The conversation about marijuana use has always caused debate. Many governments around the world are decriminalizing its use, stirring a conversation in those that have not done so yet. More and more people are growing to accept cannabis use.
There have been countless myths and misconceptions about marijuana use over the years. Most of them are negative, unfortunately. Leading to it getting classified as a hard drug. Recent studies show that cannabis has many mental health and physical health benefits. Here are some of the benefits cannabis has on the human brain and how it could affect your mental health:
Depression is quite a common mental health condition. Some people have depression without knowing they do. Marijuana use is known to improve mood. This can help in managing depression by stabilizing a depressed individual’s mood and overall mental state.
It is no secret that some marijuana strains may cause anxiety. However, if taken in metered doses, cannabis can help reduce anxiety. And you will have to be experiencing anxiety first to take the marijuana to alleviate it. It works by calming the individual down.
Cannabinoids (chemicals in marijuana) can help relieve chronic pain. Smoking a joint might not provide relief from chronic pain, but medical cannabis will. Medical cannabis has a high concentration of cannabis but is not psychoactive. This means that it does not give a high feeling. It’s mainly used to treat pain in individuals with conditions like arthritis.
Using marijuana has been found to prevent epileptic seizures. It also stops seizure episodes. Cannabis does this by binding to the brain cells that are responsible for muscle excitation and relaxation.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) occurs due to experiencing highly traumatic events. It is pretty common among army veterans and people that have gone through sexual abuse. Cannabis helps manage PTSD by controlling the fight or flight response. It calms them down, stopping the condition from going out of control.
Marijuana has been found to help manage symptoms of chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients. One of the common symptoms is nausea. Smoking a joint is quite an efficient way to get rid of the unpleasant nausea feeling. It also works for people experiencing nausea for other reasons other than cancer.
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that occurs in old age. Aging has some effects on the brain. As you get old, your brain starts degenerating. While avoiding this condition is almost impossible, cannabis helps prevent it. That is because THC (the active chemical in marijuana) has anti-inflammation properties. The anti-inflammatories help prevent the brain inflammation that causes Alzheimer’s disease.
Apart from the prevention of the condition, marijuana use can help slow its progression. This helps the people that are already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
ADHD and ADD are conditions that cause a lack of the ability to focus and concentrate. It is linked with issues that affect cognitive performance. Marijuana has been found to improve focus. This can go a long way in helping people with ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (Attention deficit disorder).
Also, cannabis can be used in place of addictive medications like Adderall used to treat ADHD. It is simply a safer option of treatment. However, it is crucial to note that cannabis should not be used as the treatment of all mental health illnesses. Consider seeking the advice of a professional before making such decisions.
How is Marijuana Taken? There are many different ways of taking marijuana. It is smoked in a hand-rolled joint, in a pipe, bong (a water pipe), food, or vaporizer. A vaporizer is a device that extracts the active chemicals (including THC) from marijuana, and the individual inhales it in the form of a vapor and not smoke. People also smoke marijuana extracts like hash oil (a gooey liquid), shatter (a hard, amber-colored solid), and wax (a soft solid).
It is important to note that even with marijuana having tremendous effects on mental health, children and teenagers should not smoke or get exposed to passive marijuana smoke. Smoking marijuana at a young age may have a negative impact on a child’s mental health in the long run. It would be best if you never smoked near infants as it can cause infant death.