10 of the most important things we learned about mental health this year

Approximately one in five adults in the US — 43.8 million — experiences mental illness in a given year, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness. That being said, it’s no surprise that each and every year researchers put time and enormous amounts of money into tackling the growing mental health crisis.

It seems in 2018, much of their hard work paid off — around the world researchers crumbled myths and opened new doors as they aimed to better comprehend the complicated world of invisible illnesses.

Here are 10 of the most important things we learned about mental health in 2018.  more

Can CBD oil help your pain or anxiety? What you need to know about the latest health craze

We’re in the midst of a CBD craze.

Cannabidiol — CBD — is a compound in the marijuana plant with purported medical benefits but very little (0.3 percent or less) THC, the plant’s psychoactive ingredient.

In other words, it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

Dozens of online companies sell it as a supplement. And it can be found in everything from cosmetics to bottled water to coffee. You can pick it up it in health food stores and smoke shops — even in states like New Jersey, where non-medical pot isn’t legal.

The most common reason for using CBD oil is to alleviate anxiety and depression, said Martin A. Lee, director of the nonprofit cannabis research group Project CBD and author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana.”  more