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Benefits of Cannabis for Mental Health

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A look at the mental health benefits of cannabis related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress & more.

A Cannabis State of Mind

The well-being of the mind is as important in today’s world as physical fitness. There was a time when mental health was quite ignored and not given much emphasis. However, there has been a change in the scenario for the better.

With more and more research in this area, scientists conclude that the active ingredient of medical cannabis does have a positive effect on mental health. It is derived from the cannabis sativa plants and has certain medicinal functions. The age-old misconceptions regarding its use have hindered the image of cannabis. Thus, this article is going to delve into some of its amazing mental health benefits of cannabis to attain a peaceful and sound mind.

Cannabis Treats Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are increasing at a high rate among people nowadays. The common reasons include a huge workload, relationship problems, and tight schedules. All of these combine to cause the onset of ailments like sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and headaches. Cannabis has the ability to induce the release of endorphins. They make you feel better about yourself.

With its regular use, you can drive the problem of depression away gradually. A study also suggests the same and highlights the ability of cannabis to sharpen cognitive abilities. Thus, cannabis acts as a therapeutic medicine in the treatment and helps in clearing your mind to regain your mental health.

Cannabis Prevents Seizures

Cannabis is known to improve the health of the brain by invigorating the electrical activity. It has anti-seizure effects on the brain that facilitate the patients in dealing with epilepsy. Those suffering from the Dravet syndrome can also benefit from the regular use of cannabis.

A study was conducted on the patients of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome to check the efficiency of cannabis in curing seizures. The results that came out were favorable and the doctors have thus begun to garner more information on it.

Cannabis Treats Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is characterized by the impairment of the brain function to the extent that the patients lose the sense of reality. Some of the symptoms of this mental ailment include hallucinations and speech problems.

While the research is ongoing, it has been found that cannabis has antipsychotic effects on the brain. It helps in the ability of the nervous system to connect all the neurons and transmit appropriate messages to the body parts. Thus, a study concluded that cannabis can play a vital role in the treatment of schizophrenia and dementia.  

Cannabis Improves Cognitive Abilities

Cannabis is good for memory. As we age, our brain goes through a gradual degenerative process. But, you can slow down the process and enhance the capability of your brain by using cannabis. It has a therapeutic effect on the mind and improves the power to focus, retain, learn and comprehend.

This happens due to the presence of anti-inflammatory properties in it. The direct result is the strengthening of the brain and the treatment of neuroinflammatory diseases like meningitis and sepsis.

Cannabis Cures PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stems from an unpleasant past experience that had a major impact on the brain. The patient of this disorder relives the trauma repeatedly even after a long period of time.

The treatment of PTSD requires the increase of serotonin levels. This is where you can take the help of cannabis as it is known to induce the creation of serotonin in the brain. It also helps in dealing with some of the symptoms associated with PTSD, including insomnia and recurrent nightmares.

Cannabis Helps Manage Stress

Even though you may deny, but stress puts an extreme amount of pressure on your health. While experiencing stressful situations, your body might go through “flight or a fight mode”. This causes the blood pressure to increase, pupils to dilate and an acceleration in the heart rate. As a result, you end up releasing a hormone called the cortisol, also called the stress hormone.

Now, when you use cannabis or related products like nano enhanced hemp oil, it travels through your bloodstream and aids in the upliftment of the mood. It also manages the appetite and induces the feeling of calmness in the body. Thus, you may find yourself dealing with panic attacks better than ever before.

Cannabis Improves Sleep

A proper amount of rest is a necessity not only for the physical well-being but also the mental well being. The nerve cells communicate better, thinking becomes clearer and the tandem between thoughts and actions increases.

Although conditions like stress, anxiety, and insomnia might disrupt your sleeping patterns, cannabis manages to provide ample rest to the body. It provides calm to the mind and enhances the quality of the sleep. You can also avoid the irregular intermittency in your sleeping hours by using cannabis judiciously.

To garner more knowledge on the role of cannabis in the improvement of the mental health, you can contact nearby medical marijuana dispensaries.

Cannabis and its compounds like CBD have largely been associated with psychoactive effects on the body so far. It is high time we change our perceptions about them and begin to realize the medicinal benefits that accrue to them.

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  1. Sharon Wilson-Smith on February 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that regular use of cannabis can actually drive depression away since cannabis has the ability to sharpen cognitive abilities. I will share this with my sister who has been suffering from depression since her only child died due to a disease. She has been isolating herself, and we want her to recover from what happened.

    • Jacob on March 5, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Sharon I am very sorry about your sister. I hope she is able to fight through this and recover. I am not a member of this website and I am simply doing research for a school paper but I happened to see your comment when finishing the article and it really hit me and I wanted to extend my condolences. I hope you have a lot of support and understand that even the people you don’t know seeing this message support you from afar and wish you and your sister the best. I hope this comment reaches you and best of luck.

    • Elijah Craies on April 14, 2019 at 1:41 am

      Wow you are so strong! My mother is going through the same thing and I’m glad there are more people like you helping those struggling 🙂

    • Traumatherapist on October 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Sharon Wilson-Smith, how is your sister?

