Mental Health Benefits of Marijuana

Cannabis has grown in popularity as a potential treatment for various medical conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, panic attacks, stress, PTSD, and more. Clinical studies have shown that cannabis can help reduce the severity of a wide range of mental health conditions. Certain strains of medical marijuana have been known to be stress-reducing or mood-bosting, making them ideal for patients suffering from stress disorders or depression.

Anxiety

Some users may benefit from specific strains of cannabis to help treat anxiety disorders. General anxiety can be disabling for some users and cause daily life to become difficult. Marijuana can help alleviate stress and anxiety and allow individuals to remain calm in situations that would otherwise cause severe nervousness. While traditional medications do exist for anxiety, some users may not experience any relief of their anxiety symptoms, and certain anxiety medications have been shown to have potential negative side effects after long-term use. Marijuana may be a safer, more natural treatment for anxiety.

Depression

Cannabis has been shown to be a successful alternative to antidepressants in some users with depression or depressive states. Marijuana stimulates the body’s endocannabinoid system and helps to encourage a reduction in anxiety, resulting in an enhanced mood and additional energy. It is important to note that some strains of cannabis may worsen mental conditions such as depression or anxiety. A key step to properly using marijuana for depression is to find a strain of cannabis that is right for you and your symptoms. Medical marijuana and the right strain of cannabis may help boost your mood and alleviate depression symptoms.

Insomnia

Specific strains of cannabis are known for their ability to induce a sense of tiredness or sleepiness. These strains of marijuana are often suggested to users with insomnia or trouble sleeping. Chronic insomnia is similar to stress disorders and the inability to relax or be calm. Typically, users with insomnia cannot turn their mind off or relax their body enough to fall asleep. Marijuana has been shown to produce calming, soothing effects that can help both the mind and body relax. This is especially useful for users who experience difficulty sleeping on their own. Cannabis can help you return to a normal sleeping schedule and reduce the symptoms of insomnia.

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be debilitating for users who suffer from severe anxiety or recurring anxiety attacks. Indica strains of marijuana are known for their ability to induce a peaceful, calm mental state in users who are otherwise often anxious or panicked. Specific indica strains can help users reduce feelings of panic, anxiety, and tension. For some users, cannabis can also be used to think more sharply, prevent or reduce nausea, and can provide a sense of relief. Some studies have shown that cannabis strains low in THC and dominant in CBD can dramatically reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.

Stress

Chronic stress can cause mental fatigue, anxiety, and even depression. Indica strains of cannabis can help reduce the severity of stress by inducing a calmed, relaxed mental state. Some strains, specifically those high in THC, may cause stress to worsen. Fortunately, there are many strains of cannabis that have been specifically designed for users with recurring stress. Medical marijuana can also be a mood booster for users with severe stress.

PTSD

PTSD, short for post-traumatic stress disorder, is a form of anxiety and stress that often occurs after an individual has experienced a traumatic event. There are little to no traditional medications available to successfully treat the symptoms of PTSD. Recent research has begun to discover that cannabis may be a successful treatment for PTSD. In users with PTSD, scientific findings have discovered a correlation between PTSD and levels of anandamide (a cannabinoid compound naturally produced by your body). In users with PTSD, these levels were generally lower. Medical cannabis has been found to replace these depleted cannabinoids, potentially helping to alleviate the severity and symptoms of PTSD.