Across America, the medical use of cannabis has been made legal after the introduction of specific bills. According to some estimates of 2015, around 3 million people use cannabis in one of its different forms that include for medicinal and healing properties, while a whopping 22 million use it for its recreational effects in the US. Most people in the medical and health science fraternity concede that cannabis and its legal use will be with us for the foreseeable future.
Because of its legalization, we can finally look forward to new studies on cannabis that may help us conclude the topic. There are several studies on the consumption of cannabis and how it can potentially benefit people suffering from mental illnesses.
Present studies seem to suggest that cannabis is helpful for mental illnesses in the following three ways:
- It can help manage anxiety.
Unlike most cannabis users who use the substance for its psychoactive effects, accompanied by the drug’s intake, many users of the substance are just looking to boost the feelings of being happy.
The organization MIND or Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery has, in the past, undertaken several patient studies for people using medical cannabis. These studies have also observed the cognitive performance of such users across the length of use. As per the findings of their research, cannabis use might prove helpful for many ailments, particularly anxiety. It is also an excellent way to reduce the consumption of traditional opioids and other forms of medicines to stabilize and enhance moods for people suffering from depression.
- It can help reduce PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Besides addressing physical pain issues, cannabis is also helpful in mitigating the mental agony and pain resulting from PTSD. It helps in keeping in check depressive and suicidal thoughts associated with this particular mental condition.
A Canadian study published in the late 2019 study suggests that cannabis might also help manage depression symptoms and suicidal thoughts in patients with PTSD.
This particular study by British Columbia Centre on Substance Use analyzed the health-related data collected through surveys of over 24,000 people. The study suggested that PTSD patients who consumed cannabis were far less likely to exhibit suicidal thoughts and severe depression than people who stayed away from the substance.
- It can alleviate symptoms associated with mental disorders.
Cannabis is also helpful for sleep and sleep-related conditions. A particular National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study suggested that there was moderate evidence to support the view. Inadequacy of sleep and other types of disturbances in sleep is a symptom that accompanies a wide variety of Mental disorder . While these sleeping issues are not mental disorders, they occur when a person is suffering from different psychiatric conditions.
We can sum off this examination of medical evidence by saying that there is a lot of scope for the therapeutic use of marijuana in treating psychiatric disorders. However, the findings and the science behind them are still in a nascent stage of development. The use of cannabis with significant THC components needs a little bit of caution. So, consult a doctor before incorporating cannabis into your daily diet.