  2. Jacob on April 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    This is wrong. Linked articles for potential treatment of schizophrenia talk about CBD, not cannabis the plant you smoke. Every psychiatrist you’ll go to will tell you that if you have mental problems DON’T smoke marijuana. It’ll fuck you up.
    On the other side, if you’re healthy – go and enjoy your smoke.

    • Ellie on September 4, 2020 at 4:12 am

      As someone who suffers from a wide range of mental and psychological disorders, I have to disagree. Marijuana has helped relieve even the most severe of my symptoms.
      Speaking strictly from personal experience, when my anxiety and depression is at its peak, I find myself trying almost anything (legal) to help cope with the “bad days”. Marijuana is the most beneficial with little to no negative side-effects. Marijuana not only improves my mood, but it also helps me regain my appetite (which is borderline non-existent due to crippling anxiety) as well as reduced the recovery time needed after a panic or anxiety attack (due to severe PTSD and OCD).
      Smoking marijuana has also helped me slowly quit smoking nicotine, which I have been smoking for 4 years at this point.
      Overall, I only have positive remarks on the topic, and I fully support legalizing the drug worldwide due to its significant benefits and minimal drawbacks.

    • Eli on September 4, 2020 at 4:14 am

      As someone who suffers from a wide range of mental and psychological disorders, I have to disagree. Marijuana has helped relieve even the most severe of my symptoms.
      Speaking strictly from personal experience, when my anxiety and depression is at its peak, I find myself trying almost anything (legal) to help cope with the “bad days”. Marijuana is the most beneficial with little to no negative side-effects. Marijuana not only improves my mood, but it also helps me regain my appetite (which is borderline non-existent due to crippling anxiety) as well as reduced the recovery time needed after a panic or anxiety attack (due to severe PTSD and OCD).
      Smoking marijuana has also helped me slowly quit smoking nicotine, which I have been smoking for 4 years at this point.
      Overall, I only have positive remarks on the topic, and I fully support legalizing the drug worldwide due to its significant benefits and minimal drawbacks.

    • Jacob on October 18, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Your correct in saying that but me and my friends all smoke regularly and we can all say first hand it helps all of us fight our demons idc what research says I feel it first hand I got bad anxiety aswell and when I smoke I can sit back and feel free to really think clearly in my best state of mind just wanted to share what I’ve seen from my personal experience

    • Maddy h on April 3, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      I disagree. Cannabis helps my depression. It helps me to sleep and stay motivated and eat. Pills fuck you up. The reason a psychiatrist would steer you away from marijuana is because they’re in bed with big pharma and are trying to get you hooked on pills that make you worse.

  3. JEBK on May 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve have given the wrong medication in the past. Not to be to descriptive, blood in my stool. The withdrawal from this medication ( serqual) was physically damaging. There are even concerns with doctors from just stop taking it. I recently tried medical marijuana and felt grounded instantly. I’m now returning to college.

  4. Florence Welch on May 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    It sure caught my attention when you said that cannabis helps treat depression and anxiety because of its ability to release endorphins in our body which makes induces happy thoughts and emotions. This is good news because I have been experiencing strong panic and anxiety attacks lately due to work-related stress. That is why I am considering visiting a cannabis dispensary in order to help me reduce my anxiety attacks and release stress. Thanks for educating me about the benefits of cannabis to our mental health.

  5. Callun Farrell on May 31, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Conpletly agree, weed is the best medicine, there is, its a all round great herb ? should be legal, everywhere

  6. Shelly Roche on June 7, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Sure would like to use this article to save my daughter’s life!
    All she needed was cannibis.
    All hope is lost because it is illegal here in Utah and she is unable to move to get cannibis treatment.
    Beyond sorrow being denied a plant but force fed pharmaceutical poison!

    Feeling hopeless, Shelly Roche

    • Sergina s desrameaux on June 26, 2019 at 2:56 am

      @shelly Roche I am so sorry about your daughter but even if weed is illegal find someone that sell it to save your precious daughter?or you can order it online. find me on facebook if you don’t find anyone

      • April M NeSmith on December 17, 2019 at 10:32 am

        Is there anyway to use it without smoking it?

        • Tcrfdfexfdd on February 19, 2020 at 6:09 am

          You can eat it

        • Mark on December 19, 2020 at 10:59 am

          I’m in Canada, where cannabis is now legal. Cannabis dispensaries are in every town and city in every province. The dispensers have been given business licenses and sell government approved products (getting to my point now;) So if you’re in a place where it is legal, you can buy an edible cannabis mist product that you simply spray into your mouth. The one I buy tastes like real mint (contains mint extracts I believe) leaves no trace (unlike smoking it) and is produced to deliver micro doses meaning it’s easy to control its effects on you, from feeling better-but-not-high (1-2 sprays) to getting a bit of a nice buzz (3-4 sprays). Like all cannabis intake, the effects become pronounced when combined with alcohol (but that’s fun too on occasion!)

    • Kevin Miles on January 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      What’s the procedure to purchase cannibis online?

