According to the National Institute of Health, almost one in five U.S adults live with a mental illness. Many different disorders are classified as mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Research has proven that cannabis has a variety of positive effects on those who have psychological disorders, alleviating their symptoms and improving their quality of life. If you suffer from a mental health disorder, cannabis may be the solution for you.
What Are Mental Illnesses?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines a mental health condition as anything that affects your feeling, thinking, mood, behavior, or any combination thereof. They may be occasional or long-lasting, mild or serious. Chronic conditions like depression or bipolar disorder cause problems in the day to day life of those they affect. Symptoms of mental illnesses include but are not limited to:
- Feeling sad or depressed for weeks or months on end
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive, persistent fear that interferes with the ability to function normally
- Low energy and fatigue
- Inability to cope with stress
- Excessive irritability or anger
- Delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations
- Suicidal thoughts
How Cannabis Helps Those With A Mental Illness
Cannabis can help those with mental illness by providing an alternative to prescription drugs. Prescription drugs regulate brain chemistry and stimulate the production of serotonin.
Every person’s brain chemistry is different, therefore two people with depression will be affected by the same antidepressant differently. One may have reduced symptoms while the others could potentially worsen. Prescription drugs also have many potential side effects, including indigestion, loss of appetite and dizziness.
Cannabis, however, stimulates the production of serotonin without any of these negative side effects. The calming, relaxing effects of cannabis have become a well-known way to combat fear and anxiety. Polls have reported that 37% of CBD users take it to treat mental illness symptoms, with reports that it is highly effective.
A 2019 Gallup poll found that almost 14% of Americans use CBD in some form of their day to day life. The increasing popularity of CBD in the United States has prompted an inquiry into its properties as a mental health aid.
Research has already shown promising results. A study from the Journal of Cannabis Research showed that CBD compounds were helpful in alleviating symptoms of schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, and ADHD.
Mental health disorders can be difficult to live with. Cannabis’ ability to relax the body and calm the mind can help combat the symptoms and restore your quality of life. If you have a mental health disorder and have further questions about how cannabis can help you, contact us today at Emerald Health Advocates.
Emerald Health Advocates
Phone: (240) 477-8158
Laytonsville, MD 20882