Clinical Concerns Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is emerging as one of the most exciting natural alternatives used to treat a wide range of common conditions, and for good reason. Up until recently, it was the psychoactive component of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which received most of the attention for its medicinal benefits, as well as its ability to produce psycho- tropic effects. Now, with medical marijuana gaining ground across the country, researchers are discovering the amazing properties of additional cannabinoids.
Research Results Recommending an adaptogen can be the perfect answer for your patients dealing with physical and mental stress. Adaptogens, a class of herbs that help the body adapt to stress, include many botanicals like ashwaghanda (shown upper left) and rhodiola (shown upper right) that are safe, natural, and backed by clinical research. While adaptogens have been used medicinally for thousands of years, we are still learning about these unique medicinal plants. Most experts agree that the effects of adaptogens involve the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, inflammation, and various gene pathways.
Feature Ninety-five million Americans have used prescription painkillers in the past year, about four times as many as in 1999. Sadly, these drugs are extremely easy to misuse: More than 1,000 people a day are treated in emergency departments for not using them as directed, according to the CDC. And 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose. Even worse, the numbers just keep rising: the CDC reports a 72 percent increase in the number of deaths associated with synthetic opioids.