Unlike any other year, 2020 brings a lot of surprises to the people around the world. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, storms, and many more. But what caught the most attention is the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was predicted that there are a lot of things that would have gone wrong this year but no one had predicted that every life on earth would change due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The normal life that each one of us is accustomed to has gradually changed. We are forced to stay home which results in a lot of everyday routine adjustments.
Everyone had been trying to adapt to the new life ahead where self-isolation is a part of the everyday program.
No matter how composed and mentally well someone is, there will be a point of time where one’s stress level will grow so much that it can’t be handled. Luckily, there are a lot of recreational activities that are out now that can help to destress.
There are different studies about the mental effects of quarantine and how it affects the overall human thoughts.
What is the coronavirus, COVID-19?
There are a lot of categories when we are talking about viruses, and coronavirus is one of them. COVID-19 is one of the viruses that are under the category of coronavirus. Although the media has been naming the virus coronavirus, this is actually just the name of its category and not the actual name of the virus itself.
The name COVID-19 was derived from its category and what year it was born. The number 19 at the end of the name refers to the year 2019. The virus was originally born in the province of Wuhan, China, and due to the easy access of transportation, coronavirus made its way throughout the world effortlessly.
One of the main ways to spread the virus is through physical contact. That is why people are encouraged to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of the virus. Since the virus is an unknown virus, a vaccine has not yet been made but still in the process of making.
The main target of the virus is the respiratory system. It can cause breathing difficulties and an overall shutdown of the body. Although there are some cases in which people made a full recovery, not everyone is lucky enough to heal, especially those who are already suffering from any pre-existing conditions.
The Psychological Effects of being quarantined
Maintaining good mental health within a normal and operating society is already considered hard to do, much more when we are given situations where we are not accustomed. So what are these psychological effects that can happen when we are quarantined?
Stress, as far as statistics are concerned, is one of the most common psychological illnesses that can occur during the quarantine. Before COVID-19, we all had the leisure of going outdoors and the freedom to interact with other people, however, due to the quarantine, everything came to a pit stop. Which is believed to be the reason why a lot of people are feeling stress and anxiety.
Besides stress, there are other mental illnesses that can occur when isolated. These are:
- Memory Issues
- Brain Fog
- Mental Lethargy
- Panic Attacks
How can CBD help people in managing stress?
It is not a surprise that people’s mental health is affected when being isolated. Luckily, there are some things you can do and use when quarantined. One of these is CBD. What is CBD? CBD or CBD Oil, short for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant or widely known as Marijuana.
The substance that can be extracted in Cannabis can give an effect of relaxation which is a great antidepressant for people suffering from stress and anxiety. Unlike the typical Marijuana that some people smoke, CBD Oil does not contain THC or what you call as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that can bring major effects on the brain.
One FDA-Approved CBD Medication is known as Epidiolex. This kind of medication was approved due to its effectiveness in treating epilepsy. Although some people are still in doubt about using CBD because there are reports that it can cause other health conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis or worse (still a theory, though) cancer.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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