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Medical Marijuana for Mental Health: Know The Facts

There are several different mental health conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.

According to researchers, there are two active chemicals in Marijuana which are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has the ability to relieve pain while CBD can affect the brain without creating the feeling of a ‘high’.

Medical marijuana indicates treating ailments and other illness with the help of unprocessed, extracts of the plant as well as the whole marijuana itself.

Patients administered with marijuana report multiple benefits of CBD. It has been known to help in epilepsy, treating insomnia, pain, anxiety. Many certified medical professionals can prescribe marijuana to treat such ailments.

Used most often in the United States to relieve pain, it is highly effective in easing chronic pain in numerous Americans.

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Marijuana is globally known today and is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. The compounds available in Marijuana react with various receptors in nerve cells and brain cells. This causes a decrease in discomfort and pain. Nascent researches have also found out that marijuana can be effective in age- related problems like vomiting, nausea caused by glaucoma and chemotherapy and chronic pain.

Despite these properties, Marijuana is still considered as a Schedule I substance as it still has a high abuse risk.

As it contains various compounds which can help in curing various ailments as well as symptoms, there is a large consensus to make the drug legal for medicinal purposes. Agreeing to this, numerous states have made marijuana legal for medical use.

Cannabis is beneficial in treating social anxiety, PTSD and depression. However, it can have an adverse effect on patients suffering from bipolar disorder. Further research is needed in this area to prove these finding. There are insufficient studies conducted on a large- scale to prove the benefits of marijuana.

Methods To Use

An unconventional drug, medicinal marijuana is considered safest when it is used in the short interval of time. Today there are various forms to consume marijuana- from smoking, consuming its seeds to using cannabis infused products.

It can have mind altering properties and there can be a few side effects like dizziness, blood pressure related issues, dry mouth, hear related troubles, inefficient mental processes. So it is recommended to always keep the use of medical marijuana under supervision of certified doctors.

Marijuana does not have long- term effects on the cognition in adults. A study was conducted by Harvard’s Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery program who studied a group of people using marijuana to treat PTSD, chronic pain, sleep problems and anxiety. It was found that after 3 months on the drug, there were no symptoms which indicated a decreased cognitive function. On the other hand, there was an improvement in executive function skills.

These benefits can also depend individually and can be affected by family predisposition as well as medical history.

Author Bio

Jessica Siggers is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, she is also curious about unconventional medicine. She is intrigued about various discoveries in the field of Marijuana and loves reading the latest researches on it.

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