    • Maddy h on April 3, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      Hey!!! I’m from Utah as well! How is your daughter?? I’m wondering since medical mj is now legal here! I hope she has been able to medicate!!

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    • joe on November 4, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      yeet indeed

  8. Macaon on September 16, 2019 at 10:27 am

    For a believer who doesn’t and can’t smoke, which other way can the weed be taken? as food , or drink,? To get the health benefits. How can one know a sake dose?

    • Eli on September 4, 2020 at 4:18 am

      Absolutely! Edibles come in a variety of forms, ranging from sweets such as baked goods and gummies, as well as snacks such as trail mix, chips, and even pizza! If you prefer to make your own edible, THC oil is always an option. Just mix however much oil you want into the recipe and you have your own home-made edible!

    • Kyra on September 24, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      To be completely honest I saw this while doing research for my speech class in school. I have smoked and used CBD oil for recovery and pain management, they gave me Codeine Tylenol 3 and all it did was make me sleepy with no reduction for pain and did not help me stay asleep. So instead I used a pen and CBD oil on my scar because of the nerve damage, I am NOT an expert. You can find someone who can make edibles, there are oils, and I’m sure many other ways to intake weed. Try doing a little research and find someone close to you that sells or if your comfortable or able go to a dispensary and ask questions. Just make sure its safe for you specifically.

  9. Blain on April 28, 2020 at 11:17 am

    My daughter manic episodes vanished since she started using pot two years ago. Now I give testimony of this amazing plant restore mood disorder issues. I wish I have known this years ago.

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    • Tania on February 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm

      I used to feel “normal “ but this pandemic and social media gave me 2 panic attacks and now I have anxiety and my mind just goes off I feel irritated at some point and I just want to feel myself again sometimes my mind goes off and can’t stop crying and my anxiety quicks in at this point I am trying to do marijuana to help with my mental health since I feel depress most of the time and irritated and I just want to be there for my kids and I feel that I can’t at some point because of what I feel but I am afraid of the side effects since it will be my first time

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  12. Zoe Campos on June 25, 2020 at 8:13 am

    It’s interesting to know that cannabis can act as a therapeutic medicine for the anxiety I’ve been having since I was a teenager. I got bullied at school and I have never forgotten about the trauma. It really haunts me up to this day and because most of my meds don’t work anymore, your article gave me hope. It might be a good idea to visit a medical expert and see if I can get a prescription card for medical marijuana.

  13. Taylor Hansen on July 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

    It’s interesting to learn that cannabis calms the mind and improves sleep. I haven’t been able to sleep over the past week and it’s starting to stress me out since work is so stressful. I’ll be sure to try getting some cannabis to help with my sleep.

  14. Steve Loren on July 23, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I agree that this can relieve stress and depression. It helps me a lot during my down times.

  15. Zachary Tomlinson on August 6, 2020 at 2:28 am

    My friend has been suffering from mild depression and anxiety after his special someone passed away, and I want to help him stand on his feet again. I had no idea that taking cannabis can help a person manage their stress and it also reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety by releasing endorphins. I’ll share this with him and suggest that he visit a cannabis dispensary so he could try it out.

  16. rachel frampton on October 1, 2020 at 12:01 am

    I’m planning to try cannabis because I head that this may help reduce muscle pains. Well, I never knew that this product can also drive the depression away. It’s great to learn that cannabis has an anti-seizure effect.

  17. Zoe Campos on October 9, 2020 at 5:03 am

    It’s interesting to know that cannabis can help our bodies experience an ample amount of rest. This would probably be ideal for my friend, who has experienced a lot of restless nights because of his deteriorating mental health. It might be better for him to consult a medical expert and see if he can purchase this drug from a dispensary.

  18. Grant Sullivan on October 16, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this Information, this is very interesting especially nowadays metal health really risky when we are always alone at home and this pandemic I see a lot of people suffering from it.

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  20. Mary Wilson on November 30, 2020 at 3:17 am

    I think it works for mental health. There was a person living near to my home, his name was john alex jr. He was mentally unstable from many years. But now he looks good, people saying he got the cure because he was using some cbd oil regularly which relaxes his mind. And after using it for 2 years continuously he is now ok. It is strange but its working.

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  23. Pretty Wills on February 3, 2021 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing the informative post and sharing your experiences. I personally use CBD oil it’s very helpful to relax our body and feel stressless. I recommended all to buy CBD Oil to experience its benefits.

    • Tania Castro on February 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm

      What kind of oil ? Some of them have thc

  24. Stefano on March 13, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    as a long-term marijuana user I want to advise newbies who will read this comment to use CBD to have a beneficial effect. many of the things mentioned above could get a lot worse if instead of using CBD you start using THC expecially memories and mental abilities(read the first study)

  25. Eli Richardson on May 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    I found it interesting when you talked about how cannabis helps deal with sleeping issues. Recently, my brother mentioned he’s having more trouble getting a good night’s sleep. My brother’s been having a lot of work stress, and I want to help him somehow, so I’ll be sure to share this information with him. Thanks for the health benefits of cannabis products.

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