Should You Use Marijuana to Combat Depression and Anxiety?

    In this day and age, stress is a common problem. The stressful lifestyle makes everyone anxious to some degree, while those who can’t handle the pressure fall into a more severe state called depression.

    Seeing a psychiatrist is the first thing you need to do if you feel anxious. Talking with a professional about your problems is essential.

    Most psychiatrists will suggest some medication if they conclude that you need it. At this point, you need to ask yourself, “Do I need drugs manufactured in factories, or should I choose a natural remedy like marijuana?”

    What Do the Facts Say?

    In the US, some 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population suffer from anxiety disorders. Aside from adults, teen depression statistics tell us that 23% of teenage boys and 36% of teenage girls admit feeling anxious and depressed every day. An even more worrying fact is that 7.4% of children between 9th and 12th grade admitted attempting suicide at least once in their lives.

    What Do We Need to Do About It?

    We, as individuals, must understand that this way of life needs to change. We’re constantly trying to present ourselves in a better light, and we often set unrealistic goals that cause frustration. Additionally, we’re obsessed with social media, and we get high on information that does nothing good for us, except increasing anxiety levels.

    Therefore, we need to find a way to relax, and what’s better than lighting a joint and spending a few hours in peace and silence—or spending quality time with friends in a cozy atmosphere.

    Is Marijuana Safe?

    Of course, how else would it be fully legal in 11 US states? It’s important to know that marijuana can be used recreationally and for medical purposes. In other words, everyone who’s against the hallucinogens in marijuana can use oils, edibles, creams, and other products without THC that gets you “high.”

    According to scientists, marijuana can help treat anxiety and stress. Endocannabinoids in the body regulate mood, appetite, memory, motivation, emotion, metabolism, and much more. When we’re stressed, anxious, or depressed, it doesn’t function properly.

    Scientists found out that marijuana positively affects the endocannabinoid system, thus making us feel better.

    There’s a problem, though, when people start smoking regularly. Chronic use will make the brain get adjusted to the constant boosting, so after a while, it’ll be harder for this system to work on its own.

    In medicine, this is called amotivational syndrome, and it’s a common state for regular marijuana smokers. The syndrome is described as a sense of apathy, inwardness, and inability to perform day-to-day tasks.

    It’s Still the Best Option for People with Depression 

    People who suffer from depression are already in a desperate situation. In other words, they have nothing to lose. According to another study, patients who smoked cannabis reduced depression to some extent in 89.3% of the cases.

    Conclusion

    If you’re suffering from depression, it will be best to seek professional help. Unlike before, psychiatrists today are aware of the health benefits of marijuana. If you are open-minded about using it, your doctor will be happy to prescribe it for you.

    The bottom line is that depression is curable, and it’s just a matter of how you’ll deal with it. If you’re more inclined toward a natural remedy, then marijuana is an excellent choice.

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