There is still a long way to go in eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health challenges across every demographic, but more so in minority and oppressed communities. The reasons for this are many, including access to quality healthcare of any kind—which is compounded by the age-old mindsets that discourages asking for help or taking ownership for your mental health.
It is estimated that 16% of African Americans in the United States have mental health challenges—which is over 6.8 million people. While minorities are less likely to attempt suicide, they are more likely to suffer from hopelessness and depression linked to generational oppression and current-day racism. Children who live in low-income or violent communities are at a higher risk of PTSD, which often goes undiagnosed—or is misdiagnosed as behavioral disorders.
CBD provides a legal, non-addictive, affordable, and easily accessible means of treating mental health. The challenge is that adoption of both medical marijuana and CBD supplements is lower than in white communities, as illegal drug and substance abuse is a stereotype minority communities work hard to overcome, so there must be more education regarding the difference between no-THC supplements and THC products. Particularly that there is no high. Working with a mental health professional to discuss a THC treatment program is the way to go. Local community and mental health centers can suggest referrals to low and no-cost mental health programs for those who qualify.
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