that CBD is legal federally, you can find it in places like pharmacies and grocery stores. Personally, I would rather get my CBD from an online retailer that includes lab testing paperwork with all of the products they sell.